Off Color Qing Ming

Tonight’s beer is a really unique one and I can’t remember the last time that I’ve had a braggot.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating from the Late Shang/Western Zhou Dynasties circa 1600-722 bce, this a modern recreation of Chang. A stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a sweet, low abv rice- or millet-based “beer.” Rather than a strict recreation of a single dig site, we chose to make an amalgam because existing evidence shows a wide range of beverage types were produced… and the federal government decided that many of the ingredients and flavorings being used at the time are not currently legal to use in beer production. Of particular interest, these sites have some very early evidence of mold based sacchrificaton – China’s unique contribution to the production of alcoholic beverages. Taste profile is of peaches and lemon rind with fragrant aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by an onslaught of complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. Body is dry and effervescent with the warming alcohol dissipating quickly from the palate leaving one with the perception of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice.”

Random: Since I love Off Color branding, I had to look at their current swag while posting this and bought two shirts.

The beer poured with a one finger, relatively thick, white head. It went away quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was somewhat hazy and bright yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was interesting. It started with yeast and transitioned into rice. Wildflower honey came through next with apricot and peach. The taste was just as interesting. I was shocked that on first sip, there was no alcohol burn at all. The same milled grain and rice was there along with honey and some honeycomb as well. I picked up apricot and date along with some fig jam. The body was on the medium side, which was surprising given the ABV of the beer. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was sweet and sticky and hung around for awhile. I picked this beer up for $20, which came to $.91 per ounce, which is a bit pricey, but for something this unique, it was worth it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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