Totem Black Sour IPA

Black Sour IPA


Totem in Evergem, East Flanders, Belgium 🇧🇪

IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Regular
ABV: 4.0% IBU: 40 Ticks: 8
Mosaic and Azacca hops; special Philly Sour yeast.

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Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8.5

18/II/22 - 33cl can from Geers (Oostakker), shared @ home, BB: XII/2022 (2022-192)

Pretty cloudy dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very lemony at first, sourish impression, lactobacillus, good roast, sourish impression, coffee and chocolate notes, fruity, grapefruit. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, pretty lemony, good roast, bitter, dry and acidic, some grapefruit, very bitter, lots of lemon juice. Aftertaste: acidic, lot and lots of citrus, gentle roast, grapefruit, citrus notes, dry, more citrus, nice one!

Tried from Can from Dranken Geers on 18 Feb 2022 at 20:00

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 6.5 | Flavor - 6.5 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 6.5

Can thnx to Klaas ! Pours black (who would have thought) , with a fairly dark, browned head. Bigger than average in size, but going down fast (doesn't last it's first minute ) . Scent is rough, pure maltyness, with a suprprisingly mild roast. mild acidic aroma's, Hops remain fairly silent. Taste is sharp, surprisingly tart. Dry, mild roasty back. Hops remain very silent. Very high carbonation, fairly thin body . not my favorite Totem.

Tried on 14 Jan 2022 at 13:03

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Can from Beers@Moviefun. Cloudy black, thin, tan head. Somewhat odd aroma of cold stew, roast duck, deer ragout almost, earth, soy, cranberry, prune, sour milk, bayleaf. Taste has sweet-sour prune, cranberry & brambleberry in a toasty, bready malt body with an umami layer of earth, meat & vague soy, some coffee as well. Earthy hoppy, toasty finish, lingering tart dried fruit, bitter pink grapefruit & sour grapefruit zest. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A challenging hybrid, I must say, which takes some time getting used to.

Tried on 31 Dec 2021 at 13:45

Appearance - 9 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 8.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

One of the newerTotem beers to date, and in the true craft beer vein this brewery has always followed, a 'hybridization' of different styles, in this case black IPA and sour IPA - with the sourness not accomplished by means of lactic bacteria this time, but by means of Lachancea, the only yeast capable of producing lactic sour, and introduced in the beer world in the form of a beer style called "Philly sour". Can from Geers. Quite thick and frothy, shred-lacing, greyish beige, irregular but stable head on a pitch black beer, allowing almost no light to pass through, but still showing a waferthin edge of a caramel brown hue. Aroma of burnt toast and burnt currants, milk gone sour or sour cream, coffee grounds, elderberries, pine needles and grapefruit juice conveying the BIPA feel, some toasted onion even, salmiak, green birch tree leaves, vague and brief note of raspberry vinegar, more 'permanent' stale sweat or even sweaty socks in the background. Crisp onset, gently 'milk sour' indeed, with fruity effects reminiscent of blackberries and blackcurrants, some citrus 'fraîcheur' as well (pink grapefruit), but low in sweetness; high effervescence, but the sparkling does increase the overall crispness and works well with the lactic sourness. This sourness, in a sour cream- and sharper blackberry-like way, continues unabatedly through a dark malt profile, adding brown bread crust, burnt toast and eventually roasted chicory effects; the bitterness and the sourness both come to a zenith in the end, in a powerful but aromatic way, especially when piney and grapefruity hops come into the picture; dryingly sour finish, crisp and actually refreshing, with the Lachancea sourness and general black IPA bitterness remaining well in balance with each other, without clashing too much. Powerful session beer, pungent and original as well, especially to Belgian standards - it is remarkable how this brewery still manages to pleasantly surprise me, in spite of having followed them from the start and having tasted many dozens of their beers... Klaas and Liesbeth truly are at the cutting edge of U.S. (and now global) style craft brewing in Belgium. They deserve a statue as far as I am concerned.

Tried on 28 Dec 2021 at 17:32


Tried from Can from Bierhalle Deconinck on 07 Nov 2021 at 09:58


Tried from Draft on 01 Nov 2021 at 17:23

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7

Draught Due to insufficient lighting conditions, arbitrary 4/5. Coffe, mocha, and sweet toast, coffeemilk. In the mouth however, the Philly Sour gives soft lactic acid, hints of sugars, both candi sugar and lactose. Faint ureum and caramel in the finish. Lipsmacking sourness - despite the soft acidity provided. Mild carbonation, not very dense body. Likeable, even if it is more interesting than great.

Tried from Draft on 25 Sep 2021 at 07:36

Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

Can @ Belgian Summer Gathering Sept' 21, Evergem. Merci Klaas.
Brune foncée, col fin disparate blanc-cassé.
Arôme sur de bonnes effluves d'un classique US - malté généreux de caramel, chocolaté ponctué par un bouquet 'sour' pour une note de fraicheur. Houblonné fruité et léger pin en rétro nasal Mosaic donne un côté un peu Simcoe-esque

Palais est plaisant allant de suite vers le caractère de 'dark Cascadian' même si les houblons utilisées Azacca et Mosaic ne sont pas les grands classiques C-Hops d'antan. Ici le côté malté grillé fin chocolaté vient se mélanger aux belles notes des houblons - agrumes et léger pin/résineux, effet un peu brett en retrait pour un 'sour' qui reste modéré.

Tried from Can on 13 Sep 2021 at 06:25