Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekend/Day Beer Adventures: Sour Beer tasting in the Quad Cities

Man, has it been a while since I last posted. After such a long hiatus, I'm going to get to posting again, and limit other external distractions that have prevented my time for posting (i.e. facebook).
Here is a tasting I attended at Against The Grain Brewery & Alehouse a while ago. Rich is trying to host one at least every quarter. Everyone brought a bottle or two as an entry into the event. It was limited, which was nice - as everyone had an opportunity to try everything in an adequate amount.
One of the show cases of the night was a 50+ year old Belgian Sour that had made its way from a deceased mans basement collection in the 1950's through several Ebay driven beer geeks hands into the Quad Cities. Anyway here is what we tried:

Lindemans Cuvee Rene
White wine complexity and grapes skins. Balanced along with fruit and apricots

50 yr old Belgian Lambic
Musty kombucha and slightly acidic

The Bruery's Mother Funker
Lemon sour warhead and warm pineapple undertones

Crooked Stave L'Brett D'or
Malty, fresh fruit finish and peach pith notes. Grapefruit and muscat grape

Mikkeller Sour Bitch
 Definitely more faint. A dry tannic lycĂ©e fruit element

Brouwerij Fonteinen - Schaerbeeske Kriek
 Barnyard smell and scratch and sniff aging cherries. Smells and tastes medicinal. Acidic finish

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett
Blended plum fruitiness complexity. A little hot dry empty/hollow. Still green

Cuvee De Ranke
Balanced tart plum. Encourages a swollen tongue

Brouwerij Fonteinen Oude Geuze
Nectarines. Lots of hops bite in back of throat. Dandelion notes in the finish

The Bruery's Sour in the Rye

Rye malt is heavy in character with some caramel. Really sour bite at finish and grapefruit aftertaste

Note: this was my first actual sour beer tasting! Thanks to all the QC folk who invited me.

Not pictured: New Holland Blue Sunday and New Holland MI Nightmare

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