Review: Beer Works Champagne Du Nord Sour Wheat

Review of Beer Works Champagne Du Nord Sour Wheat from Beer Works Brewery in Boston, MA

Beer Type: Sour Wheat  ABV: 4.5%  IBUs: 4  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “Sour Wheat / Light / Tart / Lemony Sharpness”

The Reality: Their description doesn’t give us much to go on, but it is accurate. It has a sour lemon scent and a crisp wheat taste with some lemon tartness. It is a cloudy unfiltered beer but drinks very light with an effervescent dry finish that has a touch of the “lemony sharpness” that they mention. The aftertaste even has faint spice notes, but it doesn’t linger.

Final Verdict: I consider myself something of a sour beer connoisseur, so I want to let you know up front that this isn’t a true sour beer, it’s something I refer to as a “half-sour”. It has some of the sour notes found in a true sour beer (like Lindemans Gueuze Lambic or Petrus Aged Pale), but lacks the intensity or “punch” of those types of beer. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like this beer, I did. On the plus side, it isn’t some lemon shandy dressed up as a sour, either. The lemon sour/tartness is genuine, dry, and refreshing. It drinks so light that you may not realize how many you’ve had, much like this cat below.