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BeerBera - LoverBeer

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 106
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 07-23-2011

Spontaneously fermented in wood with the addition of Barbera grapes crushed and de-stemmed, no added yeast.
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 106
Photo of Antg8989
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper. Smells sour and tastes like a sour (not sweet!) grapefruit. Lightly carbonated. Had on tap at the Alphabet City Bar in NYC. Worth a shot if you like sours. (178 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Masterfully subtle take on an American Wild Ale with authentic Italian grapes as the killer secret ingredient. Not a tannin bomb which may throw some sour seekers off track, and the layers of fermentation and bottle conditioning present due to the 3 years of aging impart a fruity, nutty and slightly cheesy flavor profile with sourness in support instead of the main attraction. Really digging Italian craft right now, but the price remains a barrier to further exploration. (475 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a sparkling dark pink, with no head or lacing.

This one smells quite grapey, with some cherry, as well, and a bit of lactic aroma.

This has a lot of fruitiness beyond just typical grapiness, there's some raspberry and cherry as well, with a pretty light sourness, maybe 3/10. It's got kind of sparkling champagne quality to it, with minimal funk. I wish this was a bit "thicker" per se, with a bit more complexity, but the grapes used here are undeniably tasty.

This is light bodied, fairly thin mouthfeel, with a higher level of carbonation.

This was tasty but I wished for a little bit more. (653 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head small, short-lived.
The aroma takes us to the village in the full sense of the word, there's a little stable, cheeses, and there are cherries and strawberries.
The taste is sour cherries, a little red fruit. There are flavors of the village barn, stable. The beer is dry, with a hint of bitterness. (303 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sisky for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Brewed in 2012.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of rubber, plastic, floral, fruit, and grape aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape, fruit, and rubber flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that seems old and has some odd rubber and plastic qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle. (677 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2011

Appearance: It has a nice dark ruby/brown color to it. It has practicly no head and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of red grapes, tart cherries, a decent amount of oak and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some red grapes (some red wine characteristics), tart berries, woody oak and some funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite as sour as I hoped it would be but the flavors still work well together.

Serving type: bottle (641 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a deep red colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly and ends up being gone.

The smell is of tarty fruit, grapes that is, with more than a whiff of the oak aging.

Tastes match the smell; grape tartness and well integrated oak/woody flavours.

Good mouthfeel, the carbonation is on the very low side. It does drink stronger than the abv would suggest.

This bottle from 2012 was very nice. (411 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Deeply integrated fruit and the mellow patience of wild ale pull from sour sour tendencies to give a punch of tang and tart with fruit at its center. LoverBeer brewers continue their flirtation with characterful microflora, embarking on a strong sour worthy of celebration and reward.

Its tawny burgundy pour releases a dainty eggshell creme that swirls upon the ale, unleashing its sour and fruity brunt. Aromas and early flavors of condensed grape, vinous red wine set the pace while complementary esters of blackberry, plum, date and fig play a supporting roll.

Its balsamic sourness is balanced with fruit and malt sweetness, seeming to give impressions of fruit an more ripe, vibrant and more dense character. Its medium statured malt sweetness is delicately of wheat bread, brazen caramel and almost of chocolate and toast. Its condensed fruitiness is woven together with oxidized sherry notes for a middle palate that's every bit as savory as it is sour.

Its acidic finish is puckering and playfully astringent but also smooth and relaxed. Its trailing sweetness begins to fade and the fruit acidity pulls forth for a palate-stripping quality for ultimate thirst quenching and refreshment despite the fruit and tangy sweetness dissolving closely behind. (1,263 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Brewed in 2011.

Pours slightly murky, burnt red with hints of both ruby and orange. Thin tiny white head that recedes to just a ring around the glass with some lacing and legs.

Rich tart cherries, vanilla, oak, almond, bright red wine notes. Very complex. Tartness and fruit balance nicely with earthy oak.

Quite tart upfront giving way to an incredibly unique beer. Sour cherries, pomegranates, and currants. Vinous in the back. Warming alcohol, oak, almonds. Very fruity but quite dry.

Low almost no carbonation, but it doesn't detract for my tastes. Slick mouthfeel with a decent body.

Drinks more like a wine than a beer, but quite interesting and very drinkable. (672 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse during one of their Italian takeovers, or makeovers, or something completely different, I forget now.

Pours a dark red colour, slight purple touch. Head is white, just a rim. Not bad, nice colour.

