Weltmerz | De Struise Brouwers

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4.01 w/ 95 ratings

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BEERchitect on 04-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its the trend of the year- to create full flavored beers at light alcohol content. Where their intent is charming, who really chooses beers because of their low alcohol? So, the taste better measure up because its effects are less than exciting.

Like many sour ales, Weltmerz pours with a medium gold, off-translucent appearance. Light on head formation and retention, its somewhat fizzy and fluffy head seems caught somewhere between ale and champagne. The head dissolves on the spot, leaving behind light sporty lace.

Mouth-puckering aromas are tart, candied, spicy, and savory all at once. Not that the ale smells like Thai cuisine, but there's something there that pulls my olfactory memories that way. Dry white wine, apple cider, and vinegar nearly breaks out the sweats as do sharp and savory tastes of pickled eggs and pickle relish. But a late follow-up of wheat and hay reaffirm the beery roots.

Much less sweet to taste, the sharp and acidic flavors of vinegar, light weathered wood, leather and attic-like must gets caught in the breath with the very first sip. Saw dust and pepper follow in the somewhat empty middle palate- just before a late arrival of Sour Patch Kids candy, dry grain sweetness, plaster and brine offer up a savory finish with a seriously short-lived aftertaste. It's the ultimate palate cleanser.

The beer's tactile perceptions are dry, spicy, strongly acidity and moderately astringent. Like biting into apple skins, the beer dries the mouth with a powdery, snappy finish. No warmth in sight- the beer is all about quenching the thirst.

Of course the beer delivers on the flavor sell. It's a very distinctive but nondescript Sour Ale that sacrifices complexity for drinkability. You've got to enjoy it simply for the sake of sour.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour at Zwanze day Chicago, 2015. A nice surprise - though I'm not sure why I was surprised that it was great with the consistency of De Struise. Light blonde, creamy head. A more substantial color than I expected from the ABV. Bright citrus and straw aroma, toasted bread. Not funky, per se, just incredibly appealing and fresh. Flavor continues, adding in some apple and a slight spicey note. Almost as if you soured a pilsner. Beautiful.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Almost illegible label. Batch 1, 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Huge white head. Pillow of foam. Hazy orange body. Very pretty.

Smell - Grain. Lemony. Oxidized. Fruity, kind of a stone fruit aroma. A bit of funk.

Taste - Someone said it was strawberry. I get a hint of it. Some sort of berry fruit, at least. Lemon. Medium doughy grain. Moderate sourness, but it finishes out the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Seemed like it would be high carbonation, but it isn't. Low carbonation. Medium bodied, especially for a berliner.

Overall - It's decent. Seems a little old, though.

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A soured ale with only 3% alcohol? And it's three years old? I haven't tried a sour ale so low in alcohol, so I was excited. This bottle was generously shared by several Canadian beer enthusiasts at De Kelk. On to the beer:

This ale is blonde colored with a hazy look and some creamish head on top. The aroma....blah...it stinks! At first at least. Some of the stinkiness clears, but still remains a stinky smell. It's like a farm. Cheese rind. At the same it has an odd appeal.

The taste is simple and thirst quenching. The flavor of soured lemonade is the most obvious. There's a sweet tart note too. A kiss of passionfruit as well. Oddly I can't taste anything that stinks. It's a light bodied beer with some bubbly carbonation which tickles the whistle.

Sometimes less is more, and Weltmerz is just the answer to that.

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Weltmerz from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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