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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Touch of Brett Mandarina by Alesong Brewing and Blending

August, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Touch of Brett Mandarina by Alesong Brewing and Blending is a Brettanomyces-fermented farmhouse-style beer and is being judged as a Brett Beer (category 28A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Brett beers are noted for their distinctive wild yeast characters from a Brettanomyces fermentation with flavors (varying depending on the strain of Brett) of tropical fruit, stone fruit or funkier barnyard and wet hay. Touch of Brett Mandarina was fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces yeast, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops and aged in French oak barrels.

This beer pours golden in color, slightly hazy with a small, quickly fading white head. The aroma is distinctively Brett with an orange and tropical fruit yeast character that is well-complemented by a light citrusy and spicy hop aroma. The flavor showcases Brett. with orange and tropical fruits along with a slight, pleasant sourness. Tropical fruit and spicy hops complement the wild character well. The beer finishes lightly bitter with a refreshing light sourness and lingering tropical fruit. This is a very well executed Brettanomyces fermentation with the yeast character evenly balanced by the dry hopping of Mandarina Bavaria hops. Seek this one out and enjoy!