Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewing from notes after enjoying on tap at Bier Station as a leftover of a mini Perennial tap takeover. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a translucent dark brown color with ruddy chestnut highlights where the light refracts through the liquid. Atop the body sits a beige two finger head that is frothy and fine, consisting predominantly of microbubbles that give it a sort of whipped appearance, but with less body. Retention is very good, with a half finger or so of thickness hanging around even after I begin to drink it down. healthy rings of lace affix to the side of the glass showing where the liquid levels were previously.
Smell - A subtle blend of malty sweetness, with some dark bread and toasted grain coming through as well as pleasant notes of light caramel. However, what sets this beer apart is the wonderful nuttiness that pokes through after the initial wafting of aromas, earthy and very complementary to the sweeter initial tones that present themselves.
Taste - Many of the same profiles are present in the taste, with the walnut being a little more dominant than previously noted. Flanking the earthiness comes a parade of sweet grain and toasted bread as well as characteristics of whole grain cereal, like Museli. The weizen yeast is also present here where I did not pick it up with the aroma, imparting faint esters of banana and clove. Not overpowering, but just a little bit strange--I'd rather get the full force of those delicious walnuts and wish it was a tad cleaner.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-sweet finish with low bitterness.
Overall, a very tasty and inventive take on the German dunkelweizen. Certainly not traditional, but plenty good enough to be worth a go, even for German beer purists. I'd say Perennial's first foray into German styles is a pretty good success.
Serving type: on-tap
04-28-2013 16:40:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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