Dune Fruit
Carton Brewing Company

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #170
ABV:
3.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,909
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
146
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Dune FruitDune Fruit
Notes: 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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carton Brewing Co. "Dune Fruit"
16 fl. oz. can, "JOURNEY BEGAN 07/08/19 START @ 38°F"
$4.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well this should be good. I've had a few other beers with prickly pear and enjoyed them. They were all sour beers as well, so maybe that's what it goes best with. Anyway, it's poured a lightly hazy golden body beneath a full head of densely foamy white. The aroma is gently mineralish and lightly acidic with a light touch of fruitiness. It's certainly clean, which is nice as sometimes Berliner Weiss can be slightly funky. The flavor is much more tart than the aroma suggests but it's not puckeringly sour. I get the gist of the prickly pear, but not a whole lot of it. The malt is basic, and mildly sweetish underneath. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and crisp. Looking back, the head dropped fairly quickly and there was very little lacing left once it had faded, but that's to be expected from a sour beer. In the end I think this is decent enough, but it doesn't enthrall me. Good summer beer though. Refreshing.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Aug 27, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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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tzieser from New Jersey, Jun 28, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
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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Act25 from New Jersey, Nov 10, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Jul 14, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Jun 30, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey, Jun 24, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 30, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Jimmys from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a murky honey color with a wisp of foamy head... smell is muted but flavors are bright and expressive... a mix of lacto guava pear cactus and funk--kind of a burnt cheese aftertaste-- seriously refreshing and crushable on a hot day, cold day, or any other day!

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Ready4aHeady from New York, Nov 28, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks @SammyJaxxxx for this Jersey gem.
This unique Berliner pours a light swirl of straw that pushes up 3 fingers of fluffy white seafoam that quickly retreats like the tide. Smell is intriguing. Slightly sour, lactic, and citrus. Taste is bursting. Starts with a lemony sour, lactic acidity, a tart sweetness that hints at prickly pear fruit but then goes in a somewhat “Gosey” salty direction. Also, an ever so faint funk peeks through. Finish is light, crisp, and a bit acidic. Really like this one. A perfect drink for a hot summer day.

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2beerdogs from California, Sep 13, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Carton Brewing does a good job with this beer - from the design of the tallboy can to the name of this beer Dune Fruit - it stands tall, evokes uniqueness, and leaves you salivating even before you have tried it. The beer comes in a 16 ounce can, nicely designed, name prominent, Dune Fruit which eludes to the fruity aroma and tartness in the beer. Pours a straw color with a quickly, dissipating head. Slight tart and citrusy aroma. It needs something more - I can tell at this point. Seems like the aroma quickly fades from the can into the glass. Prickly carbonation which highlights a light tartness then onto a citrusy finish which lasts. Needs a little more of the cactus pear combined with more of a citrus type fruit. Overall enjoyable, refreshing drink.

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Alequine from Delaware, Sep 05, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Clear light straw color, thin fizzy head disappears in seconds. Light cracker and tart aroma. Taste follows with light wheat base, melon and pear fruitiness and a mild tartness. Tartness is at the right level for me, not harsh. Thin but very smooth. Overall clean and refreshing and tart, liked it.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Aug 30, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well done and super refreshing. The taste is almost a cross between a lightly sweet melon and a vegetal cactus pear taste. A perfect level of acidic tartness follows, with a slight funk to the aftertaste. A nice wheat finish as well.

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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey, Aug 20, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow with little to no head...lemony citrus smell and similar somewhat taste...very light feel... refreshing but...something is missing...

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Aug 07, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

had this straight from the can and on draft. definitely a unique flavor. tart yet sweetly fruity. a bit herbal. reminds me of some kind of melon. infused with pear cactus though. really good fruit to use in a beer, especially a Berliner. so, overall, another successful beer by carton

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dank203 from New Jersey, Aug 07, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a clear golden yellow with a short white head and good lacing

Smell: Tart, dry cracker malt, and hints of sweetness

Taste: Nice tartness, a sweetness and slightly vegetal flavor from the prickly pear cactus, light hints of wheat

Feel: Light body, good carbonation, dry finish

Overall: This is one of those brilliant oddball brews from Carton. I would drink this all summer long, though I wish it was easier to come by and maybe a little cheaper

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MadCat from New Jersey, Aug 02, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into my go-to Chimay chalice.
Poured vigorously and head disappears almost instantly.
Slight wheaty sourness on the nose.
Tart taste, yes, but there is something else familiar. Beach Plum Jelly?
Overall, I will search out another!

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bobv from Vermont, Jul 30, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Great clarity in a pale golden yellow hue, lacing stays for the duration. Mildly tart nose with dry cracker-like maltiness. Perfect level of tartness, lingers on the palate for a good while. Not completely familiar with the dune fruit but there is some other elements to this brew other than being a small yet crisp sour ale. Suggestions of lime pith and snow peas in the middle. Very dry and quite a lot of lactic acid in this one. Enjoyable but a bit too tart for my liking.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Jul 29, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clean sour with a touch of saltiness that leaves you wanting more. Straight from the can, in a glass, or off the draft this beer delivers. The perfect summer session sour, I picked up a case at first touch of my lips.

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4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am not understanding the somewhat tepid response to this one. From simply a beverage stand point, this tastes damn good and is super refreshing. Perfect for the season. It tastes like a Berliner but with a pleasing fruit-like sweetness from the cactus that you'd really just have to try to appreciate. I am a big fan of this particular sweetness, by the way. I also love the desert being evoked every time I look at the can. Nothing like some marvelous poetic imagery to go along with your taste buds being tickled. I am unsure what people were expecting from this one, but the balance between flavors I find quite favorable. This is one of my favorite American takes on a Berliner Weisse.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale straw pour with a filmy head. Sour smelling, slightly briny, salt spice goodness. Exceptionally refreshing with the prickly pear lending a subtle vegetal quality and light sweetness.

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