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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Confession is a true collaborative effort between the wine and beer world. A variation of our sour blonde ale, brewed in part by the Parker team, Confession was blended and fermented with juice pressed from Parker’s Riesling grapes. The result is remarkable. Not quite beer, not quite wine. Fragrant fruit flavors warm the nose, infiltrated by a slight funk from the wild yeast. The first sip is reminiscent of a dry, white wine, but everything changes upon further examination as the flavors marinate and reveal themselves with each gulp.

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3.3
madmitch76 (25383) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
5th December 2013
Craft Clerkenwell tasting. Hazy paleish gold beer, no real head. Palate is light and dry and a little crisp. Fine carbonation. Mild lemony sourness with grape adding a light winey vibe and also providing a little balancing sweetness. Light dry finish. Not bad.

2.8
50belair (3680) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy light yellow pour with a white head. Light. Riesling nose. Big low rent Riesling notes. Acidic. Below average mouthfeel and body.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2013
750 ml bottle acquired via trade. Shared with the Destihl Crew. Pours a nice golden hue, bright yellow with gentle haze. Frothy whitish head stays as a mellow ring, laces ok. Aromas are vibrant, lemony. Green sour grapes meet mellow oak, touches of firm lactic acidity, lemon rind and some yogurt. Gentle touches of green grape, grapeskin, oak is decent, touches of white grape, gentle sweeter elements, touches of dry tannic oak, some spritiziness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, touches of oak, mellow vanilla and honeysuckle. Green grapes, tartness and mellow crab apple. Touches of lactic acidity, lemon, and firm sourness, potent sourness, a touch of champagne, green apple, and sourness. Lactic acidity, some nice lemon rind, fruit. Middle is lactic, green grape, and nice yogurty sourness. Lactic, lemon, gentle carbonation. A touch of fruitiness in the base shows some body. , gentle honeycrisp apple. Backend is a bit more dry, gentle yeast, oak, middling sourness overall. Apple, lemon, white grape and some sweetness. Really brings that Reisling and white wine element, a but yeasty, firm sourness. Finish is dry, oaky, and tannic. Some sourness, is decent to middling. Nice stuff. Really straddles that sour and white wine line well. For 8 and change ABV, it’s not as big as you’d expect.

3.6
fletchfighters (1553) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2013
Thanks to Spicelab for sharing 750 Ml bottle Cloudy straw yellow color, persistent bright white collar. Little to no lacing. Nose is all over the place in a good way. Oak, grape, lemon, acid, and funk. Just goes in and out in waves. Smells more like a wine at times, others a sour. Taste is pretty much the same. More notes of Riesling really. Bit of mineral, oak, lemon, lime, funk and tartness. Goes and and out of being a beer and a wine. Full bodied, prickly, full of tartness. Not really consistent one way or the other but workable.

3.4
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, didn’t much care for this one, sour white wine that didn’t work well.

3.3
crossovert (13747) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Hd it alongside the wine. A decent beer, wine notes, barrel, tartness, its decent.

3.7
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2013
750-ml bottle. Pours a very light, crystal-clear lemon color. Aroma of straight Riesling grapes and slight tart acidity. Clean, lemony sour taste with grape sweetness (but not distinctly wine). Clean, abrupt finish. OK, but not my favorite Bruery beer using wine (that would be Oui Oui).

3.7
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 Oct 2013, bottle. Pale yellow, clear, steady bubbles. Nose is dry, slightly sweet, white wine. Thin body and fizzy. Dry body hire wine up front, a bit of a sour in the middle. Every taste is a bit different. Sometimes oaky bites, sometimes white wine, sometimes confession. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass barely summons up a 1/4-finger thick, pale, white head that quickly disappears; the carbonation is a little on the light side, but it is likely the grapes that get in the way of good head formation. the beer is a light gold color that shows a lightly hazed, pale straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like an oaky white wine; lightly tart, with an herbal vinous note, metallic green grape fruitiness, floral grape notes, a sort of grassy wine note (perhaps accentuated by the pale malt character), and perhaps a hint of woody, lightly toasted oak. The nose seems more dominated by the grape influences than the base beer, but there are touches of tartness (lactic), a hay like pale malt character, a light mustiness, perhaps a bit of funkiness that isn’t quite musky, and perhaps a pale cracker like character. As the beer warms up a sweet, floral, bright fruitiness can just be noticed underneath the surface.

Lightly effervescent, but still a touch prickly, the beer is only very lightly carbonated. The beer is fairly sour with mostly lactic acid notes contributing to this, but it melds in quite well with the natural acidity from the grapes such that this beer doesn’t really come off as being all that sour beyond a normal wine. The grape flavors definitely strongly influence the flavor; white grape floral notes, touches of tin in the finish, tart Riesling notes, and a green fruitiness. The base, sour blond beer provides touches of milky / baby-vomit (very mellow and not as bad as it sounds) funkiness, lots of lactic acidity, and hints of hay like grain.

Pretty decent, but it lacks a complexity that I am for some reason wishing for; more funkiness, and definitely more carbonation would be my preference. The beer as it has been made is a nice showcase for the Riesling grapes, but I am a beer guy, and want funkiness and base beer character to play a more prominent role with the grapes here. Still this is an enjoyable beer, and one that I am happy to be drinking.

4.2
Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2013
The beer is pale yellow with a mild haze. The aroma brings white wine, grapes, grape skins, funk. A beautiful marriage of white wine and sour ale. Puckering and tart. White grapes are the star of the show. Really delicious. Funky, sour and tart with no acetic presence in the finish. Silky smooth and elegant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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