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Wild Beer Sourdough

Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Shepton Mallet, England
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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nilsas (2252) - 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 (6158) - 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 (5248) - 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 (1610) - 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 (1549) - 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 (8492) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie (Montréal, QC) au coût de 7,00$. Arôme: Odeur de citron sûrette. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-blanchâtre voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux. Saveur: Léger goût de citron sûrette avec une pointe de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement citronné. (Rating #6331)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (424) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Keg at Bath Brew House. Lovely refreshing sour - easy drinking with medium sourness. Little citrus, hint of apple, plenty brett. Hint of sweetness on the end. Great after a steam bath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (2061) - FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
A very light yellow colour, murky, a head is weak and white. Aroma has strong sourness, lemon, some grapes, green apples and wine vinegar. Taste is even more sour than aroma, lemon, white vine and grapes. Light bodied, sparkling carbonation. Very refreshning, strong sourness, good beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RudiMan (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015 does not count
Sharp slightly skunky aroma. Head white, large bubbled, ephemeral. Pale golden, hazy. Flavour very pleasant grapefruit hops. Enjoyable beer for drinking in the sunshine.

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