Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tasting - Solera 2013

I'll admit something without a problem - I am not the best brewer in the world.

I'm good. Better than most. Surprising even to myself at times, but I am not the best. There are beers I make though that I could live with for the rest of my life. This seems like it is one of them. Problem is I only have 50-some-odd bottles left. Guess I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Solera 2013

Appearance - Hands down the best looking beer I have ever made. Ruby red, crystal clear. Sounds wierd, but I just like looking at this thing in the glass. Head is thin and quickly dissipates, which is to be expected.

Aroma - Strawberries, tart cherry, under-ripe plum, very good red wine vinegar. Very intense.

Taste - As last years it is not for the faint of palate. I shot for Rodenbach Vintage and got it in spades. All the aroma fruits are present. Incredibly acidic, but in the most pleasant way possible. No jaw clenching or teeth-on-edge setting reactions. Finish is light, leaving you wanting more, or ready for the next course.

Mouthfeel - Feels like an electric storm rolling over your tongue. Carbonation has finally been nailed in this one. Lively, but restrained. Really pleased.

Drinkability and notes - I wish I had this one for the rest of all time. I could drink this all day. That would leave me useless seeing as it is ~9% ABV, but it is dangerously drinkable. The great thing about the solera project is that each years batch is different. But that is also it's curse. I am excited to see what next year's batch will turn out like and will again have to resist tasting it every few weeks.

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