Passionate about Passion Fruit Beers

Passion fruit is the fruit of a flowering vine, whose reportedly comes from the religious, rather than the sexual, meaning of the word passion. Apparently, Missionaries in South America named it in reference to Christ's suffering on the cross. The indigenous meaning of the word is less symbolic "nursery for flies." The flavor of this enigmatic fruit is somewhere between these definitions, both divine and earthy, with a profound flavor that mixes acid and sweetness. This week, we'll sample several beers that incorporate passion fruit flavors.

 

Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker

ABV: 5.5%

Format Sampled: 12 fl oz capped bottle

Available: Purchased at Bow St Beverage Public Market House

Tasting Notes: Pours a light copper with almost no head. Aroma is reminiscent of liquefied sweet tart candies – a tropical pulpy, sweetness, offset by a sharp sourness. Initial flavor is smoothly sour, with a nondescript fruity sweetness that mellows it out. The sweetness isn't characteristic of passion fruit itself- most of the unique character of the fruit is in the aroma. The tart, fruity flavor continues, evenly sour, without becoming biting or scouring. Surprisingly, there's little kick to the “kicker.” Everything about it is mellow. Not too sweet, not too tropical, not too sour. It's an all-around pleasant sipper. Tasting partner Meghan says, “it's the perfect beer for California – light, fruity and waaay mellow.”

 

Almanac Beer Co Farm To Barrel Passion Project

ABV: 6.5%

Format Sampled: 12.68 fl oz capped bottle

Available: Purchased at Bow St Beverage Public Market House

Tasting Notes: Pours a sparkling pale yellow with an unstable white head. Aroma is sour, funky and mysteriously fruity at once, like an exotic fruit salad dressed with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with hay. The initial flavor is revelatory, the creamy, sweet flesh of the fruit bursting through a curtain of refined sourness to play upon a stage of toasted wood, rich barrel character, and horsey funk. As the funk fades, the dry, woody characters predominate, shot through with brief flashes of fruit. The finish is powerfully dry and tannic – leaving my tongue parched for another sup.

 

Passion Fruit – Peach Berliner Weisse

ABV: 4.1%

Format Sampled: 22 fl oz capped bottle

Available: Purchased at Bow St Beverage Public Market House

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy light amber with a durable, pure white head. The aroma reminds me of a peach iced tea – fruity with a faintly acid astringency. The initial sip blends lip-puckering sourness with the syrupy sweetness of peach pulp. It's a wild sensory ride, with my tongue yanked in different directions by the opposing flavors. The peach flavors add a punchy freshness to the flavor profile, the passion fruit lying beneath, adding an exotic floral flavor. The body is light, and the beer is filled with lifting carbonation, making the overall experience incredibly refreshing. This would be a tremendous palate cleanser between courses, and a marvelous aperitif as well.

 

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