Perennial Artisan Ales Frances
What the brewers say
Fermented entirely with yeast captured in south city St. Louis in the early spring of 2015, and aged in American oak for 16 months.
What our panel thought
Earthy, pungent funk with wisps of barnyard, dried fruit, bright lemon, light smoke, and leather. Puckering acidity out front, sharp, but accentuating fruit notes—a mélange of pear, plum, citrus, cherry. Earthy funk hangs back. For the sourheads.
What our editors thought
Lime, dirt, pavement, mango, ginger, raisin, mushroom, must—the nose resembles Pickapeppa sauce, in the best way. The sip cranks up lactic lemon-lime; acidic burst quickly settles. Orange-tangerine comes forward with a caramel touch. Deliciously complex.