Shnoodlepip - The Wild Beer Co.
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
4.01/5 rDev -5.4%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. A collaboration between three brewers - this crazy brew contains pink peppercorns and passion fruit with saison yeast and Brett to ferment. This is followed by aging in French red wine barrels and a final addition of hibiscus flowers. Outlandish but potentially amazing.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy pinkish-orange hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of intense, fruity sourness with hints of red fruits, subtle passionfruit, light funk, earthy yeast and faint lactic acid. Dry, vinous and juicy - reminds me of a fruit lambic.
Tastes of tart fruit and mild funk, with a dry, lingering finish. Notes of red fruit, mild passionfruit, putative hibiscus, light barnyard funk, earthy yeast, sourness, subtle grass/hay and a faint wine-like hint. Highly attenuated and dry, though the fruit notes lend a degree of balancing sweetness. A prolongued, yeasty acidity upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. The sourness abrades and cleanses the palate. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acidity, earthy yeast and a vague fruitiness.
Intriguing and well-crafted, though challenging. Looks alright - pity the head doesn't stick around. The aroma and flavour are decidedly sour and fruity, with an indistinct character that I suppose to be the hibiscus. Subtle funk lurks in the background. Good body; very dry. The overall impression is similar to a lambic in fruitiness and acidity - who knows what microorganisms may have been contributed by the barrel-aging. Possesses a balanced complexity and a sourness that is significant but not overbearing. Excellent, though I wouldn't want to drink it every day. One for sour lovers - don't pass it up if you come across it.
03-22-2014 23:27:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)
4.93/5 rDev +16.3%
This looks like a really good vintage sparkling rose, pinkish rouge with a barely pink (think white peach) head. The smell is extraordinarily vinous as well, but also very similar to a Flemish red. Oak and acidic funk are surprisingly forward, with passion fruit also articulated with great precision. Concord grapes, wisteria, and pink peppercorns appear as well. There's also a cranberry-citric note that reminds me of a well made cosmopolitan. Must be the hibiscus.
At the first sip, I can't help but utter 'wow.' Woody pink peppercorn, floral hibiscus, tart passion fruit, red wine – it does everything it says on the tin, and then some. It's perfectly balanced, tart and bubbly but not too sharp. The acidity is juicy and mouthwatering, drawing me back for more. The flavours have a smoothness and marriage to them that makes me surprised that this is only 4 months aged. The more I drink, the more nuances I discover - pink grapefruit, rose, medicinal phenols. This is incredible.
09-10-2013 16:48:00 | More by soulgrowl
Shnoodlepip from The Wild Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.