The trouble with adding things to beer for me it that I like the taste of beer, the balance and character of malt and hops is what attracts me to drink beer rather than wine, spirits or cocktails. However I am always open to trying new beers and knowing that Wychwood produce some fantastic bottled beer I decided to give Wychwood Forest Fruits a try.
The nose is heavily laden with fruit, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry – very very sweet smelling. The initial taste is sweet, this sweetness pervades through the whole flavour. Raspberry is the primary flavour, there is a little malt in the middle and the end has a slight hoppyness and bitterness but they are mostly hidden in the overpowering sweetness of the fruit.
I do have to compare Wychwood Forest Fruits to slightly beery cherryade, sadly the carbonation in it really re-inforces this flavour and once you have thought it you will find it hard to wipe from your taste buds. I will however draw a line between this and the other recent fruit beer produced by Wychwood – Wychwood Snake’s Bite, this beer isn’t completely disgusting. I have avoided fruit beer up to this point, so cannot pass comment comparing this to other fruit beers however if you are looking for a very fruity drink that has a slight hint of beer then this would tick that box.
Unlike Snake’s Bite I would probably recommend Wychwood Forest Fruits to those looking for a fruity drink, I did finish it but I don’t think I will be going back for another. Maybe I will try some other fruit beers and see what I think of the style in general.