Category Archives: Sours

Cascade Brewing 2016 Project ‘Blackcap Raspberry’ BA Sour

Rating:

57038321_1070834643100680_7552629479537901568_n“This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for 28 months before spending an additional two months on 300+ pounds of Black Cap Raspberries: think Nouveau Beaujolais with raspberries.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Dark ruby red/mahogany colour with a light pink head. Retention is poor as it retreats to the rim but still manages to weave a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Divine! It’s like opening up a fresh punnet of raspberries. So tart and juicy. There’s also a hint of fire engine in there…instantly taking us back to our childhood when we were allowed to load up on sugary drinks at restaurants. Love the presence of oak too, gives the aroma that added depth and structure around the lacto sourness. Absolutely brilliant.

Flavour: Where do we start? The progression of flavour is next level. Super sour lacto acidity initially moving to tart raspberry, pomegranate, lemon, blackberry. Lovely oak tannins flowing through. A quick cameo of red wine vinegar before candied raspberry and lemon roll in to a musty/oaky finish which goes the distance on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sharp and acidic. Pucker rating hits a full 5/5! Still somewhat light bodied with the 7.1% AbV well buried.

Overall: Holy moly what an absolute ripper of a beer. Been trying to get our hands on this for a while and thank god we finally did. Totally lives up to the hype. Phenomenal drop.

Cascade Brewing 2015 Project ‘The Vine’ BA Sour Ale

Rating:

56770686_1068160163368128_6516453324999360512_n“This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange complexion with a fast fading head. It fizzes away completely with no lace to be seen.

Aroma: Smells super fruity…lots of lemon and lime, pomelo, unripened apricot, rockmelon and white grapes. The latter forming more of a vinous accent as it settles in the glass. There’s also a lovely crisp and tart funk which is balanced extremely well by the musty oak tannins. Just a subtle hint of that candy-esque sherbet coming through too. Superb!

Flavour: Sharp, zippy and bursting with a tart and acetic line of sourness. Quite vinous like a young Sauv blanc with its lime and green apple characteristics. A hint of candied peach developing late as it finishes with mildly tart citrus and subtle musty oak on the close.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, fairly light and mineraly. The 10.1% AbV is incredibly well hidden. Pucker rating…a sturdy 4/5.

Overall: We truly believe these guys are America’s answer to Cantillon. What an exquisite drop! So well balanced yet absolutely jam packed with flavour and aroma. Sensational.

Hope Brewing Raspberry Sour

Rating:

56165165_1065518716965606_319702878589550592_n“Hope Estate Raspberry Sour is perfect for a Summer’s day. Lovely and fresh with a decent amount of raspberries and a light sourness.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Hard to say actually! It’s like a blend of pink, orange, red and a bit of amber. It hangs on to a wispy overlay which leaves a cascading lace down the glass.

Aroma: Super refreshing and fruity with an initial blast of tart raspberry followed by cereal grains, orange citrus and a sweaty gose-like salinity. If we didn’t know any better we’d almost say it was raspberry soda!

Flavour: Very light tart raspberry upfront. Maybe hinting at other red berries like strawberry and gooseberry with subtle rose hip florals and cereal grains. Getting mild hints of orange citrus (mandarin mostly) rolling in to the light finish which displays more raspberry on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light on, mineraly texture. Moderate co2. Mild-medium tartness and low AbV – 3.7%. A mid summer beer that’s for sure!

Overall: Good raspberry flavours and aromas, it’s light, tart and crush-able as a Berliner should be. It hits its mark really. Tough to criticise when it’s doing all the right things.

Hop Nation ‘Site Fermentation’ BA Sour

Rating:

52688494_1042736219243856_4713068158808752128_n“Blonde Melange had 9 months fermented and aged in PX Cherry and Chardonnay barrels. Blended and bottle conditioned.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Bright gold with a mild haze. It forms a ring which struggles to produce much lace.

Aroma: Of light sourness and Belgian tripel-esque sweetness. We say that as the latter posseses those yeast-driven fruits such as apple and pear along with subtle spice and orange peel. There is a fair amount of white wine tannins and grape juice…hinting at a dry, oaked chardonnay with just the slightest hint of wood coming through. Quite a nice aroma actually.

Flavour: Comes on with a crisp vibrance with white wine, peppery spice and tangy citrus to the fore. It has this distinct buttery note to it where the lemony citrus and unripened pineapple cuts through. The finish is dry, oaky and a little spicy and it endures rather well on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spritzy with a crisp acidity. The pucker rating is low with medium body. 5.5% AbV – well positioned.

