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Black Walnut Dunkel - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dunkel Weiss brewed with 250 pounds of Missouri Black Walnuts.

(Beer added by: Sean9689 on 11-28-2011)
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Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Nice to see another up and coming brewery available in Chicago. Poured into Goose Island wine glass. Appearance is somewhat murky and brown, minimal head upon pour with no retention. The nose features familiar notes of dunkelweizen, plenty of orange and coriander. The walnut comes through in subtle waves as it warms in the glass. Hints at molasses and brown sugar present as well. The taste is similar to the nose. Somewhat sweet up front with lots of ripe fruits and some spice. The walnut provides a delicate nutty finish, but definitely hangs in the background. The mouthfeel is thin with medium to high carbonation. Overall, this is a unique twist on the style. It seems that brews that add nuts are hit in mis as far as the nut presence is concerned. The walnut is evident, but it did take some time to discover. Overall, worth a try.

homebrew311, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours deep brown, almost black. Smells sweet, with some caramel malts, sugary fruits, and a little nutty. Taste starts off with lots of caramel malts that move into darker fruits (grapes and plums). A little sweet nuttiness and sweet malt is on the finish. Really nice, rich flavor profile. Mouth is full bodies and smooth. Pretty solid dunkel. The walnut adds a nice layer of complexity to a pretty solid beer.

birchstick, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jspriest, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

threedaggers, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.2%

smithj4, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ncaudle, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

wagenvolks, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mdillon86, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

VeganUndead, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

The beer pours a hazy dark brown with a wispy off-white head that fades quickly and has some perimeter stickiness. The nose is walnut banana bread, but is more banana than walnut. The taste is bready sweetness upfront followed by a slightly bitter walnut skin and alcohol. The beer feels medium bodied with rich, nutty, malty sweetness, and a lingering bite that doesn't seem to sit heavy on the palate. This beer is quite drinkable and has a distinct and subtle walnut presence. I think this beer is definitely worth the bottle/growler price and I plan on getting more next week.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

whatname, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Good, refreshing and fairly light beer. Poured into an Aventinus Weizen glass. Murky brown color with a medium size light tan head. Ruby highlights when held to a light, decent head retention and some lacing.

Aroma is good, bready malts, brown sugar, hefe style yeast and a little banana. There is also a hint of floral hops.

Flavor is similar but not quite as prominent. The walnuts add an earth musty aspect to the flavor...the hefeweizen type aspects are less pronounced. Sweetness, malts and the walnuts are the most prominent flavors. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. A hint of bitterness and floral hops at the end but mostly a nice bready, sweet, fairly well carbonated brew.

Good one, very drinkable and flavorful without a high abv.

JayQue, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jegross2, May 13, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

The beer comes in a copper dark brown.

The aroma has roasted malt, but also a lot of fruit.

The flavor has the roasted malt of a dunkel, but more light with caramel and light brown sugar. I get more fruit in here than nuts. There's a pop of bright apple, which then complements the nuttiness really well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation. The sweet gentle malt is wonderful on the finish.

A wonderful dunkel. More on the light side with the fruit and nuttiness instead of the deep roast of the traditional German ones. Very drinkable.

dar482, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Amalak, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dfhhead25, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JRod1969, May 26, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a Weizen glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a rich light brown color with nice mahogany notes and some slight orange on the edges. there is a nice frothy 1.5 inch light tan head that forms.

The nose is sooo sweet. Tons of caramel malt with some mild chocolate notes in there as well. There is definitely some walnut notes in there with a nice mix between the malt notes.

Flavor starts off with some nice bready notes and some toasty malt. Very delicious bread and grain. There is then some nice weizen notes of banana and a slight caramel sweetness that works well with the grain notes. There is also a slight bitter hop finish that kind-off balances everything else off.

Overall a pretty good refreshing and delicious dark brew.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of thufflife
4/5  rDev +4.2%

thufflife, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RoryOMoore, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.38/5  rDev -12%

A: Pours a dark brown with three fingers of light tan head that recedes into a dense cap with no lacing.

S: Sweet aromas dominate at first--light fruits, bananas, and bubblegum mostly. Some darker aromas bring up the finish, with notes of nuts, cocoa, and roasted malts.

T: The flavor is also a bit sweet at first, with flavors of dates, bubblegum, and some dark fruits. Some nutty and roasty flavors follow with a bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable, though is also slightly watery.

O: An alright beer, overall, with some interesting flavors and aromas. Unfortunately they don't mesh very well, but it's still a drinkable beer.

n2185, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights, khaki head and plenty of foam on the sides of the glass.

S - Nutty (not sure I would have picked out walnut), sweet malts, light banana, fruity as it warms, light cocoa.

T - More dark fruits in flavor, sweet fruity bubblegum, banana, nutty, toasted bread with light cocoa.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Maybe a little thin and watery but it works really well.

D - Enjoyed all the Perennial beers i have tried so far. Interesting twist on the style.

brewcrew76, Sep 20, 2012
Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.