Our family spent the morning delivering poinsettias for church and then we picked up some gingerbread house kits for the kids. Now I’m settling in to watch football on this chill weekend. A couple months ago, I went to St. Louis to visit my dad and stopped by Rockwell to see my fraternity brother who is the brewmaster there. I left with several new and interesting beers to try. This was one of them.
Location: Poured from the pint can into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7% ABV, ~240 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: Its brick red in color with pinkish hues when held up to the light. It’s hazy and had a fair amount of sediment in the bottom of the can. It also had a big, bright white rocky head that fell to a ring around the edge of the glass after a minute. It has a fruity aroma with a blueberry and blackberry smells with a bit of saison-yeast-like spiciness underneath.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation and acidity. Up front there’s a sweet and tart berry-like flavor that reminds me of a sour cherry. In the middle, the sweetness fades and there’s a mix of fruit flavor with some maltiness underneath. The acidity and tartness of the fruitiness bursts through in the finish leaving a sweet tart-like aftertaste.
Food Pairing: We enjoyed Christmas cookies while building the gingerbread house and I can’t imagine a better pairing. The spiciness and breadiness of the gingerbread contrasted the sweet tart flavors of the beer and together it was like a fruity Christmas treat.
Overall Impression: The fruity aromas and flavors where apparent in the aroma and flavors. I liked the maltiness that came in during the middle to help balance the acidic tartness. Overall, it was a very good, complex beer, and if you love sour beers, you’ll love this beer.