Wild Brew 2013 - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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3.05/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - The cork shoots off dramatically. Pours with huge white head. Pocked with islands of foam.
Smell - A tinge of bright lemony acidity. Grainy. Pale malt doughiness.
Taste - Really grainy. Sweet doughy malts again. A little bit earthy in the back. Bitter.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Too sweet and bitter at the same time.
Overall - I don't dig the extreme graininess.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 23:34:58 | More by Alieniloquium
3.74/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Resurrecting the medieval grain from the grave, spelt becomes the focus for Choc and Prairie's latest collaboration brew. With its soft bready sweetness and starchiness and the slight husken taste that's somewhat rye-like, the grain gives this Belgian-style Saison a descernible bready lift.
Easily mistaken for German Hefeweizen, its glowing straw-gold color is significantly cloudy to impede anything beyond a mid-level luminescence. Building a creamy and long-lasting froth, the beer's head character tops the ale like meringue. As the session ensues, the ale laces the glass with well-defined rings laid upon the glass.
The common fruit and spice medley of Saisons play out beautifully on the nose and does so with medium intensity with alternating apples, coriander, lemons, white pepper, pear and clove- all this on a bed of fresh baking bread and dough. Its light confectionery sweetness gives a plumpness to the yeast esters and offers balance to the spicy wine-like notes. Light cork-like must and damp hay come to life as the beer warms to continue its complex set of aromas.
Its taste plays out similarly as its bready sweetness lays on the tongue with more flavor impact than is usual for the style. Its procession across the middle palate offers the fruit-forward taste of citrus, tropical and orchard varieties. Along with lemons and apples, soft banana, pineapple, papaya and orange notes give a zesty acidity to balance the malt sweetness. So do the spice notes that emerge in the beer's finish. Coupled with grassy hops, its brightness of freshly grated white pepper, coriander, clove and earthy cumin round out in a slight champagne finish.
Medium bodied, this beer's uniqueness lies in its heavier-than-usual malty weight due to bread and grain structures. This added sweetness and bulk layers on the palate and is creamied up by its assured carbonation. But as the ale finishes, it does so with slight alcohol warmth and a slow but consistent fade toward semi-dryness and playful acidity.
Where spelt may have been a common staple in farmhouse brewing during medieval Belgium brewing, its "boutique" limited nature relegates it to a specialty grain for brewers. It would be neat to see spelt used in conjunction with rye and used in turbid mashes for a fuller and more complex effect.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2013 16:54:01 | More by BEERchitect
Wild Brew 2013 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.