Review: Stumptown Tart '13, BridgePort Brewing

Stumptown Tart '13
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style: Belgian Ale w/ fruit
  • Bitterness: 21 IBU
  • ABV: 7.8%
  • Malts: Pilsner and wheat
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled: 22 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)

Description: Each year, BridgePort Brewing Company chooses a different fruit to include in its limited edition beer, Stumptown Tart. With Oregon’s variety of incredible produce it can be a difficult decision. This year, the brewery turned to an Oregon favorite – blueberries. These indigo berries were blended with Oregon grown raspberries and blackberries, creating a brew that is rich in color and in taste. — Bridgeport Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I look forward to the annual release of Stumptown Tart. It's different each year. This edition features a trio of berries. For more details on previous releases, see Stumptown Tart '12 and Stumptown Tart '10.  

The tasting:  Pinkish-orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma of wheat and raspberry. Taste starts with wheat and tangy berry. Raspberry was most prominent, but I also noticed notes of blueberry. In the middle, Belgian spice flavors come through, but they're mild and not overwhelming. As a result, they complement and do not compete with the fruit. Some light herbal hop bitterness also emerges in the middle. Alcohol is well masked. Stumptown Tart is light bodied and has a lively effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with raspberry and notes of spice from the Belgian yeast.

Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again!   Stumptown Tart '13 has great berry flavor, but avoids being overly sweet. In addition, its 7.8% ABV is stealthy. Finally, it nicely balances fruit and Belgian spice flavors. These factors combine to make an easy drinking  and delicious beer that's perfect for summer!

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