Stumptown Tart (2013) - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Pegasus:
4/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Hazy reddish-brown in color, with a moderate, dense off-white head, which retains superbly. Thick, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. Before a light, the carbonation is profuse and fast-rising.
Aroma: Dense aroma of tart berries, with a sour quality. Moderate bread and cracker malt notes lie beneath the berries. Despite the high ABV (7.8%), I cannot detect any alcohol notes in the aroma. A faint aroma of bread-like yeast notes are present.
Taste: Opens rather tart, with notable berry character, with the raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries each being discernible. The blackberry flavors are strongest, followed by the raspberries, and then the blueberries. Beneath this, there is a layer of clean pale malt, which recalls berry preserves slathered on fresh toasted white bread. Late in the taste, a quite restrained herbal hop presence appears, balancing out the tart and sweet flavors of the berries. Finishes with a long, lingering berry note, balanced by a restrained herbal hop presence. The high ABV (7.8%) is artfully concealed.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and very pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example, perfect for toasting the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in September of 2013 for $6.49 plus tax for a twenty-two ounce bomber.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 01:44:51 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Bright redish amber with a little brownish hue. White head with low retention and medium carbonation.
S: Sweet with raspberry and strawberry notes. Warm spice with coriander. A dash of vanilla.
T: Sweet up front and finishing tart. Full raspberry and blackberry notes, don't notice the addition of blueberries so much. More mellow vanilla notes finish it. Slightly salty at the end.
M: Very refreshing. The tartness finishes very clean. Slight salty sourness leaves you dry and thirsty for more.
O: Great refreshing hot weather beer. I enjoyed this on the deck playing board games. Very tasty and clean, but not as complex as I thought it would be. Also it lacked the Belgian flavor I thought it would since it claimed 'Belgian style ale.' Though it wasnt quite what I expected, it was still quite good. This also did an amazing job hiding the high alcohol.
Re-Review: I've had a bottle of this sitting in my beer cave for a year. Last review was a year and a day ago, 7-5-13. This one is 7-6-14. The appearance has gotten more brown with hazy red purple, and a touch of orange. Still hints of fruit with bright strawberry on the nose with a slight old library book kind of musk. Old cedar and mahogany come out of the taste really quickly. Then followed up with sweet dark rhubarb and a mild tartness and sourness of black cherry. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and chewy but finishes quite clean with a nice saltiness. Overall, a year has made taken this from a decent beer to a solid and more complex beer. Probably less fruit forward than before but still with a fair amount of fruit sweetness. This tart definitely got better with age!
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 05:07:48 | More by constantine_272
3.56/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
i like this one, although the earlier vintages sound a little more exciting and appealing to me. this is a flat finished pink beer with some yeast bits turbid in suspension and an inch of white head with fine retention. the nose is just a bit of a generic berry thing. when you mix so many berries, they lose their own unique flavors and sort of merge into one, but i get raspberry the most. belgian yeast is real subtle, not bright and dominant, and the nose doesnt really indicate a begian beer. the taste does, although still subtly. i get just a hint of a banana fruit complex over the berries, but i dont get the spice, and i sure dont get the radiance int he feel, carbonation is well short of effervescent. again, raspberry is the berry that stands out the most, but what i like best about this is that its not sweet. very little residual sugar even with all the fruit, highly desirable yet uncommon. not exactly beer though, as i dont taste much grain and absolutely no hops. i like it, but not well enough to buy it. well hidden alcohol. i would love to try the strawberry or the marionberry editions. a more distinct specific fruit profile would have improved this i think.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 17:45:57 | More by StonedTrippin
3.06/5 rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and a branded pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into a Spaten stangekrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. 7.8% ABV confirmed. "Ale brewed with raspberries, blueberries & blackberries." Reviewed as a Belgian style fruit beer based on the description featured on the label.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of light white-pink colour. Poor thickness; appears weak. No real creaminess. Subpar lacing. Retention is slightly above average - just over 2 minutes.
Body colour is a quasitransparent, translucent orange-pinkish. Roughly average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
Looks like about what you'd expect for a Belgian berry ale, but it does seem a bit artificial.
Sm: Lots of sugars. Berries and currants too; I get blueberry and redcurrant but the other notes sort of blend together. Light biscuity yeast character. Pilsner malts. A touch of pleasant tartness is a highlight here. Never ventures into sour territory. Clean and fragrant, with obvious fruitiness. A pleasant if slightly artificial aroma of mild strength. Looking forward to trying it.
No alcohol or hop character is detectable.
T: Bursts of plump berry abound. The foundation is mainly pilsner malts, with a clean barley edge. Fruity throughout, as anticipated. Clean. Quite simple and narrow, but balanced. Nicely built for what it is; it never veers so far into artificial territory that it hits medicinal or cough syrupy notes - which would be easy to do. No bitterness. Certainly on the sweeter end. Blueberries, redcurrants, fake berry fruit extract. Frankly, I'm surprised I like it as much as I do. I can tell the yeast is a Belgian strain.
No hop character or alcohol comes through - not bad for 7.80%. I get no off-flavours aside from hints of artificial fruit extract - like what a homebrewer might use for his/her first fruit beer.
Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are average. This beer certainly isn't unique or special, but it executes its simple premise decently without picking up any off-flavours. For the price point, that's a decent accomplishment.
Mf: Clean, smooth, and wet. A bit refreshing. Slightly overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Okay body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. There's no real marriage of texture to taste, but the mouthfeel is passable. Inoffensive and decently executed.
Not oily, harsh, boozy, gushed, or hot.
Dr: A decent little beer from Bridgeport for the summertime. Might be a good brewski with which to lure one's wife into craft beer. I won't be getting it again, but I can't complain about the price point. You could do worse for a berry ale. It met my meagre expectations. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's alright for what it is. I'll kill the bomber with ease.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 04:02:20 | More by kojevergas
Stumptown Tart (2013) from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.