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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Synopsis Blackberry by Area Two Experimental Brewing

August, 2020
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Synopsis Blackberry by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as BJCP category 28C, American Wild Specialty Beer.

Opens with a whiff of funky Brett character that is quickly obstructed by the blackberries. A note of wood follows along with an impression of lactic and citric sourness. The acidic notes blend nicely with the fruit and funk. Nothing in the way of malt is noted. Deep raspberry in color and very hazy but not murky. A big foamy pink head dropped out very quickly. The flavor opens with moderately high levels of berries along with Brett to a lesser degree. A touch of wood is also noted along with some malt sweetness to keep the tartness from dominating. There are some deeper fruit notes and a tannic aspect that are reminiscent of a young Merlot. The tannins also aid in providing a dry finish. The berries make a final appearance in the aftertaste. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. There is some acidic tingle to the palate, prickling but not astringent, and a mouth-drying effect from the tannins.

Nicely balanced with subtle complexities. Each element of the berries, funk, wood and tartness all coalesce. The balance is definitely toward the sourness but not overly so. I would prefer a little more funk for an American wild ale but overall, this is a very refreshing and enjoyable beer.