Lustrum - Wild Sour Anniversary Ale - Driftwood Brewery
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance. Pours a deep, opaque plum purple with a finger of thick, deep pink, bordering on red head. Looks pretty amazing and maybe even a little ominous.
Smell. Red berries and currants, dank wood and a belgian lambic like funk with a slighty medicinal/mineral quality going on. There's also a touch of leather and some booze coming through.
Taste. Currants and some of that medicinal smell I was picking up ...it's actually bordering on bandaid flavour and is fairly strong. Very little sourness but there is a light tartness. Hopefully this will increase with a little time. Decent amount of barrel wood in the finish, a little bit astringent.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.
Overall. My expectations were high based on past beers in the series. Don't get me wrong, it's decent, but not on the same level of the last one. Maybe it will improve down the road like Mad Bruin did.
11-02-2013 03:01:07 | More by Rutager
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +1%
This arrived in private liquor stores this afternoon and here I am a few hours later.
A: Quite marvelous and unique looking. Dark red/purple, deep and nearly opaque. The head is a pinkish red - not a reddish pink. It's dark.
S: Funk before fruit. The black currants kind of smell like cherry but with a deeper texture. Lots of lacticness and barnyard quality.
T: Prickly to start, though not puckering. Currants are tart-sweet, oak and grape present to the point it tastes like a heavy red wine for a moment. Then the lactic funk builds, and continues to build into a woody, funky finish. Quite lactic. It finishes with heat, as if it were spicy but there's no spice to speak of, just some alcohol that's no longer trying to hide itself.
M: Carbonation is really nice, like what you'd expect from a fizzy sour cherry ale. Body is light like one, too.
O: At first I was like "Dang.. not Belle Royale level." But as I get through more of the bottle I realize it's pretty excellent in its own right - very interesting and quite drinkable.
10-29-2013 02:01:11 | More by JasonLovesBeer
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 13/6/14, thanks Rutager for the chance to drink one today and a couple for down the road
A pours a deep purple with a light purple foam, the color caught me off guard to be honest I just wasn't expecting it, two fingers of noisy foam falls to a thick film and stays there right to the bottom leaving a few random patches here and there
S blueberries and black current, come out strong, very strong and it reminds me of the over ripe blackberries and boysenberries I pick out of my moms garden, jammy as all hell, some moldy wet wood but I doubt I'd guess this spent over a year in a barrel, the yeast is hard to miss but not overly funky, think blueberry Yop with some booze, incredible nose
T strange yeast profile and less of the fruit that was blowing me away on the nose, I had some chocolate covered acai berries not that long ago and this beers reminding of that but with sour chocolate. I can't think of anything else like this, tastes great but the nose was a nearly impossible act to follow
M tart and slightly sour but not a whole lot of pucker, slippery on the palate almost to the point of oily, bubbles fluff up quickly but stop short of foam, long finish of fruity funk
O this one got me thinking and I always like that, as hard as I tried I never fully wrapped my head around the yeast, I'm curious to how much fruit they used because it plays a powerful part
I'm very stoked I have a couple of these to drink down the road, I'm very curious to see the fruit fade and perhaps the yeast will come out stronger? One of the better liquids I've put my nose to in recent memory and not exactly lacking elsewhere, original and awesome
06-14-2014 06:50:09 | More by wordemupg
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Deep purple liquid with slight purple head.
S: Blackcurrants, lactobacillus, oak and yeast.
T: Blackcurrants and oak mostly. It tastes as if the lactobacillus still has a long way to go to in fermenting this beer before it starts to become more dried out.
M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.
O: I'm glad I bought a second one to cellar. I'm going to revisit this beer in a minimum of six months because I think it is a bit too fruity still.
Although the blackcurrant flavour has a long history in brewing in such hops as Strisselspalt and Bramling Cross; as good as this is, I think this beer would have been much tastier if it was made with blackberries and was paired up with Pacific Gem hops. The blackcurrant flavour seems best suited for lagers such as Kronenberg and stouts such as Ballast Point Sea Monster.
Nonetheless, kudos for Driftwood for trying something different. For all I know, this could taste fantastic in a few months just like the Oud Bruin they did last year.
11-03-2013 01:08:36 | More by DaftCaskBC
Lustrum - Wild Sour Anniversary Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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