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Hopfenstark White Chalk

Hopfenstark White Chalk
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
L’Assomption, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Saison blended with unblended Lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Bouteille de 375 ml partagée. Dégustée directement à la brasserie lors du party 6e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur de brett avec une pointe citronnée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruitée avec une pointe d’acidité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #4650)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
In short: A funky blond ale with mild acidity and mild sourness. A fun easy to drink beer lacking in the mouthfeel department. Good.
How: Bottle 375ml split two-way at the brewery tasting room, Hopfenstark 6th anniversary party.
The look: Clear blond body with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is good amount of funk, a countryside field & barnyard sensation, dried fruits skin. Taste is softer than expected. A crispy dry maltiness that is like sun dried straws and very dry hay. This provides support for the funky yeast, cheddar cheese, light notes of bananas, mild lactic acidity, mild sourness, a dry finish. Very soft carbonation, a bit too soft. This beer was actually rather easy to drink, no big sourness or commanding acidity in this attempt at a lambic. Give it more carbonation and we got ourselves a sessionnable funky beer. It was nice to see all the people lining up to buy this expansive bottle because when the young people are spending all their money on craftbeer they don’t buy Nickelback albums.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9568) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle at Hopfenstark during their anniversary party. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big funk on the nose, musk and a bit of brett, a touch of wood. Medium bodied, a little bit sweet, smooth and lightly tart. A bit of acid comes through, tart and funky. Very light wheat and funk on the finish. Smooth and easy drinking, nice and faintly funky. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Lambic wilderness and its biscuity brettanomyces sidestep into citrusy fruitiness for a very drinkable Wild Ale experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy amber.
-Tartness is kept in check; this is wilder than it is sour.
-Drinkability is very high; I would drink this by the pint if it were more available.
-The soft effervescence increases the impression of wilderness and authenticity.

Bottle at the brewery.

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