Bierwerk Rooibos | Bierwerk Afrikan Ales Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bierwerk Afrikan Ales Brewery
South Africa

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CrazyDavros on 04-26-2013

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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strangely sized 300ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Appears to be bottle-conditioned, but I left the sediment in the bottle for the pour.

Clear champagne golden colour on the pour, with a massively frothy, possibly over-carbonated head of white that stays frothy for a very long time. Carbonation is certainly streaming and abundant, although the body has a bit of heft, meaning the carbonation is slightly more languid. Once the head has run itself out there's some patchy, sudsy lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is rounded and slightly funky. I get some olive juice, a slight biting pepper and fresh over-ripe watermelon. There's also a slight fishy character, mingled with a sweetness like clear apple juice. There's also a yeastiness at it's core, not just providing some of those classic Belgian rounded characters, but also bringing a slight dryness and an earthy charm. It's interesting, and mostly quite pleasant.

Taste is cleaner and crisper than I expected on the front, although strangely enough, those Belgian esters and a full sweetness comes through late on the palate, bringing with it a touch of savoury cracker saltiness. There's a slight phenol bit through the centre of the palate, conjuring those peppery notes on the nose, but not quite reaching them. It has some length, which is unexpectedly compelling.

It is perhaps a tad over-carbonated, as expected from the appearance, leaving the mouthfeel a little bit fluffier and woolly than it could have been.

Overall, though, this is pretty good stuff. I'm actually not familiar with the particular flavours of the old Red Bush tea, but I'm putting down this beer's little eccentricities to this addition. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid Saison, which picks up a lot of character from the yeast. As a result, I'm pretty happy with it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a gigantic head.
Nose shows funky saison notes, doughy bready characters, cooked vegetables, lemon along with spicy and herbal hops.
Flavours are a surprise, with lemon-like acidity first up followed by spicy and herbal notes and a grain, metallic finish.
Way too much carbonation.

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Photo of Hultkrantz
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Bierwerk Rooibos from Bierwerk Afrikan Ales Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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