Sunday, February 5, 2012

Raspberry Tart

Picked this up at a random gas station in Wisconsin as Luke was filling up the car. This gas station even had its own Zoo! The beer was placed in the isle with the wines and was almost missed, but a second look found me looking at their Wisconsin Red, and this. Tasted at Trina Van Mell's apartment after coming back from the Great Dane and watching the Superbowl.

Appearance: Crimson with a very red/pink hue. The the head is faintly pink, but generally an off white cream. Lacing is very prominent with a semi dry texture. Carbonation is persistent and visible with a fine character. The head is sustained for minutes after the pour
Aroma: Up front, there is a faint mustiness. To compliment, the tartness from the fruitiness permeates the nostrils, but the musty scent still remains a dominant, but paralleled character.
Taste: Interestingly, the beer has a salty foretaste. The tart flavor of the raspberries comes second hand. There is a fruitroll-up-esk flavor to the beer. No medicinality, like the Wisconsin Red. There isn't a syrup flavor, which makes it more authentic I feel. Raspberry tart. Some grit and tannic flavor at the end.
Mouthfeel: Crispy feel and actually quite light in body. Bubbly with a bite about it. Some sour/acidic feel to it that nearly puckers the mouth. This reminds me of kombucha.
Overall Impression: Interesting, while incorporating a strange after flavor. There is a lot going on in this beer, the saltinesss, lack of malt, fruitiness, musty, and tart. Dry, but strangely refreshing. Nevertheless, I don't see myself seeking this beer out again. Perhaps the shelf life is sacrificed with the fruit addition and the yeast.

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