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Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Strawberry Blonde
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Our complex, Belgian-style Ďwild beersí 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 #6: Strawberry Blonde


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Considering how many times I went back for this, easily best in show. The Destihl offerings were among the few truly sour beers that werenít overly lactic and artificial tasting. All of their sours were open top wild fermentation from what I was told and that shows in the beer. The strawberry was incredibly fresh and ttart, with some faint barnyard and hay. Easily one of the best sour beers brewed in America.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (2728) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - Pours straw yellow with next to no head. Funk and citrus on the nose, though Iím not picking up any strawberry. Taste is really smooth. Funky but still tart and citrusy lemon. I have a hard time describing sours, but this ran a good balance between being clean and refreshing while still having a strong tart component. The brett funks it up enough to make it interesting, and the whole package is just fantastic. Thinking of making the trip to Normal just for a growler of this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Draft at DeStihl. And this is the one that I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Pours a clear gold with dissipating head. Nose is fantastic and fruity. Strawberries are in the distance, but detectable. Lacto jumps out, as well as some citrusy notes. No vinegar. On taste, bracingly tart and quenching. A clean acidity, nice and fruity with no grainy notes. World Class.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Sampled on tap at the GTMW í10 (Madison, WI). Pours a lively yellow straw, well hazed, a loose bubbled bright white head. Aromas are sour strawberries, bread, funky brett, lactic acid and oaky vanilla. Initial is sour strawberries, light and lively, bread, funky brett, smooth and sour, with lactic acid, a touch of yogurt, grainy bready malts and a touch of stinky brett really holds on. Prickly and tasty. Moderate sourness, well balanced and still a fine strawberry element holdover from the rich pulpy base beer. The rich pulp provides fuel to the bugs, mellow and light and tasty. Finish is acidic, sour, bretty with lingering berry. A winner, light and flavorful, with moderate sourness, lactic acidity with light yogurt and a decent dose of funky dusty brett, wet oak. The boys have a winner in this one. One of my top 3 beers of GTMW 2010.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. One of the highlights of the fest for me. Destihl rocks! Canít wait for the Burr Ridge opening. Straw cloudy colored with some bubbly head. Smell of funky barnyard and booze. Taste is tart strawberry and grapes. The flavors last for quite some time. Probably the longest lasting aftertaste sour Iíve encountered, I just love that. Really complex and balanced. I need some more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Mostly yellow pour, white head. Aroma of strawberries, cranberry, cherry. Flavor is sour, vinegar, oak, strawberries. Not overly sour, but really delicious. From what I was told, much better than last years version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1310) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at naperville ale fest, actually only beer I got a second pour of. Sour and tart and a bit sweet. Lots of strawberry flavor but not forced or overdone. The sour is quite restrained and it is very easy to drink. Awesome sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
I had this at Oak Park Microbrew Review in 2014 and it was the best beer of the afternoon for sure. A lot of strawberry beers have a tendency towards this overripe/rotten fruit flavor or, if they use artificial flavors, just smelling like Jolly Ranchers. This beer, on the other hand, had great, naturual strawberry flavor and furthermore had honest to goodness malt beer character to it as well. It is subtle, slightly tart and well done from top to bottom. This is a beer that will do well as both a small sample and as numerous full servings. Definitely, this is a must try for fans of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Definitely the highlight of the festival for me. Yellowed gold in color with a small, bright white head. Great soured oak nose with perhaps the faintest of strawberry hints, but admittedly I could have been looking for strawberry notes where there were none. Highly, puckeringly sour Brett. flavor with some clover honey sweetness at the end. This turned out really, really well, and I used quite a few tasting tickets on this stuff. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 growler and multiple fills thanks to fred at destihl... much better than what i gave to beernbourbon below which is unfortunate... pours a hazymild golden brown pour with a thin milky soapy white head.... aroma of a typical but well done american sour with subtle vinegar, lacto acidity, vanilla, much less strawberry but definetely on the right track in terms of a high quality sour... flavors are a consistent continuation of the same with more of a lacto acidic nature tather than what was present in their sour brown concoction which ends up really dry yet refreshing with a huge tart/sour presence. berry nature is subdued but really still an above average american sour. nice!


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