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Winter Zephyr - TRVE Brewing Co.

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Winter Zephyr
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BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
TRVE Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Taperwookie on 03-08-2014)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

so this is the soon to be legendary black sour from trve, a masterpiece already from a daring young brewer. the first batch i had was done in red wine barrels, while the latest batch is done in bourbon. i must confess a preference for the red wine, but the bourbon doesnt weigh the beer down at all or make it unnecessarily sweet, so both are extremely well done. dark dark brown in color, but effervescent carbonation makes it show much lighter than a stout or porter. heady too, with a solid inch of just off white foam resting on top of the dark sea. the nose is lactic heavy, with a pronounced lemony aroma, and just a bit of bitterness from the roast. almost hard to guess its color from the nose alone. the taste is something entirely different form other dark sours. its insanely light for what it is, with the red wine acidity accentuating an already acidic citrusy profile that is totally new to my palate. the dark malt is not the main flavor agent, which shocks me, and i am amazed and how delicate this really is. its closest approximation to me is grilled summer veggies like asparagus, that takes on a little char from the grill, but is still green and earthy at its heart, and when squeezed lemon juice dresses it, its a potent and captivating mix of fresh acidity and charred maturity. this beer is a similar experience, although not vegetal at all. that kind of mix of light and dark, of fire and fresh, is what i take away from this. amazing likeness to fresh lemon juice on the back end, and the finish is puckery but not caustically sour. great carbonation keeps it even lighter. this is the best of all the trve sours so far, one of a kind, and it should really put them on the map.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep mahogany to black with a pale brown, thin fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly
S: Acidic with slight vinegar, bread, and dark fruit notes
T: Bread, fig, plum, black pepper, sour cherry, slight char/wood, malty toast/rye
M: Light body, fizzy carbonation up front but fades quickly
O: Excellent black sour, probably my favorite example of the style (I typical prefer golden sours). Rye spiciness/char is very well balanced with a subtle malt sweetness and deep acidity and complex dark fruits.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting brew with the sour black ale

A- Dark brown hue. Medium lacing with good retention. Medium legs

S- Some tart dark profile funk. I am getting some biting spice.

T- Nice tart dark sour. Some spiced dark fruit I am getting. (That last sentence was written by Yoda).

M- Medium build with higher carb.

O- A nice take on a sour black ale. I tend to go for the sour blonde ales. Thanks John!!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 2) into a tulip.

A-The beer pours with almost two fingers of light-tan head. The foam fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer is quite dark in color, a sort-of midnight purple that is nearly black. It is strangely pretty and appropriately "metal" for TRVE.

S-The aroma is sour with some nice, tart berry fruit (I get some bing cherry and blackberry) blending with a lemony, lactic sourness. I also get a bit of vanilla in there. It is less roasted smelling than other "black" sours or sour stouts. Funk is light to moderate and oaky, rather than barnyard or horsy.

T-The taste is similar to the aroma, if not better. I still get some berry fruit, lots of lactic sourness, and some vanilla. The beer also provides a bit of earthy malty sweetness (think prunes and figs) on the mid-palate. The malty flavors, while not too sweet, provide a nice balance to the sour flavors.

M-The feel is medium body with chunky carbonation that is quick to leave the palate. A nice feel for the style and flavors.

O-This is a pretty good effort and probably my favorite from TRVE. It is balanced, complex, and drinks easily with food. At times, the malt profile makes you think you're sipping on a Tart of Darkness, but other sips suggest something lighter and less roasted, like a dry flanders red. The balance and light touch in this Winter Zephyr may actually make this beer better than Tart of Darkness.

Winter Zephyr from TRVE Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.