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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: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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 Bakeryís 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 isnít 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Smelteverket (1) - NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015 does not count
Holy moly. I usually donít like sour beers besides flanders that much. This one is so sessionable and well balanced I could drink em all night. Really stands out and very impressed by this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadRobin (2501) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On tap at Pizza Paradiso in DuPont Circle, Washington, DC. Hazy, pastel yellow gold with negligible head and lacing. Aroma of earthy lemon, peppery spices and sourdough bread. Taste of lemon-lime, vinegar, spice and light fruit. Medium body and low carbonization. Sour and fruity. Nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6097) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Poured as "Wild Beer Levain." 4oz draft pour at Churchkey. Poured a very light hazy yellow color with a small off-white, foamy head. Aroma was light spice notes, touch of sour. Flavor was light sweet malt, touch of funky, tart acidic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
[bottle] Ginger ale-y aroma with some funky, yeasty sourdough up front, then some lambicy sourness. Hazy yellow with no head. Clean, lactic sourness in the flavour that quickly dries out to a watery finish. Mouth puckering sourness. Ginger ale and faint accents of other spices. Clean, light body, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaartenRF10 (1774) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
Lichtste bier dat ik ooit heb gedronken, qua kleur dan. Zeer licht goudkleurig. Weinig kraag. Geur is citroen en wat hout. Smaak alleen wat zurig, niet erg uitgesproken of diepgaand. Wel goed te drinken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (4097) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Listed as LeVain, known as SourDough in the UK per B United. Hazy pale yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light vinegar. Tastes of citrus, light tart notes, herbs, lemons. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, almost flat. Aroma of peppery earthy lemon. Taste is tart and sharp citrus. A bit acetic but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alexi91 (349) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: Oddbins (Bristol). Berry nose. Sharp and sour taste with wine like acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (473) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Pours a fresh lemonade type appearance. Aroma is a lemon lime mix with some bread notes. Wow that is sour. A sharp lemon bitterness is finished with a malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slubgob (249) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Tap into plastic glass (bartender apologized for lousy presentation). Lime in the nose light bread yeast. Very fine effervescent in the mouth more citrus zing. Sour, yes, but more like biting into a lemon than vinegar like other sours Iíve had. Finishes with a bit of yeast body. Very refreshing

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