St. Dekkera Reserve: Belgian Double Pale Ale

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American Wild Ale
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3.96 | pDev: 13.89%
Illinois, United States
Notes: Barrel No. 1: Belgian Double Pale Ale
ABV: 8% IBU: 99 Color: 19
This complex, 8-month-old Belgian-style double pale ale has a copper color, medium body, medium maltiness and low caramel character. Floral, spicy and citrus-like American-variety hops have been used to produce high hope bitterness, flavor and aroma. Fruity-ester flavors and aromas are moderate. Alcohol is pleasantly warning and well-balanced with the slight sourness achieved from barrel aging with Brettanomyces.
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a Destihl tulip.
7.3% ABV, 2013, Barrel Numbers 52, 125, 129, 130.

A - Hazed ever-so-slightly, this dirty apricot-colored beer maintains great carbonation feeding the well-formed off-white head for some time before it retires to a ring of tight bubbles.

S - Intense oak aromatics burst from the beer with funky wild yeast close behind. Horse blanket and general barn yard funk meet a floral and juicy fruit hop nose that wild (no pun intended) combination that gets even deeper with the addition of Belgian yeast nuances. Bread crusts and honey-drizzled biscuit lay the foundation for the beer's malt base quite wonderfully!

T - This beer's bready malt base washes the tongue with an immediate sweetness that's quickly turned to fruity hop profile complimented by spicy Belgian yeast. Funk finishes out with a kiss of dry tartness and wet oak flavor, compliments of the wild yeast and barrel aging, respectively.

M - Funk lends some tartness and dries out the finish along with the hops but, this delightfully carbonated, medium-full bodied, heftier sour beer isn't all that sour, actually.

O - Bold yet complex and full of depth, it's perfumy aroma is a complete joy to behold but, while the flavor is there, it doesn't quite compare. A unique and complex beer to sip, this Saint Dekkera has quite a bit of character to contemplate from start to finish.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this, sampled it at the Great Taste, and later at the brewpub over Labor Day.

The glass was a fairly murky brown, with tan foam and visible particles. The nose was pleasantly funky from the Brett, but it came across more as wet barrel. More of a Flanders style hybrid than the described Double Pale. Alternately tart and bitter oak tannins, hinting at the spicy complexity from an old bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel was a little strange with low to medium carbonation, it was slick with a funky aftertaste. The Brett didn't seem to manifest in typical fashion, or really dominate like some Wild Ales. Not sure about the higher ABV was a factor, but i'd only enjoy this in small doses.

I passed on getting a growler, as it would have been $27. Glad to see Destihl starting an experimental barrel series, and look forward to No. 2.

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Belgian Double Pale Ale from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 5 ratings