Summery Mosaic-hopped fruit ale (with ethyl-like 8% ABV lacquering) relies on tart hibiscus-flowered strawberry adjunct to level off sour lemon acidity. Floral-bound lychee, guava, passion fruit and prickly pear illusions suit sweetly sour strawberry sway.
On tap at Beef Trust, summery soft-toned strawberry shortcake substitute with tidy lemon spritz gains mild vanilla creaming and lactic souring above astringent hop phenols, finishing a tad flat and undetermined.
Though its bittersweet strawberry adjunct gets buried beneath the syrupy black chocolate milking, creamy caramel-burnt dark cocoa subsidy and tertiary coffee roast, rich sweet stout never fails to arouse tastebuds as a fine dessert treat. Milk Dud-like midst picks up modest vanilla, molasses and nutty nougat nuances to champion its mighty mocha mass above mild hop-charred bittering.
On tap at Doherty’s, washed-out strawberry witbier gets soapy above its soft white wheat bed. Delicate strawberry-pureed sweetness and pepper-spiced Belgian yeast influence diminish abruptly, allowing diacetyl buttering to spoil the party.
Washed-out strawberry puree tartness turns sour contrasting light biscotti-like Graham Cracker sugaring. Delicate dry-hopped bittering and polite pilsner malting provide frail backdrop for distant lemon-limed strawberry, watermelon, cranberry and gooseberry illusions.
Washed-out strawberry tartness plus murky green grape, watermelon and mango reminder fail to deliver as astringent phenol hop spicing ascends. Muted strawberry finish lacks creamy malt expectancy.
Effective strawberry jam-like fruit ale (brewed by Melbourne Brothers and blended at Sam Smith’s mill) picks up extensive lemony watermelon tartness to candy apple-glazed finish. Sugary strawberry bubblegum mouthfeel reinforces sweet cantaloupe, apricot, and raspberry nuances, becoming slightly cloy as faintest oxidized acidity fades.
Golden blonde ale with natural strawberry flavor matching pungent berry aroma. But fruited aftertaste is not as sweet as the first swallow would indicate, growing stale over the course of a bottle. As is the case with all Pete’s ales, it’s way better on tap (where a maple-like residue tickles the senses).
Brewed in Belgium for England’s Van Diest company, cream-centered unfiltered wheat beer surges forth with natural nectar juicing. Easy flowing spring water nicety receives sterling hop softening as massively sweet-tart strawberry rasp covers nose, tongue, and throat. Strong fructose zest continues unfettered as lively cranberry tartness and orange-peeled coriander spicing subsume sticky malt sass.
Contract brewed for Belmont Brewery, this disappointingly soapy pale body falters due to washed out strawberry gum opening and weaker watermelon follow-up. Frail cracked wheat backbone crumbles behind blanched off-dry hops. Brewery defunct: 2009.
Fruit-bursting orange-paled strawberry-saturated brew stays rich, syrupy, and tart to dry lambic-like candied finish. Fairly accomplished, quite strong, and better than Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde by a hair.