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Guava & Starfruit Tartanium

December, 2016
Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
18 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This fruited Berliner weisse presents as a very hazy, golden beer with a big, fluffy, white head that quickly fades with quite a “crackle and pop”.   The initial aroma is a prominent, off-putting sulfur without much else to be discriminated behind the strong sulfur character.  As the sulfur fades, a moderate guava, pear-like starfruit, and generic citrus aroma becomes apparent along with a hint of bready malt.  The flavor starts moderately sour with guava and pear-like starfruit evident akin to ruby red grapefruit.  The lactic sourness is quite clean without other wild characters.  The finish is lightly bittered with the moderate sourness lingering long into the finish with a hint of guava fruit and bready malt.  Once the sulfur dissipates, this beer is a very nice tropical fruited Berliner weisse.  The sourness is not the most puckering example of Berliner weisses but this is certainly a decidedly sour beer.

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