Strange Roots Red Briar

This was the second beer that I had at Strange Roots. It was very crowded, but Val and I found a table and played Uno for a bit. We’re both super competitive, so it’s an extra fun game for us to play. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A distinctly tart and complex American wild ale reminiscent of a West Flanders style ale. Fermented with red raspberry juice and local yeast aged in French Oak red wine casks.”

Random: The taproom was a bit dark. It made it a little hard to see.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of red wine barrel notes, which wasn’t surprising, given it is aged in red wine barrels. It had a significant raspberry note with some aged white vinegar and a touch of vanilla. The taste was equally complex and pleasant. I picked up a lot of the tartness with the aged white vinegar and it quickly transitioned into warm oak and raspberry to complement the tartness. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had a lighter than expected body. It was pleasantly carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and oak. I would definitely have this one again. It was worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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