“Barrel-aged beer is so passe’. Barrel-aged wild sparkling ales — now that’s innovative. We combined wild Brettanomyces and champagne yeast strains for an ale that’s Belgian funk meets wine country class. Infused with Dry Creek Zinfandel pomace, or spent grape skins, and aged in reserve barrels, this wile ale is tart and jammy, juicy but dry. It starts fruit-forward, with notes of bright red berries and plum, and finishes with wood, spice, and soft tannins. Forget traditional. Try the wild side of Buzzekeley. – Calicraft Brewing
Appearance: Bright copper/apricot in color. Hazy with tons of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Small to no head retention.
Aroma: Funky yeast. Tart. Not much aroma.
Body & Texture: Light-full bodied, smooth, lots of carbonation up front, tart but not very sour.
Aftertaste: A little funky yeast flavor from the Brettanomyces but also very dry.
I loved the color of this beer. It’s truly a beautiful copper color that’s super vibrant. The head retention was super small to non-existent but that was okay with me since it’s sort of a wine beer. I think the non-existent head made the aroma somewhat of a fail though, since the aroma was definitely lacking.
I loved the feel of this beer in my mouth. It was super carbonated and provided a really great burp! The taste was somewhat complex and well balanced since I had a hard time discerning any one particular flavor. The description on the label (which is also beautiful) states that it’s fruit-forward which I would agree with. It was somewhat tart and fruity but once you swallowed that went away, and you were left with the funky yeast taste from the wild yeast being used. I liked that it had a dry finish because it reminded me of a wine in that sense.
I enjoyed the Dry Creek Zinfandel more than the last Buzzerkeley I tried. I think they’ve gotten a tad better at making their wild sparkling ales. At almost $11 for a 500 ml bottle I wouldn’t be buying this all the time, but it is specialty crafted and you can tell a lot of time went into the making of this beer. I would recommend trying this beer or bringing it to a party/giving it as a gift if you see it available. It’s not your average beer, but if you’re into trying farm house ales, give it a try. They definitely don’t fit everyones palates but 3 out of 4 who tasted it in my family liked it. I’d say that’s a good sign!