Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Perennial Aria, Belgian-style Ale with Brett
We're winding down on the Chicago beers, two months later. Here's yet another one purchased at the Schaumburg Binny's Perennial Aria Belgian-style Ale fermented with Brettanomyces. 7.2% alc.by vol. Brewed and bottled by Perennial Ale, St. Louis, MO.
Appearance: hazy, golden/amber color, slight, but lasting white head.
Aroma: Ah! The brett hits at first sniff. Wild, funky, wicked yeast-y aromatics. Semi-sweet, fruity malt lurks beneath. Hops lay low
Taste: First comes the fruit, we got some apple and apricot, peach and minor cherry notes behind them. Next comes the fuzz and the funk, that twisted sour attack on the palate that brett brings. Medium bodied, long finish, hangs lightly and delightfully in the mouth. Not too sour, not too sweet, and not too fruity, not really too anything, at all. The only characteristic that looms over all the others is that tasty semi-sour flavor of the brett. And I do like it.
Soft, malty, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, and just enough fruity. Tasty, tasty stuff.