Just like you, but different
Garage Project Single Fruit – Raspberry. As you know I have terrible fear of missing out, and I’ve dreaded not being in time to get one of these, driven only by the things I’ve read on the socials.
Raspberries can be tart, can have that mustiness about them, but are generally juicy and sharp in nature, well they are when I’ve had them.
directly from the farm
This is a 375ml bottle of a beer that is 7.6% of the ABV, making this 2.25 standard drinks in NZ and around 230ish calories a serve size.
Made by Garage Project who are in 🇳🇿 Wellington, New Zealand, this is in the style that is a. Sour / Wild Beer – Flavored beer
A blend of barrel aged two year old spontaneous beer, infused with the finest Wakefield raspberries, sourced directly from the farm in the Tadmor Valley, near Tapawera.
The finished beer is a stunning scarlet colour, with a remarkable ripe raspberry aroma and a lush berry fruit palate.
Bottle conditioned. Serve chilled. Pour carefully.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Well fancy picking an album that’s not on Spotify to start with. But that’s by the by.
Got to start by saying what a lovely presentation this is, from the lovely cap on the bottle to the simple and clean artwork. Another cap in the cap jar, I’ll tell you all about that one day too.
Light hiss on opening. Aroma is most absolutely Raspberries, really easy to pick that/
It’s bright red! But it settles to a darker deep red in the glass, there was a head I was too slow to pick up the camera and get it, so it’s sitting in the glass looking flat and uninviting, and also very inviting and wanty.
Aroma in the glass is that mustiness that you get from fruit sometimes, but pretty of raspberry.
Well I was honestly not expecting that much of an explosion of, well, pretty much everything, there’s fruit, of course, and sourness that seems to explode to 11, and then washes away, then more fruit, then when I’d stopped pucking there is this lovely lingering slightly towards a dry finish thing going on.
I profess to dislike sour beers that are nothing other than a sour dryness that seems more chemical than real, this isn’t that. This is a properly exciting and delicious adventure in sour/wild beer.
The second sup, and it’s kind of reversed itself, there’s a trepidation of a sour smack, but no, I got this mouth cushion of lovely fruitless, then the whack, then it stops as quick as it starts and there’s that lovely lingering tartness. I have no idea how that works, but it does.
By the third sip it seems to have calmed down, and that curve is a more a straight line, upwards, there no peak peak dip. I approve of that too. Although I’m a little sad that its not there because that was thrilling.
Thrilling, is that how you’d describe a beer?
I’m really at peace with the way that I seem to be getting a different drink sensation every sip, with that welcome fruit sourness adding so much more than it detracts.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 of its things from the thing. Who’d have thought that the 10’s would be so easy to come by for a sour beer. This is remarkable and memorable as a beer, and all that fomo would have weight heavy on me if I hadn’t tasted this. This is the sort of sour I can get into and am still torn over the whole sour genre in general.
The double dip review
Music for this: I have a little played album by Wire, from 2013, apparently an American Only release, it’s not on Spotify either.
Ah It’s a Record Store Day release. Well there you go.
IF you want to listen to some more Wire, then Spotify has what you need – WIRE On The Box: 1979 by Wire
Sour ale is a broad spectrum of wild ales, from the fruity and acetic Flanders Red Ales and Oud Bruins, to the experimental ales gaining popularity in the United States which use lactobacillus, brettanomyces and pediococcus in new and wild ways