Southbound Desert Dawn
Southbound Desert Dawn is a Saison/Farmhouse Ale brewed with elderberries, 5.3% ABV. Unfortunately another unreadable off center packaging date on the bottom of a Southbound can, but I know this was released a few weeks ago.
This beer pours with a insanely dark crimson color, it is kind of like super dark red wine. There was a fizzy pink head on top of the beer that was gone in near record time. The lack of head retention only makes this look more like a glass of wine. Although I’ve had a few beers that use elderberries, I can’t say that I have ever eaten one. I’ll assume by the aroma they might be a nice cross between a cranberry and blueberry? Not a complex aroma but the big fruit does mix with a little tart saison funk, it’s a really pleasant smelling beer. The tart and slightly sweet fruit leads off the taste. In the middle of the taste some slight sulfur and a metallic note appear. I’ll assume the yeast is adding this short lived flavor combo. The finish recalls the wine comparison with some notes of cherry, red grape, mild alcohol (surprising given the ABV), and a lower carbonation.
I enjoy beers like this that push the limits of what a beer can be. This would be a fantastic beer to offer your biggest wine nerd friends who insist they don’t like beer.