Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau

Posted: May 27, 2015 in American Wild Ale, Reviews, Weyerbacher Brewing Company

This is a new beer that I was very interested in trying. A local sour beer? Sounds good to me. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 3.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tarte Nouveau, 3.9% ABV, is kettle-soured with lactobacillus. This tart beer pours pale yellow with a large, dense, white head. Tarte is a refreshing brew with a dry finish that’s perfect for picnics, enjoying next to the pool, post leaf raking celebrations or snowball fight victory dances. Honestly, it’s pretty much perfect for every situation. Originally, Tarte Nouveau debuted in March of 2013 as our Brewers’ Select offering, Zulu. Zulu was an experiment in making a new Weyerbacher sour that we could run through draft systems and our packing equipment without risking any sort of contamination by the funky souring bacteria.”

Random: I’m listening to Pearl Jam at work and mildly enjoying it. The other half would find this amusing because when we started dating, I hated Pearl Jam.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing was left on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was very mild for the style with light tartness, flowers and lemon. The taste was equally mild, especially for a sour. It had light, citrus tartness (specifically lemon) and a touch of funk. A perfume-like floral note was present as well. The body was watery with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon and funk. For $2 a bottle, this broke down to $.17 an ounce. If you’re just starting to get into sour beers, this would be a good one to try. Otherwise, it’s not going to knock your socks off, but would make for a good Summer session brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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