Weyerbacher Riserva (2014)

So, we’ve hit yet another milestone on the blog: review #1300. For this review, we have a relatively local beer from Pennsylvania and a style that I really, really enjoy. Let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 11.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Riserva is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries. Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas. The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with Raspberries, giving the beer a pungent raspberry aroma, a lovely red color and a balancing wood character. This brew is a beautiful beer both to your eyes and to your taste buds. The microflora responsible for giving Riserva its character reside in the wood barrels and change somewhat over time depending upon factors such as the age of the barrel and the ambient temperature at which the barrels are stored. New barrels are rotated into the mix as old barrels are rotated out and as such, Riserva varies somewhat in color and tartness from year to year. Riserva is much higher in alcohol than its Belgian lambic framboise cousins and is a true treat to experience.”

Random: I still haven’t managed to get out to visit Weyerbacher yet. That needs to be rectified soon.

This beer poured with a finger of ever-so-slightly pink tinged head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, rose hued copper color with high carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant with raspberries and lactic acid. There was a touch of oak as well. The taste was mouth puckering and tart with lots of raspberries and lactic acid. There was some green apples and lemon as well at the front of the sip. It quickly went into oak, but the tartness was intense and hung around through the finish. There was absolutely no booze noticeable on this one, which was very surprising given the lofty ABV. This was a medium bodied beer with high amounts of carbonation. It had a very long finish with oak and raspberry. This was a really intensely sour, but really interesting and benefitted from the oak aging. I would be curious to see how this would handle a year or two in the cellar. Otherwise, this was a very, very enjoyable beer and a great way to cap review #1300.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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