Brewery: Austin Beerworks
Style:   Wild Specialty Beer (28C)
Package:  750ml Bottle
Purchased: Beer to go!
Packaged Date:  N/A
Consumed Date: August 18, 2020

Details From the Brewer

ABV:  4.6%

As Tesso slept in red wine barrels and a stainless tank, it grew iron claws and steely fangs.  A flora undertone masks its iron bitterness.  Inside its simple pils and wheat malt heart lives a resolute creature.


Aroma – 10/12

Hay and lemon jump out at just over medium level on the nose.  Subtle floral notes blend in with a light peach.  There’s a low sweetness reminiscent of a sugary/chalky candy.  Light white pepper notes.  Some doughy and grainy malt notes. 

Appearance – 3/3

Light straw colored liquid.  There’s a giant head of various bubble sizes that lasts with great retention.  The beer pours clear originally, then quickly fills in with a subtle haze as the bottle is disturbed.

Flavor – 18/20

A light orange and lemon citrus. Floral and cracked pepper quickly join in.  There’s a low bitterness here that balances some of the phenolic zest.  A touch of honeydew and longan fruit.  A light amount of crackery malt comes out with a stronger bread dough flavor.  Some oak character peaks out towards the end.  The finish is slow, leaving subtle brett flavors.  Nice minerality on the finish with a subtle acidity.

Mouthfeel – 5/5

Very soft on the mouth with a pillowy character.  A high carbonation gives a bit of a bite to the finish.  A slight wood astringency on the finish.  No warming character.

Overall Impression – 9/10

A spectacularly constructed beer.  The light and delicate flavors work so nicely together.  The only minor tweak I would do is to lower the brett character a touch, but it’s probably only elevated now due to aging.  That said, this just works so nicely.

Rating – 45/50

This was such an enjoyable beer.  By far, its my favorite wild/sour I’ve had from Austin Beerworks.  If they release this again, I’ll be buying multiple bottles.  While it’s a bit more expensive that Jester King’s Le Petite Prince, the increased wheat character just works so well.  I’d pair this with so many foods.