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88 Rating: Le Roar Grrrz Druiven by Bullfrog Brewery

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

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

Tart grapes with a faint underlying hint of lemons start things off. Low levels of oak are noted but seem harmonious with the red wine aspects of the aroma. Reminiscent of a Merlot. Very pleasant aromatics but there are not a lot of traditional Lambic funk tones, which could have added some additional complexity and interest. A big foamy pink head tops the beautiful cranberry rose color beer. Clear but not quite brilliant. The head drops to a lingering creamy ring.  Very pretty.

The tart red grape flavor provides a very red wine like experience complete with tannins. While not overly oaky, the oak in this beer really serves to complement the overall experience. Some of the Lambic barnyard qualities appear in the flavor as complementary highlights. Subtle leather and a wet wood provide a little earthiness to add interest. The tartness remains present throughout but is never harsh or distracting. Some alcohol warmth is noted in the dry finish. Medium light body with a touch of acidic bite but not unpleasant. There is a mouth coating tannin drying effect and again it adds to the overall pleasant drinking experience.

By far the best in this series of the Fruit Lambic beers by Bullfrog Brewing. Nicely balanced not overly sour or oaked. A touch more funk would have elevated the complexity found in classic Belgian examples. A very approachable yet interesting beer to drink. This is one you could employ to win over red wine loving friends.