Green Bench Brewing Co./Jester King Brewery Sleeping Dragon
What the brewers say
“This collab is an American fruited sour aged in neutral wine barrels with three varietals of Florida dragon fruit and a blend of each brewery’s mixed cultures for 14 months prior to being naturally bottle conditioned.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Aromas of citrus, lemon, pineapple, melon, cucumber, light peach, and white grape. Earthy funk that’s smooth and complex, with notes of hay, grass, and herb. Light malt sweetness and a nice amount of intricacy.”
Flavor: “Fruity and sweet up front, with a hit of tartness that comes through as Tutti Frutti. Citrusy notes of pineapple and lemon, with raspberry and melon. Grassy notes, almost an earthy top soil note, with Brett funk and an aftertaste that rings with a hint of sweetness and an earthy, woody complexity.”
Overall: “The fruit flavor is more assertive than expected, given how bland dragon fruit can be, but this beer has some nice flavors and complexities. The base beer works well with the fruit, sweetness, and sour notes, and there’s an interesting mix between the citrus and melon and the grassy, earthy characters. Odd but definitely interesting.”
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