Dune Fruit | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
While standing on Mount Mitchill, scanning our favorite local beaches, you can find paddles of the indigenous prickly pear cactus underfoot. Once you learn how to peel them (being carful of the less obvious finer thorns), there is a pleasing spring legume sweetness to be found. With Dune Fruit we add the meat of prickly pear paddles to a simply soured wheat beer to draw out their subtle vegetable sweetness and cut their viscidity with some acid. A delicate balance of vegetal and brightness in the form of an unassuming sour. Drink Dune Fruit because it’s the top of the summer and it’s time to shift that palate back to the sand.


Added by NiceBeerCans on 06-15-2015

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Photo of eluvah
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tzieser
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/6/18, poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Dune Fruit pours a straw-like color with just a tiny bit of haze. Whispy white head that quickly dissipated into nothing. Sour yeast aroma with just a bit of malted wheat. Nice and tart at first. Not too sour but enough to get the job done. Tartness gives way to malted wheat sweetness with just a very subtle hint of veggies (presumably the prickly pear paddles). Dry finish. Overall it’s a nice Berliner Weiss. Very refreshing for the summer. I prefer Monkey Chased The Weasal a bit more than this. The mulberries added an extra dimension. I think this could be tweaked a bit, maybe adding some prickly pear fruit or syrup to cut through the tartness a bit more than just the paddles. I’ve had a few prickly pear wheat and sour ales in AZ that worked well and had an interesting purple color from the prickly pear juice but hey, what do I know though? I just drink the stuff.

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Photo of Duncian
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at brewer's tasting room.
I hike their source, the Sandy Hook barrier, all year round, so the cactii are baked into my landscape.
a) As with all fruit beers a bit loose bubbled, fast fade, low lace over a pleasing golden body.
s) complex original aroma, weiss and sweet/ pungent / fall ripe cactus flesh.
t) Suitably original and tart. Follows the smell, with the cactus like melon and salt.
f) Light body and carbonation. Crisp, dry, refreshing, puckering.
o) Jersey original.

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Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 6/15/17, poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, spotty lacing, and a cap and ring. Beer is a pleasant clear deep gold.

S: What I assume is prickly pear, sour yeast, and wheat malt.

T: Fruity and sour up front, yeast and malt really don't moderate it too much and it stays on the sour side the entire way through, but not overbearingly so. A little bit of a spicy punch midway through, again having no experience with prickly pear I assume it's involved.

F: Light bodied, pretty moderately carbonated. Decent drying, but maybe could have gone a bit more as this is fairly sour. Definitely poundable at 3.9%.

O: A nice refreshing sour for the hot summer months.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-06-24 at the brewery on-tap and again on 2018-06-18 from a 16oz can.

A - Clear straw-gold with a 1-finger head that fades quickly with little lace.

S - Sourdough-wheat bread, grass, hint of prickly pear. Certainly has the smell of a good Berliner Weiss.

T - Quite tart. Echoes the smell pretty well but the wheat malt presence is stronger as is the prickly pear flavor, which tastes a bit like lemon-lime and melon. It's not the dominant flavor. I notice a little salt too.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and puckering.

O - This is the same base beer as their Monkey Chased the Weasel, which is flavored with Mulberries. I had them side-by-side on this day and preferred the Monkey Chased the Weasel, which was just a little more sour and had a more pleasing fruit flavor to me; but there's not a big difference since the base beer is the same. I got a four pack of this to go since Monkey wasn't available in cans. My wife also preferred the Monkey after having this a few days later with me at home.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/15/2017. Poured into Carton teku glass. It pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a foamy, bright white head and lacing. There is abundant carbonation with a constant flow of bubbles ascending the glass. It has quite a nose: pear, lemon, and funky, fragrant spicing that reminded me of a Belgian ale. As expected, the taste is decidedly sour but it also has a saltiness that reminds me of a Gose. You can tell it has a wheat base and I noticed the tart pear taste mostly at the finish. This ale has lively carbonation and with its sub 4% ABV it's perfect for hot weather drinking. The can art features a drawing of a beach scene and this is an ideal beach beer. I'm generally not a fan of Sour Ales but I liked Dune Fruit more than I thought I would. I prefer it to Monkey Chased the Weasel.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering burnt yellow with a white collar remaining after the head loudly fizzles out.

Smell is prickly pear, cucumber, and salted toast.

Taste is quite sour at first and more complex. There is saltine and Colby cheese, with cucumber, prickly pear, and a crisp medium frothy body, finishing semi-dry. There develops an almost dragon fruit or red fruit gummy chew element, as well as a touch of classic lager running in background of corn and grape.

Well done.

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Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jimmys
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. no packaging date indicated.

A: a slight haze on a straw body. head is minimal as is the lacing.

S: lactic and grainy. lots of wheat here. it is actually fairly predominant in a low abv brew that I figured wouldn't have a lot left in the tank fermenting out. not getting much dune fruit or prickly pear cactus.

T: the dune fruit provides an almost cotton candy like flavor. fruit punch jolly rancher. my wives tasting notes on the latter part of that description, but spot on.

M: moderate carb on a light body. no complaints here.

D: a lot of sweet and a little sour. tastes a lot like candy, so if you like that kind of thing have at it.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bferber
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Twism86
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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