This latest addition to their kettle sour line-up, Shiori is a refreshing and tart wheat sour brewed with fresh peaches. Lactose was also added to the brew to provide a little extra sweetness and a smoother mouthfeel.
This is their first ever non-brewery collaboration and bottles are available exclusively at Liquor Plus stores.
- ABV: 5.6%
- IBU: 8
This beer poured out very cloudy and was amber at the bottom of the glass and yellow at the top—almost like a Tequila Sunrise. It only had a thin sliver of white head that that left a light ring of lacing near the rim.
The nose was rich with aromas of peach and nectarine flesh and had a gentle floral perfume quality.
The palate followed through on these juicy stone fruit fruit notes, with an added milky/creamy flavour from the lactose. The finish was off-dry from the combination of the lactose and the wheat.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with moderate tingling carbonation and very low perceived bitterness. Being a kettle sour at has a lip-puckering lactic acidity, but the added lactose seems to make it short-lived, so it doesn’t linger on the tongue.
In the UK we have dessert called peaches and cream. You basically take a peach, chop it up and cover it in cream and sugar. Well, that’s if you are feeling fancy, mostly we’d use canned peaches, because who has money for fresh fruit? Well, this beer tasted exactly like that! It took me right back to my childhood.
This is probably one of the tastiest and most interesting kettle sours that Fuggles has made in quite some time. If you find yourself near a Liquor Plus soon, be sure to pick one up. I even picked up a few extras to send to friends in Vancouver.
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Serving temp: 4-7C
Food pairing: Tricky… maybe vanilla ice cream. Definite dessert beer.