Kiwi Herman
Alpine Beer Company

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From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 7.76%
Ratings:
297
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 16, 2020
Added:
Jan 08, 2015
Wants:
  289
Gots:
  33
SCORE
99
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Kiwi HermanKiwi Herman
Notes: Barrel-aged Lambic-style Ale with kiwi and strawberry

An Alpine cult-classic, this Belgian Lambic-style beer is aged in French oak red and white wine barrels for several months and we add kiwis and strawberries. It is golden-hued, tart and bright, with punchy notes of strawberry that dominate, and a kick of kiwi on the finish.
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4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 16, 2020
 
4.52 by antrocks from Massachusetts on May 29, 2020
 
4.23 by Nuggetz from Texas on May 24, 2020
 
4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2020
 
4.31 by cp45 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2020
 
4.46 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Nov 29, 2019
 
3.4 by Keeling from California on Sep 12, 2019
 
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on May 29, 2019
 
3.33 by RealDeal from Florida on May 26, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Vidblain from Minnesota

I sat on this bottle for a bit - I was afraid that the fruit had fallen off and it would just be a funky sour. Thankfully, age has done this zero harm... the beer is quite fragrant, instantly - tons of strawberry to the nose with some sour notes as well. I didn't catch the kiwi, but I don't know kiwi all that well, honestly.

As this beer warmed up, it became teeth-meltingly sour. I'm still amazed by how sour it is. My mouth was actually hurting when I finished it - amazing stuff. It's also just a bit funky, for depth of taste. Tons of strawberry, funk, and sour - it's a full spectrum experience, with nice body and carbonation.

This bottle was well-worth the wait, and the price tag. Super pleased with this beer!

Apr 26, 2019
 
3.59 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Apr 22, 2019
 
4.5 by Ivan52 from Iowa on Feb 21, 2019
 
4.59 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 14, 2019
 
4.49 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Dec 01, 2018
 
4.19 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Nov 26, 2018
 
4.34 by Lare453 from Florida on Nov 09, 2018
 
4.27 by BreweryRun from California on Oct 20, 2018
 
4.21 by SaulFox from California on Oct 16, 2018
 
4.56 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 06, 2018
 
4.5 by Mikaveli from California on Sep 29, 2018
 
4.5 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri on Aug 19, 2018
 
4.57 by Rothobinide from California on Jul 03, 2018
 
4.6 by BartS from California on Jul 02, 2018
 
4.83 by mattsmith413 from North Carolina on May 27, 2018
 
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on May 22, 2018
 
4.5 by Skellbop from New York on May 21, 2018
 
4.19 by Devman171 from Maryland on May 16, 2018
 
4.71 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on May 09, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rand from California

On tap at the brewery from their last release, December 15 2017. Poured into tulip glass

Reviewed from notes.

Kiwi Herman Light golden tan appearance, no head, red wine vinegar, raspberry, tropical nose. Crisp, lactic acid, unripe raspberries kiwi. Starts crisp and tart, more fruity mid-sip. Closes with a quick, clean, finish with touches of red wine vinegar lingering.

Lives up to the hype. Only got a taste from the first release, this tastes better fresh.

Apr 12, 2018
 
4.53 by Beerbom from California on Mar 31, 2018
 
3.87 by billab914 from Virginia on Mar 30, 2018
 
4.6 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Mar 29, 2018
 
5 by thebeervoyage from California on Mar 29, 2018
 
4.27 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Mar 28, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rabbott2 from Illinois

2017 batch drank on 3/15/2018

Overall this was a fine beer to finally be able to try. The mix of barrels and fruits brought a nice complexity of flavors to this. The kiwi presence was really unique and pleasant. There was a good amount of tartness and while it drank really well, there was an unpleasant finish. A sugary, bitter aftertaste hit me and it really was not enjoyable. The only negative I have on this but the rest was great.

Mar 16, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

Thanks Ryan for Sharing. 16 oz bottle into a tulip.

Lightly red orange body
Smell - lightly tart and fruity with a malty biscuit aroma. On the tongue is lots of sour strawberry notes, lactic acidity, straw, on the aftertaste is biscuits, bready yeast , Corn. Like strawberry shortcake or corn bread with strawberries. Interesting beer, very tasty. Not a ton of kiwi flavor.

Mar 13, 2018
 
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Mar 04, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Most recent batch poured into a stemmed tulip. Golden amber in color. Very minimal head that dissipates quick. Aroma of lactic acid in subtle fruit. Taste is strawberry, kiwi and some biscuit. Tastes like a sour strawberry shortcake. Feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a well done fruited sour. My only gripe would be that I think it’s just a touch too sour for me.

Mar 04, 2018
 
4.46 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania on Feb 18, 2018
 
4.5 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2018
Kiwi Herman from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 297 ratings