I had been holding on to this beer for a month or so waiting for a good time to try it out and I found an early Friday off before labor day as the perfect time. I'm not very well versed in Berliner Weissebeers, as they're hard to find in these parts and haven't been completely accepted by the American audience.
This beer has a rapidly vanishing head along with a tart, citrusy aroma. It has a beautiful straw golden color to it. The body is light and needless to say there is zero hop presence here. The flavors are citrusy with a very sour apple, sour wheat tartness and a light grain finish. This finish almost has promise, but it's really the tartness that takes over the palate and runs away with this one.
On it's own it's has interesting flavors that give it merit, however, not enough complexity nor diversity to make it stand out. It does have some similar qualities to a white wine, however, and I imagine it would pair very well with anitpastas or other hor d'oevres. I actually had some homemade green olives from a friend while I tried this and it paired excellently.
But pairing notes aside, I'm a little uncertain what makes this an imperial. The body, grain, and mouthfeel all skew very light, and other than the sour notes, there isn't much that gives it that over the top imperial quality. Another interesting endeavor, by the ever creative New Belgium, however, not one that totally came through.
Lips of Faith: ***