Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Prunus Persica – Sour / Wild Ale at 7.0% ABV

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Prunus Persica Sour / Wild Ale at 7.0% ABV (US$13.99 at Knightly Spirits Orange Blossom Trail, 375 ml, packaged on 1-Sep-2015, acquired 15-May-2017, reviewed 28-Aug-2017)

Appearance: slightly hazy medium gold with a short white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: puréed peaches, baker’s yeast, light oak, gooseberries, hint of dry hay funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high tart, light bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry lingering tart finish. (4/5)

I guess when you’re charging that kind of premium, you can’t just call it “peach”, huh? Well, two can play that game: these puréed _Prunus Persica_ possess the fragrance of infant sustenance. OK, OK, so the first whiff is baby food – moving on. Beyond the overwhelming peach, delicate aromas and flavours develop, of wood, berries, and funk. In fact, the longer it warms and the more you think about it, the more complexity becomes apparent: I could’ve added apples, lemons, melon, and any number of other qualifiers. Let’s just stick with “it’s good” and leave it at that. (But I still think the name is pretentious.) (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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