Total Score: 5.6/10
From Baird Beer we go to Beard Beer [There. See. Did. I. What?]. Yes, I hear your collective groans at yet another review of another Rogue brew… What?! That groan was about my terrible Baird/Beard pun? I thought it was rather clever and dashing, like James Bond’s underpants – the Sean Connery James Bond of course… anyway I’ve got this and another Rogue beer to review as they were the only examples of styles I’ve never tried that I could get my hands on – in Beard Beers case ‘American Wild Ale’ – though I have [spoiler alert] read reviews saying it was a lacklustre example of the style, I don’t care – I want to review one of every style *evil chanting* “one of every style, one of every style”.
Poured from a ye olde weird American-sized 650ml tallie into a Duvel tulip.
A: Oh yeah, before you drink this beer do yourself a favour and DO NOT READ where it gets its name. This fine brew presents itself with a hazy orange body and an immense 1 and a half inch white head that soon whittles down to a less-immense 1 cm, because I love throwing metric and imperial in the same sentence. 7/10.
S: Stewed vegetable alert: This brew smells like stewed vegetables. That is all. I hope this isn’t going to be a Delirium Tremens [I’m talking about my review of DT not actual DT which would also suck] introduction to the American Wild Ale style. Hints of sweet caramel malt and some spiciness struggle to overcome the stewed veggies but they have a real fight on their hands with this funk. 2/10.
T: Flavour is a huge step up (though I still suspect this is an infected bottle) with a Belgian Tripel-esque profile: Sweet candi sugar/honey base, coriander spice, cider apple and cloves. The stew vegetables still comes through if you breath in whilst sipping – it’s a bizarre and distracting note that kind of ruins this beer a little. It has a hint of tartness and is dry in the finish. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a prickly but light carbonation. 7/10.
D: The story behind the beer didn’t get me retching – yeast is yeast no matter where/how it was raised so really there’s little difference between beard yeast and the cellar yeast where Lambics are brewed. What did make me retch, and really struggle to finish this brew, was the stewed veggie aroma that I’ve only encountered before in Delirium Tremens – I did a re-review of that brew and found that it must have been an infected bottle – I don’t have that luxury with this being a one-off limited release, however it served its box-ticking purpose, NEXT! 5/10.
Food match: Vegetable stew anyone???