This beer was purchased 2 weekends ago from the Beer, Bait and Boat shop in Ludington, MI. Eamon and I went to the fest to pour for New Holland and came back with a plethora of bombers and unique brews. Found this single bottle on the shelf and agreed it was a crucial purchase. Tasted Monday evening during my late shift on the Brewhouse.
Aroma: My first impression was a prominent must that remained present throughout. Easily a by-product of this isolated yeast used, but also perhaps something produced by age. Nevertheless, coriander and some citrus accompanies the scent, which is likewise paralleled by a faint biscuit malt sweetness.
Taste: The carbonated bubbles bind to the side of the tongue, making the fore taste difficult to decipher. However the complexity of the spice to come, easily accommodates for this flaw. The must was a bit more subdued in the flavor. Notes of honey and pepper, along with coriander and orange make fore a refreshing flavor. The malt sweetness is predominantly 2-row/pils with faint undertones of wheat and honey. Finishing is a spicy zest from both hops and spice to round into a remaining coriander aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Obviously, the carbonation was extremely high in this beer, easily drawing some of the flavor into more of a texture based experience. Light bodied and biting texture, reminiscent of a very fresh soday with the bubbles not really pairing will with the medium that holds them.
Overall Impression: Well, this beer DID sit on the shelf for a while, but why package such a beer in a sized bottle of this nature to not have it sit on the shelf for a while. This is the first beer that makes me think - If DFH is going to bridge the gap between wine and beer, while packaging in wine-like bottles, shouldn't their contents be able to withstand a good test of time.
Good, but I don't think the mustiness was intended, Egyptian yeast or not...