Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Bretta Rose (Wild Ale Fermented With Raspberries)
Berliner Weissbier
12.7oz, Single
The pinkish tint visible in the otherwise bright white head, normal height and as expected vaporizes quickly down to a meager surface dusting, no lacing to speak of. The liquid is a shiny, close to metallic salmon pink color, traces of orange around the rims, strong cloud of active bubbles spread fully throughout. The nose has a sour, vinous feel to it, the raspberries shine through clearly, the oak more demure, dill and sour herbs, no yeastiness, plays more on wet metal and minerals, lemon peel, simple and direct, no volatility. Light-bodied yet so sour and dry that its impression feels bigger than weight per se. More dough and yeast notes here and the bretty notes add rugged turbulence. The raspberries start off well and then get sucked into the whole. Lemon to white grapefruit shows better staying power. Likewise, the oak really leaps to the forefront and leaves a lot of residue behind through the finish. Hard to really tell if it's floral or not, if so too delicate to carve out space. No other fruit beyond the raspberries. The carbonation has nice pinpoint prickle. On the whole, the constitutive parts could fit better together.
3 out of 5