Sour First Frost | Fullsteam Brewery

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Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Verecund on 02-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 4
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Description: "One-year-old First Frost aged on persimmons and a cocktail of wild yeast, back-blended with this year's First Frost." Eight gallon batch.

Enjoyed on tap at the Fullsteam tavern on 02.18.2011.

Pours a deep burgundy, with a ring of white bubbles three (bubbles) deep lining the edge of the glass.

Immediately intensely fruity: red currants; sharp apple. As it sits (or perhaps, after tasting it), the nose calms down and I pick up sweeter notes of prunus fruit [apricot] assumedly from the persimmons in the newer batch of FF. Lots of acetic acid and fruity vinegar.

A tiny bit of butyric acid greets the tongue ("rancid" fruitiness), red wine vinegar, some softer berry notes. Lots of nice tart acidity. Some madeira sweetness on mid-palate, followed by a pungent tart and almost spicy end note likely from the fresher winter warmer. Nicely balanced, this works better than I thought it would and the fruit is really showcased more than in the regular beer.

Medium-bodied and attenuated on the higher side, though there's some sweetness from the younger beer.

A nice showing, I wish there were more of this to go around. By and large my favorite Fullsteam beer to date. About the only thing I can say is that this might benefit from some oak-aging, but it drinks mighty fine the way it is. Even the lady friend, who normally can only drink a few ounces of sours, enjoyed a glass to herself.

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Sour First Frost from Fullsteam Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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