750 ml bottle sent to me by my boy Reino a LONG time ago. Served up in a tulip and I have no idea what year it is.
A: Pours up an amber hued, golden body. Held to the light, it has a nice apple juice looking color. Body is very clear and has a steady, medium carbonation moving in there. Pour got a half finger of bubbly white head. Retention is meh, but it leaves some nice spotty lacing. Not bad.
S: This has a really sharp grape skin nose. Just acidic, tart, and bright. I may be going nuts, but it has a lemon lime kind of note as well. And behind that, friggin fresh ginger. I am confused but it smells awesome.
T: Yup, getting weird. First flavors that hit me are as if I mixed half a glass of 7UP and ginger ale. Lemon lime brightness with a punch of ginger bite. Then behind all of that, some tart white grapes. Skin and meat, just tasty.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a bigger carbonation. Crisp, tart, acidic on the palate but drys up really quick. ABV has a little warmth to it on the throat. Aftertaste is all ginger ale.
OA: This one was totally different than the two bottles I sampled at Bracfest. The ginger ale thing is kinda weird but it works incredibly well. This is quite good, but it wasn't anything I expected. Everything works here. Big fan. Look forward to getting my hands on a fresh bottle soon.
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The head leaves a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pretty, red-stained, copper color that shows a bright copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet, with honey notes, a floral white-grape fruitiness, plus other aromatic notes of kiwi, ripe honeydew melon and ripe green apple note. Much of the sweetness that I noticed at first actually is contributed by the huge, aromatic ripe fruit character. The ripe fruitiness is almost too much here.
As I expected from the aroma, this beer is quite dry with very little sweetness. The tartness is not overly aggressive here, in fact much of it I would guess comes from the wine grapes, though there is certainly a lactic component here. This has a tropical fruit like note here that is I find in white wines at times. The finish has a bit of astringency and tannins from oak character, there is also a touch of heat from the alcohol, but this actually hides the alcohol pretty well for its strength. I am curious what grapes were used here, with the oak it can remind me of chardonnay, but the ample fruitiness reminds me a bit more of Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Floral tropical fruit notes with quite a bit of ripe melon are noticeable and while not as apparent as in the nose, still manage to be noticeable despite the lack of accentuating sweetness. Spicy, astringent oak adds some structure and bite to the finish that adds balance to the up front tartness and expressive dry fruitiness.
This is a far departure from the Sang Royale I had the other day. It doesn't have nearly the finesse or balance that that one had, but it is still pretty tasty. An interesting beer, I can see this appealing quite a bit to some people, but I don't seem to be one of those people unfortunately.
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