Zoose Joose
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #307
Ranked #8,603
4.11 | pDev: 5.35%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Angry Chair Brewing

Ambrosia inspired sour wheat ale with tangerine, pineapple, cherry, coconut, lactose and marshmallows.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a shade of red that brought to mind cherry wine. The color was fitting.

Smell - The cherry is prominent in the nose, but the marshmallow is the dominant force. The beer smells like desert.

Taste - The profile is much more like Ambrosia than beer. Maraschino cherries lead the way in the taste profile. The marshmallow follows, creating a smooth sweetness. Pineapple came in toward the back with a measure of sweetness and tartness. No part of the profile was overly sour, which would have ruined the Ambrosia profile. The pineapple stuck to the roof of the mouth, creating a dry sensation that made me want to drink more.

Mouthfeel - The bubbly beer had some definite stickiness from the lactose.

Overall - I am generally not a fan of kettle sours, but this was very well crafted.

Feb 28, 2021
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark red or ruby. A nice finger of foamy, soapy white head.

Nose is par for the course of a sour. Tart and sour aromas. Fruit is present, but the one that is most dominant is cherry. Get candy on the nose from the lactose and marshmallow. Brightens it up. Tropical notes and citrus show up as it warms, but right out of the can it seemed like cherry was the only that showed up.

Taste has more character. Cherry, mild coconut, citrus, pineapple, marshmallow candy. Way on the back end is the malt outro and its presence is quite strong. Bready and grainy. Like whole wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium to full bodied with mild to medium carbonation. This is a sticky and cloying sour. The sugar bringing quite a large amount of density. Like a syrup.

Overall, a solid Weisse from Westbrook. Not my favorite of theirs, but good.

Dec 18, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry lemonade appearance with a white ring, whimsical. This sets the tone for this fun beer, cherry and tangerine lead the nose with full marshmallow and light coconut contrasting with sweetness, pineapple and mango settle in behind it all. Taste is wonderful, take the nose but cut the sweetness by half and in it's place give slightly tart juice, lime, lemon and orange added to the mix in accenting roles. Drinks like fruit juice, sweet, slightly tart, very fruity and whimsically fun. Pop this open next late summer, so fun.

Dec 17, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, dated 9/28/20, into Prairie Rastal.

Cranberry colored body, with a bubble gum pink head of 2 fingers, receding to nothing in a short span.

Aroma smells like wedding punch, with added lacto bacteria and a touch of marshmallow. The berries are bright and effervescent.

The flavor brings lots of marshmallow, along with cranberry, cherry, orange fluff dessert, and very slight coconut. All the elements are here for ambrosia. Very nice.

Feel is zippy - carbonated and acidic, with a bit of exciting movement on the tongue and a shocking finish. It's like drinking shock tarts. No alcohol heat to speak of.

Overall, a stellar sour beer. I like this Ambrosia better than Southern Grist's version - both available in the great state of Tennessee. Both are good beers, but I like this one a bit more. Solid collaboration, although with Westbrook you can hardly go wrong.

Price paid : $5 / can
Would buy again : yessirrie

Dec 16, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark cherry red in color. It poured with just a narrow collar of off white bubbles around the edge fo the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with notes of pineapples and hints of marshmallows.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit of sweetness along with notes of lactose and hints of coconut.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is more sweet than it is sour and could make for a pleasant accompaniment to a dessert.

Serving type: can

Nov 12, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4


4th of the 4pack.

can to tulip glass.

LOOK: DEEP PURPLISH RED COLOR, mostly clear, medium white head that fades quickly but also reforms well.
AROMA: berry flavor pops out first, despite there not being berries in the brewing. pineapple is noticable. otherwise the rest is general sweetness.
TASTE: cherry, marshmallow and lactose are noticable upfront, tangerine and pineapple show their heads late. Coconut is very muted. i would not notice it if it wasn't in the description. Super sweet and tasty. Love the idea of the Ambrosia flavors.
FEEL: sticky, light to medium body, very good micro-carbonation.

A nice variant on the sour ale.


Nov 08, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Rastal Harmony glass.

Appearance: The light pink, one finger head fizzles out pretty quickly and leaves behind a lot of patchy lacing. It's a very hazy, brick red color.

