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Santa’s Got a Brand New Beer: Weyerbacher’s Riserva

One thing I learned this Christmas is that Santa has REALLY good taste in beer.  In fact, he hit the jackpot because under the tree, all upright and wrapped, sat three tall bottles of the finest sour beers untapped.   Anyone who says you can’t compare beer to fine wine hasn’t tried Cantion, Rodenbach, or Weyerbacher’s Riserva (2009).

Weyerbacher Brewing Company is located in Easton, Pennsylvania – not far from Stoudt’s, Victory, Iron Hill, and Lancaster Brewing Companies – and they brew quite a large selection of quality beers, including some outstanding belgian styles.  Riserva is a very special limited release beer, described as an american sour ale aged in oak barrels. Speaking not as a beer expert (I only know what I’ve had and what I like), but as a fan of belgian style flemish sour beers (an acquired taste for certain), Riserva stands tall under my tree with two of the finest sour beers around.

Weyerbacher's Riserva is a belgian style sour ale bursting with raspberry fruit and wild yeast flavors. http://www.weyerbacher.com

Amazingly fragrant with raspberry and wild yeast aromas, this beer is crisp and tart with a nice balance of sweet fruitiness.  There’s no skimping on the raspberries, the flavor is apparent in every sip, but not overwhelming by any means.  If you’re a fan of belgian flemish sour ales, then you’ll quickly forgive the PA origin (and the $20 price tag) and accept this delectable brew as a testament that some beers are indeed hoity toity and worthy of comparison with fine wines.  In fact, I question whether fine wines are worthy of comparison with such a beer.  I’ve tasted a lot of wine, but never one as interesting and intoxicating as Riserva.  But alas, I will leave that topic for the wine snobs to haggle over. We beer lovers know better.

Cheers beers!

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