Brewery: Destihl Brewery, Bloomington, Illinois
Beer: Le Diplomate (Saint Dekkera Sour Reserve Series)
Serving: 500 ml bottle
Information: 7.3% ABV, 2013, Barrel Numbers 52, 125, 129, 130.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Hazed ever so slightly, this dirty apricot-colored beer maintains great carbonation feeding the well-formed off-white head for some time before it retires to a ring of tight bubbles.
Intense oak aromatics burst from the beer with funky wild yeast close behind. Horse blanket and general barnyard funk meet a floral and juicy fruit hop nose that wild (no pun intended) combination that gets even deeper with the addition of Belgian yeast nuances. Bread crusts and honey-drizzled biscuit lay the foundation for the beer’s malt base quite wonderfully!
This beer’s bready malt base washes the tongue with an immediate sweetness that’s quickly turned to fruity hop profile complimented by spicy Belgian yeast. Funk finishes out with a kiss of dry tartness and wet oak flavor, compliments of the wild yeast and barrel aging, respectively.
Funk lends some tartness and dries out the finish along with the hops but, this delightfully carbonated, medium-full bodied, heftier sour beer isn’t all that sour, actually.
Bold yet complex and full of depth, its perfumy aroma is a complete joy to behold but, while the flavor is there, it doesn’t quite compare. A unique and complex beer to sip, this Saint Dekkera has quite a bit of character to contemplate from start to finish.
Score: 80 / 100 - Very Good