Brewery: O’so Brewing Co., Plover, Wisconsin
Beer: Arbre Qui Donne
Serving: 750 ml cork and caged bottle
Information: 5.9% ABV, 10 IBUs, Best Served near 40°F
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Hazed from the first pour, this tarnished goldenrod-colored sour pours with a frothy and fleeting white head that reduces to a ring of bubbles around the glass.
Arbre Qui Donne has O’so’s distinct sour blonde aroma right from the start but, this beer is also distinctly NOT like a lot of O’so’s sours. Underlying French oak combines woody notes with white raisin fruit nuances before lactic bacterial sour funk takes over and transitions this awesome aroma to a tart peach finish.
The simple sour blonde base beer does little to get in the way of the, once again, distinctly O’so sourness; lactic acidity greets the palate and ushers wood complexity that’s surprisingly forward. White grape tartness and a finish of juicy peach follow the sour barrel wonderfully!
From the spritzy, carbonated body, which dances across the tongue, to the mid-palate tart-turning-sour feel, this light-bodied beer has a complex feel that only grows more complex on the dry-yet-juicy, lip-smacking finish!
Time and again I find many of O’so’s beers to be hit or miss, especially when it comes to their ever-developing sour program, but Arbre Qui Donne was a gamble I took in the store that completely payed off, so much so, I went back the next day for another $17 bottle. This wild ale with peaches delivers from aroma to flavor and finishes with a wonderfully complex, sour body. I won’t hesitate to get more if I see any left.
Score: 90 / 100 – Exceptional