Review: Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau Session Sour

Review of Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. in Easton, PA.

Beer Type: Session Sour  ABV: 3.9%  IBUs: 7  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Tarte Nouveau, 3.9% ABV, is kettle-soured with lactobacillus. This tart beer pours pale yellow with a large, dense, white head. Tarte is a refreshing brew with a dry finish that’s perfect for picnics, enjoying next to the pool, post leaf raking celebrations or snowball fight victory dances. Honestly, it’s pretty much perfect for every situation.”

The Reality: It is pale yellow with a dense white head and a sour lemony smell. It drinks like a very light golden ale with the faintest taste of malt, with a nice sour funk and lemon acidity that has been toned down a few notches so it drinks easy. It has a clean, dry finish and is definitely refreshing. The tart aftertaste makes you crave another sip.

Final Verdict: The best way to describe this beer is that it tastes like a slightly watered-down sour beer. For those of you that have had aggressive sour beers in the past, those same flavor notes are present, but just weaker, which is not surprising since this is a “session sour”. I know that description doesn’t sound too flattering, but in some cases it’s a good thing. This beer can help you satisfy a sour beer craving while being more “everyday drinkable”. In fact, they don’t even tell you about the flavor in their own description, they spend the whole time telling you about all the places you can drink it. Much like decaf coffee and diet soda, this beer is not a perfect substitute for the original, but it does have a place. I can’t speak to snowball fight victory dances, but I could see enjoying this beer while gloating over my “best cosplayer” award at the most recent sci-fi convention.