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Wild Beer Sourdough

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

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (5065) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Cask @ Brewhouse & Kitchen, Islington, London. Has a hazy dishwater-yellow appearance with next to no head. Carbonated and active in the palate, it has a soured fruit aroma and taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1687) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle at the Castle Tap, Reading. It’s a hazy pale yellow with a light spritzy mouthfeel. Lots od grape and white wine up front then a light lemon flavour in the mildly dry and sour finish. It’s pretty simple, but it does work well and is very pleasant and refreshing. We used to have boys’ bitters; is this the equivalent in sour ale?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (176) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy light yellow with almost no head. Yeasty and bready aroma. Classic Berliner weisse sour notes. Flavor is wheaty, yeasty, and tart lemon juice. The body is higher than a true Berliner weisse, and the finish lingers before fading away.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (777) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2015
Interesting beer this one. Very cloudy pour and a very lemony wit colour. Sourness is evident on the nose and palate as expected. When looking at the parts it shouldn’t amount to much, but for some reason I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6040) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours hazy yellow with a small off white head. Aroma if light funk, citrus and light oak. Flavour is moderate acidic and light salty. Light bodied with light carbonation. Decent and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6058) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2015
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Funky aroma. Very hazy pale lemony pour. Slight sourness. Easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (578) - ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours pale, looks thin. Bit of foam. Aroma has sourness, acidity. Citrus. Taste is explosively sour. Fresh and easy-drinking. Aftertaste is sweetish and short. Good refreshing summer beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2414) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from Bottledog. Gueuze smell but something quite sweet too. Nice sourness, tart and something a little smoky too. But not quite for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3618) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Very very pale, almost clear color. Very nice sour nose with nice smokey rye character. Very nice tart mouth with lots of rye character. Very tart. Lovely dry sour rye beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leesus01 (3) - - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
A great sour. Tart. Citrus. Fruity. Woody. Very refreshing. A must try for sour fans.


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