Saturday, January 9, 2016

Weyerbacher Riserva 2014.2 (review)

Beer Review #73

Earlier this week I reviewed Interlude by Allagash, and Brux by Sierra Nevada / Russian River. Continuing the theme of "Wild Ale," today I'm puckering up to a bottle of Riserva brewed by Weyerbacher. My previous reviews of Weyerbacher beers include their Belgian Style Dark Ale, Bilthering Idiot Barleywine, Old Heathen Imperial Stout, Double IPA #1, and Double Simcoe. From what I've experienced so far, this Easton Pa based company produces consistently high quality and creative 'big beers.'  Riserva is no exception.

The brewer describes it as an "American Wild Ale with Raspberry Puree added and Aged in Oak Barrels... Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour and fruity flavors and aromas...The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with raspberries." I found this bottle of Riserva 2014.2 at The Jolly Farmer, Waverly for $22+ tax.

Riserva pours transparent reddish-amber, no doubt getting some of its color from the bed of raspberries its aged on. The carbonation is snappy, head minimal-white, but leaving legs on the glass nevertheless.

The aroma has a tangy, barely-ripe, wild berry vibe, with hints of very minimal Brett-funk around the edges. Taste is lip-puckering sour. The raspberry makes a great complement for the lactic acid tartness, lending some sweetness (but not cloying) but also that additional tartness I associate with picking not-quite-ripe raspberries off of the bush at mid-summer. There are also hints of green apple and pear at work.

For somebody who really likes tart and sour flavors, the 2014 Riserva is great. That said, this one will be better still in a couple of years.

10%ABV

Musical Pairing: Breathing Lightening by Anthrax

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)


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