The Last Word - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 07-16-2014

The Last Word is our first installment in the "Dealer's Choice" series. The Last Word is a tart golden ale brewed with key lime, wintergreen, and wormwood, a nod to an illicit Prohibition-era tipple of the same name. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at The Aviary in Chicago.
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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%

Bright orange with white foam and a little bit of lace around the edges.

Honey and lime zest in the aroma, subdued but really nice.

Taste is nicely tart with some lime juice and honey graham flavors that segue into a dry finish with a hint of dry botanicals. Juicy up front with a pleasant lime tartness, zippy feel. Effervescent and balanced, complex complimentary blend of ingredients. Overall a success, I'd drink more of this anytime.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in color with a light haziness. No head is present but carbonation bubbles pop up from within the depths. Aroma is an odd conglomeration of lime and mint. The taste is pleasantly sour lactic acid, lime,and mint along with some light malt. The mouth is heavily carbonated,tart, and yet the mint and lime tingle your tastebuds in an oddly refreshing way. Truly a unique experience. It definitely improves as it warms.

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Amber, reddish color; no head
S: Not a strong nose on this beer; hint of sweet-tart candies
M: Medium body, smooth
T: This is a sour beer that is cut with delicious flavors of apple, apricot, and lime. There are also hints of cinnamon, mint, and grape skin.

Photo of Mongrel
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

A little on the flat side and almost tastes more like a tart cider than a wild ale. Plenty of apple, a little lime, dried apricot and vanilla. Some rye-type spice and a little tang from the malts.

Not much aroma to speak of, just somewhat bright and tart. Tasty, but unremarkable.

Photo of Johnny_Cardboard
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

This was fantastic. I was a little hesitant seeing the key lime in it, but it was the perfect amount very nice sour.

Photo of mmager
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Appearance: Dark golden, thin head with narrow, spotty lacing

Aroma: Slight lactic sourness, lemon candy; pungent wildflower honey as it warms up

Taste: sharp apricot becomes a clean lactic tartness, which then blends to a rich complex honey after swallowing. So many layers and transitions! The taste keeps evolving for 15+ seconds with each sip

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but appropriate to the style. Somewhat tingly finish in part due to slight sourness.

Overall: Excellent beer. Do not miss this one - probably one of the best sours I've had in a long time.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

interestingly tastes like a sour keylime pie.

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent fluffy fizzy head hits a finger then faces pretty quickly, little lacing, super hazy translucent orange red jelly blob color. 3.75

Nose is really straight forward and unique, tons of key lime, key lime flesh and little bitter rind, then big toasted wormwood, strange herbs like fennel or strange sage, as well as hint of pie crust, white raisin abc musty grape skin vinous notes. Also weird Christmas baking spice. Also a tart sour lime. 4

Taste brings tart acidity, sour key lime fruit, little sweet key lime pie notes, tons of key lime in ask directions too, sour flesh, rind, pith, etc. Little pre crust, with more strange baking spices like a hint of cardamom and nutmeg thing. fair wormwood too, bitter but manageable wormwood, touch again of that white raisin grape skin. So much tart key lime. Finish is flemmy and a bit sticky, nice tart key lime lingering with more baking spices, mild pie crust, and wormwood dry bready. 4.25

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, not really any booze, fair acidity, little flemmy sourness. 4

Overall very interesting, very unique, great key lime, nice wormwood, inserting baking spices with pie crust and nice tartness, quite enjoyable. 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade with goryshkewych, thank you!

Pours a hazy orange body with a small white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing and no retention.

Interesting aromas.. herbal, minty, citrusy, lime, fruity, some spices. Mojito-like!

Taste is equally as interesting.. upfront it's tart lactic, followed by citrusy-lime and herbal wintergreen.. spices and malt on the finish. Easy drinker, medium-high carbonation. Refreshing.

to say that this is a unique beer is an understatement.. complex and easy to drink. must try for adventurous drinkers.

