Friday, August 9, 2013

Beer Review: Wild Wild Brett Violet (W.W.B.V)

Reviewing the Wild Wild Brett Violet (W.W.B.V) from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado.

Score: 97

2013 vintage bottle, number 1082/1526. Served in a Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 06/19/13.

Appearance: Pours a dull pumpkin color lightened by a slightly yellow hue. Pours a thin layer of head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and whisper coating in the center of the ring.
Very good lacing, above average retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Pomegranate mixed with tart and juicy tropical citrus, like a much more mellow L'Brett D'or infused with pomegranate. Floral lavender too, though it is not nearly pronounced as the pomegranate and citrus. Passion fruit and orange, a dash of nondescript vinaigrette. Very inviting! The lavender character increases as it warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: Tons of tart and juicy pomegranate and tropical citrus upfront with a delicious tart pomegranate and lemon-lime finish that is akin to the mouthfeel of drinking lime juice. Much more lime than lemon flavor as the beer layers, warms and opens up. Lavender and a dash of spice in the middle. There's a light amount of complementary lacto and vinegar throughout that give the flavors life and accent without dominating. Like the nose, the lavender grows as this one warms up. Love the complex mix of flavors. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, spot on carbonation. Nice zesty sourness that is juicy on the tongue and slightly drying on the finish. Like drinking very complex lime juice. 4.75/5

Overall: A truly excellent, juicy sour with ample sour kick. Crooked Stave is doing everything right right now.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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