Overall: It’s a funny one because at first we were ready to pan it as the sourness was practically MIA. But we see that it’s not all about the pucker…there’s a certain pronunciation on this kind of wine/beer hybrid idea that adds another layer of complexity. Solid offering.

Beachwood Blendery ‘Little Secrets” BA Belgian Sour w Raspberries

Rating:

51191950_1028963207287824_958138312462172160_n“Belgian style sour ale with raspberries and dry-hopped with galaxy and mosaic.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: It hits the glass with that gorgeous rosy pink hue. A very fine head is formed which snaps back to a collar. Little lace left behind as we go.

Aroma: The olfactory’s are filled with bright floral perfumes, raspberry, watermelon, subtle lemon, minty herbs, peach and a hint of fresh oak. It’s amazing how little funk there is and it’s even more amazing how much it reminds us of a raspberry and mint gravlax. Just the slightest suggestion of strawberry sherbet in there too. Very nice.

Flavour: Now we know where all the funk in the aroma got to…it’s here! Really nice punchy sourness integrates with the natural tartness of the raspberry and vinegary notes upfront. Mint, mixed berries, lemon and a touch of tropical fruits roll in to the slightly funky finish with lingering red grape and raspberry on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of pucker. Somewhat dry with good acidity. Light-moderate body and a nice spritziness. Very refreshing!

Overall: We’ve really been enjoying this cheeky little shipment of Beachwood. They’ve all been classy and very elegant offerings. We’ll certainly be on the hunt for more!

Batch Brewing 2018 ‘Chapeau’ BA Sour w Raspberries

Rating:
Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: It pours an attractive raspberry red with very little head retention. Looks a bit like raspberry cordial!

Aroma: Smells a bit like raspberry cordial too. As it settles the fresh raspberry aromas begin to lift out and as they do they reveal that natural tartness. We literally can’t smell anything else…but what they’ve done really well is capture that scent you get when you open a fresh punnet of raspberries.

Flavour: Obviously raspberry-dominated with what only seems to be the natural tartness from the fruit coming through. There’s a mild suggestion of lacto sourness but it’s somewhat muted. Picking up candied raspberry late in the piece as it finishes with a slight bitterness that endures.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and kind of furry texture. Medium-high co2. We must admit the 6.5% AbV is well concealed.

Overall: We first tried this on tap and it was bloody delicious. The bottled version is a little less inspiring though. Although it’s hard to pan it…it is a very bright and refreshing drop it just needed a bit more depth in our opinion. Not bad.

 

Beachwood Blendery ‘Come In Grape’ BA Belgian Sour w Muscat Grapes

Rating:

50414393_1022702457913899_7153595449729875968_n“Come in Grape, Your Time is Up’ is a seasonal series based around the grape harvest. In fall we collaborate with various wineries to create beers that blur the lines between wine and beer. In this version we partnered up with Castoro Cellars from Paso Robles, CA and used late harvest Muscat grapes. We first created a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, then let that beer sit on the grape juice and must for 8 weeks to go through a secondary fermentation.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow to golden complexion with no head. Almost looks like a NEIPA!

Aroma: We can certainly get the muscat grapes. They offer that distinct raisiny character while notes of floral honey and this almost dessert wine-like sweetness can also be picked up. Really strong impressions of oak coming through. Maybe just a hint of lacto sourness with its candied lemon/lime and subtle vinegar. Intriguing!

Flavour: It’s like grape juice-infused slightly sour lemon soft drink…if there was such a thing! Not getting as much dominance from the muscat grapes – it presents as more of a vinous tartness with a bit of sweaty/manky funk. A bit of a peppery spice through the middle with either peach or melon (or both) forming the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and rather light on. It hides the 8.5% AbV incredibly well. Mild-moderate body. Matches this 30+ degree heat perfectly!

Overall: It’s one of those beers that passes muster but won’t be all that memorable. There’s a hefty price tag on it too! Not bad.

The Rare Barrel ‘Home, Sour Home’ BA Sour

Rating:

48377806_1006249729559172_1223156061121282048_n“Home, Sour Home is a blend of golden sour beers aged in oak barrels with peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. Notes of baked peaches, with hints of cinnamon spice and smooth vanilla will leave you craving some homemade peach cobbler. We originally released Home, Sour Home as our first Founders Club release. In its 2014 debut, DRAFT Magazine considered Home, Sour Home one of “The 25 Best Beers of 2014.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: A kind of milky off-yellow complexion with a wispy head which retreats to the rim. Laced fairly well considering the lack of retention.