Smell: It's quite faint and almost imperceptible but it comes out when the beer is swirled in the glass. A sweet and sugary smell of cherries, coconut and marshmallows.

Taste: It starts out tart with sour and fruity notes of cherries, lemons and tangerines. It finishes with a milky, sweet, coconut and marshmallow taste.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness and tartness is a little bit cloying but not overwhelmingly so. It's light, crisp and refreshing with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: There's a lot going on but it never feels like one thing is fighting with any of the other ones for attention. It's a very well made beer in that regard.

Apr 24, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: moderately hazy light pink color on the pour - more reddish orange in the glass with a small pink head.
Aroma: smells like ambrosia with fresh coconut, vanilla, pineapple, and citrus.
Taste: a rush of tart cherries at first. Not too tart but enough to offset the fruit and adjuncts. A nice mix of coconut, marshmallow, citrus, and pineapple. The finish brought back the tart cherry.
Feel: medium bodied and a bit sweet as expected. Medium carbonation.
Overall: a fun, interesting beer that tasted as billed.

Mar 07, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice head production, and OK retention. Brew is a surprisingly clear, translucent dark pinkish-amber color.

Rustic and funky notes up front, followed closely by sour tannins, and a fruity sweetness. Fairly restrained nose, not shocking for a 4% ABV brew despite the adjuncts.

Very tart and sour up front with tannins and vinegar, but quickly tempered by notes of marshmallow and vanilla, cherry and pineapple, coconut, tangerine, strawberry, blackberry, lemon, and slightly sour milk. All of the adjunct fruit are well represented throughout the brew, but the overall profile is complex enough to add more tones.

Very light, lively, active, and supremely drinkable. Actually drinks a bit above its ABV, coming across as more of a 5-6% ABV brew. Long, mildly puckering finish.

Mar 03, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy rust color with a decent white head that quickly settles to a thin sporadic film. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Getting the tangerine and pineapple right off the bat. It does have a bit of a fruit salad smell to it, when I smell it I think of marshmallows as well. Tart aroma.

Taste - The tangerine and sour cherry are right up front. The coconut hits me somewhere in the middle with the marshmallow coming quickly there after. The taste is tart up front but settles into a pretty sweet flavor.

Feel - Light bodied prickly carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - I actually like this pretty well, the individual flavors are hard to pick everything up but the whole ambrosia thing comes together well it really does taste like a chilled fruit dessert.

Nov 30, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1.5 finger pink head atop a translucent maroon body.

S - mixed berries, funk, sugar.

T - sugared mixed berry pie. A little coconut and pineapple. Mildly tart. No bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body with aggressive carb.

O - hard to get a read on this one. So many flavors, but it is tasty.

Nov 18, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from Dragginballs76. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/11/2018. Pours moderately hazy reddish/pinkish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, tangerine, orange juice, pineapple, coconut, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, wheat, cracker, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit, marshmallow, lactose, and pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, tangerine, orange juice, pineapple, coconut, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, wheat, cracker, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang; and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, tangerine, orange juice, pineapple, coconut, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, wheat, cracker, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit, marshmallow, lactose, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/grainy and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an amazing fruited milkshake sour! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, fruit, marshmallow, lactose, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Tastes 100% like ambrosia fruit salad as intended. Extremely juicy/jammy fruits; balanced Lacto, flavorings, lactose, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing experimental style example. They nailed everything.

Nov 10, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/11/18 13:05.

Pours a really nice cherry red color. A frothy head of white foam rises up quickly, but bubbles away at an even pace. There’s some residual lace that sticks around very briefly and falls slowly back into the beer.

I gotta say, they nailed the ambrosia nose on this beer. A combination of sweet cherries and lightly tart citrus combine with a great marshmallow vanilla on the back end. As it warms slightly, coconut comes through as well.

Initially this beer introduces an abundance of tart cherries. It takes a second, but as the beer settles on the tongue, the marshmellow really emerges as well. Overall, while a couple of the adjuncts are present in the flavors, it’s really the nice contrast of predominant sweetness on the nose and predominant tartness in the flavors that makes this beer so successful.

The lactose adds a nice little bit of complexity to the feel of this beer. Still crisp, with a sharp carbonation but a very soft finish. A light stickiness in the finish, along with an equally as light acidity.

Nov 05, 2018
Zoose Joose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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