Heritage Black Currant Rye Lager | Kichesippi Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Kichesippi Beer Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Only the 2005 vintage was a lager.

Added by Sammy on 10-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by pootz:
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3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle marked 5.5%ABV "solstice Series 2006"

Poured a dark brown with reddish tones....small cap does not last but goes to a surface foam which laces the sides of the glass as you drink.

Aroma is very pungent of berry fruit without that artificial perfume from clear flavor additives...real currents in this, spicey, hoppy.

Decent malt spine, peppery mouth feel, fruity-spicey hoppy character.

Starts with a rush of sweet berry fruit then you taste toasted bready malts. The balance comes mid-palate with a sharp spiciness and light bittering from the (New Zealand) hops and flaked rye. Finishes juicy but with a spicey bitter tang.

This was a nice fruit beer... drinkable... spicey with a decent body...I suspect S-I’s brewer, Perry Mason, has done some tweeking to this recipe...it;s still a tad sweet and unbalanced but as a winter apperitif it's just fine...you'd be hard pressed to drink mor than 2 bombers of this as it is rather sweet.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Juice? concentrate? Nice head, grows on you. Bittersweet overall. I think not the real thing, and a lager. Volo Cask Days. Colour for some points. Some rye, but not prominent. Keep working on it, but need effort of real pure fresh fruit to make it work.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium off-white head with minimal retention. Aroma of black currant chemically reproduced syrup. Taste is also dominated by this syrup with a weird mix of malt (rye?). Body is thin and carbonation is very low. A new low for this brewery?

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Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hand pumped at Volo Cask day, Oct. 22, 2005.

I'm generally not a fan of black currants, or a fan of fruit beers, so I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised.

A: Dark, with a very nice head. More carbonated than most of the cask-conditioned beers.

S: Prominant black currant.

T: Very well balanced. The bitterness of the currants really works with the sweetness. Quite fruity, with the dark rye in the background. Very pleasant bitterness. It gives me feelings of being outdoors in the Canadian wilderness... getting back to our "Heritage".

M: Moderate body (substantial for its weight) feels a little syrupy, well carbonated for a cask.

D: A lot of great flavour, but not something I could drink a lot of. Certainly more approachable than a lot of fruit beers.

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Photo of shamus
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a disappointement. i expected something truly exotic. barley malt, black currents!, This was just a very watered down Kool-Aid. With beer. yes you could make something this good with a bottle of Generic beer and some fruit juice. Bah I say Baaaa!

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heritage has never blown me away and this particular brew comes across as a weak effort. I've had some great rye beers and some super fruit beers and this is just a failed marriage.

Dark purple with short lived purple-tinged head, no lace. Mildly interesting colour to look at. Undistinguished aroma and flavour. Bitter and metallic to start, some mild fruit as it warms up. Thin bodied and harsh. Uninteresting.

Give it a pass.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear brown, very little head.

S: Fruity, red fruit. Clean-ish smell too.

T: Super sweet with lots of blackcurrentyness. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much really. Barely there. I don't find it to be a nice flavour at all.

M: Mouthfeel is on the light side, which is probably appropriate.

D: Naw. I wouldn't drink one of these again. Not horrible, but below average for sure.

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Heritage Black Currant Rye Lager from Kichesippi Beer Co.
3.06 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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