Ding Points: 80.00
Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 80.00
750 mL bottle, $10.99 from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA, USA. I don’t think a huge amount of this came to Atlanta, at least not in the first wave of distribution, maybe more to follow. Yellow dot-matrix on neck says, ‘BOTTLED IN 2011 21:03 A’.
Golden pour with a touch of chill haze. Carbonation rages from the bottom of the DFH signature glass.
Small head that falls away fairly quickly to leave a thin film of white head. A small ring of lace on the collar.
White pepper, very light spice and some lemon notes in the nose. Reminds me a little of a lemongrass infused beer.
Tastes start out with some herbal fruit and a little more spice. It reminds me a little of a Cinzano Bianco, a vermouth that was incredibly popular in Britain in the 70’s with a few herbal notes. Of course, it is nowhere near as intense as that, but it has an air of herbal lemon about it. Pretty obviously, having no idea what Za’atar or Doum Fruit were I checked to see what they should deliver, and I DO feel there is a connection between what I read and what I taste. I also had no idea about Emmer Faro either, but apparently this is the wheat element. Wheat? Well, if it’s in there (which I am sure it is!), it’s not really a significantly contributing factor to the tastes for me.
Chamomile on the other hand is something I am a little more familiar with, and it doesn’t really manifest an floral notes (which is what one might anticipate).
Carbonation remains a little prickly and active throughout the beer, but it adds to the experience. A very large part of my enjoyment of this beer surrounds the sensible ABV. The almost complete lack of session beer in the US is getting intolerable for me, so in part I am often delighted just to get a chance to drink a beer under 5 or 6% from time to time. Sad.
Pretty interesting and the tastes are light all the way through the 750 mL. Never intense, always interesting I liked the experience.
Other: 4.5%, American Pale Wheat Ale.