pFriem Brouwer’s 14th Anniversary

Oregon
United States
pFriem Brouwer’s 14th Anniversary, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

pFriem Brouwer’s 14th Anniversary is a collaboration between two old friends that began with one idea: huckleberries. With notes of candied melon, acai, and pomegranate, the end result is a uniquely northwest ale – a true Cascadian partnership.

Profile

ABV: 
7.1%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Hops: 
Aged Czech Saaz
Malts: 
Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Weyermann Wheat, Rahr Raw White Wheat
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

pFriem Brouwer’s 14th Anniversary by pFriem Family Brewers is a fruited “lambic inspired ale” and is being evaluated as a Fruit Lambic (category 23F from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Lambics are known for their sourness and wild characters that are naturally (or “spontaneously”) imparted by airborne yeast and bacteria. Fruit Lambics impart an additional dimension to the beer with the fruit flavors (the fruit sugars can be either fermented out to dryness or the beer can be back sweetened). pFreim’s “lambic inspired ales” are fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces and lactic acid bacteria cultures and are aged in oak. In the 14th Anniversary, huckleberries foraged from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are added to the barrels at a rate of one pound per gallon.

14th Anniversary pours golden in color with a slight haze and a fading rim of white head. The aroma is moderately funky with aromas of hay, barnyard, and a hint of horse blanket along with a hint of cherry-like dark fruit. The flavor is moderate-light lactic sourness with a light sweetness and black cherry-like dark fruit. The funky characters take a background in the flavor but there is still a trace of leather and hay. The complexity in the flavor is tremendous with a melding of the lactic sourness, wild flavors, dark fruit, subtle sweetness over a light oakiness. The finish has moderate lactic acidity over a slightly sweet dark fruit with a light oaky flavor.

This is a fantastic sour beer. It is sour and funky but not over-done; the huckleberries provide a sweetness to balance the tartness and the fruit flavors provide complexity to the wild flavors. Enjoy!

Brewery Introduction

pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and... Read More

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