Dawn of Aurora Starkbier Berliner Style Wheat Ale
Under German tax laws Starkbier means strong beer and refers to any beer above 5% abv which is taxed at a higher rate. Schell’s Dawn of Aurora Starkbier Berliner Style Wheat Ale is 7.5% abv. Traditionally Berliner style Starkbiers were aged longer to give the Brettanomyces time to developand develop more fruit, funk and spice flavors. In this batch, Jace dug up a strain of Brettanomyces noted for its tropical fruit flavors from a shuttered Berliner Weiss brewery. I am drinking a 4 month old bottle. Dawn of Aurora presents a lemony tart nose with some light wheat notes, over ripe fruit, and very faint traces of caramel. It pours hazy gold to amber with a 1” finely bubbled foam cap that gradually descends to a thin whisp of white foam. It enters palate fruity suggesting apple and tropical fruit with traces of bubble gum blended with citrus and lemon. It almost immediately gets tart, drying on the finish with a touch of chalk. It is very effervescent, medium light of body, and very refreshing. The extra body and fruity flavors tame the lemony tartness a little bit. This might go very well with a big plate of fatty country style ribs or a big serving of grilled sausage. I rate Dawn of Aurora 90.
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