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Strawberry Rhubarb Tart | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Strawberry Rhubarb TartStrawberry Rhubarb Tart

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Witbier with Strawberries and Rhubarb.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 10-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by jmarsh123:
Photo of jmarsh123
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JRorie for the trade for this

Pours a bubbly clear gold with a finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving just a layer of foam. Pretty good lacing down the glass.

Smells pretty yeast almost like a normal witbier which is the base for this. Subtle hints of strawberry and slight earthy funkiness although I get little rhubarb in the nose.

As I taste it I wonder if somebody didn't switch out my beer. Absolutely no fruit in the flavor at all. Just a yeasty witbier base that is very watery at that. An ever so slight spiciness. Not really much going on here.

Consistency of water with fairly good carbonation levels.

This is neither strawberry, rhubarb, nor tart. In fact nothing about any aspect of this beer leads me to believe it contains rhubarb and only the smell had strawberry. Just a mediocre witbier.

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Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of plfahey
1.9/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium golden-blond with just a touch of blush and a bit of haze. Tall white head has good retention and shows some nice lacing.

Aroma-Harsh, plasticy phenols are the most apparent aroma. Other phenol character is apparent behind it, with som medicinal, clove, and spice notes as well. Faint suggestion of strawberries lies underneath the phenol mess. Wholly unpleasant.

Flavor-Similarly egregious. Slightly tart and plasticy up front-there's almost no fruit at all to be had here. Plastic takes over again in the finish, once again accompanied by traces of other phenolic flavors. Not necessarily harsh or astringent, but it sure doesn't taste good.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Carbonation could be higher. I'd also expect a little more tartness from this beverage as opposed to the phenolic dryness.

I was really excited to try this one. I had heard good things about perennial and I loved the few rhubarb beers that I've had, but this is just plain awful. Perhaps it's a wild yeast problem, perhaps it's just a bad strain, but the plastic phenolic notes are overwhelming and kill anything else the beer had going for it.

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Photo of beerhan
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hamms goblet pinky up, review from written notes.
This is a witbier with fruit added... 300 lbs. of strawberries, 100 lbs. of rhubarb stalks to be exact. 400 lbs. of fruit...

Cloudy orange color, a collar of white lace forms around the edges then parts across the surface of the glass.

Mild strawberry aroma, yeasty with a little bit of bready wheat in the background.

Phenolic taste at first, a little bit odd with some sulfur and vegetal rhubarb bitterness. This blows off after a few minutes and the wibier base shines through, with elements of earthy coriander. Not at all sweet from the fruit, more bitter and spicy elements. Smooth wheaty feel, definitely Belgian inspired. The fruit doesn't hit you over the head, but it's there if aware of the subtlety. Finishes dry, with a little bit of fruit surfacing as it warms. Creativity level is high with this beer, even if it doesn't hit a home run right off the bat. A beer that needs time to appreciate, this first batch comes off a bit young still.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Cresant
1.37/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date listed. The body was rich, straw colored with a modest white head that was loose and frothy.

The smell was plastic. Dirt and a little fruitiness. The plastic dominates. It was so off putting I considered pouring it but I decided to let it mellow for a little time. It did dissipate some, but not enough.

The taste was tangy with a nondescript tartness. Maybe a bit of coriander? Mild spiciness and ever so light strawberry flavors. It dried as it warmed a little.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin with an initial prickle that faded to flat pretty quickly. This is one mess of a beer. It is by far the worst smelling beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of Dieck
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from acorked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a murky orange with a touch of pink. Bright white head lays out on top and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Subdued strawberry aroma that picked up some toasy grains and breadcrusts.

T: See above with the dry, earthy, and interesting addition of Rhubarb.

M: Dry, spicy, and toasty on the tongue. I think the rhubarb brings these characteristics. Sweetness is kept to a bare minimum.

O: Very enjoyable in the fact that it's so dry and spicy and without any trace of cloying sweetness.

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Photo of rodkin
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of threedaggers
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a turbid rose-tinted bronze, very lively, with a big, fluffy and frothy white head.

Nose is distinct, with a pretty strong vegetal rhubarb note up front. Fairly standard witbier notes in the middle, musty and spiced with bready, yeasty aromas, and an occasional temperamental fleeting whiff of fresh strawberries. More strawberries would be a plus.

Fruitier on the palate, but as in the nose the specific strawberry note is difficult to pin down. I suspect the berries added more in the way of fermentable sugars than flavor and aroma characteristics. Rhubarb flavor is present but well-blended with the fruit, giving less vegetal funk. Fresh, with a bit of musty spicy witbier funk, but not very tart. Mild on the whole.

Light bodied and soft, with just a touch of puckering tartness. Finish is mostly dry.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light blond color with decent clarity through the body. There's plenty of head -- two fingers at its peak -- composed of medium-sized bubbles collected loosely. The lacing is spectacularly clumpy.

This beer has an unconventional aroma, that's for sure. The overwhelming smell is of plastic. This is like sticking your head into a barrel of PVC pipes that is also itself made of PVC. There's an element of rhubarb on the back end of the astringent phenolic aroma. Strawberry wafers too: both that strawberry-inspired flavor and the light & sugary wafer are detectable. There's a lot of coriander in this witbier too. More than there should be , or maybe the coriander just doesn't play well with whatever is causing this beer to smell so much like plastic. A misstep.

