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Judges' Review: 92 Rating - Sour Alani by Reformation Brewery

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Sour Alani by Reformation Brewery​ is being evaluated as a Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28B) since it was kettle soured first before undergoing a fermentation with Saccharomyces.  It also features hibiscus and grapes with the latter giving the beer a deep mauve color with a slight haze.  

The nose indicates a clean lacto-fermentation without any of the yogurt-like signs of poorer fermentations.  Malt and hops are largely absent with the sweet floral characteristics of hibiscus and merlot grapes shining through.

The pleasantly tart, acidic flavor is a more complex version of the aroma.  The hibiscus is still sweet and floral but it also brings a tinge of tannic structure to the beer.  The moderately-low grapes are reminiscent of a sweet, white varietal that complements the hibiscus nicely.  Malt and hops are still absent but which aren’t missed either. The tart, drying finish aids in the drinkability of the beverage.

Overall, Sour Alani is a solid offering from Reformation.  It’s refreshing and slightly tart and would be great for either the summertime when a refreshing beverage is needed or possibly as an aperitif to open up a great meal.