We love to experiment here at Jackie O’s. Many of our special release beers are aged in various barrels, go through a secondary wild fermentation, utilize locally harvested products, and/or highlight interesting flavor combinations. As Quincedence would have it, each of the attributes above makes this beer a truly unique creation. The beer began as our Scottish ale. A deep caramel flavored brew accompanied by hint smoke, from a touch peated malt. This beer was then placed in a freshly emptied Cabernet Barrel from Kinkead Winery in Ripley Ohio. After months of aging, this beer had taken on some pronounced vinous notes and the tannins from the barrel were lending a nice dry finish to the beer. Inspired by the developing character, I gave the barrel a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis (wild yeast). The wild yeast further accentuated the fruity vinous flavors and gave the dry finish a bit of a boost. Months after the wild yeast had made its home inside of the barrel; I came across some Quince fruit at our local farmers market. I found the fruit’s distinct apple/pear character intriguing and purchased 20lbs to add to a barrel in our cellar. Ultimately, the cabernet barrel filled with Scottish and wild yeast made the most since. The juxtaposition of tart (from the cabernet qualities and the wild yeast) and sweet (from the caramel flavor of the beer and the vanilla from the oak) mimicked the quince it’s self. The fruit was gently rinsed to keep the local wild yeast from the orchard intact, and then placed into the barrel. 2 months after the fruit was added, we bottled Quincedence. This beer will continue to develop in the bottle for years to come if stored it in a dark cool place.
Brewer: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Alcohol Content: N/A