Future Perfect
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
4%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.73%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
196
From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  36
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Future PerfectFuture Perfect
Notes: Berliner with Blueberries, Blackberries, and Oak. A delightfully balanced, tart and fruity berliner. Delicately dry hopped with German Tettnang and Huell Melon. Complex yet smashable with flavors of black fruit and spicy oak tannins.
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Reviews by Hopyard57:
Photo of Hopyard57
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of CNoj012
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy deep purple color with a light pink fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing behind. Smell is blackberry, blueberry, tart lemon, grape and a hint of red wine. Taste is the same. Quite tart but not sour. A touch of oak on the finish. Feel is light and highly carbonated. Overall an awesome beer. Right on par with Super Spruce. If Grimm put this in 4pk 16oz cans I would buy the shit out of it (well, I would buy the shit out of my 2 can limit).

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives hazy and the color of cranberry juice; modest, pinkish head and some spots of lacing.

Smell: Berry fruit tones, featuring the blackberries and blueberries; hints of tartness

Taste: Moderately tart, with the blackberry and blueberry flavors coming through; a hint of underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Drinkable and refreshing but the flavors are a bit muted compared to my expectations

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep cranberry juice red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint purplish red wine highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy pink head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly tart blackberries + blueberries with light aromas of slightly sour wheat + grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sour wheat and grainy malts with a touch of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of very tart blackberries with light to moderate flavors of blueberries. Hints of lime citrus. Overall this has a light to moderate amount of lingering tartness.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable, especially if you really like fresh blackberries and blueberries that are a little more on the tart than sweet side. Refreshing and easy to drink. Not overly tart or sour but really great berry presence.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 2015 bottle served cold in a teku

Appearance: wonder bottle artwork here. The beer poured a bright purple with tons of red poking through. The billowy head was a beautiful lavender that sank to a small rum of white foam.

Nose: lacto sour, lemony, spicy quality, very fruit forward with tons of berry character

Taste: crazy crushable beer here. That berry flavor continues and starts with Blackberries and finishes with the blue berries, mildly tart with some citrus character. There is a bit of astringency lke from berry seeds. Delicious. Semi creamy acidic mouthfeel. No oak character to me.

Overall: beautiful take on a classic style. Grimm is killing it in the sour category

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
Consumed fresh, same month as bottled

Appearance- Pours a ruby, deep purplish color, hazy. Half finger thick, pinkish colored head, fizzy. Some spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Fleshy and sweet berry fruits. Juicy blackberries, blueberries, strawberries. Slight tartness and oak.

Taste- Tart berry fruits. Tartness is pretty mild, as there is a lot of juicy sweetness as well. Mainly blackberries, blueberries, and some strawberry and crisp melon. Oak on the finish, bit of spice, soft fading creaminess.

Feel- Mild tartness, extremely crisp and clean, refreshing, and slightly creamy finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Fruits smell and taste incredibly fresh and raw. Explodes with an awesome juiciness and sweetness, combined with the tartness. Extremely drinkable, refreshing.

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Photo of uturn
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a segment of beer trends drier, more sour, fruity and hoppy, the competent brewers of Grimm Artisinal Ales embark upon a lactic-heavy Berliner-style wheat beer with the juiciness of blackberry and blueberry at its disposal. Oak and melon-like hops round the sourness and fruit for a confident wine-like melody.

Above its rich mauve, pink and blood purple hues, a creamy lather of foam begins to build- releasing a succulent bouquet of obvious blueberry and blackberry. With the first sip beckoning, the taste is juicy with sour fruit juice, cider, wine and a candied fruit sense.

On the middle palate, the beer's sweetness begins to quiver and soon falls apart. Left behind are the remnants of fruit and yeast character. Underneath the raspberry and blueberry, the taste of sour green apple, lemon, lime and white grape align in a wine-like taste with peppery wood spice and earthen with damp burlap to close.

Medium-light, the ale finishes with a semi-sourness that's more aligned with Gose. But where the saltine and citrus character would be expected in that style, this beer supplements instead with those robust and tantalizing berries. Acidic in finish, the ale trails with musty fruit and sharp white wine vinegar-like properties in a quick aftertaste.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer a while ago in New York, having never had this before and eager to give a Berliner Weissbier a go after not having one for quite some time. Since this style was not one I hadn't had many examples of, it was tough to compare it but by itself, this was wonderful and so easy to enjoy on a night where summer finally took hold without letting go!

Loved the pour to this as the beer had a raspberry hue with a massive head that quickly settled as the big bubbles looked, felt, and almost smelled like foam from an ocean wave. Lots of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry in the nose with berry juice and tartness underneath that. The lactobacillus and oak came out through in the taste, forcing the tartness to take a more recessed role. Medium carbonation and a nearly indistinguishable malt really allowed the flavors to shine through as this left a wonderful berry juice-like slickness in the aftertaste. The only spice I could detect was a hint of pepper as this felt more woody than spicy.

