Where The Wild Things Macerate Raspberries | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Where The Wild Things Macerate RaspberriesWhere The Wild Things Macerate Raspberries

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lambic style beer aged in French oak wine barrels with raspberries added.

Added by tectactoe on 08-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. A sour beer from Dark Horse... uh-oh. This one inched me in though, because it's actually listed as a "lambic" and it's not just one of their regular line-up beers with the word "sour" in front of it (in English *or* French). This beer pours a muddled and muddy looking crimson color, like a fresh pressed raspberry skin bloodbath. No head, no nothing - not even a film or collar. Tiny carbonation bubbles are still evident, though.

The aroma is a raspberry marathon; raspberry juice, jam, preserves... seemingly sweet with an initially incognito tartness that makes it's way in over time. Slight musk and oaky funk, but nothing really on par with a true Belgian lambic. I'm completely okay with that, though. Kind of smells like Lindeman's Framboise with a little less funk and a little more tartness on the nostrils. Good, pure, and vibrant execution of the fruit in question.

It does have a nice sour bite on the palate; one sip in and this is already leagues better than every other "sour" beer that Dark Horse has made (whether it be intentional or accidental). Fresh, sour raspberry juice all up in this bitch; a tart spike hits your tongue quickly and blanches into a softer, more subtle sweetness. The amount of "sweet" in this beer is nearly perfect - it's not so sweet that you need to go run and brush your teeth when you've finished your glass.

I'm picking up some light grape skin notes, borderline vinous but not quite there yet, with a tiny touch of vinegar in the aftertaste as well. Not sure if this thing was in a barrel or not... listed as a "lambic", I would assume so, but with Dark Horse, nobody can really say for sure. That being said, the flavor doesn't contain nearly enough of the oaky or funky flavors that I love within the style, but it has still proven to be a damn good beer, regardless, and it certainly way better than some of the Belgian lambics out there, like Lindeman's or Boon. Crisp, sharp, wet mouth feel; thin-medium bodied with substantial carbonation.

Wasn't sure how I felt going into this venture, but it actually turned out quite nice. This was one of the many raspberry beers enjoyed that day, and while it wasn't the leader of the pack, it was still pretty damn good. Too bad Dark Horse doesn't bottle sour beers like this, instead of Aigre Plead the Fifth and Sour 3 Guys... What the hell? This stuff is great! It has restored a bit of dignity to the line of Dark Horse sour beers (albeit a very small amount).

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On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a muddy, hazy crimson red, with lots of visible carbonation, but no head or lacing.

Smells like lactic acid, raspberries, funk, and oak.

The taste is similar, but less sour than I expected based on the aroma. Nonetheless, nicely raspberry forward, with more funk than sour, and more tartness than sour as well. Some oak, kinda leathery and musty. I love raspberries, so this is great- lots of great flavors here.

Medium bodied, crisp, fizzy mouthfeel. A decent amount of carbonation is present. Very drinkable.

Wish I could've ended up getting more of this, but there were so many other things to try, I had to move on. This shows that Dark Horse can actually do a sour, they've apparently released some turds in the past.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent dark red bodied beer with small white cap that quickly drops to no head at all.

Smell: juicy raspberry pulp. Slightly acetic and a hint of oak. Lacto cheesy and yogerty note.

Taste: Mild tartness. Raspberry that is juicy and jammy with some sweetness like a raspberry jolly rancher. Sharp oak barrel note with cheesy / greek yogurt in the finish. Simple fruit forward sour beer.

Mouthfeel: almost a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Initially you think that this beer is flat in reguards to the carbonation, but the beer fizzes up when it rolls over your tongue. The beer also slightly syrupy, but the low carbonation helps to break up that syrupy feel.

Overall: This is a nice and simple raspbeery sour. It reminds me a little more of a berlineer weiss that has the raspberry syrup in it.

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Where The Wild Things Macerate Raspberries from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 84 ratings