Style: American Wild Ale
DeStihl Brewery St. Dekkera Reserve: Pomme
What the brewers say
“Our Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Ale series is naturally soured by spontaneous/wild secondary fermentation and aging in oak barrels with microflora wonderfully unique to our downstate Illinois terroir.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Light lemon and grapefruit with moderate sourness and slight lime/orange notes. Lovely burnt honey, cherry, wood, tobacco, and vanilla. As it warms, fun Brett aromas open up and more dark fruit notes come out with slight banana phenolics.”
Flavor: “White wine grape and sharp lemony sourness. Slight vanilla note and touch of coconut sweetness extends into the linger. Malt character is outrageously complex and well-balanced. The fruit is very subdued with notes of passion fruit. High sour notes create a bite and puckering. After it warms, there is a plum and soy sauce–like notes.”
Overall: “Acid balance and malt profile are good. As a fruited beer, the fruit is pretty well hidden into a delightful sour beer. After the initial sour bite, there’s an interesting milk sweetness, and perhaps vanilla that blend together to leave a satisfying aftertaste. This is solid.”
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