pFriem La Mûre

Oregon
United States
pFriem La Mûre, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

In pFriem La Mûre, we mix fresh Oregon fruits and let them mingle with our white wine barrel aged ale. Aromas of blackberry pie and limoncello with notes of acai and white pepper prove a little mixing and mingling goes a long way.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
7
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Hops: 
Aged Czech Saaz
Malts: 
Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Weyermann Wheat, Rahr Raw White Wheat
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

pFriem La Mûre by pFriem Family Brewers was initially evaluated as a BJCP 2015 style 33A, Wood-Aged Beer (meaning that the barrel/wood character affects the beer, but the original content of the barrel - whiskey/wine/etc - is not a significant factor). After tasting, the beer should be categorized as 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (in which the barrel wood is not a primary/dominant flavor) and was evaluated as such (see notes below). There is certainly no penalty for choice of style guideline style (made by the evaluator - me, in this case) - and especially styles that are flavored (fruity, smoky, woody, barrel-aged, etc.) should be very lenient in trying to pigeonhole a sample to a specific style. The beer pours a murky opaque deep purple (the color is just so dense from all the fruit) with a small head of tiny dark purple bubbles that quickly settles into a ring, but regenerates when swirled. Huge tart jammy raspberry and blackberry notes introduce the aroma, with a bit of a funky farmhouse character - wet hay, a hint of leather, a slight cherry tobacco note.  Initial flavor is a quite tart clean lactic sourness with a big tart (and not sweet) jammy raspberry/blackberry note.  There is almost no malt or hop character in either the aroma or flavor, with a very low hop bittering - it's all about the sour fruit. There is a very low barrel wood character - maybe just a hint of woody cinnamon - but it appears that the barrel's main contribution was the 'bugs' - the Pediococcus and/or Lactobacillus doing the souring. Lots of interesting complexity brackets the sourness on one end of the spectrum versus the big jammy fruitiness on the other end. The finish is quite tart with lingering blackberry notes (and a hint of raspberry). This beer just hits you in the face with fruit - but balanced by the sourness. Pair this beer with a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream, or with a plain (low spice) chicken breast or mahi mahi with steamed white rice.

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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