During my recent sojourn in darkest Manchester I quite enjoyed finding brews from the Buxton Brewery, they’re only ten or fifteen miles from Thornbridge in Bakewell and they brew some fine ales. I particularly like their Axe Edge, which I gave 5 Brewclub Stars.
So I was pleasantly surprised to find ‘Far Skyline’ in my first box of Beer52 brews, described as a ‘dry hopped Berliner Weisse’ it sounded ideal for a hot summer’s evening.
It pours a classic cloudy gold with a rich, white head.
The nose is classic Weisse beer, not as aromatic as a Belgian Wheat beer, some hints of banana but mostly lemon and lime, think ‘Seven Up’. With maybe some added Gooseberry.
That’s Limoncello, a sharp Sicilian Lemon taste that takes no prisoners, the sort of tartness that sets your jaw… Lemon sherbet anybody?
Once you get through the tartness then other flavours emerge, timidly, maybe a hint of pineapple and kiwi fruit, but they are cowering in the background.
Yes, this is a classic Berliner Weisse, but I have confess it’s not to my taste. It merits three Brewclub Stars for doing what it sets out to, but I won’t be trying it again.
And checking the Buxton website, they do a very far skyline, aged in Chardonnay barrels, I wonder if maybe that will mellow it a bit?