Style: pLambic with Apricots /Apricot American Wild Ale
From: Newmarket, NH
Brewery’s Note: “Our interpretation of a 4.9% abv pLambic (pure culture) aged on a heaping helping of apricots. This version is double fruited and unblended. ”
This beer pours a murky yellow with brown and bronzing tinges, similar in overall look to Auranja (I’m assuming the base pLambic is fairly similar, if not the same), but a little darker. A small chapeaux of eggshell white bubbles form with the pour, but quickly split to form a fat, tubed ring of creamy fizz. Lacing is slick, slim, and quickly gone from the glass. The beer’s body is hazy and nearly opaque, yet translucent in as far as some color seems to escape through from the other side of the glass, and no particulate can be seen floating. The beer seems on the thinner side in body, lacking some of the juicy girth of other apricot beers I have sampled. It looks fine and beerish, but I’d say this beer’s best qualities are not found in its looks. It’s what’s on the inside that counts… On the nose, the beer has just a huge bouquet of apricot; I’m talking massive juice, minerally flesh, and even a little skin getting up in the nostrils. None of the burnt rubber that I often get from apricot ales is present in this beer’s nose, it is just whole fruit for days. Below the massive and complex fruit profile, the base beer offers light, chalky lactic tart scents along with subtler citrus vibes, but the apricot is the star of this beer’s nose and it performs with all of its body parts. This is the best smelling apricot beer I’ve had, and I would love to tell you readers what more I’m smelling from it, but I’m regrettably finding my vocabulary lacking here. Suffice to say, it smells like the best parts of an apricot. On the tongue, the beer tastes a little more tart beer-forward, but that apricot is still front and center with all its parts. Tartness opens the sip, nearly citric in nature, and this is met quickly by gooey apricot juice that blends with the minerally flesh notes that take dips towards brinyiness while never crossing the line. There is peaches (apricots?) and cream sweetness on the middle sip, but this is balanced by lemony acidity that takes dips into slight lactic chalk. The finish finds drying, tannic fruit skin providing a soft tea-like bitterness that clenches the taste into a tight, beautifully executed crescendo of the tart, minerally, and juicy components. No one component outweighs the other two, and the mouth is left with a beautiful balance that really lets the fruit complexity play out on the tongue. This tastes superb! On the tongue, the beer feels on the lightest side of medium, but with a full, crisp carb that crackles with slight effervescence while never growing fierce on the tongue. Instead, the carb balances out the acidity and tannic quench of the fruit skin, aiding the beer in its masterful dance of balance. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left sleek and wet. Saliva pours out, while a slightly minty freshness dances towards the very middle of the tongue, and slight astringency takes a few nips on the sides. Overall, this is one of if not my favorite takes on an apricot mixed fermentation beer. Its balance of HUGE fruit character to tart beer, along with its balance of the tastes found within an apricot, really stand out on the tongue and make it a true pleasure to sip. It’s a bit like biting into a tree ripe apricot. Its clean and crisp, yet juicy taste that rolls off the tongue. At this point, I’m just a Deciduous fan boy I guess. They continue to knock their beers out of the park, with each new iteration building off of the previous sum of their works. In comparison with Auraja, the acidity remains rather high in this beer, but the fruit integration is again superb, leaning slightly more towards juice with this iteration, but building more upon the full balance of the fruit. This is delicious and I cannot wait to get my hands on the other variants.