Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Brew Thursday: The Bruery Tart of Darkness

The Bruery Tart of Darkness
www.thebruery.com

Placentia, California

Oh where, oh where have I been? Between post government shutdown craziness at work and my Unit 2 WSET Diploma exam things have been beyond hectic. I have quite a few beverages in reserve to review, though, because I can assure you that I have not been abstaining.

I adore sour beers. The sourer the better. I find them refreshing, interesting, and superbly food friendly. I also adore most everything out of The Bruery. The beers are refined, compelling, and just plain yummy. This Tart of Darkness is a home run for me on all fronts. I've been saving it for cooler weather -- the 2013 vintage was released this summer, but I personally prefer it for the fall!

Review: Darkness is right -- this stout pours nearly black with only little bubbles. The nose shows a bit of sour funkiness, but isn't terribly aromatic. On the palate, however, it explodes! Cherries, slightly candied lemons, soft maltiness, and just a hint of super sour vinegar. I love the finish -- the puckering sourness lingers and cleans your palate, especially if you're pairing with something fatty and delicious. So refreshing.

Bottom Line: I wish it were available year round! Also, can we take a moment to talk about the name? I dig it.



















Beer Geekery:
  • BREWER: The Bruery
  • STYLE: Sour Stout
  • PLACE: Placentia, California
  • BOOZE: 7%
  • www.thebruery.com
Where did I get it?  Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage?  High Priced

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