Aroma: As far as sour aromas go this is right up there. The peach notes coming through are incredible! Also picking up tangerine, orange sherbet, sweet earthy spice, vanilla, peach skins, candied lemon and buttery flaked pastry. She certainly shines full of lacto sourness…almost has that yoghurt-like scent to it. Magnificent!

Flavour: Lovely focus on the peaches again…definitely front and center with strong support from the slightly acetic lemon juice, woody oak, creamy vanilla and subtle apricot. The peach flavour really carries through nicely, across the mid and in to the finish which reveals more stonefruits i.e apricot and rockmelon.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and nicely carbonated with good pucker. Medium body. A rather fine little quaffer.

Overall: Our only gripe with it is the lack of oak character and spice. Thing is there’s more than enough aroma and flavour already happening so we can forgive them for that. All in all it’s a respectable sour.

5 Barrel Brewing BA Flemish Red

Rating:

48389426_1001870636663748_7839580754299322368_n“My first exposure to a Flemish Red was one of intrigue. It was like no other beer I had ever had before. The depth of flavour evident in this beer comes from the blending of a mature 18-month old barrel with a younger, more youthful beer. The act of blending smooths out some of the rough edges and allows the rich malt character to develop on your palate with some familiarity. The acidic bite is strong, yet approachable and finishes with a lovely funky quality.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Works its way from burnt orange to a kind of rusted red/brown. Nice pillowy head which persists. Laced reasonably well.

Aroma: Tangy cider and vinegar notes with spicy pepper, cigar box, plums, woody oak, farmyard and tart berries/cherries in support. We’re getting a real manky cheesy character from it….hints at dirty old socks and sweaty horse blanket. So wrong but so right!

Flavour: More of a funky/tangy sourness upfront moving in to mixed berries, red fruits, cider and plums midway. A hint of caramel sweetness getting amongst it as well. Sharp-ish red wine vinegar develops late and helps shape the dry, tannic and fruity finish with lingering oak accents on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Rather light on with a somewhat soapy texture. Carbonation is mild-moderate. Just feels like it’s missing something though.

Overall: We’ve been impressed by 5 Barrel’s barrel aged sour range. At the moment the cherry sour is way out in front. This one hits its mark but fell short of wow-ing us. Not a bad offering.

Van Dieman Brewing ‘Hedgerow’ 2016 Barrel Aged Sour

Rating:

48218175_997337293783749_9005146397812457472_n“The release of our 2016 Hedgerow, is the third vintage of this award winning beer, and arguably the finest vintage to date. We’ve sat on it for long enough in both barrel and bottle, and are proud to finally offer it up for release for other beer lovers to thoroughly enjoy! For those that have tried our previous 2012 or 2014 releases, you’ll know what delight you’re in for. For those discovering this beer for the first time, or have developed an appreciation for sour beer since our last release – you’re in for one hell of a ride!”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: After an almighty battle with the cork we eventually get to see this brown coloured beauty. Pours with little head and hardly any lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Getting a nose full of oak barrel, vinous notes, strawberry/raspberry, candied lemon, red wine vinegar and mulled wine. The time spent in French oak barrels impart a flutter of vanilla and toasted coconut. Magnificent aroma.

Flavour: There’s a keen sourness that hits and lingers nicely. Surrounding it are the woody and at times musty oak tannins, vinous red wine vinegar, mixed berries, subtle earthy tones and dark chewy fruits. The finish is funky, fruity (in a weird yet wonderful way) and a tad vinegary. Fairly good legs to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Regrettably thin and slightly watery. Very little co2 adding to their woes. In view of that it doesn’t detract too much from the overall experience.

Overall: This is our first entry for this brewery. The aroma was fantastic but unfortunately it didn’t translate in to flavour as convincingly as we’d hoped. Not bad.

5 Barrel Brewing BA Cherry Sour

Rating:

46876595_988883224629156_9038983941171707904_n“Barrel Aged Sours are here! Two years in the making, this range of sours have been sitting in a variety of oak barrels, quietly evolving and developing their own unique characters and personalities. It is been an absolute pleasure to sample and observe how each barrel (not just beer) changes over time.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous candy apple red with burgundy highlights. It strikes up a somewhat purple-ish head which retains quite well. Looks the real deal!

