Warp & Weft - Bellwoods Brewery
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by biegaman:
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
Warp & Weft has a similarly pale, lightly hazed and golden hued complexion to that of tequila (the barrels of which it is aged in) but I found no worm floating in the bottle. Also like the spirit this is entirely flat; spotting bubbles requires the same patience as fishing.
Warp & Weft smells kind of like a college dive bar at closing time. It's not only the strong fumes of tequila and discarded lime wedges, but also the notoriously 'funky' character of the Brettanomyces that almost simulates the scent of stale sweat (and in this case plenty of it). There's also enough aloe to consider being used as a skin ointment.
The palate opens up with a ton of lime fruit and its accompanying tartness and acidity as well as supplementing tartness and acidity from the Lactobacillus bacteria. It all finishes, however, rather disappointingly on the sweet, ultra-bready malts familiar to nearly all Bellwoods beers. The tastes of aloe and guava certainly make this unique, but not quite as 'special' as expected.
I won't deny that Berliner Weisse is an 'acquired taste' but the style's sourness is not only what distinguishes it, but also the quality that makes it so enticing to people like myself. This one lacks in that department and fails to tingle at all on the tongue. In its place, however, is an interesting salinity (saltiness) that truly gives the beer its margarita-like profile.
In Germany it's common practice to add 'flavour shots' to Berliner Weisse; the concept of taking that practice to the next level by aging the beer in spirit barrels is not only logical but, in the case of tequila, a natural compliment. As someone who much prefers gum-splitting sourness to shots of tequila, however, Warp & Weft wasn't my favourite offering, but it was interesting.
02-22-2014 23:41:06 | More by biegaman
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Translucent yellow with one finger of bright white head that quickly reduced to a thing ring around the edges of the glass.
S - Tequila and oak are noticeable up front with a spiciness and a very light tartness coming though.
T - Spiciness up front that somewhat masks the tartness of the base beer, leaving just enough berliner notes coming through to know what the base beer is. The barrel aging really shines here with oak, tequila and spice dominating. Some lighter honey and breadiness in the background.
M - Light body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.
02-18-2014 01:04:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev +5%
This is the version aged in tequila barrels.
Bottle release today, but bottled Jan 9, 2013 according to the bottle. Pretty clear that the year is a typo, since I know this was not bottled a year ago.
Beer is a clear straw-gold colour. Moderately-sized white head. Good retention, slight lacing.
Nose is pretty unique. Lemon, lime and tequila. I know that the folks at the brewery have compared this beer to a margarita, and without having tasted it yet, the scent certainly matches that description. There is a hint of lactic sourness in the nose as well.
The taste is also very, VERY margarita like. Tequila is very strong. I have never had a beer aged in tequila barrels before, so have nothing to compare it to, but the tequila is obvious. Lots of lime and lemon flavour as well. Moderately sour, with a lactic flavour. The sourness is counterbalanced somewhat by the barrel, balancing it somewhat. Despite the tequila, it tastes lighter than 6% to me. The wheat provides its expected crisp malt flavours.
Light to medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Somewhat puckery.
Overall, not like any other beer I have had, which makes it a bit hard to review. The margarita comparison is so evident that I kept expecting to taste salt. Perhaps it would have made sense to put a gose in tequila barrels - but I am glad they did not (I don't like the salt). I like this beer, but it's a shame that it wasn't released in the summer - this has 'summer beer' written all over it (a berliner that tastes like a margarita?). I hope they do it again in warmer months!
01-31-2014 02:16:32 | More by jrenihan
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
Very pale bright blonde colour, ring of white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is pretty bad I must say, tons of tequila, wet wood, oak, very light acidity burried deep down but this smells mostly like tequila and oak and is kind of off putting. Taste wise is the completley different than the nose, acidic and fruity, tequila is there but shows much restraint compared to the nose, oak and a light tartness, lemony citrus, malt and wheat finishbit of salty aftertaste on the lips. Medium carbonation, medium body. I was pleasantly surprised considering how bad I thought this smelled but it was actually delicious, nicely done.
04-02-2014 16:31:54 | More by peensteen
Warp & Weft from Bellwoods Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.