Red Racer Wine In a Treewell
Reviewed by Brady White on December 14, 2018 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers
- Origin: Surrey, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 14, 2018
- Best Before: canned October 26, 2018
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Belgian Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 355ml can pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and slightly fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of scattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.
It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, crisp white wine (citrus and gooseberries), a hint of earthy yeastiness, and very tame leafy, herbal, and floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, white wine lees, muddled domestic citrus peel, a further exotic red berry fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more understated earthy, leafy, and dead floral hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the white wine brut character predominating.
Overall – wow! I’ve had a few brews of late that featured white wine must, and never really got much out of it. Here, though, it’s like I’m quaffing a well-made Gewürz, but in beer format. Whatever, this is pretty darned good, even if I can only imagine what a treewell is.