Aroma: Smells fantastic! Oodles of tart cherry, ribena, oak tannins, cheesy funk, sherbet and vanilla leading out. Really well tempered sour acidity there; getting that trademark lemon/lime juice cutting right down the middle. Also getting the funky lemon curd note as it warms. Impressive!

Flavour: We brace for a big lip puckering sourness but it’s really nice and tidy. Mild lacto acidity flows in to the funky, cheesy curd notes early in the mid. All the while that cherry flavour just builds and builds, taking on some of the vinous oak tannin as it rolls in to the fruity, slightly dry and tart finish. Good length on display as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a lovely fullness to it. Kind of a spritzy carbonation with little pucker. Mineraly texture.

Overall: Well this absolutely blows the golden sour out of the water. It just strikes all the right chords – tart, funky, fruity, sour and presents the perfect amount of barrel complexity. Kudos 5 barrel!

Wayward ‘Raspberry’ Berliner Weisse

Rating:

imageGlass: Poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw like colour with a pink tinge. 10-15mm bubbly white head with plenty of carbonation seen. Head fades to just a rim of tightly packed bubble.

Aroma: Mild raspberry, sour funk, mild caramels bordering on the home brew style. Blindfolded you would almost think a sweet wine or rose’.

Flavour: Basically the same as the aroma. It’s tart and fruity, with raspberry flavours mixing with mild sour yeasts. Again it’s pretty basic but certainly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: It’s full of refreshing carbonation like your slamming a soft drink. Alc vol is 3.8% and it’s just noticed on the back palate. It’s a drying, crisp, zingy raspberry sour ale with minimal bitterness and mild body, allowing for regular sips. It’s like a palate cleanser. Length surprisingly good for such low alc vol.

Overall: it’s pretty one dimensional but this is what you expect. It’s definitely a summer drinking beverage and would be a good addition into a decent session on the IPAs, as a palate cleanser. It’s as it says..a tart, zippy dry sour ale. Nothing amazing.

8 Wired ‘Stone Free’ Hoppy sour Apricot ale

Rating:

imageGlass: Poured into a shaker

Appearance: Hay/yellow coloured with a bubbly 10mm head that fades quickly leaving just a soapy rim. There is moderate carbonation seen through the haze.

Aroma: Subdued doughy yeast, some mild grassy hops like what would be used in a lager, mild funk, lemon and wine.

Flavour: Opens up with zesty lemon and apricot. Remains dry on the palate with a little bit of sweetness from the fruit. We get that mild funk from the yeast, basically like a modern day kombucha. It’s akin to a light reisling.

Mouthfeel: As we stated, the dryness is there but it is matched by subtle sweetness and some creaminess. We note the use of oats and lactose. Moderate carbonation here. Alcohol content is 4.5% and as expected is pretty wafer thin on the palate, of which enables frequent yet limited gulps due to carbonation.

Overall: Not memorable. In saying that, we have a huge respect for 8 Wired. We know the brewer is very skilled and this is just a nice sour ale.

5 Barrel Brewing BA Golden Sour

Rating:

45041836_973455586171920_7701176859114864640_n“Barrel Aged Sours are here! Two years in the making, this range of sours have been sitting in a variety of oak barrels, quietly evolving and developing their own unique characters and personalities. It is been an absolute pleasure to sample and observe how each barrel (not just beer) changes over time.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Nice bright golden body with a wispy overlay. It forms a loose ring around the rim with hardly any lace as we hook in.

Aroma: We’re getting a good dose of lemon and lime leading out. They’re supported by a neat little hint of orange sherbet, cheese, a good amount of funk and lovely oak tannins. Just a flutter of vinegar creeping in as well. That’s a cracking aroma and super impressive as we’re pretty sure this is their first attempt at barrel aging sours.

Flavour: Kind of loses a bit of that vibrancy it was showing on the nose. The lemon, lime, cheese and barrel complexity is there but it’s lacking the sourness and overall funk we’re looking for in the style. It does have a real effortless progression we’ll give it that…flows nicely in to the slightly dry and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Brilliant, on par with some of the world class American sours we’ve been indulging in lately. It’s light, sparkling and uber crisp. Mild-moderate body.

Overall: We can’t help but feel that if the flavour had more depth this could have been up there with some of Australia’s best sours. In saying that it could very easily pass as a top shelf entry level sour though. Respectable drop.

