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BeerBera - LoverBeer

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BA SCORE
87
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spontaneously fermented in wood with the addition of Barbera grapes crushed and de-stemmed, no added yeast.

(Beer added by: Viciousknishs on 07-23-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

t0rin0, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Nathanbolin
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Nathanbolin, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

laituegonflable, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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

JohnGalt1, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Rifugium, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Roze
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Roze, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

PeteRiz, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of joshodonn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

joshodonn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 04, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

OnryAndMean, May 24, 2014
Photo of Geuzedad
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Geuzedad, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of sjccmd
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

sjccmd, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of BobbyDigitali
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BobbyDigitali, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kirk, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

pixieskid, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Cubatobaco
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Cubatobaco, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

tom10101, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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

ferrari29, Aug 01, 2011
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BeerBera from LoverBeer
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.