Fuggles & Warlock The Last Strawberry Wit

Reviewed by on September 1, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

  • Origin: Richmond, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 1, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fuggles & Warlock are a brewing concern from Richmond, BC, who are currently getting their offerings contract brewed at Dead Frog Brewery over in Aldergrove, while working to get their production system up and running.  The Last Strawberry is their summer fruit beer, which most ably invokes the concept of said season coming to an end.

This 650ml bottle pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered dripping paint swath lace around the glass as things readily recede.

It smells of pungent ripe strawberries (more fruity than tart), grainy wheat malt, some edgy Low Countries yeast, a bit of almost sour cream, and a faint earthy, leafy grassiness. The taste is more strawberry, but in a crisp, background manner, with an ascendant doughy, bready wheat and caramel malt, middling yeast, a suggestion of coriander/white pepper spice, soft, sweet milky notes, and a plain earthy, grassy bitterness that may or may not be borne of hops. The carbonation is nice and light in its playful and engaging frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight for the style, and quite smooth, with a gentle creaminess politely putting up its hand right after the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the lactose component starting to nudge out the heretofore dominant strawberry and grainy wheatiness.

A tasty and interesting fruit beer, the attempt at a strawberries & cream flavoured witbier more or less working out. Not too tart, not too sweet, but just about right, its refreshing qualities still relevant as August ticks over into September, but summer persists, sunshine and verdant grass alike.

Brady White

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