Smells vinous, nicely sour. Grapey vinous notes with balsamic, port, and a touch of dark cherry. Very enticing.

Taste is far more yeasty than it should be. Starts with nice, tart vinous notes then gets some slight yeasty notes midway, which become hugely bready, crusty towards the back. Definitely needs more tart edge and more freshness. Starts well but disappoints.

Bit of pull, decent body but yeah ends up quite dry.

All the right elements are there but something's happened to lend that overly yeasty note and dropping the delicious tartness which should dominate. (805 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

Poured into a large goblet last night at Bittercreek's 2014 Funkfest... A hazy reddish/brown brew produces decent head and spotty lacing.

Nose is weird... candy like sweetness punctuated by a musty/lightly funky bretty character.. Flavor has a big oaky essence that is punctuated by a tannic element... this one is for the geeks, I am not sure what to make of it... not really anything that I commonly associate strictly with grapes, but there is an overall round very background sweetness that I guess is grape.

Weird ... very weird ... tasty, but certainly is not going to be everybody's favorite.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 (624 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer this one. No yeast is pitched: instead natural yeast from added grape skins ferments the beer, much like the process you'd expect from traditional wine-making. Tried on-tap at Open Baladin in Rome.

Pours a deep, purplish red, initially with some pinkish foam forming, but this settles out to almost nothing by the time it arrives at the table. Carbonation is weird. It starts out almost like a reverse cascade, but quickly runs out of steam and ends up flat. Very unusual at the very least.

Nose is weird. There's no denying it. Fairy floss, cherry and a cranberry tartness. It smells a bit like non-alcoholic wine—grapy musty, but not really vinous in the proper sense. And there's those candy characters as well, floss and strawberry bubblegum. Extremely odd stuff.

Taste has more of the wine characters. Slightly tarter, a little tannic on the front-to-mid. More cranberry comes through, creaming soda and pinot noir grapes. Wet but limp through the centre. Fizzy alka seltzer and aspro clear in the finish. Feel is not very full. It leaves the beer hanging and it needs a bit more.

Overall, this is utterly unique stuff—and really genuinely strange. I always love when a beer gives me such a new experience. I'll give it an A for originality, but it's not a fully realised beer. (1,306 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

one of the strangest beers out there, the most curious side of spontaneous fermentation, brutally expensive at 21 bucks for a small bottle, but so are many of the italians, especially sour types. dead flat in terms of carbonation, but the dark pink liquid entices me. still waiting for a beer wine hybrid to really pop off, this one is certainly strange, with pieces of grape skins at the bottom of the bottle, raw. the nose is not super tart, certainly not like i am used to in sour beer. this has more of a fruity tartness, like cranberries pucker. i don't get grape specifically. the taste is so strange. fruity on the front end, purple grape and cranberry, maybe tart cherry, but the finish tastes just like cheerios cereal, grainy or bready, plain, and long lasting, trumping the fruit and any acidity or sourness. so strange. this feels like a meal. i miss the carbonation, and would regard this a bit higher if it had some, but i love how different this is, how it challenges my palate, and how the wild side of this is so unconventional. its almost vinegar without the acid, not the bretty or lacto characters we are accustomed to. i appreciate this for what it is, am glad i had it, but will never pay such a price for it again. i encourage the sour beer geek to try it though, because its just a totally different direction on the fermentation side. very cool. (1,370 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes immediately and leaves no lace. Brown/red murky color. Fizzy carbonation and medium bodied. Sour grape nose and flavor is sour grape with hints of sweetness, almost a wine. Can we call this a beer if there is no yeast in it?? There are numerous sour ales that are far cheaper, not worth trying at $19.99 for a 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. Brewed 2010. (414 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes is very interesting with subtle acidic notes. Taste is a nice mix between loads of oak which brings out cherry tart notes with a light acidic finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another great sour from this brewery though I must admit that there is quite a few resemblances between their Flanders Red. (469 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off the cap comes off tough and makes a crazy noise like breaking glass. Strange cap with the plastic insert.
This pour is like a mini movie. Initial pour yeilds mounds of off-white suds adorning a clear and effervescent root beer colored brew. Then all at one time the bubbles quickly leave and these snakey bubbles fight each other for dominance. Gotta give that a 5.
Smell is very bretty and oakey with grape skin and sour green apples. Some malt and sugar way in the back along with that nose burning yeast.
Taste is bitter/sour like putting alum in your mouth as a kid. The flavor soon turns to oak and brett wine. There is alcohol here but stays in the shadows.
Mouthfeel is very clean but there is an aftertaste that is almost like formaldyhide(sp) or at least like it smells. Not a bad thing , just an odd thing.
Overall this is a great beer and the only thing I would have against it is the price.19 bucks for 12 oz.
I will buy this again and mabey put it away for a few years to see if the odd taste mellows out. (1,028 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 375 into a tulip. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

Good dark red fruit aromas with some tart aromas of leather, dark red cherries and some funk.

real nice medium body with a good tartness to it. Not overly tart though with good flavors of funk, leather, and dark red fruits.

