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: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (17309) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (12279) - Troms, 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyvskyl, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mishnok (265) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dermi (1180) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beton (585) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Świetny, kompleksowy, złożony, powalający aromat malin, jagd, słomy, octu z akcentami winnych tanin, beczkowych nut. Przy tym lekko cierpkie, orzeźwiające z wytrawnym finiszem.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (1109) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma is plums, cherries, you smell the burgundy and a little bready. Its very dry. The cherries come through, almost like a very dry sherry, hints of vanilla and an oaky finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrold (5067) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2017
Bottle. Wine Rack, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield. Dark, cherry red. Soft haze. Slim halo of off white head. Nose has cherry crumble. Almond extract. Vanilla. Cherry stone. Cut oak. Some red wine vinegar. Some old balsamic. Taste is vanilla and baked cherry sweet. Lovely oaky, sour cherry twang. Clean and soft, tangy palate. Ripe cherry finish. Thats six mentions of the word cherry. Seven. Beautiful.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (1596) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - APR 22, 2017
Bottle, 375mL. Home. A dark red garnett opaque beer with a small off-white, nearly orange head ; average retention. Wood, red berries (cherry), caramel note, light vinegar. Medium sweet, medium dry sour refreshing, bitter note. Medium body, elegant, light oily texture, average carbonation, sweet fruity light acid finish. Overall, delicious :)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (2195) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2017
Smell of oak, cherry, wine. Cloudy brown colour, beige head that diminished quickly. Aroma of cherry, some yeast, oak and wine in finish. Cherry dominates the flavour. Very sour. Fizzy carbon, rather light body.


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