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Freigeist Abraxxxas | Braustelle

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Brewed by:
Braustelle
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Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

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267
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of big pillow-like white froth for a cap. The cap slowly fades back to a fingers strength that maintains throughout the entire duration. It leaves patches of lace all over the glass. Carbonation continually streams out of solution in support of the froth that is sitting atop.

The smell of this brew includes the smoked woodsy notes that were also evident in the smaller version of this brew. It is almost beefy smelling with faint notes of plastic leading into a minor medicinal quality. Some sulfur and cheese is present but the main factor to this brew's aroma is the smoke that seems a bit pete'd, earthy and grassy. As it warms up, there is this crazy contribution of something almost like juniper that comes out across the back.

The taste is tart, savory and almost salty at times. Whereas the smaller version of this brew had a sharp distinction between the smoke and lactic tartness, this brew is blended together a bit more with the flavors not being so separated. There is a bit more malt inclusion here that is toasty to lightly sweet and caramel-like. A touch of apple cidar vinegar is present mid palate before the finish of tartness and smoke. There is a bit more earthy quality present as it warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very effervescent level of carbonation. Everything about this brew is bigger than the Abraxas; the carbonation, the residual malt inclusion, the alcohol, etc. The smoke and tartness are just as evident as the other version but this one just seems to be a bit better blended. The smoke transitions to tart a bit better with the more solid grain inclusion that is here. For 6% though, the alcohol is still masked pretty well. I enjoyed both of these very much and for different reasons. If I had to pick one and only one though, I would choose the Abraxas over Abraxxxas.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Backlog review, drank at urwithdave's house, with captainredbeard and gtreid.

Drank side-by-side with regular Abraxas

A - Pours a rustic golden-apricot hue, and is capped with a persistent wisp of white froth.

S - This brew has some smoke to it, as advertised; I dig it, the tasting group is evenly divided over this. Grapefruit rind and overripe citrus notes are apparent, and are a bit different from the funky hay and lemon that is standard fare, and that is displayed in the regular version of this brew. Unconventional, yes, but pretty nice and definitely interesting.

T - The flavor carries some smoke, too. The are grainy and hay-like notes, slight hints of apple, lemon and grapefruit, and mild tartness; these are all tinged with a mellow smoky-medicinal note. Again, very interesting, and quite enjoyable. My major complaint is that the alcohol is fairly easy to discern; a bad trait for the style, 'Imperial' or not.

M - The feel is moderately light and somewhat pert. Works well, but not as good as the regular.

D - The Imperial version here is way more interesting, but perhaps less easily enjoyed than the regular, more straightforward incarnation.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2nd beer of sour night. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy copperish orange color. Nice off-white head appears and retains for much of the glass.

A: Smoke and ash right away. Not at all what I was expecting from a Berliner. I do get the underlying notes of citrus and lemon. But the smoky bacon aroma is rather off-putting.

T: Mush of the same off-putting smoke and char flavor. I do get some sourness from the lemon and other citrus flavors, but the smoke overpowers the brew. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation. Light body.

D and overall impression: Not something I would have again. Overall, the smoke does not work with this beer. Regular Abraxus blows this out of the water. Skal.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2012, into tulip. Pours cloudy, deep golden body with orangeish tint topped by medium, dense white head with good persistence. I'm surprised by the head retention inconsistent with the high acidity and the relatively low hop content.
The initial aroma is clean malty sweetness with intense fruity character of apple and pear. The sniffing session peels off the layers of complex aroma revealing faint sourness and subtle smoky character beneath.
On the contrary to the aroma where the sourness has been well masked, the flavor profile starts with sharp lactic, somewhat lemony sourness verging on acidity, being quickly followed by smoke with bacon-like aspects, something I was unable to detect in Abraxas. The beer could be described as Rauchbier with Berliener Weise used as the base-beer. The balance between underlying beer and smokiness is great and reflects the character of both. Low hoppy bitterness emerges towards the dry finish. The malty backbone is clean and nearly imperceptible. No smoke-derived harsh, burnt or charred flavors, as it should be. Medium-light bodied and effervescent yet with soft carbonation.

In short: A smoke-veil dressed Berliener Weisse and one of the the most refreshing brews you'll ever come across.

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Photo of gn0sis
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very interesting Berliner Weisse/sour ale hybrid.. The aroma is that of funk, fruit, and grass, very complex , reminiscent of a dewy field. There is a major shock upon taking the first sip, as the taste and smell differ vastly. The taste has a strong Berliner muskiness upfront and a thin, lactic finish. Hints of smoke and dryness in the mouthfeel..Very curious brew.. Would love another go at this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the big, smoked brother of Freigeist Abraxas. The same dark green 0.75cl capped sparkling wine type bottle being used.

Given to me by Sebastian, one of the brewers, thanks again.

Poured into Berlinerweiss bowl, a Westmalle chalice and a Grolsch 'Het Canon' cup.

Cloudy, moody and murky, a Jaffa Cake marmalade colour, no head to talk of.

The smell was of burnt peat, old ash trays and grapefruit!

The taste was of weak smoked ham, acidic, but not vinergarous, sour, bitter and fairly dry. The grapefruit from the aroma also came into the flavours.

I found the beer interesting, but 'not my cup of tea'.

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