Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shandy Carib Sorrel - Beer Review

Adam sends in a dispatch from his trip to the Caribbean.  We'll post photos when he gets back:

This was an interesting beer that I picked up while traveling around the Caribbean.  It is very distinctive by the bright red color.  When it is poured into a fluted pint, the resemblance is very similar to Big Red.  There is heavy noticeable carbonation and has a 2 finger head that disappears very quickly.  The taste is very sweet with a spicy note, like allspice.  Although altered by artificial color, the sorrel leaf is what gives some of the reddish tint.

Sorrel is a perennial herb that is grown all over the Carribbean that has a similar taste to sour wild strawberries.  It is a leafy green herb, and is also often mixed with more bitter greens to cut some of the taste.  The spice is from the oxalic acid found in the plant, and because of this acid, too much of it can be poisonous.

When I first tried it, it was very similar to drinking a wine cooler or “red pop”.  It is very light, and bubbly.  After drinking about half a beer, I do notice a slight burn on my lips from the sorrel.

All in all, this is not a bad beverage, but not for beer drinkers.  I would recommend checking this out, along with others from the Carib Brewing Company while down here in the Caribbean, but do not think I will be looking for this specific beer when I return stateside. (It is available for purchase all over the states)  My overall rating :6

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