Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #367
Ranked #2,821
4.15 | pDev: 13.01%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.
Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 1,053 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jettjon from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber with no visible date into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s a translucent black cherry color with a small amount of precipitating carbonation beneath a non-existent head. Nose is strongly sour with hints of alcohol. Taste of very sour sweet tarts, I mean holy sour bomb. It just dominates the palate. Raspberry is discernible but it’s overwhelmed in sourness. A bit dry on the finish with more sourness like lemon rind. Mouthfeel is good, a bit bubblier than evinced by the carbonation, and nicely quenching. Overall: OK, perhaps this is heresy but I don’t think I’ll ever find a sour ale “great.” I can appreciate the nuances of flavor, but I suppose to me it’s the same as some people and very hoppy beers. I also get that I shouldn’t expect a head on this type of beer – but I do. It’s a one and done for me.

Jul 12, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage... poured form a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Nearly clear burgundy pour to start... 2nd glass had tons of sediment which hazed the glass. Two fingers of off-white head. Modest lacing.

S: Raspberry and jam. Tart and fruity.

T.F: Tart bordering on sour to start. Strong raspberry and stone fruit... some funk and oak from the barrel. Jam and fruit preserves. A little funk, but the fruit is forward throughout. Medium bodied... and more raspberry tartness to finish.

O: A simple but tasty brew... tart raspberry throughout with some barrel and funk. Really nice, and a few years in the bottle did nothing to diminish this beer. One I'd love to have again.

Jul 08, 2019
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip type glass it pours a murky reddish brownish color with a nice 1/2 whitish head on top.
The nose is funky with a nice tart raspberry smell perhaps a little earthy oak.
The taste is sour but not overly so lots of raspberry going on here. Really a nice blend it's hard to believe this is a 10% ABV beer.
The mouthfeel is pleasant lot of carbonation but not over the top.
I'm assuming this is a recent bottling as there is no date on the bottle that I can find. Very pleasant to enjoy now I would like to let one age a few years to see how it holds up.

Apr 14, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "Riserva"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged.
$21.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: As I pulled this out of the fridge I thought to myself "Weyerbacher Riserva, I haven't had one of these in a long time". It's been at least 4 years, and probably more like 6 or 8, but then when I looked at the receipt for it I realized why - $22!!! That's OK, I'm a fan, have been since day one, and I really like Dan although I haven't seen him in at least a decade. Enough of that though, on to the beer. It's a hazy dark ruby in color beneath a short head of foam that dissipates almost immediately. That's common for sour beers though, so I'm OK with it. In the nose it's fruity with raspberry and it has that raspy thing going on like real raspberries picked in a field and eaten at their freshest. Oak backs it up. That's all I get, those three simple notes. Could it be funkier? Sure. Could it be more fruity... I'm not so sure about that, well, at least not with the real raspberry character it has. I'm glad they didn't add any extract or extra sweetness to it. What about the taste? Pretty much the same. There's a touch of medium caramel to it from the malt, but that fresh, real raspberry note is there, more prominent, backed by tartness, and then dried by oakiness. It's not that funky but it is vinous, and there is a bit of a higher alcohol note going on. With that said, I guess you can expect that it finishes dry - being tart, vinous, oaky, and with a touch of heat will tend to do that to a beer. Again, I'm glad they left it as it is rather than trying to smooth it or sugar it up because it's really unique and it would be a shame to mess with that to try to appease those with less experienced palates. In the mouth it's medium bodied but with some residual dextrins to it, and except for the fine bubbled moderate carbonation it has a kind of a wine-like feel to it. Raspberry wine? Yes, exactly, it's very much like that. So what have I missed? Looks like nothing. I'm enjoying it. It's really unlike any other beer I've ever had.
Review #6,539

Mar 24, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2012

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish brown topped by a half finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells strongly of raspberries with hints of oak and sourness along with a little funk
T: Taste is tart raspberries with some oaky funk along with some nice building sourness. Raspberry stays pretty forward throughout though. Swallow is a little caramel, vanilla, raspberries and oak with some lingering tartness.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly lower than anticipated for the style but not bad. The acidity gives this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is well brewed and has stood up to time very well. Good complexity and flavors and if that ABV is correct it is deceptively drinkable. Well worth a try if you can find it.

