Beer Review: DOVETAIL BREWERY VIGNETTE 2020

Beer Review: DOVETAIL BREWERY VIGNETTE 2020

Dovetail Brewery, known for its prowess in traditional lager styles, caught my attention during a recent visit to Chicago. Renowned among beer enthusiasts, the brewery’s lineup included a selection of barrel-aged wild ales, among which I snagged a bottle of Vignette for a home tasting session.

Appearance:

The Vignette 2020 pours a nearly crystal-clear golden hue, lacking impressive head retention and exhibiting a rather subdued level of carbonation.

Aroma:

The aromatic profile unfolds as a complex tapestry, weaving together lemon, oak, pear, bubblegum, black tea, and hints of rose petals. It’s a perplexing experience to encounter such a plethora of fruit notes in a beer devoid of any actual fruit presence.

Taste:

The initial sip offers a sharp interplay between acidity and oak, swiftly transitioning into a harmonious fusion of vanilla and citrus. While not excessively funky, the beer embraces classic smoky spice, hay, and barnyard undertones. Post-sip, the palate lingers on the interplay of citrus and oak tannins, with a subtle solvent character lingering in the background – an element not entirely unwelcome in this brew.

Mouthfeel:

With a 6.5% alcohol by volume, the beer showcases a relatively lighter end of carbonation, contributing to a texture that complements the intricate flavor profile without overwhelming the palate.

Overall:

Despite initially drawing me in with their renowned lagers, Dovetail Brewery proves its mettle in the realm of wild ales with the Vignette. Crafting spontaneously fermented blends demands finesse, and the brewery stands tall, reinvigorating interest in a style that has experienced a national lull. Throughout their lineup, the brewery’s commitment and expertise shine, making each sip a testament to the skillful intentions of the brewing team.