Rivertown Pestilence Hibiscus Sour Brown Ale

Formerly brewed at Rivertown Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Monroe, Ohio USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.12/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Batch No. 1 in The Brewmaster’s Reserve Limited Release Series. Pesilence is the first of four brews released centered around the Mayan apocalypse of 2012 signifying worlds end on December 21st 2012.

Release Date: Early February 2012
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
Color: 20 SRM (Brown)
Style Guideline: Wild/American Sour Ale/Brown Ale
Availability: 12 oz bottles 24-loose case/ 1/6bbl keg
Malts Used: Pilsner, Pale, Carabelge, White Wheat, Chocolate, Dark crystal, Munich
Hops: Hallertau Perle
Specialty Ingredients: Organic Hibiscus Flower Pedals Serving Temp: 55F
Note: Save one bottle to enjoy as a vertical on December 21st 2012.

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Mox_Ruby_IPA (7) - Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
Citrusy - not sure if I have this beer my bottle does not match the one pictured. Hoppy IPA

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Red pour with a white head. The aroma has a hint of tartness but what really comes through is a ton of butterscotch notes. The flavor is different, but not in a good way. I get a lot of awful sour cherry notes and butter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Clear dark amber color out of the bottle with a short lived off white head. This has an odd nose with some runny cheese notes in it. This is a really sour beer with some stale toffee sweetness, wet hay and old wet cardboard. I don’t know if even sour beer people will like this, but I dumped it out.

alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Growler sample shared by Tmoney99. Translate the name of this beer into taste and smell and you pretty much sum this one up. The aroma was rotting flowers soaked with sweat and perhaps a bit of baby spit up. The flavor is much of the same. I can’t imagine that this was intended to be this way.

jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Apparently this one needs to bottle ferment for awhile. My buddy Kevin saved a bottle for me as he said it was the worst thing he had ever tasted. We opened this bottle after it had been cellared for a few months and it is far from horrible. Aroma of grapes, hops, candy and cheese. Trust me though, its not bad. Taste is bitter but very sweet like sweet tart candy with a hint of fruit and a malty background. As sad as it sounds, I was really looking forward to a horrible beer and slamming it on here, but this isn’t nearly the case. Not the best sour ever, but still very good. If you have this beer, please let it bottle age for awhile.

JonnyBravo (1) - Covington, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
This was one of the most horrible things to ever touch my palate. It was as if someone had fermented bile and tried to pass it off as beer. The flavor lingered in my mouth for hours. Never been a big fan of Rivertown, but this has ruined them for me. I will avoid them now and forever.

Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle, pours a medium red, aroma is funky and a bit earthy, the flavour was a light sour, pretty typical flavour of a flemish sour, not sure why all the hate, not a great style imo, but this one was a fair attempt.

Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Sample during the Armageddon tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 12/20/2012. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a thin white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Sour fruit and yeast in the nose. Light body with a metallic character and notes of funky fruit and earth. The finish is cloyingly sour and metallic. Not good.

BelgianBeerGal (4158) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Big Beers. Smell reminds me of "sick" and possibly hot dogs...and heartburn. Flavor doesn’t get a ton better. My first miss with Rivertown.

bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2012
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of doughnuts, stale bread, nuts, honey, and butterscotch candies. Flavor of peanut oil, dough, butter, and spoiled fruit. Nasty. I am guessing this was an unintentionally infected beer that they chose to sell as a sour.

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