Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Strawberry Blonde
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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 #6: Strawberry Blonde

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
Well - This beer has been around a while, and as such all the strawberry flavor has left. Being said, this is a great tasting brett table beer. Very dry with a quenching tart finish on the end. Not much on the nose other than a bit of brett and some wheat, slight hint of straw. Imagine rose de gambris without the fruit, different in a positive way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (477) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Light strawberry vinegar aroma and pink gold color with a slight head. Tastes more like coconut than strawberry with a lovely smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1052) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Draft pour at Brouwers Big Wood festival. Pours a golden color with a tint of red. A ton of candy strawberry flavor right up front. The runts candy flavor strawberry. Very sweet initially but decently sour flavor. Fresh strawberries aroma as well. This one is a little different from my usual sours. Light wheat flavor background but full of fresh berry flavor. Really good beer here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts (3575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap. Hazy golden. Very tart and sour. Strawberry comes after the sourness hits. Awesome stuff. The strawberry flavor is done just right, which isn’t usually the case. Doesn’t come across as artificial at all. One of the more sour beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (441) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Smells of malt and strawberry. Taste is mild sour mixed with a good dose of tart strawberry. The tartness and light bitterness of strawberry tops stay in the mouth for a while. Low carbonation with very slight foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2078) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Draft at the Beer Authority.

I came to this without high hopes, but had to try a taster just to see what Destihl was up to. One sip and fantastic!’’ -- I had to have a glass. Light pink-tan pour, modest head. Nose of wild strawberries and sour lemon. The flavor is right at the sweet spot for a fruit sour. Every bit sour enough to be legit as a sour (rather than some vaguely sour-ish fruit beer) but no more. There’s not inner battle to get past the acidity and enjoy what lies beyond (lookin’ at you, Almanac). Just a delicious blend of strawberry flavor with a straightforward but never overpowering sour ale. Not a huge funky complexity here, but that’s alright. It’s just really darn good. Spendid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (3222) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1723) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7940) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Taster at Upland Sourfest. In my notes as "Destihl Strawberry". Mildly hazy golden orange color. Thin off-whites head. Good dots of lace. Nice strawberry cheese cake aroma. Cake-like breadiness. Smooth, soft, crisp lighter carbonation. Light slick body. Awesome big tart sour taste. Fantastic strawberry sour. Fucking good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8484) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft (@IndySourFest - Sour Strawberry Barrel #14 aging since 9/21/2012). Musty strawberry and lemon malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with small head. Slightly sweet but mainly tart strawberry and lemon malt flavor. Light vinegar finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10650) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pour at WTF poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of strawberry, straw and light barnyard funk. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of straw, strawberry and light funk with a crisp dry lightly tart lingering strawberry finish.

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