Description: Named in honor of Krampus, the ancient demon who in days old terrorized villagers in advance of Saint Nicholas who’s been making a combeback in recent years, this strong, spiced ale is a seasonal offering from this Italian brewery that arrives just in time for Christmas.
Tasting Notes: This is another offering from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and one which I must admit, is outside my realm of experience. It has a dark malt base, which is quite smooth and rich in tannins, but which is overpowered by very sour wild yeast flavor – to the point that it tastes downright vinegary. I suspected I might ave a spoiled bottle, but a tertiary look at other beer bloggers has revealed that this is in fact they found as well. I guess it just goes to show you, the world of craft brewing is an extremely diverse and interesting place!
Appearance: Red/brown, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, yeasty brettanomyces nose, sour cherry, oak
Taste: Rich, smooth dark malt, tannin, sour cherries, yeast, apple cider vinegar
Aftertaste: Lingering apple cider vinegar and sour yeast flavor