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Lovibonds Brewdog Purple Rain

Lovibonds: Brewdog: Purple Rain (England: Sour Ale: 5.8%ABV)

Visual: Bright red wine with a black cherry hue. Black cherry coloured thin head.

Nose: Red grapes. Raspberry. Sweet red wine. Cherries. Jelly.

Body: Tart. Blackcurrant. Lightly acidic apple. Red wine. Raspberry. Twigs. Sour character.

Finish: Blackcurrant jam. Raspberries. tart apple. Watermelon.

Conclusion: This basically a really fruity red wine. Those were pretty much the first words that went through my head as I sipped on this. Its a bit fresher in the fruit than most red wine I have tried, and it calls to its sour beer base as well, but the parallels with my (admittedly limited) experience of red wine is amazing.

From the deep rich colour, to the dry finish, to the mass of dark fruit – this has so many different elements that seem wine like. However , possibly due to the amount of different fruit they may have put in it, the range of fruitiness seems much different than you would expect from a wine. You get the feel of a mass of different berries and cherries, which may be the extra fruit, or may be that odd holographic flavour you get with sours.

So, how good is it? Well it is very fruity, and very well defined – It has an almost Berliner weisse base character, but that is quickly lost beneath the weight of the fruit. As of such it is very enjoyable, but admittedly does not benefit much from the beer aspect. Not exactly a huge issue, but worth mentioning.

As of such it has the tartness and sourness to challenge, and the bursting fruit to enjoy. It is a very well defined fruit beer -it lacks that unique element that would make it stand out amongst the greats, but mixes the wine, and the sheer raw fruit with panache.

The quality is high so far this year at collabfest.

Background: Beer four of COLLABFEST! By this time I was joined by friends who assisted with notes and jokes. This is a foraged fruit filled sour, which sounded too fun too miss. Despite its wine like nature, it was a complete coincidence I ended up with it in a wine glass. They had run out of standard third pint glasses. As always I am not an unbiased actor on Brewdog beers. Twelve beers to go … This was easier last year when there was four less bars.

Happy Ending
Brewdog: Lovibonds: Happy Ending (England: Wheat Ale: 5% ABV)

Visual: Light banana gold with a dash of white head.

Nose: Lemon. Lime. Crushed mint leaves. Very fresh. Lamb broth. Wheat. Belgian yeast character. Cucumber.

Body: Lemon. Smooth, saison like character. Peppermint and peppers. Gentle warmth. Gingerbread. Red peppers and sweet chilli. Banana notes. Marmalade.

Finish: Gingerbread and lemon. Mint. Dry Belgian yeast feel. Banana sweets. Peppers.

Conclusion: This is the most refreshing of the collab fest beers so far and perfectly timed for it to, it is like the halfway point of a hefeweizen and a saison. We are talking summery refreshing as hell. Like most of the beers so far today it also feels like that have tried to cram in everything and the kitchen sink when making it.

With flavours including lemon, mint, peppers, everything shouts out its flavour and everything wakes you up, even after heavy dark beers before. For some of the time it is almost overpowering as there is so much hitting your tongue at once. It is good for a quick wow of character, but hurts its ability to work as the refreshing beer it is as the flavours can quickly become intrusive.

Still, when drunk after a few stouts and Black IPAs this still punches through and that saison weizen mix initially is very impressive. It is however best taken in a limited amount, the amount of spices is just insane, at times even giving the feel of a broth overstocked with condiments.

So, a bit excessive, but has its place in a drinking session. It is all spice all the time, warming ginger, fresh lemon and consistent pepper over a saison character. Quirky, overpowering on a technical level, but it has its charm.

Background: Collab Fest 2013! Every Brewdog bar collaborated with a local brewery to make a beer for the fest, resulting in a grand total of twelve beers released over one weekend. So, what could I do? Normally I limit myself to two of three reviews in a session, but these would only be on for the weekend. So, for you, my readers, I sat in one eight hour stint, drinking thirds, with a glass of water and a chapter of Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone between each drink to help clear my palette. I suffer so for you. This was the seventh beer of the day as I continued to chat, this beer is a wheat beer with lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves and cardamom. Happy Ending is a somewhat innuendotastic name which made me chuckle not at all, honest, I do not have a filthy mind. With this being a lighter beer I took a longer gap before having this one, and even more water to clear out the tastebuds. As always I am not an unbiased actor on Brewdog beers.

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