New Belgium / Three Floyds Lips Of Faith - Grätzer Ale

RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!

Hops
Target, Polish Lublin

Malts
Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat

Special Processing
Add a small amount of Lacto (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic aroma and sourness. That acidic portion is then added to other portion of the wort that was fermented with the German Ale yeast.

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3.5
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Bottled (backlog). Rubyish black colour with a small beigeish brown head, that leaves lace. Aroma is roasted malts, some smoked wet wooden notes as well as mild grassy notes. Flavour is smoked wood, mild ashes as well as some slight floral and earthy notes. Mild tart wooden notes to it as well.

3.7
Lowenbrau (4142) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2016
Bottle @ "Frikicata Cervezorama", Sr. Lúpulo, Gijón. 24-01-2015.
66cl bottle.
BBD: May 2015. Batch: 140424051.
Pours quite dark with nice tan head. Short head retention, some lacing. Some smoky nose, tart and roasty notes. Light to medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is roasty, some sour, smoked (subtle), dry aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

3.2
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle 660ml. Pours dark brown/black with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of smoke, malt, chocolate, metal. Taste is of smoke, malt, acidity, metal, fruits. Palate: Full bodied, soft carbonation. Overall: OK. Not really outstanding.

3.3
mathieuc (3946) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2016
Pours a really dark brown with a small offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of burnt cereals, ash and slight grapes. Taste is more wheat, smoke, ash and other husky cereals. Body is medium and carbonation moderately high. I thought it was alright but I wouldn’t pick it up again. One and done.

3.5
czar (8998) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
pours unclear light brown with a small reviving light beige cap offering some lacing. dusty cigarettes, toasted lightly torrefied grains, burnt caramel and toffee, ashes, smoked wheat, some berries, clean. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; semi-sweet woodsy and lightly smoked finish. nice gratzer!

3
tom10101 (6038) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Thanks czar! Dark brown with a small beige head leaving good lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, earthy-mineral notes, spruce, muddy, roasty notes, smokey notes and moderate spiciness. Taste is muddy, mineral-earthy, toasted malts, roasted malt and mild roast bitterness. Light body, a bit watery. Medium carbonation. Thin. Muddy finish. Starting to show some signs of oxidation.

2.9
JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
Bottle shared. Opaque dark pour with frothy off white head. Aroma is muddy, earthy, woody, light mushrooms, oxidized. Taste is sprucy, watery, burnt, roasty, light iodine. Palate is light bodied with light carbonation. Ok.

3.5
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pours a golden orange with fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, coriander, and a touch of smoke. Saline to start with, then coriander notes and finishes with some tart.

3.4
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
On tap at Culpeppers. Nice smoked malt aroma. Caramel with a lot of molasses and coffee. Dark brown-black opaque with creamy tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Moderate malt taste, a little sourness. A little sweet but not overly so. Dry bitter smoky finish with light nutty after.

3.4
hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 19, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany black with a tan head. Good lacing. Nose of roasted malts with a smoke earthiness. Light to medium body. Flavor is a dark smokiness with some unusual almost must tastes. Different but OK.


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