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Tundra Wookie by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

November, 2017
Judges Rating: 
93
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Tundra Wookie, from Midnight Sun Brewing Company, is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Tundra Wookie pours a very deep copper with ruby highlights, an inviting appearance for a Belgian Dark Strong. The aroma is quite complex, with notes of caramel, fresh bread and cereal, with a hit of dried and candied cherries.  As it vents, a hint of mixed dark fruit leather emerges along with moderate spicy alcohol and a dash of black pepper.  The fruit takes center stage in the flavor with tart pie cherries and plummy fruit leather. Very light hop bitterness and a suggestion of black pepper emerge behind with caramel and fresh bready malt character.  There is solid residual sweetness in the middle, but with the assistance of the smooth and well integrated alcohol warming it evens out to a medium dry finish.

For those who are looking for a beer to compliment dessert, I would skip dessert and just go with this beer.  The tart cherries play very well with the base style and would likely age well.

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