Westbrook Brewing – Fruit/Wood/Time : Passionfruit (Rum Barrel Finish)

  • Style: Oak aged sour ale with Passion-fruit added
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • IBU: 10

This is part of Westbrook Brewing’s Fruit/Wood/Time series, and is a blend of mixed fermentation sour beer from two oak foudres. The blend was racked into 400 liter Barbados rum puncheons and refermented with passion-fruit for six months before being 100% bottle conditioned. Westbrook Brewing can be found in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

It pours deep gold in color, and is super fizzy with barely any head to it. Delicate aromas of tropical fruit are immediately present, followed by hints of oak, and a lightly scented vanilla sweetness. The flavor opens with this mild sweetness but then takes a hard left turn and leads into a sharp astringency that follows all the way through the finish. Notes of tropical fruit, and a bit of funk has you almost forgetting how lip puckering this beer actually is. You almost forget. Until you realize how tightly you’re sucking your cheeks in making your best lemon face. This is a liquid war head. I didn’t get too much oak, or rum in this. It was more on the fruity side, but pretty light. The body was fairly thin, and super crisp. As expected, there was a lot of carbonation from being bottle conditioned.

This beer may have stripped some enamel off of my teeth. It was really good, don’t get me wrong, but you have to be a sour head to be into a beer like this. This beer isn’t for the faint of heart. Its light body makes it easy and refreshing to drink, but its sharp acidity may turn some folks away from this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Bottoms up!

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