Cascade Brewing 2017 BA Blond With Apricots

Rating:

44870736_972024276315051_384253410959949824_n“Apricot is a blend of sour blond ales that were aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months. Unfruited sour blond ale is barrel aged for over seven months before adding in more than 13,000 pounds of fresh apricots in tanks and barrels for an additional seven months of aging. The Apricot project has been pivotal in the evolution of Cascade Brewing’s identity as a producer of Northwest sour ales since 2007.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Apricot colour with a lacto haze…looks like a bloody NEIPA! It forms a wispy white overlay which instantly snaps back to the rim. Patchy dotted lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Dead set spot on. The feature apricot sinks in to the musty oak and mild lacto sourness with absolute perfection. Literally smells like a freshly picked apricot. Delicate vinegar and lemon tartness, light florals, rockmelon, Swiss cheese and horse blanket making up the bulk of it. Picking up very subtle cracker malts at the base. Superb.

Flavour: Quite a heavy sourness comes on…high in citric acid, vinegar and lacto bacteria. As it tapers off the fleshy and somewhat tart apricot comes through with unripened rockmelon, woody oak, spice and pineapple. A late rush of vinegar and lacto funk along with barnyard and apricot finish with a musty and oaky dryness which sits on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: A chalky and somewhat powdery texture coats the mouth. Slightly prickly, lip puckering and tannic. Mild-medium body with moderate co2.

Overall: Certainly big on the sour front and the mildly tart and fleshy apricots present nicely throughout the whole experience…in effect handing a decent balance to it. It’s not their best but it’s still an impressive drop.

Cascade Brewing ‘Blueberry’ Barrel Aged Sour

Rating:

42280869_955433727974106_998776339534184448_n“This NW style sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6mos, then additionally aged 4 mos on fresh blueberries & cranberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich & earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base of blueberry skins.”

Glassware: Stemmed Tulip.

Appearance: It pours an attractive burgundy with a short fizzy cap over the top. The head quickly retreats to the rim and struggles to produce any lace as it subsides.

Aroma: It has this magnificent vinous fruit note with the blueberries and subtle oak character in support. Tart lemon, red wine vinegar, blood plum and assorted tart red fruits (pomegranate, cranberry) also getting a look in. We can also pick up the wheaty undertones too…it suggests a farmyard cereal grain/weet bix kind of affair. Really in awe at how much red wine we’re getting in the nose. Outrageous!

Flavour: Well there’s no mistaking it…it’s bloody sour! Acetic lemon, lime juice, vinegar and tart red berries rush the front palate. This little foursome carries well in to the mid with a little tickle of warmth from the booze. The mild oak tannin and wheaty grains make a late appearance before it finishes tart and fruity with some vinous red berries in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Quite lip puckering, light on and moderately carbonated. The 6.5% AbV comes in and out but is pretty much nondescript.

Overall: She’s a lot more approachable than we first thought. We’d say it’s pretty similar to a lightly sparkling red wine with a lot more berries and citrus…..and sourness of course! Would be a fine warm weather quaffer.

Hermitage ‘Cranberry & Peach’ American Sour

Rating:

38473466_920829298101216_2158446234195460096_n“Sour Ale brewed with Cranberry and Peach aged in American and French Oak wine barrels. A blend of 18-36-month-old blonde ale, fermented with Brett and aged with tart cranberry and sweet peach.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy amber complexion with light orange hues. It forms a short head which slowly peels back to a ring. Some spotty lace as we go.

Aroma: Nice and funky with tart red berry overtones, stone fruit and subtle woody oak tannins in support. Rather floral, apricot and peach skin also opening up as it settles in the glass. Mild acidity – getting a lot more tartness from the berries rather than from the lemon/lime juice. Crisp, fruity and refreshing. Nice aroma.

Flavour: Ooph…sour, tart and lip puckering! Tonnes of lacto acidity, bretty funk, lime juice and uber tart red berries upfront. We’re picking up the peach notes in the background which are unfortunately overtaken by an unpleasant acidity akin to white vinegar – quite a turn off! It finishes with further notes of white vinegar, white grapes and muted oak musty-ness.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, acetic and sour. Fairly light on with moderate Co2.

Overall: This is probably our least favourite sour we have had to date. The aroma is fine but the flavour is muddled and unbalanced and actually started making us feel sick. Hardly any barrel character on show either. Quite disappointed as we had heard good things about this brewery.

