Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery
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4.38/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle shared with Klym, recently acquired from the provisions.
Poured into a generic tulip/snifter... one of those in between glasses.
A: Brown/Black completely ink black opaque coffees. A conservative pour yielded a solid two fingers of head that left scrambled egg on a nonstick pan lacing. Some of the patches of lacing are really thick, with some abnormally sticky textures. A layer of foam sits atop the beer with a larger than normal creamy off-white hat.
S: Smells a lot like a flanders oude bruin to me, very typical bretty character. This offering doesn't come off vinegary at all, if anything there is certainly a restrained oaky wood character to the nose. Fresh bread and butter pickles come to mind with a level of sweetness that dominates any potential vinegar notes. A bit of a kimchi linger. This is interesting. Sweet Chinese red bean desserts come to mind. A refined and restrained nose with specific notes.
T: Whoa bam, super ultra tart blueberry flavors with an intense puckering tartness. I was NOT expecting that level of in your face sourness. vinegars are subdued, but weird flavors peak up through the tartness. Faint swirling smokey roasts break through the warhead sour intensity to reveal the first ever coffee cream warhead. I mean what in the world. This is absolutely a blend of styles to the point that it is almost its own beer. Familiar stout flavors hide behind an incredibly puckering and tart beer. Roasts coffee, cherries, blueberries, and almonds make for a tart breakfast of champions. In between flavors of biscuity deep fry, and sweet potatoe chips. Honestly there's some mind-blowing complexity here.
M: Microfiber bubbles form a wet suit-like fabric over the mouth. This thing is ultra-fine, but thick feeling in the mouth. A full body as far as I can tell, but I guess it depends on how you interpret the mouth. This is either a full bodied flanders oude bruin, or a medium-light bodied stout. In either case, this is an absolute head trip. An ultra drying mouth leaves you with just enough moisture to avoid the feeling of an oral desert. This is a tropically drying mouth feel, where humidity keeps just enough moisture in the mouth to avoid sandpaper dryness. So crazy, so insane, and so cool.
O: I wasn't ready for a beer like this, but I also assumed it was possible. This was a very challenging drink in terms of palate exploration. First off, you have very strong associations with specific beer styles that seem to converge in this beer. On one end you have a flanders oude bruin, and on the other you have a stout. In this beer, you get imperial stout flavors in a flanders oude brown sensory experience. Not only is it quite literally that, but new flavors emerge in the simultaneous experience of both styles. Blueberries emerge between tart sweetness and coffee roastiness. Blackberries creep up behind the drying up flavors of the blueberries. This is new and exciting for me. Such discipline in maintaining the integrity of two totally different styles, yet deconstructing them in a way that it becomes possible to combine them. I applaud this effort loudly, and I think The Bruery's craft is second to none in the American Beer movement. They are at the top with a select few other breweries, and this beer is yet another piece of compelling evidence in the assertion of that fact.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 06:41:36 | More by Cavery
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