- My Rating: [B], I gave it a (3.5 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Northwest Dark Sour Saison / Brewers Reserve Series (single batch 150 cases) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 6.0% ABV – 60 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
on the front-rightt label:
“Dark, hoppy, tropical, sour, funky, spicy, malty – this saison has a lot going on. Brewer with a hefty dose of tropical northwest hops, aged in French and American Oak for 6 months and they dry hopped, this sour is truly complex and has a bit of something for everyone. ”
- Style: (French & American oak barrel aged) Sour Ale
- Taste: Big sour-tart pukey fieldberry barley malt mid-to-finish bitter hops
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $13.45 CAD – 650ml., March 2017
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50
Visual: Pours a very dark brown with virtually no head, ringed retention with a small island, a few bubbles here and there.
Nose: dark fruity currant/raspberry, slight sour acidic vinegary. Rich and welcoming. (lvl-9)-pungency
Attack: light crisp-immediate sour impression
Mid-palate: big sour-tart acidity mixed with fruity pukey funk, (lvl-4-sweetness), light barrel woodiness, sour fieldberry barley malt
Finish: stealth bitter hops, residual pukiness
Summary: Finally, a spinnaker brew that I can give a decent rating. Good complexity that involves an appetizing sourness and completeness in the fruity body. The sourness gets a bit heavy, but I bitter hops that kick in from the late mids to finish help out. I’m glad to see a step up in the quality in this brew.