An extremely good sour styled beer. Not cheap, but still a real good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, label says brewed in 2010. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/purple color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing. Aroma is very fruity, it smells like dark berries (both sweet and tart), grapes, oak and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma (it's a mostly fruity brew), but there's also the addition of some lemon peel. There's a nice mix between the sweet and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Worth a try. (564 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rvdoorn for sharing.

A: reminds me of one of my favorite bands: Deep Purple, some touch of red as well. Nice.

S: WOW, I have the same feeling as when opening a bottle of hommage: fresh fruit. Dark berries and cherries and a thin horseblanket.

T: Dark berries, cherries, oak and some funk.

M: Low carbonation and very smooth.

O: Well, it has been said before, I think the Italians are moving up fast in the game of sours. Very, very drinkable. (457 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a ruby-brown color with almost no head
Smell: Full of dark berries, cherries, grapes, vinegar, spices and horseblanket.
Taste: sweet sour berries, some cherries, grapes more dark berries, prunes, vinegar, light barnyard.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with low carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.
Overall: Nice, but taste like sugar was added. Still very refreshing and worth trying. Another example that Italian brewers are improving rapidly (454 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from K&L, 2010 vintage 375ml.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Hazy, muddy near the bottom of the bottle. Moderate carbonation with a short-living head. Footy blue cheese aroma, plenty of vinous oak barrel and toasted malt. Palate is vinous, funky, tannic - quite dry. Good flavors, malt is present enough to lend a backbone to the barrel and bacteria. Sort of like a Consecration Jr., and actually a lot easier to drink - good stuff. (442 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Javi.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or two of white head.

S: Smells pretty funky. A bit of sweat and musty funk, along with some oak. There is a strong fruit character to it, almost like raspberries and grapes. Some light grass and lemony tartness.

T: Pretty fruity with a touch of booze. Almost like a fruit liquer, actually. Moderately tart with notes of green apple and lemon zest. Some mild malt, grass, and wet, musty oak.

M: Medium in body with carbonation that is medium to high.

O: Not really my thing, but compared to some Italian beers, pretty good. (610 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a snifter shaped glass - Brewed in 2010

A - Beer poured with a dark red-burgundy colored body; no visible carbonation was present after the pour; some lacing formed on the sides of the glass; little white head formed, not much, but held well; opaque body

S - Very sour; grapes; Lambrusco grapes; crisp; oak and cork; some spices; vinegar

T - Flavors of cork and oak are very prevalent in this beer; Barbera grapes are present and add a nice complimentary kick to the overwhelming sour and cork flavored beer; astringent

M - Thin; plastic aftertaste; not very effervescent; lingering flavors of sourness; leather aftertaste

D - Overall, not bad; I gave this a higher taste score mainly because I thought the brewer did a fantastic job of blend the grapes and sour notes to create a really unique beer, even though I'm not really a fan of this type of beer; something definitely worth trying (923 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark dark amber color with some ruby tones. A finger of tan slightly purple head that quickly recedes into nothing. No lacing.

S- starts off with an intense tart fuit character of old world vinious grape and a fresh dark cherry pit notes. Middle is soft intergrated funk with a predominate acidic character and phenolic medicinal qualities. Red wine tannic aromas give a complexity to the nose. Finishes dry with an assertive French oak aroma.

T- tons of dark tart pitted fruit. Incredible dark cherries and huge old world grape with a new world Jammy fruit forward quality. Tart acidity with a tannic quality which puckers the side of the cheeks and imparts a red currant note. Finishes bone dry with soft light French oak and a breath of grape skin.

MF- jammy that transitions into a acidic dry mouthfeel.

D- quenching and for the strength it is unreal. Can't tast the alcohol at all!!!

Overall very unique, complex and memorable. Crosses so many genres. Flemish red? American wild ale? WINE... No it is an intense inspiring brew that makes you put your faith in Italian beer. (1,104 characters)

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