Wildflower Brewery & Blending ‘Blend #12’ BA Amber Sour

Rating:

37886218_912122575638555_3325099651190751232_n“Amber is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #12 is a blend of four barrels. 1733 (6 month old Amber), 1746 (5 month old Amber), 1748 (7 month old Amber) and 1754 (7 month old Amber).”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Amber with a touch of red. The pour only manages a short and loosely held cap which peels back to the rim. A wet lace drag is left on the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Smells nice and funky. Kind of dank and cheesy with subtle tart citrus that are offset by a light toasty character, caramels and a well rounded oak profile. We keep picking up what appears to be dried cocoa powder and oats which makes this aroma somewhat unique. Undertones of berries and cellar musty-ness to boot.

Flavour: Typical sour/tart citrus and bretty/lacto funk to the fore. Slightly dry and musty oak giving rise to subtle cocoa powder and delicate caramel sweetness. Just a flutter of acetic citrus peel leading to a finish with abrupt acidity but prevailing toasty and woody oak tannins in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light on, effervescent and acidic. The 6% ABV plays a good support role without overdoing it. Mild-medium Co2.

Overall: Personally we rather the amber sours over the gold. In saying that though, there really isn’t a lot of contrast between this blend and the ones before it. We’d love to see these guys get a bit crafty with some fresh fruit. If not for fun then at least for a bit of distinction.

Fieldwork Brewing Co. ‘Cherry Parfait’ Kettle Sour

Rating:

37817163_910215905829222_4132107324456173568_n“Fieldwork Parfaits are a series of tart beers where we take a big and creamy base of oats and milk sugar, then sour them in our kettle until they are bright, acidic, and effervescent. We then ferment and condition the beer on heaps of pureed or whole fruit until the beer is almost opaque with color looking almost like a melted crayon. Each fruit variation will look, smell, and taste quite a bit different, but all should be their own version of a blended fruit parfait with a tart, creamy, and fruity finish.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Candy red with a kiss of pink. 100% clarity. It forms a cm of frothy pink foam which persists and works a fine and intricate lace down the glass.

Aroma: Kind of smells like a fire engine with its artificial sweet syrup and refreshing lemonade characters. Just loads of cherry, raspberry and strawberry alongside subtle vanilla notes, sherbet and crystallised sugars. There are so many other sweets it reminds us of – cherry slurpee, berry flavoured snowcones and raspberry fanta. Takes us back to our childhood.

Flavour: Very subtle but still displaying a lovely cherry sweetness, mildly tart berries and vanilla cream. Tasting that fire engine character again which just begs for another sip. Hints of creamy lactose and cherry candy to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and luscious, made even more so by the use of oats. The feel is light and effortless but there is still a nice plump body filling it out. Spritzy co2 and very mild acidity.

Overall: This is the epitome of what we’d classify as a “chicks drink”. It’s fruity, sweet, light and effervescent. It would be quite the sessionable refresher on a hot day although the 6.4% ABV (well hidden mind you) would suggest otherwise! Not bad at all.

Wicked Weed Brewing ‘Oblivion’ BA Sour Red Ale

Rating:

37328861_903099666540846_6088367608120213504_n“Oblivion is a sour red ale aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for up to 12 months. This ale is then carefully blended to create depth and balance that will envelope you in its complexity.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Mahogany with some strawberry red highlights. It generates a thumb of tightly held foam which holds its shape and leaves a healthy residue on the glass.

Aroma: Nicely balanced. There’s a lovely impression of vinous red fruits, dry and musty oak barrel and cassis with some funky brett/lacto characters – Swiss cheese, horse blanket and mild vinegar. There’s some chewy caramels and boiled candy/candy cane scent with those typical lemon peel and lime juice aromas. Just a lovely and well structured Flemish style nose.

Flavour: The tart blackberries come through nicely upfront. Fresh at first then progressing in to a jammy/cassis note which gets enveloped by acetic lemon juice and sour berries mid way. It softens in to an oaky/musty tannin which offers that delicious fruit tingle flavour in the finish. Some gentle barrel dryness and artificial candy notes endure on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Dry texture with a light spritzy-ness. Medium body. The 8.7% ABV is very well buried.

Overall: This is our 2nd sour from Wicked Weed and both have been top notch. This one was a very nice interpretation of a Flemish-style red. Fine offering.