Style: Berliner Weisse
Bottled: Spring 2013
Size: 750ml C&C bottle
Bottle Count: Unknown
Okay, I’m from Florida, so I’m a total slut for the Berliner/Florida-Weisse/London Sour/whatever style. Give me something low-octane with plenty of tartness and I’m always on board, especially when I’m poolside. SC isn’t exactly a hotbed of sour activity, and Westbrook is definitely hit-or-miss, but I’m willing to give this one a shot.
Pour is nice enough — you can’t tell from the pic, but it’s light and effervescent, if a little cloudy. Smells like lemon rind and wheat, and not much else. But it’s supposed to be light, correct? And damn if it doesn’t hit the spot when I’m laying in the sun. I’d had a pretty lackluster bottle of Aroma Coma before this and WWB really hit me right. Plenty of tart lemony goodness, a touch of sweetness to even it out, with a little bit of biscuit on the back end. And light, really light. I could drink this all day. Makes me wish I had more of it.
This may never quite measure up to the best examples in the style, and it’s definitely not one of the fruity Florida-Weisse that I love, but I’d be happy to drink another one.
These days everyone is trying to make a Hunahpu-killer, and while no one has dethroned the king, this is the closest one I’ve tried so far. The basic approach is the same — take a big, viscous stout, then add cinnamon, cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, and chilis. The pour is nice and thick, looking very Huna-esque with a solid dark head. Smells kind of peppery, with the vanilla and cocoa in large amounts. Then the first few sips… Nice enough, with a decent amount of cinnamon jumping up with the vanilla. Then the fire hits you. Westbrook doesn’t fuck around here; they used habaneros so as to leave no doubt that they hate your digestive system. A solid peppery burn that lasts for a good ten minutes or so and makes me think I’m gonna hate myself come morning. But I keep coming back for more.
I actually had a couple of growlers of the first batch of this, and they had nowhere near this much heat. I have to say that I like the new batch better. We blended some of batch one with some Blushing Monk to make a sort of raspberry flourless chocolate cake-ish beer, which was totally delicious.
I got a few bottles of this and I’ve already gone through two of them. I guess we can add this to the list of beers that I’ll continue to chase down.