Style: Brett & Mixed Fermentation Saisons
Wicked Weed Brewing Bretticent
What the brewers say
“This traditional saison is brewed using North Carolina–grown barley, wheat, and rye from Riverbend Malthouse and is open fermented. The beer is then finished with our house culture of Brettanomyces.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Barnyard Brett funk, apricot, and peach. Herbal and a bit of woody character from hops. Citrus notes and earthy with very slight touch of funk that increases as it warms.”
Flavor: “Brett funk dominates with stone fruit esters playing a supporting role. A bit of sweet and tart but not overly sour. Very dry finish with moderately strong carbonation. Some sweet citrus and peach. Has a touch of oak-like astringency in the finish. The spicy Noble hops are a nice touch. A nice dry finish with just a hint of bitterness in the finish.”
Overall: “Moderate carbonation, mild funk, and a big peach and grapefruit note. Very nice Brett showcase with supporting fruit and earthy notes that’s more subtle than others in the category. A well-balanced beer that offers some nice funk—the hops bitterness is welcome and plays nicely with the Brett.”
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