@sudwerkbrew Cherry Diddly, I promise the review is not NSFW despite the name

Alright it seems that these sniper Sudwerk gems are getting some traction on the ISO:FT boards so I figured I would review one of the more obscure offerings, cherry diddly. The name sounds like a deviant sex act but what about the beer itself? According to the brewer:

The Cherry Diddly, is a flanderish beer.  We ferment it with saison 1 & 2 and then finish it in tempranillo barrels.  Each barrel gets 5 gals of tempranillo/syrah must and then 50# of tart cherries.  It is soured and funked with the same bugs as the solera.”

Ah shit flanders red meets ba saison hybrid and then they go POPPIN them cherries? I am surprised they didn’t call this a kriek or a biere de garde like so many shittier breweries would be inclied to do. Seems AWA AF. Let’s get up in these pits.

 

Flandiddly whales 

Sudwerk Brew co, brewery not the pub, Davis, Ca

8%? Abv, ba saison cut with flanders red with cherries

A: the beer pours muddy and turbid as fuck with deep fuchsia and magenta swirling at top and brick red hues at the center. It looks like someone took a Rodenbach grand Cru and muddled raspberries in it, zero fucks given, served it at the neighborhood watch meeting.

  

Remember before you were a jaded beer asshole and you were excited to drink Duchess?

S: while cold this put an acetic foot forward and I braced myself for some acrimonious Small Animal Big Machine type of shit. As it warmed it became more and more akin to Oude tart with sour cherries: it was a splash of acetylaldehyde and Korean nail salon but opens up with a cherry goodness like blossoms and fruit by the foot, an acidic punch supports the caramel and brioche wafts. It is decidedly more flanders red than saison in the genomorphic order, if you can handle that then you’ll be in safe hands.

  

This beer respects those saison and flanders boundaries.

T: this has far more Berry and black cherry than the nose let on and bursts with puckering maraschino and sour patch kids. The malt profile has a rich of almond and a sort of Hawaiian roll sweetness to it that is a nice depth to what could have just been a trifling la Folie clone.

M: this isn’t as dry as other flanders reds and has a creamy heft to the mouthfeel that coats in a cheesiness that is essentially the only farmhouse aspect I could detect and this alone saves it from falling straight into rodenbach meets AWA obscurity. The mouthfeel coats and feels substantial to balance out the puckering aspects, which is something that usually makes other intense face melting flanders suffer. 

  

It is strange, but I like it.

D: you could still a pint bottle easily, but you also could seek out Oude tart or la folie and not be missing out on a whole lot either. It is a notable entry to demonstrate the diversity of this rising star but the solera and farmhouse beers are a farm better demonstration of nuance and care attendant to this brewery, if anything this is a signpost for things to come rather than a core entry for their rotating offerings. 

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