Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Our complex, Belgian-style ‘wild beers’ are aged for several months or even years in our oak barrels. Each barrel contains a different base beer (with distinct color, flavor, body, alcohol, malt and hop character) which undergoes spontaneous and prolonged fermentation with wild critters including Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore forming genus of yeast which lives on the skins of fruit in the wild. The genus name Dekkera is used interchangeably with Brettanomyces and was discovered at the Carlsberg brewery in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen, who was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales but which is appreciated and encouraged in certain traditional Belgian-style ales

BARREL #4: Brown Ale

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Brown pour/thin head. Nose is mainly acetic acid, followed by some brett notes (tart fruits, muskyness) and just a touch of bread/yeast. Body is a bit thin for the pH. I found this enjoyable and drinkable, but my wife found it too one dimensional on acidity. Good example of a good barrel having a positive effect on a solid beer. I really enjoy Destihl’s approach of souring their standard line up to illustrate the effects of aging methods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
In short: A mix of vinegary sourness and sweet caramelized cookies. Weird experiment
How: Post-EBF hotel tasting, (I think it was a 22oz hand-bottle)
The look: Cloudy light-brown body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose is very sour/acidic/vinegary with a bit of funk and caramel. Taste has vinegar, brownies, cookies, toffee, funk. The vinegary nature of the beer just didn’t work with the sweet malted notes. Kind of fun, but a bit of a mess. I really didn’t know what to think of this beer, I was in a state of confusion, but at least I was not in the state of New-Jersey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Growler courtesy of Adam at the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours brown and clear with light ruby highlights under a medium sized white head. Light funk and soft fruit on the nose. Big carbonation and soft banana. Long vinegar, spicy and tart. A little nutty acetone on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of vinegar, herbs, caramel, plum, and brown sugar. Flavor of raisins, citrus, vinegar, brown sugar, and some cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3149) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - Pours murky brown with a big off white head. Nose has mild citrus funk with decent sour notes. Body is smooth and well-carbonated, and the citrus sour is tart while still being easy to drink. A real approachable sour for those that haven’t had one before but with enough puckering tartness to satisfy a fledgling sourhead. This was my second sour of the day from Destihl, and I was pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Second sour from Destihl at GTMW 10. While this one didn’t have the same raw impact for me as their strawberry beer, this was nearly as impressive (and perhaps more so because of the relative complexity). A nice copper color with white head, the aroma and flavor was exactly what I’d expect in a flemish brown: sweet brown sugar, sour and tart with the faintest amount of funk. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
on tap-pours an off white head and hazy dark copper color. Aroma is sour medium fruit, medium malt-toffee. Taste is sour medium fruit- apple cider, medium malt-toffee, some lemon. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Growler from Adam via Destihl donation to RBSG. Thanks! Pours a reddish brown with wisps of white head. Nose is funk, a bit of vinegar and unripe fruit. On taste, a kind sweetness and odd astringency come across. More cider vinegar and some lacto-intensity comes through. Finishes pretty dry. Odd, not my favorite of the Dekkeras I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Destihl dekkera sour brown. growler fill brought by adam courtesy of the destihl boys... Pours a dark cinnamon brown with a medium sopay off-white head... Aroma of sour green apple and vinegar. An earthy sourness... Flavorsc are of a sour brown with cherries and light vinegar, somewhat earthy. Decent body and carbonation. tasty. 7/4/8/4/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
On tap at the brewpub (Bloomington, IL). Pours a murky darker brown, some light hits the edges, but the haze from the barrel is evident, a small frothy offwhite head hits the top, laces ok as it rings. Aromas are a nice tart lactic sourness, brown sweet malts and caramel, toffee, biscuits are beneath but a subtle sour cherry, lactic sourness, tart bretty funk mix well. Initial is similar, decent sourness and bretty funk mix with a bit of fruity acidity, caramel and toffee malt base still present but the hop character has largely dropped off, light bitterness and sticking acidic sourness comes off ok in the finish, lactic sourness, bretty barnyard funk and a touch of leather, vanilla tannins, a touch of sour cherry. A tasty sour by the guys down at Destihl. I’ve been happy with their barrel series here and this is a tasty pretty drinkable sour brown with a decent drinkability

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