The Saugatuck Brewing Co’s Cotton Mouth Quencher (Raspberry Tart Ale) is a superbly fun beer with a light fruit tone, strong tartness and a very pleasant finish. Though at 6% I’d reserve this for the evening or a calm / resting time rather than a party or day beer. Another good plus is the price point: only $8 for a 4-pack!
The Cotton Mouth Quencher packs a good sour / tart punch. Mind you, that’s not a punch in the gut … more of a flavor jag … in the mouth .. with a lemon. But will pleasant! Lemon has nothing to do with the flavor, though it’s the best way I can equate the tartness of the Cotton Mouth Quencher. It really is rather strong and forward. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just something to be mindful of. This is NOT a subtle beer.
The raspberry on the other hand, is a bit subtle. Maybe a bit too subtle. I would have liked the fruit flavor to be a bit more prominent. Though rather interestingly, the raspberry does come through rather nicely in the back and in the aftertaste and even more so if you burp!
A solid “A” for flavor, would have been an “A+” if the fruit tone was a tee bit stronger in my unscientific opinion.
There isn’t much to say about the scent of this beer. If it’s sitting around you won’t smell it, though if you stick your nose right up to the can you’ll get some pleasant fruit scents … which is nice. Not overpowering, not too weak either. Just right.
As someone who is not well versed with beers, I did notice some sort of hidden scent in here. Is that the hops? Maybe. I dunno. But it does has some sort of chemical scent in the of the scent. Really hard to place for someone like me. I think it’d be the hops? The yeast? Thankfully, it’s not off putting so no worries about it.
Buy this beer at least once. It’s a fun flavor and if you prefer the fruit and lighter toned beers, this is right up your alley. Though watch out for the alcohol percentage as the 6% will sneak up on you pretty quick in a can this size (1pint).