Kulture Clash
Rogue Ales

Kulture ClashKulture Clash
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 16.97%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
32
From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  8
SCORE
88
Very Good
Kulture ClashKulture Clash
Notes: A clash of beer and kombucha cultures create this unique sour ale.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From tasting notes 12/15/19

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and golden in color with a white, near finger width head. Fair retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Good lacing with webbing decorating a good portion of the glass.

Smell - Kombucha is prevalent. Herbal aroma with some tart, vinegary character.

Taste - Tart and somewhat vinegary with some leafy, herbal and tea-like flavors. Hints of grain. Kombucha flavors really linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body fair carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a refreshing finish.

Overall - I'm not digging the flavor here. Aptly named, because the kombucha is certainly clashing with that blonde ale base. Just too much vinegar at work here.

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Photo of teromous
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There does not seem to be a date on the bottle. the bottle I have is different from what is portrayed; a turquoise colored bottle with a sloth meditating like Buddha. The side says "ALC. 6.9% BY VOL.", "IBU 4", and "SRM 8."

Appearance: The beer is a light hazy gold with a short frothy white head. It has good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a wonderful aroma of spearmint and honeydew melon. In the background there is a tart raspberry scent. The aroma is fantastic.

Taste: This wonderful creamy spearmint flavor comes through with a touch of raspberry and wheat. The finish has a bit of lime character to it. There is a bit of a sour note to the finish which is very appealing and gives it a bit of extra acidity.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a smooth texture with an expert balance of tartness and sweetness. There is a slickness to the beer that seems to expedite the delivery of flavors.

Overall: I know that this beer has been brewed in the past given the lime colored label on the website here. I would strongly recommend trying this if you are a fan of interesting tasting beers that are rewarding. I was very impressed by this beer and I am really glad I picked this one up. It does this wonderful dance between sweet and sour which makes this beer extremely memorable. The beer would be great for a special occasion at any time of the year. I would drink this again and I would highly recommend buying the current iteration of this beer. As is the case with all things wild, sometimes they work in your favor and sometimes against. This beer definitely works in the favor of the palate.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My thanks to Tommy Kijak for getting me the last bottle at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) as a part of the annual Secret Santa gift exchange!

From the Bottle: "Imperial Blonde Ale blended with Kombucha Tea"; "A Rogue collaboration brew with … Townshend's Brew Dr. Kombucha"; "Dedicated to the Mother Scoby"; "Kulture Clash is an explosive collusion with Brew Dr. Kombucha, a fearless fermenter and world-class Oregon brand. By combining the unique, tangy flavors of a custom-brewed kombucha with a Rogue imperial blonde ale specifically brewed to complement it, we've created a flavorful, invigorating balance of blonde and bold that both kombucha and beer drinkers will enjoy."; "No chemicals, preservatives or additives".

The first step was to Pop! off the oxygen fixing cap before I could begin my slow, gentle C-Line pour. I was mesmerized as it foamed up of its own accord to form two-plus fingers of dense, puffy, foamy, bone-white head with great retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting yet another impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose was … odd. I could smell it coming out of the bottle, but it was not a sour funkiness. Instead, it had an earthy funkiness, like the time that we visited Kennett Square, PA, the Mushroom Capital of the World. THAT kind of funk. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was actually quite pleasant, kind of tart & lightly puckering, but with a lemony-minty quality. I was reminded of something, but I could not put my finger on it. Lemonheads? Imprecise. Lemon & eucalyptus? Is that why the sloth is prominent? Why not a koala? The flavors did not clash, though. This was really quite pleasant! I am not generally a fan of beers in & of this style, but this was very nice. It was dry and minty in a very cool way, laving me feeling like I had taken a deep breath in the middle of a pine forest with each sip. Refreshing? You betcha! I got it! Kinda like a minty Lime Life Saver! Not lemon, but lime! I ain't lime! Finish was tart & dry, but nowhere near puckering. This was a curious little treat. Perhaps not for everyone, but I liked it. YMMV.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden/orange with a thin short lived head. I'm getting a bit of orange in the smell...maybe some grapefruit too. Taste is dominated by bittersweet citrus and a hint of honey showing up mid palate and both stick around as the beer goes down. Nice bright, not too thin mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation. Very enjoyable on this oppressive summer day on Long Island.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Hazy up top with a lot of clarity; orange/yellow/amber depending on the lighting and the hazy/clarity characteristics with a medium fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Sweetness dominates with notes of green tea, orange, malt, wheat, honey.
T - Blonde ale up front with kombucha behind - the tea dominates the palate though. Notes of sweet malt up front from the blonde ale followed by notes of green tea: earth, citrus, and honey. Overall, very sweet, but surprisingly good and refreshing.
F - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Somewhat fizzy, but not over the top.
O - This one was really weird at first as I wasn't really knowing what to expect, never having had a tea beer or kombucha. At first I was really taken back by the sweetness of this brew, but after accepting the flavors of tea alongside beer, I really came to appreciate what Rogue was doing with this beer. It fits the bill: it's got the characters of a blonde ale mixed with a tea. Would I buy this one again? No, probably not, but would I try another tea beer, sure, and I have Rogue to thank for that.

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Photo of g00ey
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious beer. Near perfect beer/kombucha blend. Hazy blond with nice tightly packed foam topping. Citrusy smell. Bright, citrusy, refreshing, slightly tart taste. Can definitely taste the kombucha. I like kombucha, but don't love it, although I love this. Better than any of the high alcohol kombucha's I've had. It's a weird combo but the marriage definitely works. Rogue got it right. This is a great summertime brew.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

**
05/09/2018

Bottle to Snifter. Not much into Kombucha (not even 100% sure what it is), but I had to have this for the bottle collection.

LOOK: Orange-yellow color with a very mild haze. Small white head that fades. Poor retention.
AROMA: Ginger, Lemon. Touch of Kimchi which must be whatever is fermenting. Pineapple maybe.
TASTE: Citrus. Lemon. Tea. Ginger. Lime, Hay, grass, .
FEEL: a nice bite that is a little sour, a little bitter, a little astringent.....but it all falls in place with the ginger.

Pleasantly surprised. The first few wafts/sips were disheartening, but I really worked into this throughout dinner and later. Reminds me of a different kind of ginger beer. There are really a lot of flavors and aromas that come and go throughout. Very Interesting.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square - another relatively inexpensive serving option, compared to the bottled version.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of wispy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of coral reef lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of musty hippie herbal tea, grainy and bready pale malt, a bit of muddled citrus flesh, a further indistinct funky fruitiness, and some tame earthy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy cereal malt, over-sugared funky herbal tea, some orange and generic grapefruit rind, and more earthy, leafy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing any sort of to-do here. It finishes on the sweet side, the saccharine, musty tea essence predominating.

Overall - you know the feeling when you get to the bottom of a mug of your ex-wife's weird herbal tea, where the sugar wasn't adequately stirred? That's this, essentially - overly sweet Kombucha, joined with a bland Blonde ale. This amount is more than enough for me.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a sloth-adorned yellow-green bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Love the artwork.

L: Nearly clear light golden pour. Thin white head... falls fast with modest lacing.

S: Spicy... tea/kombucha. Mild funk and light citrus.

T/F: Sweet with mild tartness.... spicy and exotic. Light lemon citrus... mild funk and sweet tea... honey. Tangy... light bodied... somewhat fizzy carbonation. Sticky on the aftertaste.

O: What an odd little beer... yet surprisingly tasty. Not really a sour... more like a sweet-tart with spice. Enjoying this way more than expected after a few hours of yard work. Good stuff!

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Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy, yellow-gold colored liquid without much of a head. The aroma has under-ripe fruit, with a lemon-zing tartness. There is also an earthy scent...I get a little peanut and herb. The taste is sweet...I get pale malt and kombucha tea. There is a little tartness, with some honey and more tea. Full in body. Very flavorful.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount or streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, and biscuit; with light pepper, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, tea, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, and biscuit; with light pepper, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light lactic tartness, yeast spiciness, and herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, biscuit, light pepper/funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, tea, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.9%. Overall this is an excellent sour blonde ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, tea, pale/wheat malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mellowly acidic/bitter/drying finish. This has great well rounded wild/funky complexity of the kombucha tea, without all the vinegar; with a really great balanced base American blonde ale. A very enjoyable, unique, and well made offering.

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Kulture Clash from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 32 ratings