Squib Cakes

Florida
United States
Squib Cakes, Odd Breed Wild Ales
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Squib Cakes is blended from our Lambic-inspired wild ales aged in French oak puncheons for 18 months. After barrel aging, Squib Cakes is refermented on heaps of wild blueberries. The blueberries lend a deep magenta hue and aromatics of wood and earth; on the palate Squib Cakes delivers complex tangy fruit notes along a backdrop of funk and balanced acidity.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Hops: 
Aged Styrian Golding
Malts: 
Pilsner, Raw Wheat
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Squib Cakes by Odd Breed Wild Ales is a Lambic-style wild ale with blueberries aged in French oak and is being evaluated as a Fruit Lambic (2015 BJCP Guidelines Category 23F).

Under normal circumstances, I write about a beer’s aroma first. Aroma is pivotal to flavor; if you cannot smell it, you cannot taste it. However, with this beer, appearance must be tackled first.  Squib Cakes pours with a visual wow factor! This beer is a stunning magenta color with gorgeous tight pink foam that sadly does not stay around to bedazzle the taster. It is quite evident that this beer spent some time with a serious amount of blueberry and the appearance alone whets the appetite. The color of this beer is in and of itself complex: deep magenta with hues of blue and violet and a hint of red when held to the light.     

We drink with our eyes first – and after such a visually stunning beer, the aroma is a bit of a letdown due to its overall muted nature. More character emerges from the glass as the beer warms, but it is still rather understated. Fresh blueberry cobbler is met with a lactic presence resulting in a profile that is more akin to blackberry or marionberry. There is a slight hint of oak and no wild yeast character detectable. 

The flavor has quite a bit more strength than the aroma due to a large presence of oak that packs a heavy punch of tannins into this beer. The blueberry is the star of the show once the palate adjusts to the tannic presence and is well balanced by a punch of acidity that complements the fruit. Following the aroma, this beer drinks like a blackberry that is more tart than sweet. The finish is perfectly dry and a bit of wild yeast funkiness noticeably creeps into the aftertaste with each swallow.   

For those that like a substantive beer or wine with firm tannic presence, this beer will check a lot of boxes. Overall, it is quite well-balanced, but the fruit weighs it down just a touch. This is a serious beer for serious beer drinkers and is highly worth seeking out if you enjoy traditional lambic or lambic-inspired wild ales.