Bellwoods Brewery Jelly King – Sour / Wild Ale at 5.6% ABV | 12 [?] IBU

Bellwoods Brewery Jelly King Sour / Wild Ale at 5.6% ABV | 12 [?] IBU (C$6.50 at Trade – Cashout, 500 ml, bottle date 20-Oct-2016, acquired 19-Nov-2016, reviewed 20-Nov-2016)

Appearance: cloudy pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart stone fruit, lemon zest, resiny pine and cedar. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (9/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, short duration tart finish. (4/5)

Ohhh yeah – that’s what I expect from Bellwoods! Massive fuzzy peach sour, with citrus and evergreen notes. The Citra dry-hopping is clearly evident, and (critically) introduces no vegetal onion or cattiness at all. Pretty much nonexistent bitter, but the moderate sweetness is more than adequately tempered by the large but even-handed tartness, and livened by an enthusiastic carbonation. Somewhat surprisingly, given the brewery’s predilections, there’s no funk in this at all – which I guess is indicative of no brettanomyces, and is the reason for the “drink fresh” appellation on the label. A solid and pleasant sour – thanks, Tim! (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze


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