Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tasting Notes - Berliner, Brett Saison, and Pale Ales

Berliner Weissbier:

Date: Monday 07/03/17

Setting: On a porch overlooking a lake in the early evening with a breeze. Bottle got jostled on its way to the destination.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold. Initial very foamy head that slightly fades with time.

Aroma: Brie cheese. Soft lemon. Yeasty.

Flavor: Shiitake mushroom. Tart lemons. Hibiscus. Wheaties.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation. The finish is very palate drying.

Overall: I’m not a huge fan of it on its own. My friends love it though. My good friend Jeff paired it with goat cheese and said it was delicious. I personally like it with a shot of Amoretti Blood Orange Craft Puree.

Changes: I may try harvesting lactobacillus from uncrushed grain for a more complex acidity. A fruit addition would be nice if I catch it at a high enough pH the next go around.

Brett Saison:

Date: Saturday 07/01/17

Setting: Relaxing on the couch during a high ABV coffee beer brew day.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold. Fluffy white foam. Great lacing.

Aroma: Tart passion fruit, unripe peach.

Flavor: Passion fruit at the forefront. Subtle, pleasing lemony tartness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Bright. I achieved what I was going for. The tartness is right on and lends the right amount of acidity which when combined with the hops tricks you into thinking I added fruit.

Changes: Nothing I can come up with at the moment.

West Coast Pale Ale:

Date: Monday 07/03/17

Setting: Relaxing on the couch waiting for my petite Brett Saison to finish cooling.

Appearance: Hazy yellow. Light, fluffy head.

Aroma: Catty, naval orange, lemon.

Flavor: Lemon, bitter orange peel, slightly catty. Mildly sweet 2-Row. Subtle caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and very refreshing.

Overall: A thirst quenching hoppy beer. Great for a hot, sunny day.

Changes: I would like more pine to balance out the citrus. Maybe some Chinook? It still is a nice representation of a West Coast beer.

Northeast Pale Ale:

Date: Monday 07/03/17

Setting: On my porch in the sun on a warm day watching the boil of a petite Brett Saison.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow. Creamy, fluffy white head.

Aroma: Mosaic through and through. Wonderfully fruity. Lime, blueberry. Used to be a bit danker / pinier when it was younger.

Flavor: Bitterness is high. Wheaty. Soft fruitiness. Slight piney sweatiness underneath that only comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, but finishes very dry.

Overall: Bitterness is too high. Finish is a bit dry. Dankess element is mostly missing. On the other hand, it is supremely drinkable and pleasant. It almost is like an 'American' Extra Pale Ale.

Changes: Up the Columbus. Switch the percentage of flaked wheat with the malted wheat. Reduce bittering by ~10 IBU’s.

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