Sep 07, 2018
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one definitely has some batch-to-batch variation, and I've had bottles that were aged too long. Generally a big fan, though the sourness can be pretty intense.

Jan 17, 2018
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TLKS9 from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great coloring not at all cloudy. The smell is very raspberry but pleasant. Tart at first sip but the flavors blend so well. I could have stood for a little bit more from the raspberry purée but I wouldn’t have wanted it to be too sweet so I get it. Definitely recommend.

Dec 16, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My rating is for a 2010 bottle of Riserva, consumed August 29, 2015, reviewed from notes.

Color is in the amber range, that mixture of golden but then the intrusions of the raspberries pink color bring the mixture to that amber realm. Lots of chunkees throughout the liquid and a very fine 1/8" head. The aroma is largely an almost french (read: dry) oak like presence along with the further dry raspberry aroma. There is no sugar (added) to be discerned here.

Taste is nice, its strong, but doesn't drink as strong as the high amount of alcohol would suggest. The raspberry is there, very dry again. The oak is very prominent. Its a clean feeling beer, there isn't much in the way of spontaneous complexity or funk. Carbonation was fine and there wasn't much, if any in the way of oxidation.

Sep 15, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a weyerbacher tulip. 2015 vintage

clear deep pink/amber body. lots of carbonation. nice slightly off white head which persists throughout. NOTE. there is a TON of crud laying in the bottom of the bottle, so pour VERY carefully.

aroma is somewhat muted. Some raspberry, and somehow manages to smell tart.

slightly sweet, slightly earthy, really nice mouth puckering tartness. There is only a hint of the oak. Raspberry taste gathers on the back of the tongue and intensifies as it warms.

Mouth is a little above medium, tart and dry, slightly sweet on the finish.

Overall, a very enjoyable fruit wild ale. recommended for those who like their Wilds tart and fruity.

Sep 15, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a snifter. 2016 bottle. Packaged 2/27/17. I think it was given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours a ruby color with almost no head and with a surprisingly large amount of extremely fine carbonation. Smell is nicely tart and clearly raspberry.

Taste is along the same lines. Nicely tart and clearly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is very dry and nicely effervescent. Overall, solid beer.

Sep 01, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy rouge amber with a medium head that hangs around. nose; tart raspberry, unripe green apple, oak, & light brett. taste; very tart apple & cranberry, cracker malt, brett, lemon zest, & hay/grassy notes. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. even though this one strikes out with the malt vinegar assault initially, i did warm up to it after a bit. the fruit and farmhouse elements always showed up after the sour & tart attack and kept it interesting, and with a little warmth, balsamic & cranberry character emerged. definitely a huge step forward in sours to my palate.

Jun 03, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a copper raspberry color with alot of floaties, micro-thin lacing.

S - Tart, juicy, white grapes, green apples, and sour raspberry aroma with delicate acidity.

T - Tart raspberry, oak, woody, and vanilla. The raspberry has mellowed nicely.

M - Medium body with mild puckering, makes the palate water on the back end, wet finish.

O - The ABV is completely hidden in this beer and it aged beautifully.

May 28, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orange cranberry cloudy color. Aroma is tart,raspberry,yeast, and it oddly reminded me of tart sour candy. Taste was similar to aroma,they definitely didn't spare the raspberry but it works. Tasted like a really well crafted sour that was very well balanced. Abv is high but not at all noticable and is so well hidden behind the great flavors. An excellent offering from a great brewery

May 09, 2017
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Pontzie from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: much more of a flat orange brown than I was expecting. Opaque laziness that make it appear very flat. Minimal head.

S: Sour raspberries. I love raspberry and I love sour, so this was an appealing combo. Deeper scents of something almost grassy. Very rich and organic overall. Not detecting the oak in the scent.

