Firestone Walker Feral Vinifera

Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing (Duvel-Moortgat)
Paso Robles, California USA
9.1% · Sour/Wild Ale · 35 Ratings · Special Release ·
Feral Vinifera is our foray into a new and exciting adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley, that expresses our collaborative efforts with local grape growers and winemakers. Its journey begins with the sourcing and pressing of grapes from David Walker’s vineyard, co-fermenting the juice with a wheat-based wort, inoculating with proprietary wild yeast and bacteria, and allowing for a long fermentation and maturation in French Oak barrels. We have carefully fermented, matured and blended this beer with the collaboration of our friend, Andrew Murray, proprietor/winemaker at Andrew Murray Vineyards. The resulting cuvee; a partnership of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Muscat grapes co-fermented with wheat based wort-bends the mind and senses. Pineapple, mango, guava mingle with Meyer lemon and gooseberry. A funky savory yeast bouquet lays down a firm foundation, fruity esters and tart acidity lend body and structure. Finishing with a flinty minerality, woody tannins and vinous perfume.

Feral Vinifera Blend:
Barrel Ratio: 100% French Oak
Barrel - Blend - Ratio - Maturation time
French Oak - Sauvignon Blanc/wheat beer - 35% - 12 months
French Oak - Chenin Blanc/wheat beer - 35% - 12months
French Oak - Orange Muscat/wheat beer - 5% - 12 months
French Oak - Bretta Weisse - 25% - 8 months

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
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Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
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Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

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Sour
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Carbonation
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Finish
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