Vertere Aurora is a 6% saison from Vertere, based in Oku-tama, in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in cans and on tap in a limited number of places. It’s brewed using Pale 2 Row, Maris Otter, Okutama Barley, Pilsner, wheat and uses Sorachi Ace, Huell Melon hops.
Vertere Aurora Aroma and Taste
Vertere Aurora was lively – so much so that I was expecting there to be yeast in the bottom of the can once the beer had been poured out into the glass*. The body was a slightly darker than expected golden colour with a large, plump, fluffy white head on tap that was sticky and clung to the side of the glass throughout drinking. There was a subtle musty aroma to Vertere Aurora with some phenolics coming along for the ride, but it wasn’t as clean smelling as I was hoping for. I’m not a big fan of Sorachi Ace hops as when they are used in too great an amount, they can bring an onion aroma to a beer, and Vertere Aurora had just a little bit too much added to it. That lingering oniony aroma came through a bit more than I would have like (see not at all!) in a beer. It wasn’t off-putting and nor did it make Vertere Aurora undrinkable but it was stuck in my head.
Going back to what I said about being clean, the body had some stickiness to it that made those phenolic and onion flavours just outstay their welcome a bit too long. I did have high hopes for Vertere Aurora but I just felt disappointed throughout drinking as it ended up being a slightly-better-than-usual homebrew effort.
Vertere Aurora The Bottom Line
Take Vertere Aurora back to the drawing board and start again.
Where to Buy Vertere Aurora
Vertere Aurora can be bought online at the following places: