Beer Review: WEYERBACHER RISERVA

Beer Review: WEYERBACHER RISERVA

Weyerbacher Riserva, an American Wild Ale meticulously crafted over the course of a year, undergoes fermentation with Brettanomyces yeast and matures in Oak barrels alongside red-raspberry puree. The result is a tantalizing concoction with an 11.4% alcohol by volume, presented in a 22 oz. bottle and ceremoniously poured into a goblet during the Stone Sourfest bottle share in 2011.

Appearance:

In the visual realm, Riserva unveils itself as a cloudy, peachy red elixir, devoid of any substantial head.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience is dominated by the presence of lactic and citric acid funk, accompanied by subtle hints of light ointment and the sweetness of berries.

Taste:

The flavor profile unfolds as a delightful interplay of sweet and tart berry candy. Remarkably, the alcohol content, despite its potent 11.4%, does not impose itself too assertively on the palate.

Mouthfeel:

The texture of Riserva is characterized by astringency, establishing a medium-bodied foundation complemented by a restrained level of carbonation.

Overall:

Rendered in a critical light, this offering from Weyerbacher proves to be not only tasty but also exhibits a commendable balance between tartness and sweetness. Refreshing on the palate, it raises the question of whether Riserva may be considered among the pinnacle of Weyerbacher’s brewing endeavors.