Total Score: 4.35/10
Good old Edge Brewing Project, the only brewery I know of that was started by U2 guitarist The Edge*. I’m not a huge fan of sour beers, sometimes I find them a bit too tart and not actually all that interesting. However I do like pomegranates… least I did until I cracked a denture with a pomegranate aril seed – those things are hard! Anyhow I don’t have to take that risk with this Thirst Quencher Pomegranate Sour – being an entirely liquid form means it’s unlikely to crack any fillings, unless a seed somehow made it in, not that I’m expecting that, just the nice flavours of pomegranate – viva pomegranates!
Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazed blood orange coloured body with a pink head that fizzles out quicker than you can say “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” (an actual word, Google it). The colour is nice and unusual, a change of pace indeed. 7/10.
S: Aroma is… a bit wrong… quite tart, musty and dusty like an old book at the national library – the ones that come in a hermetically sealed case with a guy in a white suit and latex gloves who turns the pages with tweezers, that kind of smell. Not a great start from Mr. The Edge, I’m going to tell Bono that your brewery is releasing sub-standard sour beers now. 5/10.
T: Oh God, my insides! This kettle-soured beer has gone a bit too far – guess it needed consuming at an earlier date, this is a disaster of a beer. Flavours are a mix of the above: very tart, acidic character, malic acid, dusty/musty character, a total yeast bomb, only with Lactobacillus bacteria slant. Pomegranate flavour? None really, if it tasted like any fruit it would be apple cider vinegar. Not good. Not good at all. 4/10.
M: Mid to light bodied, inactive carbonation, this one has definitely turned inside the can, too bad. 4/10.
D: Wow, was not expecting it to be this bad. The Edge should be ashamed, I mean he’s a great guitarist and all, but this is shit. In the end I drain-poured it – been a long time since I drain-poured a beer. Hopefully it’ll be longer still before I drain-pour another. That said I’m pretty convinced this beer wasn’t intended to be this bad, it just got a bit out of hand with the yeast is what happened. 4/10.
Food match: Not relevant with a drain-pour beer.
*Not an actual fact.