Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.54/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage Weyerbacher Riserva from a 750ml bottle into two tulips. Long time want, first time tasting. I'm excited.
Pours a mucky brown color with some orange-red as the glass tapers. Dirty white head resists falling past a half of an inch. Soapy consistency to the foam. Looks good for the style; dark and ugly.
Smells ridiculously funky and Bretty. Mildewed bathroom and soap scum coupled with black raspberry jam, oak, and cider vinegar. Picking up a whole lot of tartness in the nose. Great sweet and sour aroma here. This is gonna be a treat. The nose is incredible to begin with and I'm ready to dive in.
The taste follows the nose, adds more complexities, sweetness, and alcohol. I love the raspberry character, you know the preserves that comes with the seeds? But, it's as if this jar of preserves was left out to spoil and sour with fungus. With that spoilage comes a white wine vinegar acidity and layers of scummy funk that's pungent enough to relate to spiciness on the back of the tongue and in the back of the throat. That, actually, could be the oak barrel contributing. Don't get me wrong, this isn't super sour. But, it's got some great Brett at work. Don't think I didn't snag a second bottle to sit on.
Mouthfeel is tart and just short of refreshing. Lots of muck, which is a good thing. The alcohol warmth is great-feeling. The spiciness in the finish is piquant and tickling. The fruit element is superb, as well. Medium carbonation has to be in play for this great effect.
I'm a huge supporter of Weyerbacher beers. This one tops my list for them. No easy task considering how much I adore Insanity. A must have, and well worth the $17.99 paid per bottle. Excellent wild ale.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2012 02:49:20 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
1.54/5 rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Bought this a while back. 2010 vintage..the SUPER SOUR year. Should be fun...or hideous. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a crystal clear ruby hue with absolutely no carbonation or head. Little bit of legs, but..yah..sigh
S - Aromas of raspberries and oak...oh yah, nostril searing sourness. Vinegar big time. As it warms though it becomes almost all acetone.
T - Taste is well..not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Let me say though...goddamn is this sour. Almost stomach turning so. The raspberry is there, along with the oak, but this is so acidic and sharp. Like drinking a glass of vinegar and nail polish
M - Mouthfeel is entirely flat.
O - Overall, this is one of the worst things I've ever drank. So pissed...this beer was awesome when it was fresh....it's so horrible now. Why did I not drink this fresh?!
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 03:09:37 | More by rudzud
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Mini-review taken from notes jolted at a bottle share done at the Albany Taproom in December. This was brought by me – a special thanks to jbravato for sending me this a good long while ago! Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a mini snifter. 2012 vintage.
Medium ruby, with pinkish and light reddish notes at the rim. Contains a decent amount of a light indigo head, which soon dissipates to a slightly noticeable ring. Very vinous in quality (rather than an American inspired Lambic) due in part to the high ABV, which shows. Gets cloudier with each subsequent pour, but pretty appealing for an American wild.
Huge notes of berries and red fruit immediately blast the nostrils in a rather astonishing manner, complete with a refined resilience in part by the oak and alcohol. Tart raspberries, boysenberries, and blackberries are way up front here, with a bit of indistinguishable red fruit at the finish. Some caramel, baking soda, violets, lavender, and other baking spices from the oak, as well as a light bready finish in part of the base beer. This is very close in quality to many top fruit aged Lambics I've had in the past – the missing link is the lack of any barnyard funky notes found in the former. Rather, this is quite acidic and tart, already on the nose, in a manner that is noticeable from a piercing astringency that tickles the nostrils each time. Truly phenomenal.
Less tart on the palate, yet equally enjoyable to savor for other reasons – mainly in part with the astonishing fruit texture that really makes this unique. Slightly soured raspberries and blackberries (mainly, anyhow) coat the palate in the same respect as if you're eating the fruit by themselves, with a crisp, refreshing mineral texture soon following afterwards. Some notes of caramel, toffee, and baking soda make up the oak-laden finish, which really helps round up the sour structure from the fruit and provide a tasty, mouth cleansing experience that prepares you for your next sip. Medium-dry, with a crisp finish. Complex overall, but delightfully restrained. This is what wild ales should strive to be in American brewing – packs a punch without destroying your inner bowels by the finish.
It IS, however, $25 a bottle, and that's definitely a hard sale to make when I can find other excellent options domestically and abroad for far less. Still, I'm impressed how well the fruit flavor has held up (perhaps improved?) over the past year, and I'm curious to see how it would evolve further and find what would replace the fruit notes as soon as they faded off. Absolutely a must-try, and perhaps once again if you're not concerned about the size of your wallet.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 07:37:16 | More by magictacosinus
Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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