When one drinks beer with a high alcohol content, one expects a certain burn in the throat. Most beers abide by this assumption—most beers are quite upfront about their boozy nature. However, some beers are a little sneakier; they hide their true, alcoholic self under a veil of refreshing smoothness. These beers lie. They mislead. They betray. Among these ranks of falsifying brews is Deceit (9.4% ABV) from Funkwerks.
Aroma: Deceit is yeast-forward with a light lemony fragrance followed by a subdued medley of other various fruits; the tell-tale scent of alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Taste: Lemon zest and a touch of coriander spice do much to conceal Deceit’s true colors but 9.4% ABV cannot be easily contained as a creeping, alcoholic warmth becomes noticeable in the throat. While detectable, this warmth never becomes overbearing but, be warned, one will feel its alcoholic effects sooner than expected.
Mouthfeel: Deceit is dry—almost chalky—with a neat, clean finish.
Some beers simply cannot be trusted. Then again, with a name like Deceit, one can at least claim the beer is truthful about being untruthful. Besides, the ABV is prominently displayed on the bottle. Deceit is a lesson to all beer geeks that it’s always wise to read your beer’s label before popping the cap.
Deceit is available wherever Funkwerks is sold.