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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: 173   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 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 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2016
At GBF, a "session sour" so to speak from this English sour ale specialist, fermented with a bread yeast and Brett, and oaked. Moussy, snow white, more or less stable head, hazy straw blonde colour with greenish hue. Aroma of unripe redcurrant, buttermilk, artichoke, sourdough, fermenting hay, wry grape peel, pear, goat cheese, dry lime zest. Lemony sour, a bit puckering even, unripe plum and raw pineapple acidity too, sour cream-like lactic tartness, spritzy carbo, supple and somewhat grainy middle, some bready yeastiness in the end while the drying sourness continues, very refreshing. Interesting deviation from the Berliner Weisse principle - which nowadays seems all too often being used as an ’easy’ and simple alternative to more complex and lambic-inspired sours. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1843) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2016
330ml . In a goblet. A lactic acidic nose darts from the glass... Lemon , sugars , sour candy sweets .... It pinches my nose and makes me recall a less funky Gueuze, like hanssens. The white head died soon and leaves glowing orange . Flavours are refreshing, dry and tart , drinks like a Berliner. Lemon, sour puckering acidity, wheat , little green apple . I like this , a bit more boost would score it higher for me ... And a better head retention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9394) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2016
Small white rim, cloudy beer. Very spicy, bread- and wild yeast, lemon/lime. Quite tart, lemony, lactic acid. Not only very light, but a tad watery. Not so special, the acidity makes up for 95% of the taste & mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerGantzel (301) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2016
From tap. A great highly sour wild ale. Hazy and golden appearance and a long lasting white foam. Average lively carbonation, medium-full body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CraftBeerNick (1880) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Tap at Craft Islington. 25th July 16. Pours straw, aroma is cider, tart, astringent, taste is nasty sour, astringent, harsh, lemon, loads of sickening cider characteristics. Makes you fear for your stomach, not a good beer at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (819) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2016
BOttle. Nose is lemon, white grape, hints of wine, yeast. Taste is sharp, vinous, lemon, oak, grape, barrel. There is a little breadiness in the middle, but it adds little. Affable ’me too’ Berliner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Sample from bottle at ASKO-messe. Slightly hazy pale yellow colour, white head. Aroma of sourdough and sour milk, hints of farmhouse and lemons. Sour flavour, notes of lemons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3152) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle from Booths in Windermere. Pours Hazy blond with a rim of white froth. Pleasant sour flavour with apple peel and citrus before some doughy bread notes in the finish. Very light and refreshing. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5986) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
330ml bottle, 6 months old, from Whole foods, 3.6%. Hazy orange, still, minimal white head. Aroma is cider, airy, elderflower. Body is light, spritzy carbonation. Taste is apple cider vinegar, a little buttery oak, pretty acetic. Refreshing but harsh. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16811) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
Spritziger, leicht erhöht karbonisierter Antrunk. Milde passende Herbe, frisch. Wenig steigende Bitterkeit bei frisch bleibender milder Säure, rund. Gut! 8/11/12/11/12/11

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