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Freigeist Salzspeicher Sour Porter - Cherry

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Freigeist Bierkultur
Brewed at Vormann Brauerei

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Stolberg, Germany
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Sampled July 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a 1.5-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, chocolate brown color that shows opaque, but a clear brown sheen around the edges. The beer smells lightly tart, or burnt roasted grain / coffee, and has a bit of supporting, cherry like fruitiness to it as well; so, all the character on the label is there. Lightly acrid, toasted whole grain bread, blackened whole-grain crackers, and roasted grain husks become the dominant note after a short bit.

Quite tart tasting at first, and there is lots of sour cherry flavor here; the latter, tartness, seems to be significantly derived from the cherries even. Bitter, not quite acrid, roasted, burnt grain notes as well as a wholesome, toasted brown, whole-grain character describes the malt character pretty well. The body is fairly light, but without being thin, it has just a touch of viscosity towards the middle finish.

This is certainly an interesting beer, the sour and cherry character are pretty straight forward executions added to this Porter, but the whole seems to work pretty well to make for a reasonably tasty tipple, but it doesn’t really wow me either at this point. Still, this is nice, and I am enjoying this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Salwal (215) - GERMANY - JAN 19, 2016
From the bottle poured into tulip glass. Huge off white head. Color is dark red to Brown. Nose is malty, toasty, smoke and cherry of course. Taste is sour cherry smoke and its very fizzy. Finish is astringent warming alcoholic feel. Not much of my Type...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2769) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Mmmm I really like this one. Appearance is a pinkish light tan head on a very dark brown beer. Aroma is a delightful slightly tart fruit coffee cocoa, roast, malt, leather. Flavor is similar to nose with tart coming out more and the cherry is exactly perfect. Body is good. Super yummy brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2606) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2015
Geruch Kaffee, Malz, Holz, Leder, Tabak, Kirsche. Antrunk säuerlich-kirschig. Mitte Kirsche, Holzfaß, röstig, Kaffee und Leder. Säuerlich-röstiger Abgang, Kirsche, salzig, trocken-bitter. Sehr gut.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2015
16.9oz bottle. Dark brown hue/decent tan head, though it didn’t last long. Full of black currant, sour cherry, cocoa, dark roasted grain, red wine & sea salt flavors. Like a gose/cherry porter hybrid. Medium+ body (could’ve been heavier) and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3968) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2015
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, black currant, red wine, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, toast, dark bread, sea salt, light licorice, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of cherries, dark/roast/bready malts, fruity/acidic yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of sour cherry, black currant, red wine, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, toast, dark bread, sea salt, light licorice, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and herbal/roasted bitterness after the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, currant, red wine, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, toast, dark bread, sea salt, hay, grass, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and acidic/saline mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited sour porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
peponi (1044) - Mainz, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2015
Aroma: roasted dark malts, salty, cherries, tobacco. Appearance: dark brown-reddish color, thin beige head. Taste: no bitterness, bitter chocolate, roasted dark malts, salty, sourness, tart cherries, ashy, peat and tobacco, quite dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish with tobacco, Overall: One of the most complex beer I’ve ever tried. Highly recommended.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tsekouratos (569) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 14, 2015
500 bottle from The Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki Greece. Dark brown color, white head. Aromas of cherries, raspberries, tart rotten fruits. Taste is slightly roasty with some acidic and tart notes, like a Cherry cola. Not really balanced. Light body with low to medium carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (2686) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle from The Beerhive. Dark brown body with a thin, short-lived beige head. No lacing. Aroma of cherry, Coca-Cola and Twiglets dust. Flavour of underripe brambles, lightly roasted malt, raspberries and tonic water. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. Very tart. Not exactly easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (8485) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
Draft at Hopfenreich. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roast, tart cherries, dark chocolate, toffee and dark fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet, bitter and sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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