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Wild Beer Sourdough

Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Shepton Mallet, England
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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pdubyah (481) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2015
OF course it lacks body, but it makes up for it with a lovely aroma and a fair punch of pucker up sourness. Enjoyed that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (329) - CYPRUS - APR 16, 2015
Slightly hazy yellow straw colour body with a very thin head. Aroma is sourdough bread, yeast, some lemon. Taste is mild sour, tart, sweet too. It really tastes like sourdough bread. Light to medium body, dry finish. Refreshing and easy to drink beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6714) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle - Tart and funky feet with some sweat. Cloudy yellow with a decent white head. Tart, light sourness, some bready funky notes and a nice finish. Funky and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light funky ester is quite pleasing. Taste is a nice simple mix of tart notes, light oak with some funky Brett notes. Acidity is very low as well as residual sugar notes. Body is light with great carbonation. Superb mix of great drinkability and loads of complexity. I also love the fact that they didnít feel the need to go double-digit on the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2923) - FINLAND - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours unclear pale golden with a whitish head. Lemons, bit of funky and sour bready notes in aroma. The vinegar notes appears later on. Bit on the tart side tastewise. Citrus fruits, some doughy notes, bit of barnyard too. Refreshing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilverfoX (561) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
smells sour strangely enough with some red berries hinted at, cloudy lemonade look with no head. mild fruity sour flavour, is alright!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1805) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
Aroma: dough, sour, yeast. Appearance: clear, light yellow, small, white, frothy head. Taste: medium bitter, light sour. Palate: sours expand, lemons and other citrus fruits. Overall: very interesting Sour Ale, quite like the aroma. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2947) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
(Wild Beer Sourdough) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a big tulip, ABV 3.6% Bright, sunny yellow colour on the body, clear, with a small and thin white head on top. Low head retention, minimal lacing on the glass after it has collapsed. Subtle but nice aroma. Maybe itís subliminal but I smell fresh baked bread in here, wheat, light yeast. Quite sour taste, with floral notes, wheat, grapes, bread, sesame, long aftertaste. Medium thin body, good carbonation. Light dryness on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5220) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Cask @ Craft Beer Co, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1694) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle at the Castle Tap, Reading. Itís 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. Itís pretty simple, but it does work well and is very pleasant and refreshing. We used to have boysí bitters; is this the equivalent in sour ale?

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