This is part I of our Urban Chestnut review! Check back later this week for Part II
St. Louis is a great place for craft beers. Maybe you most associate STL with Anheuser Busch, this would be a mistake. Ok, Bud Light is fine, I don’t find any reason to be too much of a beer elitist, but St. Louis is becoming a pretty craft big beer town. There’s a number of amazing craft breweries that are too often overlooked. A relatively recent development in the STL beer scene is Urban Chestnut. Urban Chestnut strikes this really interesting balance between “revolutionary” urban beers and “reverential” traditional beers. This dialectic creates a good and diverse balance between beers.
We tried four beers over all, here are our notes from the first two!
ErlKonig (Elf King) 8.3 ABV
Pour: Hazy, orange, beige foam, good head, from bottle, drink it out of a motherfucking stein
Nose: Yeast, cloves, spices
Palate: Grainy, boozy malt, wheat oranges or some kind of citrus
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, somewhere between medium and heavy bodied
A really nice beer. Goes well with pizza and probably everything else. Also, the ABV is surprisingly high, you definitely get the start of a nice buzz after a bottle. ErlKonig is part of the Urban Chestnut revolution series and I can definitely see why. ErlKonig is a pretty cool twist on a weizen bock.
Pierre’s Wit 5.10 ABV
Pour: small white head, Weizen glass, cloudy golden apricot color,
Nose: Coriander, dry wheat
Palate: Coriander, Citrus, Orange, Wheat
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium mouthfeel a little creamy.
Pierre’s Wit, coming from the reverence side of Urban Chestnut, fits the bill perfectly for a Belgian Witbier. The coriander was probably my favorite part of the beer. I’m a sucker for coriander in beer. For obvious reasons, Pierre’s Wit reminded me a lot of New Belgium’s Trippel. Though, I think the biggest difference, and also why I like Pierre’s Wit better, is the creaminess and sweetness of the beer overall.