St. Dekkera Reserve: Fraise

St. Dekkera Reserve: FraiseSt. Dekkera Reserve: Fraise
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #832
Ranked #9,659
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Illinois, United States
St. Dekkera Reserve: FraiseSt. Dekkera Reserve: Fraise
Notes: Sour ale aged in oak barrels with strawberries added.
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 36
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing about this is really wrong or off, it cant be really when you do a wild ale, you can only control so many variables, and in the end, the beer is in the hands of the yeast itself, so how critical can we be? i just dont like this one all that much, and for the price of this (and all the beers in this series), i expect to be blown away, the price turns me off a lot more than the beer. wild ale with strawberries in oak. clearish in color, a little pink maybe, but more golden really. very little head after the initial pour too, but good clarity for a beer in this style. it smells sweet for sure, but i dont get a ton of the raspberries, maybe more of a generic red fruity element, fruit punch rather than real strawberries, some lactic sourness, and a lot of sweet oak, vanilla. the taste isnt as well layered as the nose, its too sweet, and the strawberries make it taste sort of medicinal, bandaids and whatnot, but i dont hate it by any means, it has lambic wildness to it, just not as dry and mature, and lacking the funk element to go with the sour. always a weird sensation when sourness and sweetness coexist, tough on the guts and tough on the tongue. not enough carbonation either for what it is, but there is a lot of oak to this. not a bad beer, but i think its a poor use of strawberries and i think its absurdly overpriced, which seems to be the norm with these guys...

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish hued gold with a thick three finger crown of fluffy foam.

Fresh strawberries, oak, musty funk, and noticeable lactic acidity.

Tart strawberries and lactic acidic sourness, bretty funk, oak, and slightly vinous.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, sticky, dry finish, tart.

Overall, another solid sour from a brewery that does it oh so well.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Zwanze 2013 tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Smell is heavy on lactic acidity, strawberries, tropical brett notes, and a biscuit malt backdrop.

T - As with most Destihl sours, it is quite acidic but with a heft dose of sweet, doughy malts as well. Seems bigger than the listed 5.5% actually. Strawberry flavors show up mid-palate, yielding to a lemony finish. There's some funkiness and overripe qualities; the brett character is actually quite pleasant.

M - Medium body, with somewhat zesty carbonation that tingles the tongue. Chewy and viscous, with lingering stickiness and a tannic finish that seems evocative of strawberry.

D - A solid, well-executed American Wild, and one of the better strawberry offerings I've had. Most are either understated or have a rancid quality, and this has neither. Looking forward to seeing how this project develops, although the pricing is a bit high to buy these regularly.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch year 2013 although in the cooler in Denver July 2015.

Medium orange in color with a very fast fading white head. Looks a bit like watered orange juice since head fades so fast.

Nose is pleasant. A bit burnt orange in tone. Some barrel tones and some cider vinegar tones.

Mouth feel is really nice. Puckery and sour but really balanced and pleasant.

Flavors are citric, lemony/limey and a bit like sour stone fruit undertones. Almost too acidic but not quite.

Decent acidic finish.

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Photo of samshaw
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Mostly translucent golden-amber with a moderate white head and a steady stream of rising suds.

S: Light aroma of sour yeast and fruit.

T: Medium strawberry flavor is present with moderate wild yeast.

M: Thin with seltzer-like carbonation that pleasantly complements the taste of strawberry.

O: Incredibly refreshing strawberry beverage that goes down easily and well with the coming of spring.

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Photo of jsh420
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

batch year 2013
not much of a nose on this but the flavor is there
tart oaky fruit this one says strawberries were the fruit added but i could not say it is what i taste
very smooth body with good carbonation
overall i had to mark it down for the price being $17

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Fraise from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 36 ratings