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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
LoverBeer
Italy
loverbeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Ale w/ Plums

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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#4,540
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
141
pDev:
8.89%
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0
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the italian wild ales have been really growing on me, and this plum wild ale is one of the more unique ones ive had. its lavender purple in color, hazed and sedimented, but with a pretty solid inch of white airy head. the nose is so floral, its got hints of vanilla and jasmine too, almost like the bath and body works store, where powerful scents muddle and give you a headache. this is not quite so overblown, but its a similar vibe. not sure plums have much nose to them, so while i smell sweet fruit, plums doesnt really show up. the flavor is so different than the nose. gone are the perfumes and confused fragrances. in their place is a layered brew, with obvious plum and red grape flavors up front, and a tartness that stops short of being sour in the finish. lots of oak, this is almost like a dessert wine, like a candy or a juice, its sweet and the fruit profile is really cool, but it turns funky and bretty and dry and puckery on the back end, a very cool finish to a one of a kind beer. carbonation is right on, and the body is creamy, uncommon in a wild ale. this is so different i can see it not being liked, but i was just in love with it. loverbeer has been totally hit or miss for me, and this is their greatest triumph that i have tasted. worth the steep price they ask for this, its a must try.

edit: enjoyed on draft at bull and bush last night, and its even more dynamic from the tap than the bottle, huge fresh plum, prune, and red wine elements to this and their awesome and mature wild yeast complexion, brilliant as it warms up. man this stuff is killer!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling. This is a remarkably under rated beer in my opinion, although perhaps this site should have it broken down in vintages as are designated on the bottles. Pours a crimson read with little head and a real Italian cookie flavor concentrated cherry nose and flavor profile. The body is medium and perfectly balanced. This is a sweet yet complex and layered beer the likes of which one may not ever have tasted. It is delicious all around.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the success of the sour ales of Belgium and northern France, Italy now gets their hands in the action with carefree attitudes in recipe formulation yet steadfastness in technique and control.

The BeerBrugna pours with a rusty prunish mauve color that only allows ruby light around the edges of the glass. A turbulent pour yields an efforted foam generation of loose and creamy head character. Reducing to a necklace around the rim, the beer's demeanor is more similar to authentic lambics rather than gueuze or re-sweetened fruited lambics.

Candied grape, wine must, and old earthen oak come together for a richly complex aroma. Background notes of cider and balsamic further reinforce fruit tartness as only a sweeter confectioner's sugar scent provides any malt support. Delicate and varying, the notes of plumb and Kool Aid come to mind as the beer warms.

The candyish character is washed aside as the fruity tartness of grape, plumb, apple, fig, and raisin introduce fermented vinous flavors to start the session. The timid underpinnings of powdered sugar gives a slight cotton candy taste, but is quickly dwarfed by the immense tartness that bridges on sour taste. Mild sea brine, weathered oak, light leather and a hint of fresh cut tobacco weave in extra complexities as the palate acclimates to the supple sourness.

Lightly astringent with the almost-bitter texture of plumb skin and pits offer a balance to the beer in the absence of noticable hops. Otherwise medium-light on the palate despite the low-lying carbonation pulling the beer closer to the tongue, the low pH of the beer offers the cutting power to quench the thirst and dry the palate in a pleasantly acidic way.

Although the majority of the session gives impressions of sour grapes, but with something else richer and more juicy. It's not until the aftertaste that the taste of plumbs are readily noticed. Outside of the fruit, the beer has a slightly timid approach to the sour ale underneath. Pushing further would allow for drier acidity and sharper sourness with richer earth components to abound.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some cherry and oak notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some cherry notes, some oak and subtle residual sugar notes with some hints of acidity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable Flanders red style with just enough depth.

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Photo of largadeer
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason. Hazy grapefruit color in the glass, low carbonation topped by a thin fleeting head. Very fruity, plummy nose; plenty both of skin and flesh. Some mineral and oak barrel, too, along with gentle tartness. The palate has a big fruit presence, though there's no sweetness; it's dry, mildly tart and earthy. The plum skin and oak lend a moderate but pleasing tannic bite, which doesn't linger long into the finish. Mildly vinous, tart, jammy aftertaste. Nice stuff, not exactly world-class but very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy plum color with off-white that goes away completely. Aroma has intense fruits. Plums, fermenting apples, apricots along with a musty cellar note. Taste follows with fermented fruits, mustiness, hay, barnyard funk. Body is on the light side, very dry with low carbonation. Really rustic sour ale with intense natural fruit character.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 141 ratings