The second to last 2016 Barrel Society review is finally here! I’ve been looking forward to getting these last two reviews in and now that things have quieted down a bit I am finally able to sit down and get to it.
Beer Name: Vesuvius
Brewer: Night Shift Brewing Company (Everett, MA)
Style: Brett Saison
Description: A brett saison brewed with blackberries and meyer lemons, bottled in the first half of December 2016. To quote the brewer’s notes: pours magenta in color; strong aromas of blackberry jam, barnyard funk, and sweet lemon; sips with bright citrus notes and rich berry flavors; finishes oaky and tart.
Appearance: Deep ruby/purple body topped off by a thin pinkish-light purple head.
Smell: Mainly tart berries with a bit of sweetness.
Taste: There was a lot going on here. The beer started out with a mixture of sweet and tart blueberries before transitioning towards a blend of lemon and peppery yeast. The finish had a dryness to it that made me think of red wine and featured a light hay-like funkiness mild oak barrel influence that gradually built up as the beer went on.
Mouthfeel: The body was on the thicker side and a bit syrupy. Moderate-plus carbonation.
Hype: Usual excitement for a barrel society release. Maybe a little bit more since I’d been putting this one-off for a bit.
Overall: An excellent brew that I definitely enjoyed taking my time with. Saisons tend to take me outside my comfort zone a bit, and this one did so in a very enjoyable manner. Fantastic blend of tastes.