Orpheus Like a White Curtain Blowing in the Draft From a Half-Opened Window...


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 206   ABV: 6.85%
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Sometimes beer from a particular barrel really hits you. This time it was actually two barrels, and they had both previously held our spontaneously fermented green strawberry beer, Sirens. With very few exceptions, I don’t generally find single barrels to be good enough to release, but these were that good even after only about 6 months in the barrel. We gave it another 6 months and they were even better, but we still thought they’d be improved with a blend, so we found another couple barrels that we had inoculated with one of our favorite blends, Even the Furies Wept, and blended them. The resulting beer is bright and light despite its high acidity, full of stone fruit and lemon character, like a white curtain blowing in the draft from a half-opened window beside a chair on which nobody sits. Which is quite a coincidence, because that’s also how Margaret Atwood describes Eurydice’s state of being while in Hades when Orpheus comes to get her, on the journey that was the beginning of the Orphic rebirth mythology, which is what Plato refers to when Er describes seeing Orpheus transformed in to a swan in the transmigration of his soul. And that’s why we put swan wings on all of our barrel-aged labels, to represent the transformation that happens in the wood. This is just the first time we’ll be putting Sam Parker‘s beautiful swan on a label – expect to see it on many of our upcoming small blends.

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3.8
jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2017
Pours a mostly clear golden yellow from the cork and cage bottle with bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to leave light lace. Aroma of nice musty barrel, white wine fruitiness, and a big lactic acidity. Taste is musty barrel, a hint of funky farmhouse, good lactic acidity, light fruitiness, and just a hint of solvent. Much more pleasant than I was expecting, because I have been scared from their sours before, but I can dig it. The name is over the top though.

3.7
PotjeBier (3768) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2017
Draft @ Beer Temple. Hazy (pale) yellow color. Urine color, really. Aroma’s: sour, light wood. Retronasal it’s sourish, woody. Flavor is sour with tannines. Medium bodied. Long finish with wood, tannines, a bit of vanilla even.

3.6
kermis (14716) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2017
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Draft at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Very hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of oak, tart light fruits, citrus and light funk. Flavour is light sweet and above moderate sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2017
Small-batch strawberry sour ale by this sour specialist in Georgia, apparently from a single barrel but blended with a few others. Rather impractical and exaggeratedly long name - but nice to see a quote from classic Greek theatre show up as a beer name. Tasted from tap at the BeerTemple in Amsterdam during Carnivale Brettanomyces. Moussy, snow white, dense head over a hazy straw blonde beer with greenish hue. Aroma of sherry vinegar, unripe gooseberries (or indeed unripe green strawberries?), redcurrant, fresh sorrel leaves, raw rhubarb, Granny Smith apple peel, sour cream, milk gone sour, dry white wine, soap. Lots of green unripe plum, white grape skin and hard pear peel wryness and tartness in the mouth, citrusy fresh touch of pomelo, more or less fizzy carbo but suitable for this style, refreshing, over a soapy, wheaty backbone with sharper grainy edges; drying tartness increasing in the end, with a very superficially lambic-like funkiness to it, some wet wood tannins as well as fruit skin tannins, dryingly sour and bit powdery yeasty finish. Nice, very quenching and quite complex, pleasantly surprised as I had never heard of this brewery before.

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tricksta_p (5223) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2017
From tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam, during Carnivale Brettanomyces 2017. Aroma is citrussy fruits, Bretty funk, lemon, more tart fruits, wood, with light malt. Flavour is big sourness with a dry-ish finish. Body is medium. Lovely funky Sour, not sure about that name though...

4.2
Cybercat (6208) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Taps hazy golden with a thick eggshell head. Aroma delivers white wine, fresh malt and tart fruity notes plus a woody hint. Flavor features tart apple and grape, malty, wine and woody notes - definitely tasty. Mouthfeel offers lively fizz and firm body. Enjoyable even longer than the name.


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