You know that feeling when there’s something different about someone but you just can’t quite place it? They’re still familiar, but somehow altogether different. Maybe they’ve just had a haircut or shaved their beard. Or maybe they’ve had a life-changing experience, like being locked up inside a dark place for the past six months. Well, the last of these is exactly the fate that befell Jerome. It all harks back to the 2013 GABS festival when the Illawarra Brewing boys released their oak-aged Shiraz barrel saison, French Kiss. This beer, Jerome, was an original experimental trial batch for that beer. Having since been tortured – sorry, inoculated – with a lambic culture, it’s been sitting, waiting, brooding in one of those old Shiraz barrels for more than half a year. And now it’s been released, in all its mutant Lambic Saison glory. Dark, malty, dry, tart, funky and fascinating, Jerome is just the sort of wild companion you’d want on these warm summer days.
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap at the local in sydney. murky brown with a thin head; aroma of over-oaked red wine, old leather and musty cellar; plenty of briney acidity with a touch of sherbet and a pretty rough finish; a bit of a confusion of styles, which affords complexity but at the expense of it ending up a bit of a mess
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown colour with a good tan head that stays a while in the glass. Aroma is loads of sour brettanoncymes, some peach, cucumber and barnyard. Taste is much the same, some scotch tendencies in there as wall. Medium body with soft carbonation, creating a soft and nice palate. A very interresting beer, would have this one again!
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