So today we have a RARE GEM from the Brewer’s Cut series from Sudwerk, these scamps in Davis. So this is a STRAWBERRY berliner, but then when I went to their website, it notes “Davis microbrewers of hand-crafted lager beer adhering to the Reinheitsgebot German Purity Law” so I WUTTTTed pretty hard. When I initially asked people about this, they said it was a myeh brewpub, but then other people staunchly defended the brewery itself and said that the barrel aged/brewery only offerings are amazing compared to the quotidian offerings sold at the yawn-worthy pub. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. So let’s see what these Davis boys be putting they tips into in today’s review:
Sudwerks, Davis, Strawberries added, in comport with purity laws.
The brewer presses his hips against yours and whispers this into your ear, lovingly tugging on your Beats by Dre ear buds:
““Strawberry Solera is a blend of Solera Weiss fermented with Sudwerk microflora and a Brett-Saison aged on 1lb/gal Sacramento Valley strawberries in Bordeaux barrels. The nose is lactic, lemon, and berries with moderate Brett character. Clean palate with bright berry and tropical highlights with a dry finish.”
A: This is a turbid lil messy Jesse and has a creamy look of some Vermont trubtastic offerings, but at least this makes sense given the unfiltered hefty wheat bill. There’s an orange julius and whipped smoothie carb to it and it looks gentle albeit far too substantial for a BY THE NUMBERS berliner. But Southampton brews shit like UBERLINER and gets away with it so, whatever, just think of this as a Wittbier with fruit, you don’t give a shit.
S: At cold temperatures you get this lightly plastic aspect that can occur when using strawberry as an addition. It isn’t like a sick/ropey/phenolic, none of that business, its more like when you unroll a fruit by the foot and there’s a faint synthetic aspect. After it passes 55 degrees this burns off and it is imperceptible. The fruit character is very pronounced and the berry exhibits that same tannic farmer’s market aspect attendant to Cask 200 Strawberry or Omniscience and Proselytism. As long as you don’t drink this exceptionally cold, you are cash money records.
T: None of the synthetic aspects are present on the taste and this is actually very impressive. It leads with a tangerine, lightly brackish cream of wheat breadiness, then the strawberry dominates IN THE FLAVOR PROFILE. If you have had many strawberry beers you will know that most of the time, it exists on the nose and then peaces the fuck out on the taste. All that insoluble fiber aint got time to be tasted and shit, gotta take its girl to the seed clinic. This is less jammy and more like a saison with a pump of Torani strawberry, aged on musky red Jolly Ranchers. That last sentence sounds like shit, but this is very legit. Too legit to quit, even.
M: The creamy profile is very silky and soft with a far more substantial heft to it than most berliners. It feels more like a straight up AWA scissoring a saison in a hybrid Apple car. If you told me this were a berliner I would shake my head like when Cigar City hands me a 12% robust porter and starts quoting BJ standards. As long as you dont need your BJs to be completely certified, you will enjoy this fruity creaminess to full completion.
D: This is exceptionally drinkable and again, feels like Cask 200 Strawberry and Cascade Strawberry had some extramarital affair and dropped this tannic trub baby on the steps of the berliner orphanage to be raised under a different name. THAT SHIT SOUNDS LIKE A NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE NOVEL THAT COULD HAVE BEEN. At any rate, I saw the brewpub ratings for this brewery and expected this to be a bowl of anus dipped berries, but it is actually really tasty. Go to Healthy Spirits and ask to see the spot on the shelf where these used to sit, light a candle, make a day of it.