Mosaic Sylph (Deciduous Brewing Company)

Style: Mixed Fermentation American Farmhouse Brett Dry-Hopped with Mosaic

7.4% ABV

From: Newmarket, NH

Brewery’s Note: “Our 7.4%abv interpretation of a mixed culture, farmhouse style ale. Dry hopped extensively and exclusively with Mosaic hops. 100% Brettanomyces primary fermentation.”

The beer pours a cloudy, straw yellow with some golden hints. It pours with a huge and lovely cap of egg shell white and crackling bubbles which fizzle away quickly to leave a small cap/scrim. Lacing is fluffy and insubstantial, gliding back swiftly into the head. In the body, the beer is nearly opaque, though a murky shadow of the other side can be seen alongside torrents of bubbles. It’s a nice looking cup, but I do wish the beautiful head stuck around a little longer… that’s just me being picky, though. On the nose, this beer is hugely expressive of Mosaic from the moment you crack the cap. It has dankness layered over sticky blueberry with subtle licks of leafy spinach and watermelon rind. The base beer is not entirely lost on the nose, though, and rich overripe pineapple bretta sits in with the dank blueberry while subtle grainy malts lurk in the background. This is all about the mosaic hops in the nose, but the base adds terrific nuance. As it warms I start to get some clean citric tartness on the nose, too, suggesting lemon juice alongside the bretta pineapple. It’s dank and funky-juicy in equal measures, falling more on the earthy/dankness side than others in the hoppy farmhouse field, but still dripping with juice. I’ve already said too much about the nose but suffice to say it smells phenomenal and will whack you over the head in exactly the way that a Mosaic dry-hopped Farmhouse Ale should. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with an herbal bitter finish that mellows that sticky drip on the tongue. Acidity pops and crackles more on the tropical fruit spectrum than on the citrus realm, but some citrus does come through oozing lime and lemonade between rich pineapple juices. The finish is dank with earthy bitters and weed that linger into the aftertaste. The hops are right there from the start with fruity blueberry and watermelon colliding and mingling with overripe pineapple funk that whispers at drier, grainier flavors. There is a little bit of spicy booze on the finish as the beer warms, and this nips the tongue in a way that leaves a slight tingle of mint beside the sticky dank herbs and pineapple that the beer is oozing with. This is delicious weedy dank juice with that overripe pineapple flesh taste in the finish that is just lovely and keeps this farmhousey. In the mouth, the beer feels creamy, smooth, and almost turbid with fruit flesh despite the fact that there is no fruit flesh. It’s medium-plus bodied with a dryer finish that lightens it up on the palate. Carb is middling to high with a nice light effervescence in between the creaminess of the mouth. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly wet with a heavier ooze of spittle welling on the very edge of the tongue and tumbling into the cheek pouches. As I drink more and more, oniony grime does begin to coat the mouth, which is an unfortunate by-product of heavy dry-hopping, but does not keep me from drinking this juicy dank treat. Overall, this is light-years above the first batch of Sylph, which was not bad by any measure. Granted, this is me comparing one beer to another batch with a shit ton of Mosaic hops added in, but the base farmhouse character is really nice and tart. The Mosaic hopping adds endless juicy nuance to the nose but does end up weighing down the palate a little as you drink, tending close to the oniony-dank line while never fully sitting there. Still, I’m very excited to try the non-dry-hopped version now, as this is just delicious. Deciduous has fully found their stride and they are pumping out some delicious, delicious beer. Mosaic in full effect.

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