Germane | Reverence Barrel Works
Score: 89/100 - Excellent
From a 473ml can served cold at 6 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. No date information on the packaging but I picked up this beer straight from the brewery just a few days ago and it's my understanding this is a fresh batch. I've been happy with the brewery's offerings so far and I'm excited to try another style by them with above average expectations.
The beer pours a clear gold with 3cm of rocky, creamy, white head which dissipates into a craggy cap within 3+ minutes. Good lacing and head retention. Great appearance: classic beer looks!
Moderate intensity with good balance. The aroma is clean, nuanced, and graceful. Moderate floral notes along with low hay and a spoonful of honey. A little bit of breakfast cereal. A touch of herbal character adding a green tea layer when paired with the floral character. A hint of apple. The dry nose is reminiscent of honey and light floral notes.
Follows the aroma with moderate intensity, great balance, and moderate perceived bitterness. The palate opens up with light floral and herbal tones making way for a malt-focused center where a soft, grainy-sweet malt (raw barley + honey) is rounded off by the herbaceous, floral hops. The medium-length finish is faint and balanced with notes of jasmine tea, honey, raw barley, and green plants (grassy).
Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with no apparent alcohol warming and a medium-dry finish. No astringency or harshness on the palate. Very good.
Reverence Barrel Works' Germane is an excellent beer. Classic appearance with pleasant, nuanced aroma and polished flavour. Creamy-smooth on the palate leaving a fresh, clean feel on the tongue. I highly recommend this to most beer drinkers as it's a beautiful everyday beer that can be enjoyed frequently. Helles is not a loud beer and Reverence has done well representing the style. Clearly they're not a one-trick pony, but a well-versed establishment. I'm looking forward to all the things they have to offer.