Berliner Braun - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by jaasen64:
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
500ml bottle poured into Jack's Abby snifter. Thanks Don (DonFrap) for picking this up for me.
A- Pours a translucent dark brown with a slight red hue to it, a thin white head forms that fizzes away fairly fast to a perfectly flat top. Carbonation somewhat minimal but decent consistency. Very dark for a berliner but like the description says it's supposed to be like that.
S- Strong wheat base with a prevalent sour mash presence balanced with subtle citrusy dark fruits that blend in with the the sour grainy aspect of the beer. There are definitely some nice complexities to this beer and it definitely follows the aroma of a traditional berliner with a slight darker presence.
T- Definitely a strong wheat base with a grainy sour presence. The citrusy dark fruits are a little bit more prevalent then on the nose with raspberries, cherries, lemons. The darker influence added some nice complexities to the typical berliner presence, overall though it still isn't the best berliner I've tried.
M- Fairly dry, a lightly bit fizzy on the mouthfeel but light carbonation, decently easy drinking for a beer but not so much for the style.
O- This was an interesting take on a berliner but it was far from my favorite representation of the style. My favorite things about berliners is that they are highly crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable while being quite flavorful. While there were some nice subtle complexities this definitely wasn't the most flavorful berliner I've had and the 5.5% prevents it from being extremely drinkable. This was made to be aged in barrels with raspberries added which I think will do a good job at balancing the beer out while adding more flavor. I look forward to trying the finished product!
02-12-2014 01:54:39 | More by jaasen64
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4.05/5 rDev +14.4%
500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Sampled previously at brewery. This bottle was very fresh - consumed within a week of bottling.
This is an attractive beer to me - a raisin brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head was pretty lively but short-lived. It looks "pretty" - it almost glows ruby-like under the light.
The aroma struck me as very wine-like and very juicy in the fruit juice sense. It is a very inviting and enticing - seems to promise a refreshing brew.
The smell in no way prepared me for the taste. The sourness is prevalent to say the least, but was a very enjoyable taste sensation. But it gets quickly overshadowed by the fruit components - Granny Smith type apple, grape/raisin/white wine, more of a cranberry tartness than citrusy. A nice intrusion of malt at the finish with some nuttiness.
Mouthfeel - this was light, tingly, refreshing. Clean tasting, not much if an aftertaste. Reminded me of a spritzer type soft drink.
I really enjoyed this beer and have several to experience as they age. I don't know if it is "authentic" in terms of the style, but it tastes great to me. The brewery says they are aging some on cherries - that should be outstanding as well. It would add another layer of flavor to a brew that already has plenty of flavor going down.
02-23-2014 17:36:42 | More by LeRose
3.64/5 rDev +2.8%
A- 500ml bottle poured to a pint glass with a crimson red, light brown body. A fizzy head rises to perhaps half a finger at the max but dies down to literally nothing after only a few moments. None of this is out of style. Lacing is out of the question.
S- Does not scream sour but lactic tart and fruit notes come to mind. The base brown beer lends hints of toast, graininess, brown sugar and raisin.
T- Follows the aroma with a balance struck between lactic sour mash and a brown lager base. Notes of lactic fruits, bitter lemon zest, cherry flesh and pits, yeast bread, toasted grains, brown sugar and spiced raisins.
MF- Light end body with a fizzy texture. Carbonation is lacking a bit for this style and it would probably be medium-low as far as Berliners go.
Lightly sour with a nice brown ale base that provides a good malt and yeast influence.
05-23-2014 03:07:31 | More by cbutova
Berliner Braun from Jack's Abby Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.