Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beer Review: Fuzzy

Reviewing Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Score: 97
2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Side Project bulb and enjoyed on 05/17/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with a half finger of white head that settles to a nice almost full coating layer. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Peach, peach, peach, peach and more peach. A little must and vinegar too. Smells like the lastest batch of Duck Duck Gooze with a truckload of peaches added. 4.75/5

Taste: Tart peaches, vinegar and a light mustiness. Long lasting sour peach flavor. Lively on the gums from the tartness. A kiss of spritzy, tannic oak. Really simple, but really delicious. A bit of mineral water-like robustness to the taste, a la Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. This beer tastes an awful lot like Duck Duck Gooze heavily spiked with peaches. Having drank a few pours that day, we found that the dregs of this beer was the key to its greatness. Make sure that you either aggravate the sediment in the bottle before pouring or grab one of the last pours from the bottle (if sharing). 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation for the flavor profile. Juicy mouthfeel, dry finish. Quite tart. Acidic, but not stomach ache inducingly so. 4.75/5

Overall: One thing I absolutely love about this beer is how sour and peach-forward on the flavor it is. Many peach-forward sours are lightly tart and delicate/soft on the palate, where as this one is bold, tart and long lasting flavor-wise. While not as good as Very Sour Blackberry or Blueberry Flanders in my opinion, this is one of the better American-made sours out there, on par with the likes of West Ashley. Seek this one out with confidence, and make sure to savor the dregs.

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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