E9 Brewery The Duel (Batch 1) – American Wild Ale at 5.8% ABV

E9 Brewery The Duel (Batch 1) American Wild Ale at 5.8% ABV (C$11.23 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 375 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Feb-2018, reviewed 13-Mar-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby with one fat finger of fizzy pinkish head diminishing gradually (and loudly) to a thick persistent cap, minimal lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart cherry and raspberry, light funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, off-dry crisp tart finish. (4/5)

Both raspberries and cherries are present, with neither clearly dominating, but it’s really less of a duel, and more of a cooperative effort, if you ask me. Not much else going on, mind you, but the fruit is pleasant and authentic, with no cough syrup character. (16/20)

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