Ragnarōk | Strange Roots Experimental Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Pennsylvania, United States
strangerootsbeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,609
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
46
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
2
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6
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Photo of LarryMyers
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was difficult to contain my excitement when the FGBS initially began receiving distro from this Pittsburgh-area brewery, so I purchased what was then available & subsequently added to them. It was never my intent to create a Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but its eradication allows me the opportunity to conduct horizontals as I go. I am finding the results to be VERRRRY interesting & not at all stupid, per Arte Johnson of "Laugh-In".

From the bottle: "Ale Fermented with Elderberries, Black Currants, Red Raspberries and Black Cherry Juice".

Eeeek! It's the end of the world (as I know it, but I feel fine) so I am Pop!ping the cap & hoping for the best. If things were already angry, then there was no need to tempt the ire of the gods with an aggro pour. Instead, I was VERY gentle & once a sufficient quantity had been decanted & enough virgins sacrificed, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised two fingers of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head that seemed determined to take cover as quickly as possible & reduced to wisps almost immediately. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like the homemade Montmorency cherry wine that my maternal uncle once produced! I was also getting the scent of my late-paternal grandmother's red raspberry vines in her backyard during the summertime. They were the source of many pies & preserves as I was growing up & they were my entrée into cooking before I began HomeEc in high school. It also smelt of my late father, from whom the scent of elderberries often wafted. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, laying on my tongue like an odalisque in repose. The taste was at once tart, yet fruity. The cherries were the centerpiece, underlain by the others with the raspberries also being quite noticeable. I have not had either elderberries or black currants in a while, so it may be a limitation of my palate that I could not recognize them. Here was another very vinous beer, very much like a slightly tart red and very evocative of my uncle's creation. My next thought was: "What if they were to age this in oak?" I can imagine that it would be exponentially better with a side-by-side tasting being another possibility. My goodness, but this was quite tasty! Finish was semi-dry to dry, especially in comparison to the previous brett-fermented beer. This did not have the puckering quality of the other, plus the fruit was not overly tart. Again, I lobby for an oak-aged version, but I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy very dark ruby red/purple/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace. Aromas of big sweet/tart blackberry, raspberry, currants, black cherry, red grape, raisin, fig, plum, date, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light smoke, herbal, floral, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry/berries, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart blackberry, raspberry, currants, black cherry, red grape, raisin, fig, plum, date, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light smoke, herbal, floral, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and light fruit tang/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, raspberry, currants, black cherry, red grape, raisin, fig, plum, date, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry/berries, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly slick/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.8%. Overall this is a great fruited Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry/berries, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the big ABV. Big on cherry/berry fruit presence; but still has great balance with the Belgian base beer, and is not overly sweet/syrupy from the fruit. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of redgorillabreath
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was not expecting this fruity of a brew. It reminded me of a lambic that we can buy at our local grocery store. But as I worked my way through a 10 oz pour at a local, it grew in me. This is certainly an interesting brew, and I'd be more than happy to go back again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a large three finger fizzy off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberries, currants and black cherry.

T - The taste is currant, raspberries, elderberries, black cherry, figs, candied sugar and Belgian yeast. The finish has a light tartness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - There is so much going on here. This reminds me off a Belgian strong ale mixed with a Flanders red. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, no date

deep brown color with ruby highlights, good head. complex aroma of rich malt and slightly sour fruit flavors. the label says elderberry, black currant, red raspberry, black cherry were all use. I get them. slightly tart, but not overly sour. well balanced, overall well done.

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Photo of orangesol
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micropale
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HollyHops
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Draai Laag

A- pours a dark brown color with a creamy white head that reduces to a ring, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- dark fruity aroma with notes of currant and red grapes, a hint of fresh mint

T- currant flavor follows the nose with flavors of dark grape, smokey malt kicks in mid-palate with flavors of dried pork and peat moss, sour notes kick in, adding a bit of funk, finishes fruity and dry

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- nice mix of smoky malt and sour currant

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Photo of ajm5108
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby / amber, little head but persistent carbonation. Aroma does an excellent job highlighting lush berry aromas. It's decadent & inviting without being cloying. Elderberry, raspberry and lacings of earthy Belgian yeast. The berry doesn't translate as well to the tongue, but it is present & delicious. Balanced nicely against some medium lacto & dry yeast flavor, it has enough sourness to add flavor & depth without bullying the fruit flavors. Very fizzy on the tongue, full-bodied. Draai Laag's best, and an unappreciated American fruit sour.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ragnarōk from Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 46 ratings