Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery
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4.26/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I bought this from Lizardville in Bedford Heights a few months ago, and couldn't wait anymore to try! Having this as a shared bottle with my wife.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pair of tulip glasses. The ale is a deep, dark black with a two finger tan head that rapidly dissapates. I know this says it will be tart, but it does not "look" like other sours I've had.
There is a spicy, fruity aroma that is so strong that it can be smelled even as it is being poured. After it settles in the glass, the aroma calms, but is still fully present. Vinous grapes, tart apple, hints of balsamic vinegar, mild raspbery, and dark chocolate combine for a very pleasant, full smell.
Yowza, is that tart! Perhaps the dark appearance and fruity aroma deceived us, but it was mouth-puckeringly, spine-shiveringly tart. The sourness quickly fades, though, leaving a more roasty, coffee/toffee finish. Granny smith apple, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and raspberries start strong and then fade to leave the roasted finish, that becomes more chocolately over time.
The tartness makes this almost too much to drink, but it fades fast enough to not overwhelm the finish. The tartness that remains, though, gives the malty finish a brightness that is unexpected.
An amazing and unusual ale, I'm glad we were able to find and enoy this one. The sourness is more than I typically can take in a sour ale, but it fades so quickly into such a pleasant roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate finish that I don't mind it. Plus, the tart grows on you as you get further through the beer, such that you're looking for that next hit of sour after it fades away.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2013 22:43:11 | More by TheHoppiest
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