The Referend Berliner Messe – Gloria

This was the last beer I had at The Referend, before we headed to Troon.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The microflora from the inoculated wort and barrels now proliferate and out-compete one another, fermenting and acidifying the beer. After a few months, the barrels’ contents are enjoyable and resemble lambic, but for up to four full years the yeasts and bacteria jockey for dominance, imparting different characteristics to the finished beer. Because each barrel is wholly distinct, the real art of lambic production lies in blending barrels to produce the desired combination, and carrying some essential aspects from batch to batch of the same brands. The Referend Bier Blendery is based upon the Belgian geuzestekerij (or geuze-blendery) in which pubs, individuals, or commercial producers purchase young lambic from local brewers, age in oak casks and blend and package to taste. In order to execute this model in America, where coolships are scarce, we bring our mobile coolship to a local host brewery. There, we collect the wort brewed to our specification and send it to the coolship where the wort cools overnight in the ambient cold air before being brought back to the blendery to begin its extended aging in oak. Our Méthode Lambic beers aim to pay homage to Brussels’ proud history and heritage of lambic through our distinctly modernist sensibility: take the best of the ancients, and make it new.”

Random: I bought more violet flavored mints this week. They’re my favorite.

The beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. A finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy and yellow in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation on this beer. The nose was super funky with lots of yeast and some white wine and earthy flavors as well. The taste was quite funky with only light vanilla and oak characteristics. It was a bit too funky for my taste. The body was way too thin with not enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with horse blanket and funk. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. The funk was way too much for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Referend The Iceman Cometh

This was the beer that Val picked out at The Referend. Since it had a lot of apple juice, it was right up her alley.

ABV: 5%

Style: Faro

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Belgian lambic is the oldest surviving descendant of ancient, prehistoric brewing, which exposed wetted grains to the open air, allowing wild yeasts and bacteria to settle on the mixture and convert the grains’ dissolved sugars into alcohol. Traditional lambics originate in the Pajottenland (or Senne Valley), an area Southwest of Brussels, and may more closely resemble a dry wine, champagne, or cider than beer. The brewing process is fairly straightforward: unmalted wheat and “pilsner” malted barley are milled and mashed with water of increasing temperature; it reaches a boil at which point aged hops are added as a preservative, and the mixture boils for a few hours to get the desired extraction from the grains. This resulting not-yet-alcoholic grain and hop infused water is called wort. In conventional beer production, the wort would then be chilled rapidly through a heat exchanger and sent to a fermentation vessel where pre-cultured commercial yeast is added. In lambic however, nature takes hold of the wort immediately. The boiling wort is pumped into a coolship—a large, shallow pan in a room with open windows—and the airborne bacteria and yeasts settle on the wort in the coolship as it cools overnight. The next day, the primed wort is racked into wooden barrels, where it ferments and matures with time.”

Random: I haven’t had a decent ice wine in years.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away slowly and left a large crown on top as well. The body was yellow and really hazy. I couldn’t see much in the way of carbonation on this one. The nose was all ice wine and apple cider with some apple juice sweetness. The taste was very sweet, very much like an apple brandy. It had a lot of apple flavor along with apple juice. It really reminded me of a light ice wine. The body was on the thick side with no carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with apple juice. I thought this was a really nice beer and Val absolutely loved it. I would get this one again for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Referend Berliner Messe – Alleluiavers

Val and I went to The Referend Bier Blendery awhile back and had a few of their beers. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Referend Bier Blendery practices the neglected art of waiting, of letting nature run its course, to produce a beer of depth and character inimitable through technological shortcuts or chemical interference. These beers are: 100% spontaneously fermented, no yeast cultures are added at any point in the process. Fermented and matured in oak barrels, neutral oak imparts little flavor and allows the beer to breathe. Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Unsweetened, to sustain the beer’s natural essence. Built for posterity bottles are capable of decades of aging. Acidic and complex (not basic).”

Random: It’s nice that we have more local breweries. I don’t visit them nearly as much as I want to, but they just keep popping up. Having a sour blendery a town over is quite the luxury.

The beer poured with absolutely no head. The body was cloudy and light yellow in color. There was very little carbonation visible. The nose had notes of rubber cement and peach nectar. Lemon juice came through next with some yeast. The taste, luckily, had no rubber at all. It just had a lot of citrus juice with peach and nectarine as well. Yeast came through next. The body was thin with very light carbonation and a quick, citrusy finish. I thought this beer was alright and had some nice flavors, but the rubber note in the nose was very off-putting. I wouldn’t have this again, but glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0