On the palate this beer is also quite plasticky, but the other flavors are prominent enough to balance it out. It has a heavy coriander-meets-PVC flavor that isn't at all a desirable quality. But then you have the rhubarb meets strawberry hard candies flavor that is, at the very least, interesting and original. It's pretty drinkable to me despite its flaws, but I'm also a fan of phenols in general so I might be more disposed to enjoying this than other drinkers. All in all, this tastes like a below average wit to me.

The carbonation level is very active, which helps this beer go down in large gulps. It's a pretty dry beer, which is fine with me. Overall, this just doesn't smell or taste good. It has unique qualities but that plastic flavor really affects this beer for the worse. Is this a beer that needs only be tasted fresh? This bottle is at least a half-year old; maybe this beer doesn't age well. I've had two beers by Perennial and neither have impressed me. I have friends who swear by them, but I haven't had their best efforts yet, I guess. I need to trade for Heart of Gold or Abraxas, I suppose.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tan to yellow and mostly clear with tons of rising bubbles, large white fizzy head that didn't go away and left sticky lacing.

Lightly sweet and slightly fruity smell, a little bit dry bread smell wafts through as well.

I don't know if it's the rhubarb or not, but something's a little strange smelling, just slightly, and also is notable on the initial taste, but goes away after you drink a few sips. Now I know I'm a really lousy critic of specific flavors and smells and I'll never be the food critic for the NYT, but I'm thinking "modeling glue."

Once I got away from the initial impression of the smell/taste here, it wasn't so off-putting. There's a light strawberry flavor and some indistinct fruits, I presume from my not really knowing much what rhubarb tastes like. Fruity though. Also it's much like a saison, dry and crisp with yeasty flavors.

Body is very light and heavily carbonated, lightly yeasty aftertaste, again, much like a saison. Quite dry, slightly yeasty and almost spicy in the finish.

For the style I'm not very impressed. This is like a saison with just a touch of oddball fruit additions. Honestly I think more fruit and less saison-dry qualities would improve this beer. Either make a saison (and their saison is quite good) or make a fruit beer, but this one isn't really a good blend of the two, leaning towards an off-funky saison.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $7. Tapped from the Perennial Ales Wooden Handle into a 12oz Snifter.

Aroma- Very good wheat character but not much strawberry... Wondering what I was about to drink, just a light, Hefeweizen it seems like (with added fruit?). Seems like it will be a crisp drinking brew.

Appearance- Received with no head to even measure... Has a light golden body with great clarity. Leaves suds on the sides of the snifter.

Flavor- There is a hint of strawberries (and possibly even raspberries) in the taste but then the wheat takes over... Not much else in the taste. Sweet, malty, easy drinking. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a tart finish.

Overall Impression- While I believe this brew was overpriced here, I'm still wondering if this was a fresh keg or not!?!? The strawberries and the tartness in the mouthfeel were not very big but were in the background of this brew. Enjoyed it still but for its name, should have been called a Raspberry Hefeweizen.

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Photo of amart80
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up @ The Wine & Cheese Place. Split with the fiancé at a local BYOB sushi joint, and poured into wine glass.

A - Pours golden yellow, slightly hazy, white head, thin collar, some wisps on top.

S - Smells like a wheat pale ale or something like that, no hops, light malts. The kicker here is I don't really get any Strawberry, Rhubarb, or Tart from this beer! What the heck?

T - Light fruity sweetness which reminds me of Splenda (or something like that). I can't really pick out any strawberry or rhubarb notes, but could just be me? Not sure. More of a Wheat beer then a fruit/veggie beer.

M - Light, good carbonation, easy to drink.

O - Not really what I was expecting. Without ever seeing this beer before, I was expecting to pour a "New Glarus Raspberry Tart" kinda beer. Instead, I got a wheat beer of some kind. That said, it's very refreshing and easy to drink, so that's a good thing. Overall, kinda bummed though.

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Photo of bsuedekum
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice clear and strong golden color with some mild copper hues. No pink to speak of. There is a thin white head that forms with some nice dense bubbles but it dissipates ver quickly.

S - Grains, including malt and some slight wheat. There is definitely some rhubarb in there with some slight woody and earthy characteristics. A slight mustiness is appreciated. Mild fresh strawberry sweetness is picked up and mixed with some slight cloves and slight belgian yeast notes.

T & M - Starts off with a nice malty grain, very smooth. There are some mild sweet fruit notes but not much in the way of strawberries. There is an earthy tone and the yeast also give it a slight clove and banana sweetness. There is some slight medicinal notes but not much. Very refreshing beer. As the beer warms the rhubarb stalk profile starts to pick up with some real grassy and earthy wood tones. Almost like there is some slight vegetable notes in the beer. Mouthfeel is refreshing but the tartness isn't really that present in the flavor.

O - The beer is ok I guess nothing to write home about.

Edit: As the beer warms a delicious undertone of sweet strawberries begins to creep up and is very pleasant and delicious. There is such a unique quality to the flavors but yet they all work so well together and are very delicious on their own.

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Photo of Domeshot14
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of MasterSki
2.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, hazy patches on top, and spotty lace. Transparent pale golden body.

S - Coriander, phenolic yeast, plastic, fruit roll-up wrapper, and maybe a hint of rhubarb.

T - Taste is better, mostly because I can't taste anything at all. It's pretty much watery, but with a hint of pale malt and strawberry. I've had stronger-tasting flavored water.

M - Zesty seltzer water texture. Light body, slightly tannic, with a dry finish.

D - This is pretty bad. I poured out most of my glass.

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Photo of clegolfski
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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