Tonight’s beer is a fruity selection from The Bruery. I don’t think I’ve a raw boysenberry, but I love boysenberry preserves. Let’s see how it was.
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The exact origins of the boysenberry are unclear, but the most definite records trace the plant as it is known today back to grower Rudolph Boysen, who obtained the dewberry–loganberry parent from the farm of John Lubben. In the late 1920s, George M. Darrow of the USDA began tracking down reports of a large, reddish-purple berry that had been grown on Boysen’s farm in Anaheim, California. Darrow enlisted the help of Walter Knott, another farmer, who was known as a berry expert. Knott had never heard of the new berry, but he agreed to help Darrow in his search. Darrow and Knott learned that Boysen had abandoned his growing experiments several years earlier and sold his farm. Undaunted by this news, Darrow and Knott headed out to Boysen’s old farm, on which they found several frail vines surviving in a field choked with weeds. They transplanted the vines to Knott’s farm in Buena Park, California, where he nurtured them back to fruit-bearing health. Walter Knott was the first to commercially cultivate the berry in Southern California. He began selling the berries at his farm stand in 1932 and soon noticed that people kept returning to buy the large, tasty berries. When asked what they were called, Knott said, ‘Boysenberries,’ after their originator. His family’s small restaurant and pie business eventually grew into Knott’s Berry Farm. As the berry’s popularity grew, Mrs. Knott began making preserves, which ultimately made Knott’s Berry Farm famous.”
Random: I remember going to Knott’s Berry Farm as a child and getting soaking wet on a log flume ride.
The beer poured with a half a finger of pink head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, deep red color with no visible carbonation due to cloudiness. The nose had huge berry notes up front with some vanilla as well. There was some bourbon and a kick of booze smell as well. The taste started with the same large berry note and a touch of tartness. There was some sweetness as well with vanilla and raspberry syrup. There was an undertone of oak and a big hit of booze. The body was on the heavier side and needed a bit more carbonation to have this go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with berries and booze. I wish this beer had a touch more balance, but I’m glad I tried it.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0