Wicked Weed ‘Recurrant’ BA American Sour Ale w Blackcurrants


61889463_1104406616410149_8138964481913913344_n“Recurrant begins as a deep amber sour ale and is blended onto copious amounts of black currants. It is then laid to rest in 500L cabernet puncheon barrels. The larger, red wine barrels lend a delicate complexity to the final blend.”

Glassware: Stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Deep crimson with candy red highlights. It struggles to hold on to what little head it produces…retreating to the rim yet still managing a wet lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: The sourness is almost enough to wake the dead! Extremely high acidity underlined by lemon, white vinegar, tart cherry, unripened plums, black currant roll ups and pretty much every vinous red berry under the sun! A musty barrel accent opens up as she settles as does a barnyard/horse blanket funk. Plenty of depth on show here.

Flavour: It comes on like a lemon warhead…with the eye-twitch and all! What’s so good about it is the background sweetness which makes the insane sourness bearable. We’re noticing a little less lemon and vinegar and more tart cherries and berries as it rolls in to a fruity finish which reveals traces of a good vintage red on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and ultra sour…the pucker rating hits a full 5/5. Some dryness with moderate body and co2. 7.7% AbV well positioned.

Overall: It’s an absolute corker but we feel it needs to be laid down for a considerable amount of time. It’s a bit brash and in-your-face how it is now. That’s in no way a criticism though…just an observation. Top drop.