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Wild Beer Sourdough

Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Shepton Mallet, England
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9155) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle shared with Erwin Van Moll @ Brewpub Van Moll. Hazy pale yellow color, virtually no head. Hard to describe aroma: lightly sour, lightly grassy, lemongrass, yellow grapefruits. Tastes about the same: lemongrass, light balanced sourness, sourish fruityness. Light to moderately dry finish, lovely refreshing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3965) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Birmingham Beer Bash 2014. Really lovely. Such a nice flavour - super fruity, citric tang, with a lipsmooching quality. Smells tangily tart - it’s quite pungent; it stings the nostrils - but in a good way. Very crisp, drinkable und refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11437) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Golden-yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is oak, yeast, lemon, sourness. Flavour is oak, yeast, lemon, sourness, bread, berries. Weird beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (1348) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
small bottle sample, poured a cloudy amber colour with a off head. malts, sour notes, acid, citrus, bread, yeast,. some oak, fruity finish, smoke, very small tart hint, slight bitterness in the end. does’t taste like a sour ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (917) - - DEC 22, 2014
prodotto molto raffinato, più che ottima interpretazione di una berliner weisse, acidulo-citrica e fresca, con leggerissime note speziate. Molto piacevole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14232) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle from Sourced Market St Pancras and drunk on train to Birmingham. Hazy very pale gold colour thin bubbly white head. Sour and yeast and lemon aroma. I thought a very refreshing drinkable sour. Aa little asimple maybe but not too lactic and the lemon dry finish is excellent. No real funk but a yeasty breadiness that is pleasant. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niksko (386) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours a light, clear golden with a quickly fading white head. Nose is a definite yeasty sourdough note, but also a green olive note (?!) and some musty funk. Flavor is light and tart. I Get more of that green olive on the attack, before making way to lemony tartness on the mid palate and a lactic sourness and a little funk on the finish. Light body and quite fizzy. With those savory flavors I can see why they suggest drinking it with brunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Backlog rating. 33cl bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a hazy amber color with a small white head. Aroma is tart and quite complex, with yeast, bread, vinegar, citrus. Taste is mild acidic with notes of bread, yeast, peppery spices, citrus peel, wet earth. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8410) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Bøker og Børst, Stavanger
Pours hazy pale yellow with a white head. Aroma is sour with notes of malt, lactic acid and gooseberry. Taste is light sweet and light to medium sour with along slightly dry, sour and fruity finish. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
Bouteille 33cl @ Il Pretesto, Bologna. Dorée paille, col fin blanc. Arôme est citrique au premier abord rappelant le cidre, le tout ponctué par un rétro-nasal farineux qui adouci pas mal de bouquet. Palais penche pas mal vers une Berliner, profil suret et funk dominant mais sans être de trop, le tout est ponctué par cet ajout de levure de pâtisserie, ’pasta madre’ très judicieux. Je note une pointe de pomme, funk, farine. 3.6% , session et unique. J’adhère.

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