Monday, July 18, 2016

August Schell Noble Star Collection Apparent Horizon Rye Berlin Style Wheat Ale

August Schell Noble Star Collection Apparent Horizon Rye Berlin Style Wheat Ale. Bottled August 2015. Ale aged in wood. August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN.

Hazy, peach-y toned coloring, slimmish white head.

Aroma: fiercely funky, wild and weird. Tart, sour 'n' spicy wheat tones abound.

In the mouth: Sourness starts it off, then the smooth, wheat malt texture becomes apparent, and the rye adds some complexity to the proceedings. Citric flavors dominate. Refreshment incarnate. Tartness never quite fades, and the richness doesn't die off, either. So tasty. Another stellar entry in the Noble Star series.

Here's a brief, paraphrased synopsis of the description from the tag around the bottle:
Brewed as a full strength version of a Berliner Weisse (which are normally 4% ABV and below), with 30% of the malt bill coming from rye. After a mixed fermentation, including lactobacillus, then transferred to the cypress lagering tanks. Brettanomyces is added and it is aged for nine months. Unfiltered, bottle-conditioned.

I've been sitting on this bottle for several months, until I couldn't take any more. Coincidentally, I visited the brewery today and bought a Noble Star goblet. I detested drinking my other Noble Star bottles from improper glassware, and I wanted desperately to have something appropriate with the Schell's logo on it. Worth the $12, despite that I keep swearing off the constant growth of my beer glass collection.

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