Systema Natvræ - Maple and Spruce | D9 Brewing Company

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D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DrMindbender on 02-09-2018

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really cool sour here brewed with maple and spruce! a neat combination, way more maple than spruce to me in the mix, but this has been in the cellar a few months now and maybe have done a little further development. its bright orange to rust color from the attractive little bottle, holding a short white head and getting a little denser with sediment towards the bottom. the nose is brown sugar and maple, long boiled and sweet to me, definitely maple, like maple candy, with a little pine but obscured there some by the heavy sourness in here, more bacterial and lactic to me than it is wild, although there is more and more funk to it as it warms up, the maple is nice with the hearty malt base, its such a cool use of the syrup, im not sure i have known it like this in such an acidic beer, but it works to soften parts of that and also to extend the grain, gorgeous and natural to me. my homie liked this one more than me overall though, i thought it was a bit too sour for any real drinkability, and that its harsher than it needs to be, i feel it on my teeth. i also would like a little more spruce in it, its there, sort of more fragrant than flavorful, also natural, but down in the mix a bit. great carbonation, lots of body, no lingering sugar from the maple syrup at all. delicious complexion of flavors in a pretty well refined beer overall, they did a good job with this. i need to find more from this series, they look so interesting!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Another brew courtesy of Wilson. Thanks, hombre! A wild ale brewed with maple and spruce tips. The body is about as pretty as they come. A russet red glow segues into burnt orange halfway through, it looks like Autumn. There's a little chill haze running throughout but the clarity is there. A fizzy, dirty white foam grows to a finger on the pour and fizzles down to a ring after a few minutes.

Holy shit! This beer has the most maple forward nose I have ever encountered. It has the intensity of those maple candies without the overpowering sweetness. It's basically pure maple. The base has a sturdy drizzle of caramel with softly toasted graininess. Deep pulls bring a sweet & sour play with some fruit based tartness, green apples and such. The spruce tips even bring a touch of juniper, which in this form comes off as rather fruity. This beer is wild. Each whiff is new.

Damn, man, this stuff is well put together. It's fruity tart off the bat with a bright acidity that lingers. The maple appears in the middle with perfect integration, instead of dominance. There's a soft toasted graininess that brings Autumn coziness when combined with the maple. The spruce, I don't get much. Again, there's a healthy drizzle of caramel but it adds a minimal amount of sweetness and brings along that sweet & sour play that works so well.

Drinkability is off the charts but this beer is so complex and chameleon-like that it deserves to be sipped and thought about a bit. It's fizzy with an acidity that grabs you by the tongue. The finish is dry enough that you can feel it on your teeth. Damn.

D9 makes some really fun, interesting beer. This is no exception. The maple is pure. The acidity is gripping but backed by a touch of sweetness for balance and approachability. Most importantly, this beer is just flat out fun to drink. Keep up the good work down there, fellas. Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of epyon396
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lebriarjr
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Systema Natvræ - Maple and Spruce from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 8 ratings