Thornbridge Love Among the Ruins

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

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
Inbreak (6332) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2017
08.07.2017, 0,375l bottle (2016 vintage) @ home:
Nice fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is dry mineraly, oak, minerals, bark, vinegar, cherry stones, sorrel, berry skin, hay, hints of sour red berries. Taste is dry sour-ish fruity, mild vinegar, cherry stones, oak, minerals, berry skin, soda powder, sorrel, sour cherries, grass, hints of cinnamon. Medium bitterness, dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Nice.

3.7
Jyrsa (891) - - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle with friends. Hazy reddish brown. Sour with raisin, cherry, strawberry. Cherry, oak, sour. Nice!

3.3
rob19a (409) - - JUN 12, 2017
15/20 tasty not sour but very oaky but with a creamyness to. pretty unusual. not sure about the wild beers that are ultra oaky

3.8
Tide (4063) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Copper color, minimal white head. Sour taste with cherry, sour apple, wheat, tart, grass and oak. Sour finish with cherry, sour apple, oak, tart and grass. Excellent sour ale.

3.7
TET (3133) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2017
A brownish red beer, a head is quite small and blond. Aroma has strong sourness, cherries, some raspberries and iron. Taste has strong sourness, cherries, dry barrel, cherry stones. Medium bodied, typical stickyness. Great balance, tasteful.

3.7
TBone (17800) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Bottled 375ml (Alko web)
Red color, small off-white head. Tart aroma has cherries and red wine. Light to medium-bodied. Mouthpuckering cherry, redwine and redwine tannines. Acidic but drinkability is good . Finished a bit ... watery. Well-brewed and barreled.

3.3
Rune (13206) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2017
Thornbridge showcase. Taster, poured from a bottle at Tuckers Maltings Taphouse. Amber-red body, naked surface. Dry red berries on the nose. Rather intense taste profile of cherry acidity and yeasty fruitiness on a backbone of oak. Vinous impression. Dry and tart ending. Smooth and refreshing. (Newton Abbot 28.04.2017).

4.1
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2017
0.375 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Hazy reddish brown color. Aromas of cherries and toasted almonds, excellent and unique. Rich cherry flavor with bright acidity, some toasty chocolatey notes and red wine. Some tannins in the palate with a slight acidic sting in the finish. Fairly full body. Very complex, still pleasant and balanced.

3.9
Mishnok (360) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2017
Pours a sort of a burgundy red, hazy and opaque. Medium carbonation. Aroma is a nip nips sour, off wine. Taste is all tart fruits and sours, wine and berries. Very good indeed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Dermi (1192) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2017
375 ml, bottled. Pours cloudy orangeish red with a small white head. Aroma: Tart notes, fruits, leather. Taste: Sour, refreshing taste. Malty notes, wood. Notes of acetic acid. Raisins. Nice. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Tart finish. Nice one.


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