Fuggles & Warlock Kiwami Plum Sour
Reviewed by Brady White on August 26, 2016 in Summer Guide
- 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 !
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.