Smuttlabs Brett & I (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: American Wild Ale

8.0% ABV

(Stats below as of original brewing. This is the third brewing and may have changed.)

35 IBU’s

OG – 16° p

Malt: Weyermann Pilsner Malt, Munich, Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Hops: Bittering – Magnum, Flavoring – Liberty, Flavoring – Saaz, Aroma – Santiam

Bottle: #145 of 616

From: Hampton, NH

Brewery’s Notes: “Brett & I is a 6%, barrel-aged, golden beer that takes 13 months to make. After an initial fermentation with our house Trappist ale yeast, the beer is transferred to red wine barrels where it ages with a Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a yeast first discovered in British beers. “Brett Brux” adds the slightly sour, earthy accent which makes Brett & I such a rare treat.”

The beer pours a gorgeous sun burst orange with golden yellow highlights. The beer pours with a nice small head of eggshell white color that settles into a fat ring around the glass. In body, the beer is a clean haze, that nearly strikes the eye as opaque, but some shadows do work through the beer and glass. When splashed on the glass, the beer does leave slippery, thin lacing that does leave some tendrils on the glass. The beer also leaves a quick set of legs that then evaporate off of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of beautiful citrus brett with great barrel accents. Clean lemon, tangerine, and orange juice wash across the nose with pineapple accents and hints of spicy barnyard scents. As it warms, I get tart pear juice scents and the barrel character becomes more dominant. Lovely aroma on this beer; delicate, subtle, fruity, and complex. On the tongue, the beer tastes of sweet, fruity funk on the front of the sip, transferring quickly into rich acidity that gives a softly tart character alongside the sweet funk. With the finish, the beer dries out and gives a unique spicy character with a touch of tannic oak. The spice might be booze, but is not harsh, which leads me to thick it is coming off of a cool ester or phenol or something… In flavor, the beer tastes of pineapple juice, slight tangerine citrus, sweet lemonade, peach, apricot, and then pear juice with a touch of dry cider. These flavors meld into lovely slight oak tannin and doughy bread that takes a nuance of sour dough. The finish has spicy pepper, like a nice farmhouse ale, but this mellows as the beer warms, inviting more tart/yeasty lemonade flavors to enter and further add to the complexity of the sip. As it warms even further I get beautiful accents of peach and apricot flesh and lose all the spice, but that is just lovely too. In the mouth, the beer is medium bodied, with a nice medium attenuation. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly crisp, and with a lighter, soft carb that gets balanced out by a snap of tartness from the beer. As the beer leaves, the mouth is left lightly damp with slight saliva in the cheeks, and a nice neutral/slightly damp feeling in the mouth as well as a subtle astringency from the oak tannin. Overall, this is a damn fine brett ale with slight tart character (I believe from a sour mash…), and lovely balance, allowing for true nuance to be achieved. The beer is refreshing and complex, and would go nice with a light salad or delicate seafood. This is probably my favorite beer from Smuttlabs so far, and I am very excited for future releases, as they are putting out some nice experiments. Great beer.

 

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