For the last sour Saturday of the project we are going back to California to check out Bruery Terreux Fruct: Boysenberry. Bruery Terreux is the sour project from the The Bruery. I haven’t had a brew from either of their elements so I thought this was as good as time as any to give them a go. Also, I am a pretty big fan of boysenberries so lets hope I’m not disappointed.
-Appearance: Nice carbonation but head dissipates quickly. So quickly in fact that I wasn’t able to get it in the picture. Purple drank in the glass. Like an opaque deep purple with some burgundy notes. Almost like beet juice.
-Nose: Tart, ripe, dark fruit with just the hint of sour and vinegar twinging the nose.
-Palate: Tart all the way through but it hangs back. Not fully making the face pucker. The fruit is a bit subdued, as well as all the other tasting notes that you get on this one. You do get the typical tart and sour notes on this guy but you really have to go searching for them. The tartness almost has a saline like quality that makes the mouth water and has you searching for your glass shortly after the last sip. It finishes very smooth leaving almost no evidence of what you’ve just been drinking.
-Rating 3.25/5: This is a really solid sour. I really like a sour that you still get the fruit, but the sour and tartness doesn’t overwhelm. That’s usually my big beef with this style of beer or any kind of beer for that matter. When the style that your going for overrides the other parts of the beverage that you are looking to exhibit. It ends up clouding your vision of the drink. There is a lot to be said for a sour like the Frucht Boysenberry that plays well with the subtleties of both sides of the equation. Making this a sour I wouldn’t mind pairing with food. Possibly a salad or even a piece of fish. However, I am a fan of fruit bombs, so I wouldn’t be upset if boysenberries were kicked up a notch.
This post is part of a series of posts in the 30 Beers in 30 Days project. Enjoy!