Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Winter) Citrus Wildbier 2014/Batch 6
Crooked Stave St. Bretta (Winter) Citrus Wildbier is an American Wild Ale brewed with 100% Brettanomyces and citrus fruit (Satsuma Mandarin), fermented in oak foeders.
Hmm, don’t like to hear such a small amount of noise from the cap of a nearly year old bottle. I was worried this was going to be totally flat, but thankfully the beer is still has a little carbonation left. The pour is an extremely dark red color, like a mix of prunes and black cherries. I did get a nice little head on this but if faded almost immediately. The aroma brings in some mild citrus, a bit of sour vinegar, hints of clove and allspice, maybe even a bit of cola in the smell as well. Tart and sour right from the get go here, which is fantastic, but taking your time to dig a bit deeper into the taste does reveal some more subtle flavors. I start tasting some lightly fruity notes of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry, a hint of dry oak, tart orange, and a nice showing of classic barnyard funkiness. The finish is vinegary and sour.
It takes me a little while to reach for a sour ale like this, but I was in the mood and this one was hitting on almost all cylinders!