Strawberry Beers Forever

In these waning days of summer, I'm tasting beers with added fruits, berries, and other unusual ingredients. Earlier, we tried three beers brewed with added strawberries. Two weeks ago, I reviewed a notice that two breweries I follow were releasing strawberry beers and I took it as a sign. Summer ain't over yet, and there's more strawberry to drink!


Hidden Cove Fragola

ABV: 6.0%

Format Sampled: 16 oz corked bottle

Availability: Purchased at Bow Street Beverage Public Market

Tasting Notes: Pours a luminous orange/amber with no head at all. Aroma has fresh acidity, tempered with a fruity balsamic character. The fragile aroma of fresh strawberry is evident as well. The first sip is pleasantly tart, with a refreshing sourness that is almost immediately overtaken by the pulpy favor of strawberry. The berry is so fresh, especially over the sour backdrop, that it's like a scoop of fresh sorbet on my tongue. The addition of strawberry in this beer is so natural that it makes me appreciate the flavor of strawberry in ways I haven't before, noticing it's inherent, decadent creaminess, and profound sweetness. The berry flavor continues throughout, both bold and delicate. The body is quite thin and fluid, setting up no boundaries to drinking this lovely beer quickly. The bracing acid character lends itself to an aperitif, or perhaps a pairing with a fruit dessert


Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Ale

ABV: 5.1%

Format Sampled: 12 oz capped bottle

Availability: Provided by Merchant du Vin.

Tasting Notes: Pours a hazy copper with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma is powerfully berry-like, sharp and almost buttery in its concentration. The initial flavor is sweet, filled with sugary strawberry, oozing with jammy intensity. The berry flavor is so potent, it's like eating a tablespoon of strawberry jelly directly from the jar. This is not a “berry flavored beer,” or a “beer inspired by berries,” this is the result of a mad brewer, drunk on organic intoxicants, brazenly squeezing a kilogram of strawberries directly into the bottle. This may be too sweet for some, but it would be an amazing accompaniment to vanilla ice-cream, fruit salad, or perhaps the base of an interesting beer cocktail or shandy.


Lindemans Strawberry Lambic

ABV: 4.1%

Format Sampled: 12 oz capped and corked bottle

Availability: Provided by Merchant du Vin.

Tasting Notes: Pours a hazy pinkish, with a short-lived head of tan foam. Aroma is filled with meaty, stewed berries and mulled wine, much less sweet than the Sam Smiths. The initial flavor melds the essence of strawberry with a pleasant hint of balancing acidity. The sweetness is on par with the actual experience of eating a fresh strawberry, rather than a jammy distillation of the fruit. There is a pleasant fruit-like sourness, melding with the sweetness, and creating some level of balance. This, too, might be too sweet for some, and could also serve as a winning accompaniment to a vanilla dessert.


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