Red Racer Wine In a Treewell

Reviewed by on December 14, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

‘Wine In a Treewell’ is day 13 of the 2018 Parallel 49/Red Racer Alpine Adventure Pack.  Made with Gewürztraminer grape must, hence the name.

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.

Brady White

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