Black Walnut Dunkel | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dunkel Weiss brewed with 250 pounds of Missouri Black Walnuts.

Added by Sean9689 on 11-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour. Minimal brown foam and zero lacing. Slight carbonation.

S - Smells of black licorice and molasses. Very inviting smell. Smell of walnuts is only evident as the beer warmed. Even then, it was faint.

T - Taste is sugary sweet. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and licorice flavors. Taste of smoked almonds linders. Has a minor spicy bite at the end.

M - Very drinkable and complex beer. Feels much lighter than the style or the ABV.

O - Liked this one alot. One of the most flavorful Dunkels I've had in a long time. Would have again.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light brown with a light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing.

S: The nose is amazing on this one. Big notes of chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and sweet malt.

T: The taste is nice as well although I expected a bit more after the nose. I get all the same things from the nose but they are not as pronounced. The nutty element is a touch bigger in the taste than the nose though.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: I was impressed by this one and would love to have it again. Recommended if you can get it.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on tap at Bier Station as a leftover of a mini Perennial tap takeover. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a translucent dark brown color with ruddy chestnut highlights where the light refracts through the liquid. Atop the body sits a beige two finger head that is frothy and fine, consisting predominantly of microbubbles that give it a sort of whipped appearance, but with less body. Retention is very good, with a half finger or so of thickness hanging around even after I begin to drink it down. healthy rings of lace affix to the side of the glass showing where the liquid levels were previously.

Smell - A subtle blend of malty sweetness, with some dark bread and toasted grain coming through as well as pleasant notes of light caramel. However, what sets this beer apart is the wonderful nuttiness that pokes through after the initial wafting of aromas, earthy and very complementary to the sweeter initial tones that present themselves.

Taste - Many of the same profiles are present in the taste, with the walnut being a little more dominant than previously noted. Flanking the earthiness comes a parade of sweet grain and toasted bread as well as characteristics of whole grain cereal, like Museli. The weizen yeast is also present here where I did not pick it up with the aroma, imparting faint esters of banana and clove. Not overpowering, but just a little bit strange--I'd rather get the full force of those delicious walnuts and wish it was a tad cleaner.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-sweet finish with low bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty and inventive take on the German dunkelweizen. Certainly not traditional, but plenty good enough to be worth a go, even for German beer purists. I'd say Perennial's first foray into German styles is a pretty good success.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into weizen glasses.

Pours a dark brown with a two finger beige head. No visible lacing. A pleasing aroma with notes of banana, cocoa, subtle spice, and earthiness. Opens with subtle toffee and cocoa joined by nutty banana bread, and finishes smooth with mild earthiness. Lighter-side of medium bodied. The level of carbonation is perfect, pleasant, but not in a way that disrupts the silky, smooth mouthfeel. The black walnuts really add a new dimension to an excellent dunkelweizen base. Another excellent brew from Perennial. They have yet to disappoint.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample given to me by Phil and served at a beer dinner they were having later that night. Not sure if this one will make the tap list, but I sure hope so. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown color, light brown/cream head, thin collar.

S - Sweet caramel malts, burnt sugars, walnuts, toasted bread. The sweetness and walnuts work wonderfully together and create an excellent nose.

T - More of the same here...caramel, sweet malts, walnuts, toasted bread. Again, the sweetness, malts, and walnuts make a spot-on combo. Really excellent.

M - Light body, good carbonation, sweet malty finish.

O - A wonderful Dunkel that was probably my favorite of the day at the brewery. The walnuts are at a perfect level in this beer and they really help balance the sweetness. Excellent stuff.

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Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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