Description:"...a Belgian Style Framboise infused with 2,000 pounds of Oregon Red Raspberries grown at Willamette Valley Fruit Company in Salem, Ore. This year’s Stumptown Tart varies from years past as it blends an aged oak barrel and a fresh Belgian Tripel. Stumptown Tart is touted as a brew that hits the drinker upfront with fresh fruit flavor and finishes with the spicy, oak flavors of the two blended ales. Don’t be fooled by this pretty face as each bottle is 7.7% ABV (alcohol by volume) while still staying light on the tongue, making this a great summer brew."— BridgePort Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: I'm sampling last year's incarnation of Stumptown Tart. I doubt you can buy this anymore. I've had it in my fridge since last fall, and decided it was finally time to crack it open. Each year, Bridgeport releases a different specialty fruit ale. Prior editions include a wheat ale with sour pie cherries and a marion berry ale aged in pinot noir oak barrels. Tasty! The 2011 version, a strawberry ale, will be released on June 2. For more details on Stumptown Tart '11, check out the details at the end of this post.
The tasting: Reddish pink in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly. It's a great looking beer! Aroma of raspberry and a hint of oak. I didn't notice malts, hops, or any Belgian spiciness. At the beginning of the taste, the raspberry flavor was front and center. In the middle, the tartness kicked in. It finished dry with an oaky bitterness. It was definitely tart (as the name states), but not full-on sour. Light bodied, with medium carbonation, it had a smooth mouth feel. I was very surprised to see this is a 7.7% ABV beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable in aroma or flavor, so be careful—it will sneak up on you! Very drinkable.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Latha and I drank this together and we really enjoyed it. I didn't detect the aromas or flavors of a Belgian Trippel, but still thought it was great. It had a great raspberry flavor, but wasn't overly sweet. I expect this was bottled about a year ago. I'm sure it tastes different now than it did when it was fresh. I'll never know for certain... Anyway, I look forward to sampling the next incarnation of Stumptown Tart in a few weeks!
Have you tried any of BridgePort's Stumptown Tarts? Which were your favorites?
BRIDGEPORT BREWING COMPANY RELEASES THIS YEAR’S STUMPTOWN TART MADE WITH WILLAMETTE VALLEY STRAWBERRIES
Fourth Generation Stumptown Tart Uses Strawberries from Willamette Valley Fruit Company
PORTLAND, Ore. – April 4, 2011 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery is releasing its fourth generation Stumptown Tart on June 2. The new brew is a Strawberry Ale infused with 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries from local growers at Willamette Valley Fruit Company. Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton used Czech Saaz hops, most often found in pilsner or American Lager, to allow the taste of the Willamette Valley strawberries to shine through.
“Earlier this year I was able to sit down and talk with Jeff Dunn from Willamette Valley Fruit Company,” commented Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “It became evident pretty quickly that using strawberries was the way to go, especially after hearing more about the varietal unique to Oregon and the Willamette Valley.”
Oregon strawberries contain a higher “brix” count, when compared to other growing regions across the world. The higher the brix reading on a strawberry indicates a higher nutrient content and, in turn, a sweeter berry. This unique quality also means that Oregon strawberries are red all the way through, adding more flavor, as opposed to water filler.
BridgePort will host a Stumptown Tart release party Thursday, June 2 at 5:30pm at the BridgePort BrewPub in the Pearl at 1313 NW Marshall St. Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to try free samples of the new brew while supplies last and purchase a limited-edition 22-ounce bottle of Stumptown Tart. Guests will also be given the opportunity to meet the Stumptown Tart herself, bottle model Bernie Dexter, as we celebrate another year of this tasty brew. Bernie will be at the BrewPub to sign bottles, posters, and provide festive eye candy to all in attendance.
BridgePort’s Stumptown Tart Stats:
Ingredients: Barley malt, German Saaz hops and 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries.