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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini-review taken from notes jolted at a bottle share done at the Albany Taproom in December. This was brought by me – a special thanks to jbravato for sending me this a good long while ago! Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a mini snifter. 2012 vintage.

Medium ruby, with pinkish and light reddish notes at the rim. Contains a decent amount of a light indigo head, which soon dissipates to a slightly noticeable ring. Very vinous in quality (rather than an American inspired Lambic) due in part to the high ABV, which shows. Gets cloudier with each subsequent pour, but pretty appealing for an American wild.

Huge notes of berries and red fruit immediately blast the nostrils in a rather astonishing manner, complete with a refined resilience in part by the oak and alcohol. Tart raspberries, boysenberries, and blackberries are way up front here, with a bit of indistinguishable red fruit at the finish. Some caramel, baking soda, violets, lavender, and other baking spices from the oak, as well as a light bready finish in part of the base beer. This is very close in quality to many top fruit aged Lambics I've had in the past – the missing link is the lack of any barnyard funky notes found in the former. Rather, this is quite acidic and tart, already on the nose, in a manner that is noticeable from a piercing astringency that tickles the nostrils each time. Truly phenomenal.

Less tart on the palate, yet equally enjoyable to savor for other reasons – mainly in part with the astonishing fruit texture that really makes this unique. Slightly soured raspberries and blackberries (mainly, anyhow) coat the palate in the same respect as if you're eating the fruit by themselves, with a crisp, refreshing mineral texture soon following afterwards. Some notes of caramel, toffee, and baking soda make up the oak-laden finish, which really helps round up the sour structure from the fruit and provide a tasty, mouth cleansing experience that prepares you for your next sip. Medium-dry, with a crisp finish. Complex overall, but delightfully restrained. This is what wild ales should strive to be in American brewing – packs a punch without destroying your inner bowels by the finish.

It IS, however, $25 a bottle, and that's definitely a hard sale to make when I can find other excellent options domestically and abroad for far less. Still, I'm impressed how well the fruit flavor has held up (perhaps improved?) over the past year, and I'm curious to see how it would evolve further and find what would replace the fruit notes as soon as they faded off. Absolutely a must-try, and perhaps once again if you're not concerned about the size of your wallet.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 version

A - Pours a hazy dark raspberry color with an off white head.

S - A very acidic smelling, raspberry tartness comes through as well along with a nice oak character.

T - To me, the raspberry really shines here. At first taste, the raspberry comes through then a moment later you're hit with a good amount of sour. The oak comes through the midway and on the backend.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. It's a really dry beer that hides the ABV wonderfully.

O - It's not hugely complex, but the beauty is you know what you're getting into.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Weyerbacher Riserva!!! I acquired a bottle of the 2012 from a friend via trade... been sittiing on it for a while and finally decided to open it... only beer im having today....The cork pops open pretty decently so i know im in for some nice fizz... the smell is funky with raspberry tannisn and oak funkyness.. "half digested horse manure smell"... ohh man this is funk...The flav is amazingly full of raspberry kick with nioce funky lactic tones... they dance on tongue as this beer is fizzy...as the beer warms the heat from the 11% peeks out of the corner of the raspberry burst... Superb day after christmas beer... soo glad i kept it to myself...LOL

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look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, 750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish color. There's about one fingers worth of white colored head, and it retains pretty well for a 11.4% sour. No lacing, expectedly, but there are some (faint) alcohol legs.

S: This freakin' smells like a kick in the teeth. The tartness from the aroma is twisting my nose around - so are the oak tannins, to a lesser extent. I even get raspberry, but holy crap, is it ever playing second fiddle to the acidic attack.

T: Y'know, for a second, this has a nice blend of raspberry and cream...then the sour shock takes over the finish. This is brutally tart, in a good way. But you know what stuns me? It's 11.4%, and there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere. This will satisfy a sour craving - and then some.

M: Dry and tannic, with some dryness and tannic qualities, backed by more dry tannins and even some tannic dryness! All this dry tannic-ness covers the alcohol superbly...and the carbonation, for that manner. I didn't even cop out and write down "meh, medium carb." like I normally do during the note-taking process.

O: No doubt, this is among the tartest beers I've sampled. It's a really nice brute-force sour - it isn't particularly sophisticated or complex, but it brings all the tartness I like, without being moronic. Well okay, it's a bit moronic, and that's exactly why I find it so charming.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,034 ratings
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