Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Two Brothers Bare Tree '05

The Bare Tree '05 pours from the 750ml bottle a deep caramel red hue with a generous three finger head of frothy, creamy tightly bubbling foam. Sticky strings of lacing adorn the glass as the head falls. Wonderful! Aromas begin with fruit laced sweet caramel malts that bring hints of cantalope, banana and apple. Heady spiciness with cracked peppery and clove phenolics leading the way. A touch bready with fresh, energetic earthy yeast. Quite the complex aroma.

First sip brings a fruity, slightly sour caramel infused maltiness upfront that has a bit of husky grain as well. There's a big melding of fruit flavors here...I seem to be picking out cantalope, banana and a hint of lemon. Throughout each sip is a vibrant earthy yeast spiciness, again with notes of black pepper and clove. I get an interesting interplay with sweet and sour flavors. Finishes with a touch of vanilla and fresh baked bread. Alcohol is non-existant in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light compared to what I expected. Slightly slick with fast moving carbonation...this goes down extremely smooth for a wheat wine. I'm having no problem drinking this quite quickly. This bottle will be a nice end to my long holiday weekend. One of the best Two Brothers brews I've yet to sample. It's worth it to hunt it down and give it a try.

Overall I gave this one a 4.1 out of 5. A nice brew to be had here.

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