T: Definitely a sour mash of fruit up front. The ale is present and rather tasty. Good carbonation, this is not a flat sour, the bubble lightens up to taste a bit. The after taste is yeasty and a bit funky and here the oak starts to make it's presence known .

F: so, I love the scent and the taste is more complex than expected, but the feel is leaving me underwhelmed. Something about the sour pickers up my mouth and leaves me wishing that there was a better feel to this overall. It is sort of caught between being a sour and being a more open wild ale. Definitely a bit challenging to taste.

O: I love it. There are some challenges to this, and I probably wouldn't enjoy a night of drinking only this. However, when paired with a savory dish or some fresh baked sourdough this is a wildly fantastic palette expanding drink. Highly recommended, but don't plan on it to be an easy drink.

Apr 28, 2017
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: kind of a reddish, orangish brown. Very hazy. Sparse pinkish head.
smell: Quite tart and funky, hints of sweet fruit and oak.
taste: very nice balance of tart, funk, sour, some sweet but mostly dry fruit.
Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. A fine beer all around.

Apr 02, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-03-19 in Lititz, PA from a 22oz bottlle

Quite sour with lovely raspberry, Brett and oak flavors. Not vinegary. Had this side-by-side with a Russian River Consecration. The Riserva is just a bit sweeter and isn't as complex as Consecration but it holds its own nicely; plus it is much more readily available here in Pennsylvania. Good stuff.

Mar 20, 2017
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours reddish body with white head with nice retention and lacing
S: smells crazy sour and dank, with more dank
T: cue up puckering sourness with dankness; after a few sips and getting used to the sourness, some raspberry sweetness comes through
M: medium bodied and smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; good sour beer

Feb 11, 2017
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2beerdogs from California

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generosity of Ozzylizard for this glorious jewel.
Received in the infamous NBS BIF #3.

Popped the cork and was immediately graced by a bright tart raspberry aroma. Oh this is going to be a good one.
Pours a slightly burnished rouge with tiny particles of deep pink fruit and bubbles. Active. Loose white foam rises 2 fingers and recedes to a thin, scattered foam. Light lacing.
Smell is glorious. It rushes at you like vinegar forward sours, yet it comes at you with a tempting sour & tart raspberry, carried on the shoulders of a mix of not overpowering sour vinegar and yeasty funk.
The flavors carry this forward with even more complexity. The sour/tart raspberry shares the spotlight with the acidity. This really brings your whole mouth into the experience. The yeast is assertive in its funk, but as a solid third costar. Also coming in, some tannic oak notes and some vinegar notes that are no where near one dimensional. It's stunning.
Mouthfeel is active and on the fuller side. Carbonation stays constant, allowing the dance to continue.
Overall, I love this, wouldn't change a thing, and want more.

Sep 11, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled December 2015) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: A gargantuan gush of sour green apple is balanced by strong flavors of sweet and tart raspberries along with mild tobacco, balsamic vinegar, cranberry sauce, earthy yeast, hay, and oak flavors. The aromatic complexity is further expanded by subtle scents of lemon grass, bell pepper, sweet bread, and hints of vanilla.
4.75 out of 5
TASTE: A vigorous tartness of green apple balanced by strong, sweet and tart raspberry flavors initially bombards the palate. Strong flavors of hay provide a firm funk while mild cranberry flavors amplify the sweetness. The funkiness continues to grow as strong earthy yeast and mild balsamic vinegar flavors quickly follow. Mild flavors of tobacco, oak, lemon grass, and bell pepper transform this into a truly multifarious brew. Subtle flavors of sweet bread along with hints of vanilla make their debut at the end while the bell pepper and oak flavors grow slightly stronger. 4.75
NOTE: A near perfect brew from Weyerbacher! This bottle was nearly a year old, yet the raspberries were still a dominating aspect of the beer. I absolutely loved most of the supporting flavors and how they were present in just the right quantities. The only thing that kept this from being perfect, in my opinion, was that the tartness and vinegar were a tad too strong. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Weyerbacher continues to impress me with a mastery of a wide variety of brews.

