Style: Berliner Weisse Aged on Tart Cherries
Glassware: Short Stemmed Wine Glass
Appearance: Completely opaque in its cloudiness. It has a fun pink color that reminds me of grapefruit juice. No head at all, except for a ring of white on the very edges.
Aroma: Burst of sour tropical fruit like papaya and starfruit, along with strawberry, tart cherry, blackberries and raspberries. Pulling all those components together combines for a beautiful malt bill that smells of crackers. It’s a robust enough grain quality so you know it’s there, but it adds to the rest of the scents rather than distracts from it all. A faint farmyard aroma lingers in the background, as well as notes of white pepper. This has a complex and sweet nose that I could take in for hours.
Flavor: A delightfully sour beer that keeps me coming back again and again. I am overwhelmed by the incredible array of esters (fruit flavors) that are talking to each other over that cracker-like malt. The cracker character turns into a more biscuit like breadiness in the finish. A funky barnyard flavor full of hay and light mustiness keeps popping up as well. Besides the tropical fruit and berry qualities, I am also intrigued by the subtle nature by which all of these flavor components are interacting with each other. It feels complex and yet not overpowering. I could break this brew down for a long time and still not get everything.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and with a puckering acidity. So more-ish!
Aftertaste: The grainy malt stands strong in that finish and creates a good leg for all that acidity to stand on. Fruit characters linger in the background and fade into that more-ish acidic character. I am left with no other choice but to keep sipping.
Currently Enjoying With: I am not currently eating anything with this brew. However, I highly recommend using this Berliner Weisse as a before dinner drink to whet the appetite because it has such bright acidity. Otherwise, I highly recommend using it as a palate cleanser in between courses.
With food, I could see this pairing well with a summer salad that had some fruit or crisp vegetables and a light vinaigrette. I might actually experiment with this brew by pairing it with light seafoods like shrimp or an exceptionally mild fish. It you had some citrus forward seafood dishes that could be interesting as well. If there was light breading on said seafood dish, the grainy maltiness from the Berliner Weisse could pull together those notes. It all sounds pretty refreshing to me.
On the dessert side, I wouldn’t pair it with fruit dishes that resemble the beer, but would instead try it out with something like a banana bread dish or panna cotta. Subtle dairy and light starch would play nicely.
Overall: An incredibly bright, tasty little brew. I literally can’t put it down and I’m so excited to use it in cocktails. This brew would be phenomenal as a summer drink, but it would be just as lovely as an aperitif before your meal or as a palate cleanser in between courses. I am pleased with this beer and I look forward to surprising my friends with this treat.
I was also told by the owner at Unruly that the brewery is going to keep releasing different Berliner Weisse beers, all with different flavors. Did I hear that a blueberry and a cranberry version was going to come up at some point? Keep your eyes peeled for more beautiful concoctions from Unruly Brewing Company in the near future.