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Velour Soccer Mom

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The aroma hits the required points, highlighting raspberry and hibiscus with sour coming through nicely and traces of grain in the background joined by a hint of oak and vanilla. It pours moderately clear raspberry red with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin pinkish red cap. As it warms the effervescence calms down turning the drink beautiful brilliant raspberry red. It’s a prickly, carbonic ride over the tongue as a raspberry lemony tartness rounded off by hibiscus notes emerges from the sides. The beer has just enough grain so that you know it’s a beer and has a very light buttery diacetyl note in the finish. There is no appreciable sweetness. Both the raspberry and the wild fermentation produce the sourness. Tannin from the raspberries and the oak enhance the dryness while the acidity highlights the raspberry and the hibiscus flavors. This is a flavorful, light, refreshing fruit beer for adults.