Fuggles & Warlock Kiwami Plum Sour

Reviewed by on August 26, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

  • Origin: Richmond, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 26, 2016

  • Best Before: Nope

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kettle Sour

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Kiwami Plum Sour is another Japanese-themed (marketing-wise) brew from this (still?) Van City contract brewer.  Wow, what a pain in the ass label to capture a decent photograph of, amirite?

This 650ml bottle pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with one rather skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves but a few streaks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, lemon and sour cherry fruity notes, a bit of musty farmhouse funk, overripe plums (strangely second-billed), near spoiled milk, and a plain earthy and grassy green hoppiness. The taste is somewhat tart black plums, bready and grainy pale malt, understated yeast, a muddled earthy spiciness, some sour lactic essences, and more unheralded leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitterness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess wondering if it will ever get permission to land.  It finishes off-dry, both the understated plum and lingering malt trying to make a game of it, as such.

Overall, this is a rather commendable attempt at a fruity sour ale, as the plums in question exhibit both the yin and the yang of their inherent kind, which makes for a very enjoyable and engaging kettle sour ale experience.  Worthy of trying out, even if the label kind of makes your eyes hurt.

Brady White



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