Flower Child - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Batch 99 poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass, carefully following the instructions as to not interrupt the sediment. Unfortunately, it did not work.
SO MUCH SEDIMENT. Honestly, I am all about enjoying the yeast sediment in some of the classic Belgians such as Rochefort 10, but this was a little ridiculous. It was a pale yellow with about a 1/4 inch of gray yeast at the bottom. Not attractive. Maybe something went wrong here.
Smelled sour and yeasty. Picked up some lemon. Not much in the way of a nose, but it did give an indication of the flavor that was to come.
A typical low ABV Berliner. Tart with a slight, and this is going to sound weird, cigar smoke flavor. I think I was slightly turned off by the appearance to really appreciate the taste, but it was nice and refreshing.
A lot of carbonation. Effervescent. Sticks with you.
Unfortunately, I was very turned off by the appearance. I think something went wrong with this bottle, because I am not seeing any other complaints. I drank it, but I was so caught up with the sediment that I wouldn't let myself enjoy it to its fullest extent. I could see this being a nice representation of the style, but it was just a miss for me. If I could drink it down without being preoccupied, it would be a very refreshing beer on a warm day.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2013 02:51:20 | More by dwagner003
3.44/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Batch # 74.
Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better taste over smell in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 01:10:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to the RVA crew for hookin me up with a bottle of this in our recent exchange. A 750ml batch #74 poured into a pair of matching pipeworks berliner bowls. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a still look about it. No rising bubbles showing visible carbonation but a swirl emits a thin lace across the top. Once it gets warmer and you get violent with it, a finger of white cap emerges. WARNING: despite chilling the bottle for 3 days, it is impossible to decant more than 10-12 oz of this clearly. The sediment in this brew infiltrates the entire solution and literally looks like watered down cream of wheat or watery oatmeal.
The aroma is lemony lactic with yogurt and fresh grains like wheat or cereal. At times it has a minor mineral or vegetative note but that is nit-picking. As it warms and is swirled, it emits a bit of sulfur and footy to cheesy aspect. Stretching to say that there is a minor note of something similar to crushed black pepper.
The flavor is lemony lactic with a sort of greek yogurt appeal overtop cereal grains. Also present is a hint of vegetative or black peppery quality, sulfur and carbonic aspect towards the finish. The aftertaste instead of being clean and snappy has a bit of saline character and faint minerals almost indicative of a gose instead of berliner.
This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation than what is expected in the style. Overall it is not bad. It is not the best ive had in the style nor even close to the worst. Nicely done, I look forward to trying Pipeworks other berliner iterations but seriously, what the hell is going on in the bottom of that bottle...
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2013 17:44:54 | More by stakem
Flower Child from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.