BrainDead Brewing Company’s Dr. Dreipricot Is A Kettle-Soured Brew That Sort Of Tastes Like You’re Drinking A Buttery Yogurt.

Welcome to On Tap! Each week in this recurring feature, we’ll take an in-depth look at one of the many beers now available in the suddenly crowded North Texas brew scene. The goal here is to look at these area beers without our local goggles on and to wonder aloud, “Is this beer good or do I just like it because it’s local?” Should be a fun experiment, no? Cheers to that!

This week, we sipped on Braindead Brewing Company’s Dr. Dreipricot.

Fast Facts on Braindead Brewing Company Dr. Dreipricot.

Style: Brett Beer (kettle soured).
ABV: 4.6 percent.
International Bitterness Units (IBUs): 15.
Color: Orange-gold.
Availability: Limited – brewery only.

Overview.
For those of you scoring along at home, this marks back-to-back reviews on beers from Braindead Brewing Company. Sorry, not sorry. While I was visiting BDBC working on my review for P-Wing, I wrapped up my session with a Dr. Dreipricot. And goodness gracious, this was one of the funkiest beers that I have tried in quite some time. And with all due respect where respect is due, I mean that in the best of ways. I appreciate a good and weird Brett or otherwise tart or sour-tasting beer. And because Dr. Dreipricot made me do a quadruple-take, I had to grab a growler of it for a closer look. Side note: if you’re into sour-tasting and barrel-aged beers, check out Braindead’s upcoming Festicle event.

Background on Brett Beer.
On its menu, Braindead has this beer labeled as a sour. Specifically, BDBC’s menu calls this beer a “fruited sour with Apricot puree, orange peel and lemon peel.” So we’re clear, this beer – in my mind –is a Brett Beer and also sort of a sour. For the Beer Judge Certification Program’s sake, this beer straddles the styles somewhere between a Brett Beer and a Mixed Fermentation Sour. So chill out, style sticklers, this one is a bit of a wild card. I reached out to Andrew Huerter, head brewer at BDBC, to get a clearer picture of how this beer was produced. He tells me that this beer was kettle-soured using Lactobacillus Acidophilus. After the kettle sour step, the wort was boiled and then steeped with citrus peel. And for fermentation, this beer is fermented using 100 percent Brett var. Drei., with apricot puree added at the end of fermentation. Simple enough, am I right? Whatever style beer this is, it’s very interesting.

A Brett Beer is typically a beer fermented solely with some variant of Brettanomyces yeast. While not all Brettanomyces are created equal, they are known to create some more interesting flavor combinations compared to your run-of-the-mill Saccharomyces yeasts used in other beers. Brett var. Drei (sometimes also spelled Drie) is a highly aromatic strain and its tart and sometimes-sour-tasting character shines through more with aging. So a bottled beer fermented with Brett var Drei will likely change its character over time. Brett beers can be perceived as being a bit lighter on the mouthfeel to a comparable base beer. But even this trait has some wiggle room. Overall, the BJCP guidelines for this style leave a ton of room for interpretation; it’s the fermenting yeast that matters with this style.

Appearance.
Dr. Dreipricot pours a medium orange color in to the glass. I got a growler fill about a week ago and the carbonation is still nice and bright on this beer. Foam doesn’t hang around for very long, but that’s expected with a wacky beer like this. Clarity is so-so.

Aroma.
The aroma department is where things get interesting. Both with my in-brewery pour as well as this growler pour both give off waves of fruity, weird, warming funk. The first but maybe faintest aroma I perceive is a round dairy sort of thing like a buttery yogurt. Then the dairy aroma intensifies as the sniff gets all the way inside my nostrils and it takes on a subtle – and also inviting – movie theatre popcorn and hints of blue cheese. Just as the moo-cow situation crests, I sense a sweet and bitter fruit thing hanging out in the background. The aroma on Dr. Dreipricot, while totally off the wall, smells amazing. And don’t let the dairy thing throw you, gentle imbiber. Stay with me here!

Flavor.
Where dairy arrives first on the aroma scene, the fruit takes over on the taste. I do get a sense that this beer is a kettle soured beer, but I don’t get that Jamie Lee Curtis probiotic commercial vibe that some kettle soured beers have. The Lacto addition feels intentional here, and its mild acidity imparts a little bit of extra tartness and dials up the bitterness from the citrus peel. The bitter peel seems to hang back on the sniff, but it’s here in a major way on the taste. Along with the peel flavor, there is some residual fruit that hangs around in the background. After the swallow, I sense a gentle hello from that buttery yogurt sensation when I breathe the aftertaste through my nose.

Mouthfeel.
Dr. Dreipricot has a medium amount of carbonation. For all of its flavor, the beer finishes very dry. It’s likely that the Brett in this beer just went nuts, even with the late apricot puree addition, and just gobbled up almost all of the available sugar here. With its dry finish, the sugar gets out of the way of to let all of the other elements shine through.

Overall Impression.
Of DFW beers, this is one of the weirdest ones. Dr. Dreipricot pulls double-duty from a sensory perspective. The nose tells me one story and then the taste tells me another. The kettle souring is a nice touch, but it doesn’t get in the way of the rest of what’s going on here. The peel additions feel on point and they shine through most on the sip. The aftertaste is a strange but enjoyable medley of buttery cheese and bitter citrus. This doesn’t sound like it works, but it totally does.

One thing that this beer might need is some education. As this is a more advanced, out-there sort of beer, it’s likely to face a bit of an uphill climb with some consumers. Keven White, front end doer-of-things at Braindead, told me that this beer gets some send-backs. As in, people take a sip of this beer and send it back. In my eyes, those people are crazy. But, hey, I get it… this beer is a bit atypical and maybe even fringy. But for me, that’s what makes this beer such a success. Beer me.

Score. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give Dr. Dreipricot a 9.

 

Previous On Tap Reviews:
• Revolver’s Sangre y Miel: 10.
• Peticolas’ Royal Scandal: 10.
• Community’s Mosaic IPA: 10.
• Peticolas’ Velvet Hammer: 10.
• Collective Brewing Project’s Boysenbarrel: 10.
• Community’s Barrel-Aged Legion: 10.
• Community’s Legion: 10.
• Martin House River Horse: 9.75.
• BrainDead’s Fill in the Blancs: 9.5.
• Oak Highlands’ Freaky Deaky: 9.5.
• Braindead Brewing’s P-Wing: 9.5.
• Lakewood Brewing Company’s Coconut Temptress: 9.5.
• Deep Ellum’s Barrel Aged Four Swords: 9.5.
• Lakewood’s Saint Dymphna: 9.5.
• Peticolas’ Lost Epic: 9.5.
• Community’s Ascension Porter: 9.5.
• Lakewood’s Temptress: 9.5.
• Lakewood’s Goatman: 9.5.
• Community’s Public Ale: 9.5.
• Peticolas’ Thrilla in Brazilla: 9.5.
• Collective Brewing Project’s SMaSHY: 9.2
• On Rotation’s Lingonberry Sahti: 9.25.
• On Rotation’s Jalapeno Saison: 9.
• Woodcreek’s Bourbon Barrel Bock: 9.
• Braindead Brewing Company’s Dr. Dreipricot: 9.
• Lakewood’s Wild Manimal: 9.
• Revolver’s Blood & Honey: 9.
• Martin House’s Imperial Texan: 9.
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All photos by Ben Smithson.

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