Posted October 29, 2019
Pouring a deep purple with electric magenta foam, this brand-new, juicy ale features notes of blueberries and blackberries with a crisp tartness reminiscent of lemonade. A light, spritzy body amplifies the refreshing qualities of this fruited sour and begs for another sip. Available seasonally, Berry Noir releases on draft and in six-packs in the Greater Kansas City area starting Monday, November 4, with other regions throughout our distribution network to follow.
Sensory coordinator Abby Zender shares more about Berry Noir:
We have a few lighter, spritzy sours in our summer line, the goal for this beer was to create a sour ale that was rich in flavor for a winter release. Dark, sweet berries are enjoyed in the colder months so we thought a dark berry sour ale would be perfect for this time of year.
Yes, we use blueberry juice concentrate and blackberry juice concentrate.
Berry Noir’s base is our house Berliner Weisse, just like Chill Vibes.
The pH is about 3.30 (for reference, lemon juice has a pH around 3), so it is puckering but not as sour as the sour ales coming from our barrel-aging program.
Our sensory panel shared words like light body, slightly sweet, definite sourness, fruity aroma and a dry finish.
Aroma – Juicy berries, lemon/citrus, refreshing lactic acidity
Malt – Minimal, subtle sweetness
Hops – N/A
Balance – Acidity / berries
Body – Light
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 11
Color – 10
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