Sep 10, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Perceivable, but light raspberry aroma, light sweetness, followed by a light lingering sourness.

A: Light brown color, pretty hazy, with a thin white frothy head that dissipates to a thin film across the glass.

T: There is noticeable, but light raspberry flavor, moderately sweet, followed by light lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer is not overly complex but the raspberries and malts used provide a pleasing sweetness that contrasts well with the beer’s light lingering sourness.

Aug 23, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with many bottle conditioned beers, be careful when you pour this, as your beer will change flavors quite a bit depending on how much yeast you get in your glass.

When clear/not filled with yeast, this beer is super clean, sour raspberry with just a modest bit of sour funk and a nice snap of carbonation. When yeast finds its way in, it tastes a bit more earthy/less "bright", with a more muddled carbonation. Both are tasty, but what you want is the first one -- which is definitely better.

The Bros rating of 100 for this is a bit bizarre to me, but to each their own. I definitely enjoyed this "How the hell is this almost 12% ABV?" sour, but this somehow doesn't come off as big and bold as I had envisioned it would... especially for $20 for the bottle.

Aug 08, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, bottled in 12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/orange-ish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruit/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with nice malt/sour/spiciness balance, with no astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; very smooth to sip on for the big ABV and acidity. This is nearly puckering on sourness, but has just enough malt character to keep it from getting astringent. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 24, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation & a thin lace of foam. The front of the nose is bullishly lacto / saccharo yeast funk which is a very generic smell for "wild" ales. There is certainly some raspberry underneath but it really struggles to come out consistently. There is also an off-note that is tannin-based for sure but ends up smelling a bit like a household cleaning product. Weyerbacher has also been fairly bad with aroma & this is no exception.

The taste profile is better & more consistent, but nowhere near a home run. Again it is predominantly yeast with fighting faint notes from the raspberry & oak, which ultimately are drowned-out by the yeast. Another Weyerbacher hallmark is taking one note & cranking it 11 with little regard for balance or supporting flavors, and this is a good example of that. Surprisingly it isn't super sour, but the acidity and yeast do overpower everything else...just not in an obnoxious way. The end result is not bad by any stretch, but if you lined this up next to ten other random sours I'd be hard-pressed to pick this out.

Jul 21, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. The 2014.2 edition.

Pours a pinkish red, very wine- looking. A little hazy, with a small head and a fair amount of lacing. Quite good looking. Smell is sour, some funk, raspberries- more as it warms, some oak, some yeast. The taste leads with strong raspberries, is a bit sour and tart, some funk, yeast, light malt. Smooth, good body, the taste- and tartness lingers.

Flavorful, great raspberry taste and aroma. Very enjoyable offering. Well worth a purchase, although the price point is a little high.

Jul 04, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocked full of raspberries, the 2012 installment of Weyerbacher's Riserva casts a fruity glow over the session; along with piquant sourness, oak nuance, and a peppery, earthen array.

Deep crimson in its pour, its blood red hues suggest something fruity within. A billowing froth ensues- spritzy upon the pour and then fast dissolving, obviously succumbing to its own acidity. And those acids enliven the raspberry fruit- radiant, juicy, succulent and laced with vinegar-like pungency. Oak and nuttiness follow with a first candied-sweet taste of jolly rancher, red wine and balsamic.

As the flavors take hold on the middle palate, the sweetness quickly relaxes and the brazen sourness dominates the palate. Still wrapped in a fruity, berry-infused cocoon, the strong acidity is vinegar-like, cider-like and while carrying a saucy pepper character of acetone that evokes sweating behavior. Trailing oak brings out a cherry and prune taste to resemble robust red wines like bordeaux or cabernet.

Jaw-tightening and mouth-wetting, the beer's relatively full body is dissected by alcohol, peppery flavors, powdery tannins and the sheer brunt of acids that seem enamel-stripping. A fruit forward, vinously tart finish trails only by the woodsy funk of beer oak's natural microflora.

Jul 02, 2016
Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1053 ratings