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Valentino - Night Shift Brewing

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 16
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Red berliner weisse aged in rum barrels
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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 16
Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a soapy head. Nose expresses medicinal cherry notes. Taste follows nose; however, there are also some light malty notes and faint cardboard quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation; however, it's so acidic that it burns. Overall, this beer is way too acidic for my generally liking.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled on 2/7/14.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, rye, fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite sour but tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a rich, caramelized amber, sitting in the glass a deep ruby. A small scrim of light tan bubbles form with little to no retention. The beer’s body is hazy in the light, with slight cloudiness and very little of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells richly complex, moving from malt vinegar, to light cherry pie and fruit leather, to richly complex oaken vanilla, to chocolate. As it opens, there even are hints of rum soaked raisins, subtle green apple and apple skins. The nose is not overpowering but is hugely complex. Bravo Night Shift. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity sweet and fruity sour with a lovely tannic finish that dries out the sip a bit and adds nice structure. Slight acetone and solvent notes are also present (perhaps from the brandy barrel?), but are kept in check, adding further complexity. In flavor, the beer tastes of oak-filled sweet and sour sauce, in a good way... As it closes, the beer brings rich vanilla, oak, cherry pie, and a touch of hot solvent. Splashes of rich cherry syrup, and a bready woodiness also cross the middle and end of the sip. The aftertaste is slightly sticky sweet with soft tannic wood, as well as nice vanilla tinged oak. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body, with a gelling syrupy mouthfeel, and soft carbonation. The acidity definitely gives a bit of a pucker and prickle to the mouth, and the tannic wood adds a touch of astringency that grips the mouth a bit too much. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly astringent with a syrupy sweetness in the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a richly complex and decadent oak aged wild ale. The solvent flavors are unfortunate and a bit hot, but they are not overpowering, just a touch off-putting. This is a great offering from Night Shift, and is probably the best non-American Weisse sour/wild ale that I’ve had from them. A rich and complex ale that already offers enough sourness and pucker for even the hardest of mouths. I hope they release more variants of this.

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Valentino from Night Shift Brewing
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.