Style: Saison & Farmhouse Ales
Council Brewing Company Prickly Pear Beatitude
What the brewers say
“Aged on prickly pears and bottled with precision and care—this yields a beer with a Lacto-forward nose an intensely tart prickly pear flavor, a dough complexity from our no-boil process, and takes the word ‘refreshing’ to a whole new level.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate horse blanket, sulfur, and a light earthiness that grounds the aroma, keeping it from becoming too airy. Wonderfully floral and fruity aroma, presumably from the prickly pear.”
Flavor: “Strong prickly pear, candy, and green-apple taste, with light raspberry and hibiscus notes. The sweetness is overshadowed by the Brett funk and biscuit maltiness, which is common among young Brett beers. Husky, earthy, somewhat sweet aftertaste.”
Overall: “One of the prettiest beers out there, with a brilliant clear pink that invites you to drink it. The acidity and tart green-apple flavors unite to form a strong first impression that overshadows the prickly pear. The young Brett aroma is complex, with husky, horse-blanket compounds.”
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