If I bought 5 more bottles of this, it would have been easy to polish them off one at a time once I finished this. I wish more brewers would give this a go as a beer like this was so easy to enjoy without feeling light of overly complex when it came to the range of flavors. The lack of lacing indicated how thin this was but stylistically, this was sport-on. Another wonderful beer from Grimm that certainly was outside of the box!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy dark purplish red – almost like blueberry juice. Forms a thin white head with decent retention, at least as some amorphous foam. Low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Underripe berries, lactic tart, and lemony citric acid. Light cracker malts underneath. Mild vanilla and some even lighter funky notes – but while this does smell tart, it doesn’t come across as funky.

T: Mixed berry fruitiness, a tartness like barely underripe blackberries. Lactobacillus tartness held in check, though certainly present. The dry citric lemony acid seems more prominent than on the nose. Light cracker malt body, and still a vanilla sweetness which gets more pronounced as it warms some. More berry and Lacto tartness on the exhale, and finishes dry and fruity.

M: A light body, no alcohol presence to speak of. Carbonation sensation on the low side for style but acceptable.

O: A pretty enjoyable beer. The mixing of the berries kinda muddles the whole affair I think, and if you’re looking for a sour bomb you need to look elsewhere. I'm not sure if the vanilla is from some kind of wood aging (I don't get any woody tannins), but it adds a nice dimension. The fruits are natural and fresh, the tartness is in balance, and it’s an easy drink. While this may not be worth actively trading for, I’d certainly ask for a pour anywhere I found it.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
May 2016
Served in a tulip

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. The ruby colored liquid was topped by a super tight and frothy, two-finger tall cap of light lavender froth. The head quickly dropped to a barely-there film. Droplets of lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose was really pleasant and fruit forward. Freshly puréed raspberries dominated. I definitely might have guessed strawberries too. Somewhat jammy and sweet. Perhaps some currants as well. There was a crisp tartness. Touch of lemon. Not overly complex but really pleasant.

The flavor profile was more tart and straightforward than the aroma. Super yeasty initially. Intensely powdery and dry. Very lemony and sour. Underripe raspberries came to mind. Fairly acidic. The finish was quite lemony and tart. Crisp, zesty and clean. Touch of woodiness perhaps, but without the knowledge of this being oak aged, I might not have picked it out. All in all, tasty and immensely refreshing.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Soft and wet. The liquid contained a moderate carbonation. Toward the drink's end, I could feel the acidity in the beer stripping the enamel from my teeth.

Grimm makes a number of interesting and thoughtful beers, but Future Perfect fell a bit short on flavor. Nevertheless, at only $8 a bottle, this was certainly worth a try.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/24/16

A: A lovely reddish purple - hazy - pours with a medium sized, frothy light pink head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves a small collar

S: Berries, berries everywhere - like, fresh blueberries and blackberries - some lactic Berliner funk, with some mustiness and touches of yogurt - yes, yogurt with berries - some soft oak - some pale malts - some yeasty aromas, earth and spice - some light fruits in addition to the berries, such as apples and tropical notes - even with the funk, the overall aroma is uniquely fresh

T: Crisp refreshing berries - some really nice blueberry and blackberry flesh and juice - loads of berry flavor, yet it's nicely restrained - nice amount of funk - some lactic flavors, just a touch of yogurt - light apples, with some nice tropical flavors - clean pale malts - uniquely clean and refreshing

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean

O: "Complex yet smashable" - extremely accurate

Berliner Weiss should be lightly tart and lightly refreshing. Future Perfect is remarkably refreshing and consistently interesting. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a gorgeous light ruby with purple and pink blended in.

The flavor offers blueberry flesh, semi sweet strawberry, blackberry tart, Kool Aid powder, a gentle creamy oak finish. Grimm continues to product these flavorful, low alcohol sours, and this time the fruit is extremely well executed. Reminders of De Garde, without the spontaneous fermentationed funk, or a Berliner mit Schuss, which is quite rare as I have only encountered it once.

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Photo of kell50
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Naugled
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful looking beer, but Disappointing in aroma, flavor and feel

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campfirebrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours purplish-red with some haze. 1+ finger pink head which is rather foamy. Minimal spiderweb lacing.

Tart berry aroma over the top of lacto. Some earthy, oaky funk as well(brett?). Underlying citrus. Black pepper and a vague whiff of cinnamon.

More berry on the tongue. Blackberry especially, but also blueberry and raspberry. Oak, vanilla, and pepper. Lacto but less noticeable than the nose. Very light tropical hops.

Light body with medium carbonation. Fruity and tart but with mild sweet counterbalance. Dry finish and lingering oak.

Really nice fruited Berliner. Flavors blend very well. Really like the complex mouth feel. Fruity/tart/sweet/dry all at once.

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Future Perfect from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 196 ratings