Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today to talk about one of my favourite kinds of tastings ever. Just you try to stop me from doing a sour beer tasting. I dare you! I love the puckery acidic feeling, I love the tart funky quality given by wild yeasts, and I love that old world feel of Brettanomyces and the addition of weird fruits. Not to mention how well Cheese and meats pair with them, I mean how could you even resist a tasting like that?
Well, it was a small crowd this time around, which is often the case shortly after the summer comes to an end, plus a long weekend. But taste we must and taste we did! Here’s the fantastic selection we went through.
Frederick H. by The Bruery: Frederick H is the new and improved incarnation of the Hottenroth Berliner Weisse. The traditional style is made a little more unique with the use of their in-house yeast strains, and intensely cultured Foeders. Light bodied, decently tart, and lightly funky. ($13.89 for a 750mL bottle)
No Regratze by T0 0L: A smoked sour! Don’t see too many of these around. This one boasts a mostly fruity profile with light smoke undertones. Pleasantly tart with a medium body and a decently dry and still tart finish. ($5.69 for a 330mL bottle)
The Dandy Wild Sour: Using a newly sourced wild yeast strain, the Dandy boys took their sour game to the next level. Their wild sour is light bodied with a big round acidity. ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Oude Gueuze by Mikkeller and Boon: Mikkeller and Boon Gueuzerie collaborate to bring you this delightfully tart and complex blend of lambics, done in the traditional way, but aged in ex-Calvados barrels. ($18.89 for a 750mL bottle)
Celebration Yuzu Sour by Mikkeller: Fairly tart and funky brew with very notable zesty citrus aromas and flavours (but definitely distinct from your standard citrus). ($6.99 for a 500mL tall can)
The Dissident by Deschutes: A distinctive Oud Bruin, Flanders-style brown ale done with cherries, with a fruity, distinct aroma, along with malty brown sweet bread notes, oak, spice and a good fruity tartness. ($26.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Belle Royale by Driftwood: Tart cherries with mild mulling spice-like notes on a decently sour base. A wonderfully tasty beer that challenges the best out there! ($15.69 for a 650mL bottle)
A pretty darn tasty range if I do say so myself. I’d say there are some favourites in there! And one that made it hard for me to pick a #1, but my guests all agreed that Mikkellers Celebration Yuzu sour was the best of the bunch. Followed by Mikkellers Gueuze, and then T0 0Ls smoked sour.
And that’s about all for this post, My next tasting blog will be for Autumn Ales, taking place this Friday, which is sold out I’m afraid. We are, however, releasing a new tasting schedule in a few weeks, and I’ve thought of a few excellent tastings for the new year that you won’t want to miss, so stay tuned! In the meantime, don’t forget your beer advent calendars (which are in store now), and to follow me on Twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY, and I will see you in the store!