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a murky golden copper hue with a thin head that leaves light wisps 3.75 (x .05 = .188)

S - Aromas of a pie crust, loads of key lime juice and zest, big wormwood bitter notes. Fun different herb notes 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

T - Taste is incredibly sour, immense key lime flavor, super tart, pie crust is present but overpowered, the wormwood is nice and and bitter. Again, this is super tart. Shockingly so. Nice unique herb notes 4.25 (x .45 = 1.913)

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, really refreshing and earthy bitter finish. Alcohol hidden nicely 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall this beer was super interesting. Love the key lime notes going on here and the wormwood is really pleasant. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

Total Rating Score: 4.28
Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at the brewey.

The key lime really shows with this beer. A nice amount of sour as well. Green apple tartness. Not sure what wormwood is. Lots of citrus and lemon acidicity. Reminds me of a soured key lime pie whatever that may taste like.

Very enjoyable! Easy to drink.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perennial wine glass from a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice 1 inch fizzy white head that rises up and gives the brew a lively look.

Aroma is of tart citrusy lemons and cherries. Slight fruit sugary sweetness can be perceived with mild notes of cherry in the. Nose. Quite acidic in the nose.

Stats off with sharp acidic and sour lemon notes. Then some milder tart cherry notes. Pretty acidic in the taste. Not for the faint of hart. The sharpness and acidity subsides slightly through the middle as more herbal and spice character comes up. Notes of wormwood another herbal character comes through. The finish is dry but with a lingering sugary sweetness on the back end. Nice light body but with amore oily profile.

Pretty interesting beer. A sour bomb meant to be shared. Great take on the cocktail.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -22.9%

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is copper orange with a small white head. Aromas of lime, rind, zest, biscuit, cracker. Juicy, with prominent lime character throughout. Some pie and crust notes in there a sell, but the flavor is dominated by lime. Sweet and tart flavons merge, but don't quite coalesce. Zesty carbonation and prickly on the palate. A fun beer to try once, but that's about it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

wow, not too often i get a beer that is so foreign and new on my palate, always stoked when that happens, this is a beauty! i see it being a love it or hate it kind of thing, and i definitely love it. mildly opaque brassy colored beer, decent white head on top, but the nose is a shock to the senses. i definitely get the key limes first, but i have little experience with wintergreen and wormwood as flavors, so they sort of come across to me as a vanilla cinnamon honey thing, very herbaceous and spicy, wooden almost, but not minty or vegetal or even medicinal like some have described, i dont get that at all. the flavor comes in waves, with the limes being maybe the most robust. i again taste a huge blast of cinnamon mid palate, especially when it comes up to ambient temperature, soft though, not artificial or weird, but its there alright. a lingering sweetness in feel contrasts with the citrus acidity of the limes, which makes it really different, but it finishes clean and i cant help but be impressed with both the conception and the execution of this beer, its splendid overall, unlike any other i have had. perennial continues to push the envelope and pull off beers like this, it takes a special ability to do this well, a must try for the curious beer palate.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

750 ml poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. Light yellow body with about a three-finger off-white head, that leaves very little lacing. High level of carbonation.

Excellent aroma featuring herbal, citrus, and flowery notes. Very light malt note.

This is a very tasty beer. The aforementioned herbal notes dominate and produce a nice tartness that does not disappoint. The blending of the flavors is superb and the lime notes come through clearly.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sipper and I'm glad to have scored a bottle.

Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Beer pours quite clear golden with a twinge of tan. Carbonation was non-existent visibly. Smell is mild esters and light fruitiness-apple, wine grape, and even a little banana.

Taste is tart, and the lack of carbonation is confirmed, at least as far as adding significantly to the feel. Taste is Granny Smith apple and lime, the latter becoming most prevalent in the end taste, which does linger on the tongue a while. The tart is far from overwhelming, balanced against what comes across as a light earthy flavor.

The tartness level reminded me of La Folie, but the feel is a bit more crisp and quite drinkable, despite a lack of carbonation.

The Last Word from Perennial Artisan Ales
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