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Weathered Souls Reverence with Peaches and Mango

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Weathered Souls Reverence with Peaches and Mango

Weathered Souls Brewing Co.

San Antonio
Wild Ale
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: ?
Packaging: Draft, 500ml bottles delivered by Hop Drop

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Over the years, we’ve become known for talking about Houston and Houston beer that’s brewed specifically in Houston. Breweries from around the country that used to send us beermail stopped sending it. We drink beer from everywhere, but we’re focused on Houston. However, once Hop Drop began delivering beer from other cities, we thought we’d spice things up a bit. From time to time, we’ll cover a beer that’s not brewed in Houston but is available here. But only in small doses.

It’s time for another small dose.

Today’s is a tart little picker pucker upper from San Antone. (I wonder if they hate it when people call it that.) It’s an American Wild Ale. The Wild Ale category of beer is really difficult to nail down, and that’s by design.

You see, each style of beer has pretty strict standards by which it’s judged. These standards cover things like mouthfeel, appearance, smell, and of course taste. Wild Ales, as their name would suggest, are all over the map when it comes to many of these things, so they were given their own category back in 2015.

Most beer is brewed with a specific yeast strain or a very intentional blend of yeasts, and some are brewed using spontaneous fermentation – or the tiny yeast particles that float through the air.

In the case of Weathered Souls Reverence, the word “wild” doesn’t imply that the beer’s spontaneously-fermented. Instead, it means that the beer was brewed with microbes other than traditional brewer’s yeasts. This yeast is a mixture of strains from other sour breweries, and it’s been cultured and developed for years.

In fact, that’s the whole inspiration for Weathered Souls Reverence. The black and green bottle label reads, “Reverence: to have deep regard or respect for someone. For us, Reverence is paying respect to all the sour and farmhouse breweries before us who gave us the inspiration to start this barrel program. years have went into the production of this yeast blend with the help from many house strains of the breweries we love.

After spending months in red wine barrels, the base golden ale was hit with fresh peaches and mangoes to play off of the tartness and add some actual fruit flavor to the already fruity yeast esters. It worked.

As soon as the bright yellow beer poured into my glass, I got a whiff of the fruit. There was zero head or lacing despite an aggressive pour, and that’s likely from all the fruit. While the haze is short of the hazy IPAs we’ve been seeing lately, it’s definitely not a clear beer.

Looks like juice. Smells like juice. Hows it taste?

Each sip is bone dry and wine-like, including the refreshingly thin body. A tropical avalanche of peach and mango crash in on the beginning of the sip, and a bright, tart, acidic finish hits the back of my throat. It stays there while the rest of the flavors continue to develop and hints of wood and funkiness finish out the dry finish.

This category is intended for a wide range of beers that don’t fit traditional European sour or wild styles. It’s hard to compare a beer like this without having had the base beer. It’s wild, it’s American, and it’s an ale. It reminds me a bit of B52’s Apricot Fruit Tart, but there’s so much more going on here.

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This batch of Weathered Souls Reverence was just released on Wednesday (2/28/2019) at their San Antonio taproom, and it’s probably all gone because this beer goes quickly. Lucky for you, the homies over at Hop Drop got a few bottles left with your name on them. Craft beer delivered to your door? From another city?! What a time to be alive. Use code “BEERCHRONICLE” for 10% off your beer delivery.

  • My Overall Rating
4

Weathered Souls Reverence with Peaches and Mango

The cornucopia of wine, wood, peaches, mango, funk, and the tart, overall-fruitiness make for a really fun beer. It’s hard to compare a beer like this without having had the base, but overall, I think it’s a solid wild ale. It’s a small batch beer, and it’s only in Houston in really limited quantities, so any sour-nerd will be more than happy to get their paws on it – even more so since it makes its way to your door all by itself!

Have you had the base beer? Or the Raspberries and cherry version? Strawberry?? What’d you think about Weathered Souls Reverence? Let us know in the comments below or by rating it with a single click of the stars. Beers to you, Houston!

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

2 Comments
  • Kevin Dyer
    Posted at 13:28h, 05 March

    Hey Tony….My name is Kevin Dyer. I am the artist behind Weathered Souls labels. The pics look amazing!!! Can I have your permission to post the pics to my social media accounts? Thx, KD

  • Tony D
    Posted at 01:27h, 10 March

    Hey Kevin! Thanks for asking. Check with our beertographer extraordinaire, Josh Olalde. I’m 99.99% sure he’d be good with it.

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