Muscat Love - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by freed:
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
I tried this at OBF2004 but it was late in the evening and my reviewing skills and palette were shot. But I fell in love with the quirky beer and decided to track it down and try it again.
Had a glass of this on tap at the Widmer Gasthaus. The "love" was a completely opaque, hazy yellow - almost a dim canary. It was topped by a rim of miniscule bubbles that stuck around for the duration of the glass.
The aroma is really quite hard to peg. There's just a hint of some fruit creeping around the edges of a fairly dominant (but careful) hop aroma. However the slight grape aroma and the hop combine to create a surprisingly distinct sage brush aroma. It took a couple sips to finally figure out the flavor, which also has a very reminiscent sage taste, but it seems quite appropriate, and does quite a bit for memories.
The sage brush aroma tugs as my memories of the Yakima Valley - where you've got three rather appropriate plants: Hops, grapes, and sage brush. Maybe this is just a personal sensation, but its really rather striking and enjoyable.
The taste is not as sweet as you might expect, and is a little more bitter the second time I have it. There's also a champagne sensation in the dryness and bitterness that's not as evident in the taste. However, the slightly sweet, slightly tart mixture of grapes and hops works magnificently, though its quite a challenge of a drink to describe.
I'm really glad I tracked this down, and I'm really glad that Widmer keeps offering such peculiar concoctions at OBF each year.
08-08-2004 02:27:12 | More by freed
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4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
Muscat Love was sampled at the Widmer Gasthaus. Muscat grapes and lemongrass were utilized in the creation of this inspired brew. In the glass, the beer was a clouded yellow straw color, and was topped by a thin, fine white head. The nose was facsinating, presenting a rich late-harvest grape sweetness and a sort of prickly, musky, lemongrass bouquet. These two elements work so well together in a beer. One might be concerned with how such a beer might taste, but Im here to say you need not worry! Tasting the concoction revealed a late-harvest grape maltiness that elaborated itself with very spicy accents..subtle integrated lemon, black pepper, light corander, ginger(?), citric zest. These flavors pleased the palate while a zippy, white winey, bittered spice finish kicked in, leaving lingering remnants of the above flavors. This description doesnt really illustrate how well these well-developed and complex flavors worked and melded together to produce a completely unique beverage, while stilll keeping it tasting like beer and not some wacky spiced fruit drink. To complete the package, the body was very smooth, sort of creamy, and somewhat fluffy...working very well for the flavors and character of the beer. I think it is amazing that such an original beer could come out so good. And its made by Widmer! Bottle this stuff already, and start earning the reputation of an innovative and talented brewer of fine beer, rather than just of producer of bland, forgettable stuff.
08-26-2004 02:48:32 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. Thanks to BA weefisheads for providing some (from the last available keg) for us to enjoy.
A: The serving container for this beer was a plastic jug, as it had been brought from the Widmer cellar by our host. Frankly, the color of Muscat Love and it's cloudy plastic vessel reminded me of a urine sample! In the glass, the golden liquid retained most of those characteristics, unfortunately...however...
S: ...wow, a rich intoxicating wild smell of grapes. Is this beer or wine? Sweet and untamed, there were some grassy/hay-like aromas and hints of clover or honey.
T: Also amazing, very much grape-forward but with zesty citrus, spice and a sweet/tart clean finish. Complex and surprisingly good.
M: Smooth and mellow, has many attributes of a sweet white wine, perhaps a gewurtztraminer or reisling. There's a nice lingering dry sweetnes and a refined full body. ABV was estimated at 11%, perhaps due to extra aging since this beer was retired, so the mouthfeel was probably even more velvety smooth than when tried in earlier reviews.
D: Drinkable, yes, but in small quantities - powerful stuff with a unique flavor. Definitely one of the oddest beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is a sipper, no doubt. I'm grateful to have had a try of this very rare beer; again, many thanks to our gracious host. I'm hoping the style may be revived one day; if so I'll be near the head of the line to get more.
09-26-2006 23:30:35 | More by msubulldog25
Muscat Love from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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