“The return of our first ever blueberry sour blonde ale, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We kept adding fruit to our barrel-aged sour blonde ale until the taste was exactly what we wanted. A lovely shade of reddish purple with juicy flavors of tart blueberries.”
Appearance: Gorgeous cloudy maroon with a very soft purple hue. Minimal head, falling away to almost nothing. Next to no lace left behind.
Aroma: Quite a punchy sourness… definitely spurred on by the ultra tart blueberries. Really strong barrel character too – old, woody but fairly dry. Lots of candy and sherbet, acetic lemon and lime, subtle red wine vinegar and some tannins. Really boisterous but that’s what we love about American sours…you know what you’re in for!
Flavour: Boisterous alright! Near eye-watering sourness upfront with extremely tart and acetic blueberries, lemon/lime and vinegar. It tapers off straight in to delicious candy and mixed berry sherbet with mild barrel musty-ness fused through. It finishes with more pronounced oak, sherbet and blueberries and really draws out nicely.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, dry and tannic. The pucker rating gets a well deserved 4/5. Quite highly carbonated and the 6.5% ABV is well concealed.
Overall: Cracking drop. We’re loving the move in to 500ml tinnies as it’s cheaper than the 750ml bottles and much less of a commitment. Not as good for ageing though…say what you will we just don’t like the idea of aging beer in cans. Anywho, this is a brilliant sour.