This beer is the fifth release in their Noble Star Collection of Berliner weisse style beers that they are making. The first release was Star of the North (unfortunately I missed that one), the second was the Framboise du Nord made with raspberries, the third was North Country Brunette, a marzen Berliner weisse; and the fourth was Black Forest Cherry. These releases are made in the brewery's original 1936 cypress wood lagering tanks. The bottles are hand filled and bottle-conditioned. They are refurbishing more of the cypress tanks and will be expanding this program, which is great news as they have been awesome beers.
The beer pours a dark golden in color. There is a relatively short head of white foam that settles away quickly. The beer is well carbonated, but not in a fizzy way. The aroma is sour and tart, tangy and fruit, over toasted wheat. The taste follows the aromas, there is fruity tartness, plain old outright sour, toasted wheat, and a hint of smokiness. Strawberries start to come through as it warms. The individual flavors meld into a complete whole. The beer drinks crisply refreshing, enhanced by its tartness, with an effervescent carbonation. The finish is dry, with a woody astringency. By God, this is good, what a sour beer!