Diabolus - Durham Brewery Ltd
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review number 666 - I need something appropriate to mark this milestone....
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2017. Gyle 2288a. Given to me by my brother for my birthday - thanks bro! Described on the label as a soured version of their Temptation Imperial stout. Mentions the addition of gueuze yeast (?), resulting in cider-like lambic qualities married with the roasty fullness of an Imperial stout. Not quite sure what gueuze yeast is, as true lambics contain an unpredictable variety of microorganisms. I suspect that this may just have had Brettanomyces added. Anyway, to the beer....
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears coal-black in the glass. Produces a decent head of creamy mocha-coloured foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a surface layer. An intensely funky sour aroma with notes of tart cider, apples, tangy vinegar, blue cheese, mould, wine, fruity yeast and a hint of dark, roasted malt. A whiff of booze lurks in the background. Complex and vinous.
Tastes sour and funky - turn the horse blanket up to 11! Notes of acidic cider, tart fruitiness, green apples, vinegar, blue cheese, wine, earthy yeast, mould, faint roasted malt, a fleeting hint of chocolate and a twinge of solventy alcohol in the background. A salty soy-sauce hint lurks underneath. Dry and vinous, with a lingering sour finish. Mouthfeel is dry, acerbic and smooth, with decent carbonation. The body is OK but seems a bit insubstantial for the strength and style. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of acidic yeasty fruit with a whisper of blue cheese.
Blimey - this is something else. I can't say it's the easiest beer to get through, though I'm impressed at the effort. Very complex and challenging. Marked down slightly as I feel that it doesn't capture much of the RIS character that the brewers claim - the sourness dominates the aroma and flavour. I'm still intrigued by the claim that it contains 'gueuze' yeast - though it does seem more complex than might be expected from brett alone. Perhaps I'll pay the brewery a visit and ask. An unconventional beer from an innovative brewery - if sours are your thing then this is for you.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2012 02:50:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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