Oct 10, 2016

Stillwater / Dugges Syrligt

Syrligt is a collaborative effort between the minds of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Dugges Bryggeri. It’s billed as a “Swedish Sour Ale” — though it is categorized as a vegetable beer or Berliner Weisse depending where you look — brewed with rhubarb and lingonberries. Beyond that, all that I know is that which I taste and this beer is certainly quite sour.

The problem here is not the level of sourness to the beer, it’s the additional adjuncts listed on the label. The rhubarb and lingonberries tend to fight one another from start to finish, never really working well together at any one point. The result is a powerfully sour beer with a muddled flavor profile that often feels confused. Hints of honey mix with the tart berry presence, as well.

I applaud the factions behind this beer with regard to the intensely sour tartness that Syrligt delivers, but wish the flavors melded better with one another. This is certainly an interesting beer and there are aspects of it I like individually, but for my personal tastes it just doesn’t come together quite like I hoped.