Volume 20: Transformation Masks
Wunderkammer Bier

Volume 20: Transformation MasksVolume 20: Transformation Masks
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #827
Ranked #14,248
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
Wunderkammer Bier
Vermont, United States
Volume 20: Transformation MasksVolume 20: Transformation Masks
Notes: Ale brewed with yarrow. Fermented with mixed culture and aged in barrels.

Volume twenty, transformation masks, represents the arc of my thought and experience of working with yarrow. In this release, we explore the lovely depth this herb has to offer in a dark base beer; great rounded malt tones with spicy, herbal qualities the effect reminds me of a British ginger cake. This mixed fermentation ale was aged in wine barrels until beautiful and then packaged. I hope you enjoy, it's a fun little beer!

The artwork for the label is the first one I haven't created. It is by my old friend Steven Alvarez. He makes a really great comic on Instagram called Paramed Comics. I like it quite a bit.

Mixed fermentation and aged in wine barrels. 5.5% abv.
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 375ml pours into a mini snifter with a red body and a one finger foamy cap. Head dies out to nothing and lacing is rare.

S- I think it must be the yarrow but an intense aroma of herbal woodsy tea almost like ginger, elderflower and juniper/birch atop the usual Wunderkammer bugs and sours. Dark red vinous notes, a touch of oak, lactic acid, sour pale fruits, musty wine, lemon and maybe even birch.

T- The lemon and lactic acid portion of the brew launches off with strength here also amplifying the vinous dark red grape notes and the herbaceous yarrow. Again the ginger/birch/floral/herbal/juniper yarrow feel really feels like an herbal iced tea with a ton of lemon. Back drop is strong wine grapes, wet oak, musty and a hint of funky Flanders acetic acid.

MF- Light bodied with an oily slickness. Carbonation on the light side and it ends rather sour with both lactic and acetic character. A touch of a frothy texture but pretty still overall.

The yarrow, seemingly wine barrels? and the always real nice Wunderkammer cultures combine for a unique and very flavorful sour herbal brew.

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

Pours a ruddy reddish-brown in color with a quarter inch of rocky off white head. Aroma is lemony tart and a bit herbal. Taste starts with a punch of lemon-like tartness and a spicy ginger-like note. I also get herbal, earthy, and subtle dark malt notes. Finish is a bit thin with a light lingering bitterness. Light-medium body with moderately low carbonation, feels a bit thin on the back end.

Like every other beer I have had from Wunderkammer this one is unique and interesting. It is such a vast departure from any of the other beers I have had recently that it takes a few sips for my palate to adjust. Once I’ve adjusted this is a pleasure to sip. I’ll miss being able to pick these beers up when I swing by Hill Farmstead but I’m excited to see what they’re able to produce in their own space!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Hen in the Wood in Burlington.
Looked like a good option.
Showed-up in a snifter.
Rather ordinary looking brown ale.
Surprised at the sourness. Not really very nice in anyway.
One of the worst beers I've had associated with Hill Farmstead.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip.
The appearance was a fairly dark amber/brown color with a small clenching eggshell white foamy head swiftly sliding off. Just a little bit of concave lace sliding with the sips.
The aroma had a beautiful blend of woody semi-sweet tones punching at some semi-spicy to 'picked' zesty to fresh herbal character. Grassy/floral leaves and some anise-like tones then clean earthiness.
The flavor takes all of those prior mentioned aromas to boot and portray a semi-smooth sweet easy fresh and semi-spicy earthy quality. Mild aftertaste of lemony brisk tart herbal and grassy/floral qualities.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Not a normal AWA of being too harsh on the sour "feels" as there seems to be enough smoothness to play with an appropriate carbonation that ends up taming most of the sourness. Finishes with herbal to earthy semi-sweet tones.
Overall, a very nicely done and unique beer not necessarily following the AWA guidelines but oh hell, you taste this for yourself and I guarantee you that you won't care much about guidelines either. Just drink it!

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