Firestone Walker El Gourdo

Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing (Duvel-Moortgat)
Paso Robles, California USA
5.8% · Sour/Wild Ale · 16 Ratings · Special Release ·
El Gourdo is what happens when the local pumpkin patch calls the Barrelworks on the day after Halloween, asking if we want orphaned Cinderalla Pumpkins. Not only did we take the leftover pumpkins pumpkins last year, we roasted them with bay leaf and walnuts in our own wood-burning oven fueled by Brandy staves and local white oak. We then tossed 500 lbs of the caramelized gourds into an oak-aged base beer blend for fermentation and further oak barrel aging, lasting almost a year. The resulting beer is subtle yet firm. Roasting releases naturally sweet spicy pumpkin, brown sugar and nutty flavors and aromas, which mingle nicely with an earthy funk, toasted oak and assertive acidity. A Sante! 100 cases.

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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
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Yeast/Bacteria
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Sour
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