Societe Brewing Company The Savage
What the brewers say
“The Savage comes on strong and sudden with pronounced oakiness from prolonged aging in used wine barrels. That woodiness coalesces beautifully with wine tannins and the stone-fruit character of sour cherries to produce a deep brown quaff akin to a Flanders-style ale with a delicate Balsamic tartness and hint of spice.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate toasted malt blends well with the Brett woody funk and pineapple and dark cherry. It’s kind of hard to find the cherry unless you know it is there, but the barnyard character is very pleasant. The sweet toasted malt background isn’t completely hidden by the Brett. Vanilla, and some wood qualities (oak or maple) along with some earthy notes.”
Flavor: “Lots of earthy, musty, leathery, barnyard funk followed by pie cherries and toasty malt. Moderate sweetness supports the fruit. High carbonation. Some vanilla qualities. Rich toasted character from the malt in the base beer supports the barnyard character well, blending caramel, leather, and horse blanket. The cherry character plays a supporting role. It is sweet and fleshy with just a slight tartness.”
Overall: “Lots of Brett funk with the fruit and malt playing a more supporting role. It’s a very drinkable ale with sour cherries. Each sip brings more subtleties. A very complex, well-blended amber cherry farmhouse sour. All parts lead to something greater than the sum.”
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