Thornbridge Love Among the Ruins

Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Sour Red Ale, aged in red burgundy barrels with cherries.

This beer is the second iteration of a project we have been working on at the brewery for a few years now. We wanted to create a modern sour ale aged in barrels that had the same complexity and depth of flavour that our favourite sours from the USA offer. After using a Belgian yeast strain to give a good foundation on which to build, we aged the beer in Burgundy barrels with the fruity for well over a year. Adding cultures of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and Lactobacillus at set points let us sour the beer gradually over many months and give layers of flavour that can only develop over time. The rich fruit aroma and flavours compliment the sharp sourness which subsides for more malt and yeast character to come through. Lively, dry and thirst-quenching, this beer is a beer to savour; a complex and mature sour ale that we feel fulfills our original objective.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4868) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Cloudy red-brown in colour with a vanishing white head. It has a tart, red fruity and warming whisky-like flavour followed by a smooth, spicy, slight sour cherry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (488) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2017
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours hazy brown with a tiny reddish beige head. Aroma is vinous, sour cherries, red wine, peach, apples, dark dried fruits and oak. Taste is medium+ sweet, medium sour and light bitter. Finish is fruity sourness, slightly dry and a nice balance between sour and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4367) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle from Beer Gonzo. Reddish brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma has red wine slight malt and fruity sour cherry. Taste light sweet to mid sour. Medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (117) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 27, 2017
375ml bottle at home. Aroma is incredible. So complex, sourness comes along with sweet vinegar, some balsamico, some fruit, red wine, and some oak notes. Flavour is similarly complex, sourness is intense but doesnt go overboard, balsamico, very fruity, cherries. Finishes long and rather sweet. Im not a sour expert but this is the best Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svartvit (323) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle shared at the Oirschot tasting. Pours dark red/brown with an off-white head. Cherries, lots of vinous notes, tart fruits, oak, grapes, bit of lacto. Well balanced flavors but a bit heavy on the sour, acidic. Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (14790) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle @ Joes shared by Joes. Hazy orange-red to light red-brown color, small to average sized off-white head. Aroma is much nicer than I had expected, some sourness, but dominated by a peachy sweetness, some yeast. Flavor however is less nice, at least, its not what I like, rather sharp sourness, (Dutch) "wrang", cherries. Not my kind of beer at all, though the aroma was quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2479) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle from Hop, Burns & Black, East Dulwich. Hazy, dirty brown, lots of bubbles, off white head which thins to nothing after a few moments. Nose is malt vinegar, apple vinegar, Branston pickle, sour and tart, apple cider, fruit sour, raspberry and red berry, brown cooking apple flesh. Taste is soft fruit tart and sour, balsamic vinegar, apple vinegar, lactobacillus. Sharp tart and sour with some nice fruit softness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (16152) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle, 7%. Unclear dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, cherries, acetone, sour and tart. Flavour is malt, sour cherries, acetone, sour, medium sweet, little marzipan,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (18801) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle @ Saxo tasting. Hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, acetone and tart cherries. Flavor is quite sweet and rather acidic. Dry and rather acidic finish. 301216

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (11332) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark amber with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, light sourness, yeast, light brett, oak, red wine, light acetone, wet wood, tart fruit. Flavor is light sweet, light sour, malt, oak, wood, red wine, grapes, acetone, light spice, tart fruit, cherries . Medium body, average carbonation, acidic finish. 301216

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