Style: Berliner Weisse
Libertine Brewing Company Summer Breeze
What the brewers say
“Berliner weisse base with apricots and raspberries added.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Raspberry jam and stone fruit with a bit of sulfur and Brett funk and a touch of bready malt in the background, but the fruit is the star.”
Flavor: “Raspberry up front with a bit of stone fruit, apple, and pear. The apricot-and-raspberry character is more predominant than in the aroma. Strong puckering sour with the subtleties of the apricot and a hint of the raspberry. Wet hay and barnyard Brett. Low-to-moderate sweetness transitions into intense acidity with lactic character but also a considerable acetic presence (apple cider vinegar, almost). The pronounced acidity helps bring out the fruitiness.”
Overall: “The blend of fruit character is interesting with the raspberry up front and the apricot playing more of a supporting role. It’s a crisp sour that brings out the unique qualities of the apricots and balances well with raspberry. Some may find it an incredibly sour beer best in small amounts, but others will find it an easy-drinking fruit sour beer that would help accent any meal.”
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