Saturday, March 24, 2012
Luciernaga The Firefly
Tasted with Justin, Adam and Tim on Friday night; enjoying the start of the weekend! Thanks Justin Brooks for bringing this brew to taste.
Appearance: Gracious head due to strong carbonation. Extremely hazy and cloudy, with yeast or hop particles floating and settling at the bottom of the glass. Golden hue with a tint of amber.
Aroma: As you can expect with a sour beer, the lactobacilis sour aroma is ever present. Yet, you can tell from the aroma that it is dry rather than sweet. Slight undertones of herbal and spicy notes finish out the aroma.
Taste: Flavor upfront has that sour pungency, but is quickly complimented by other flavors. Spicy on the palate; nice complement to the malts and sourness of the lactobacilis. Herbal and bitterness from hops become apparent at the finish, rounding out the flavor. No noticeable presence of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is really intense, upon opening the brew spews out, getting all over the table before we can get it in a glass. Once settled, the carbonation still spikes the tongue, but keeps a light mouthfeel. Slight aftertaste from the bitterness of the hops; hangs on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.
Overall Impression: This is a middle of the road sour beer. Not much by way of a body. There is a balance between the sour flavors and other complimenting spices that help mask the tartness. Good one to start with if you are not familiar or used to sour beers since it is not overpowering.