The Laurentian Series, Lake Superior

Michigan
United States
The Laurentian Series, Lake Superior, Speciation Artisan Ales
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Laurentian: Superior is a spontaneously fermented beer brewed at Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette and chilled in a coolship next to Lake Superior. The next day we transported the chilled wort to Speciation to ferment in six neutral oak barrels for the rest of 2017. In early 2018 we selected two of those barrels to blend into our first spontaneous release, Laurentian: Superior.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Aged Michigan Summit Hops
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat
Judges Review 
Pat Mulloy's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The Laurentian Series, Lake Superior by Speciation Artisan Ales smells mild but rounded, weaving mild funk, light tropical fruit, citrus, light berry, and hints of oak into a delectable invitation. It drops cloudy straw blanketed by 1” of white foam with poor retention. Streams of rapidly rising bubbles fill the glass. A wide array of tropical fruit flavors, citrus and traces of berry roll over the tongue leaving a dry, tart fruit aftertaste. The funk is mild. The fruit, tart and oak tannins achieve a balance that makes you want to drink this beer all day. The body is medium-light, tartness is medium-high, and oak astringency medium low. This super refreshing, moderately dry beer makes you want to move next to the brewery. This beer and runny, funky cheese belong together.