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Wild Beer Sourdough

Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Shepton Mallet, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
bottled, special
Beer and Bread have been showing off the magic of yeast for thousands of years, we decided to combine the two. The old and the new, contemporary ideas and historical techniques and ingredients, a very special beer that combines all these things and more.
6 months before we even had a brewery we started talking to Tom Herbert about the Hobbs House Bakery’s 58 year old Sourdough yeast, and whether we could use it to ferment a beer. Tom was excited, we were excited!
After a year of trials (each trial took a really long time to develop) we decided to loosely base the beer on a Berliner Weisse style - a historical Sour beer style from Northern Germany, but with a Wild Beer slant to it. We have used the 58 year old sourdough culture and a little brettanomyces and put the beer straight into oak barrels for its primary fermentation.
It has been slowly fermenting, maturing and souring for 4 months in the barrels and will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle. There is a lovely gentle rounded fruity sourness to this beer. It isn’t harsh, and its low alcohol makes it the perfect brunch beer to enjoy with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on some Hobbs House Bakery Sourdough. Serve chilled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1514) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours a hazy pale yellow... Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Aroma of bready malts, lactic acid, sourdough bread, citrus fruit and a light funk. Taste is sourdough bread, bready malts, lactabacolis and light barnyard. Great sessionable sour beer with a nice complexity to it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1601) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy pale yellow with a little sediment and no head. Aroma and flavour are yeast, lemons, and tartness - with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1341) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
330ml bottle, pours hazy yellow gold. The nose is sour, zesty lemon, malts are light and the sour lactics and tannins dominate. Not the most complex of aromas, but very refreshing and very dry finish. Body is medium, carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5316) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle: Shaker: Hazy bright yellow like lemon juice. Quick disappearing white head. Aroma of tart fruit and yeast, some funk, some bread, hay, dried lemon, funky sweat, rhuharb, dried flowers... Flavour is deliciously tart, funk, fruit, wild yeast, lemon, some grape tartness. Yummi! Thirst clenching delicious! Aftertaste is tart with some fruit like grapes and lemon, some funk and yeast... Low carbo, light creamy tart mouthfeel, good medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nilsas (2321) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015

Lukt: Syrlig høy og gjær.
Utseende: Gul farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum, ring lang kant.
Smak: Frisk syrlig smak.
Hvor: Kjøpt@Vaaland, Bryne, Nydt@Hjemme.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@3,6%, Når@20.06.2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
22/V/15 - 33cl bottle @ Brazilian Tasting (home) - BB: n/a (2015-659) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy pale lemony yellow beer, small irregular aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very spicy, herbal, yeast, sourish, funky, lemony, vinegar. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very lemony, sourish, funky, nice and clean sourness though, something rarely encountered in these days of hyped sours. Aftertaste: refreshingly sour, lemony, very nice and clean sour beer, well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
330 ml. bottle sampled @ “Brazilian Tasting”. Pours a milky, very hazy milky lemon golden with zero head. Nose is super lactic Berliner weisse which is prefer less, spoiled lemon yoghurt, mineral, acidic, lemon & apricot acidity. Taste is lemon acidic lactic, mineral, very lactic Berliner with no complexity, quite puckering, apple, very musty,… Lighter lactic body, lower carbonation. I am not the biggest fan of these kinds of very heavily lactic Berliner’s but this is pretty decent, drinks easily. I have had sourdough bread a few times but I don’t see much flavor similarity here. I haven’t had it only a few times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1734) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours very pale and bland looking, hazy. Sour nose with yeast, bread, wood, vinegar. Taste is sour, crispy carbonation, yeast, grapes, lemon, vinegar. Light bodied. Sour is in fact an excellent style for low ABV beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Psytron (1585) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2015
Smell of dough, yeast. Hazy lime colour, minimal white hed. Aroma of sourdough, kilju, yeast. Very sour. Wild carbon, light body. Most displeasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This bready and tart Berliner-style Weisse has plenty of citrusy angles to build a great lunchtime quaff.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam dissipates into the cloudy pale straw white.
-From the taster’s point of view, it’s not obvious how the sourdough yeast helped this brew. In any case, the end result is as compelling as it is refreshing, and that’s what matters!
-Peachy fruitiness appears alongside the citrusy acidity.
-The mouthfeel/carbonation could be tighter.
-Lacto notes are well balanced with the citrusy components.


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