Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei

Pennsylvania
United States
Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei by Bullfrog Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
75
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
27 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

100% spontaneously fermented Belgian style ale, barrel aged for an average of at least two years, produced in the spirit of classic Pajottenland Gueuze. Upon proper maturity being reached, the still beer (Lambic) is then racked onto an abundance of strawberries for an additional 6 months. With the essence of the fruit extracted, and an addition of Belgian candy sugar, it is then racked into bottles for several more months to bottle condition, yielding a soft and natural carbonation. We hope you savor this rare and time intensive offering.

Profile

ABV: 
7.50%
Served at: 
45_
Hops: 
Various aged hops
Malts: 
Pilsner, Pale Ale, Unmalted Wheat
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Bullfrog Brewing, Le Roar, Oak Aged Aardbei, was judged as a Fruit Lambic (with strawberries), category 23F.

The aroma opens with some Lambic like funk, hay and horse blanket. Then some vinegar and oak creep in accompanied by a fermented berry aspect that was a little off putting. While fermented fruit can present differently than fresh, it should not be unpleasant. The beer pored a hazy apricot orange color with a big foamy off-white head. Dropping quickly to a creamy white foam ring, the head managed to linger throughout.

The flavor presented a tart wheat malt, almost a sour dough, which quickly faded into the oak. Unfortunately, an acetate quality seemed to linger underneath the other aspects of the beer. Some cider vinegar notes came in mid-palate and carried through to the finish. I did note some tart strawberry made its’ way into the dry finish. The body is light with very high carbonation, nearly effervescent. Some tingle on the tongue and a little bite in the swallow.

While the beer has some of the funk and tartness expected it lacks complexity. The fermented strawberry just seems like bad fruit. The amount of oak is out of balance and the acetate notes high enough to distract. A touch of malt sweetness or an increased level of strawberry would have been welcomed.        

Brewery Introduction

Bullfrog Brewery & Restaurant, founded in 1996, is an award-winning brewpub & restaurant located in the heart of downtown Williamsport, Pennsylvania. We specialize in artfully crafting the finest ales, lagers and specialty beers imaginable. Our noteworthy beers have won many prestigious... Read More

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