Another year nearly done and it’s time to dig through the cellar for 12 special needs to accompany the festive season.
This is the starting lineup; running order still undecided…
Day 1 is from what seems to be a mandatory brewery for my 12 beers selections. Wild Beer co. are always a reliable bet for something interesting, particularly when it’s barrel aged and in a 750ml bottle. I’d honestly forgotten that I had this bottle stashed away, so it was a pleasant surprise to find it.
It poured a nice light ruddy brown, with a moderate creamy head. Plenty of acidity on the nose.
The sourness hits you immediately. It shouldn’t have been unexpected, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be so powerful. This is a good start!
Sour cherries are prominent, with perhaps a little citrus acidity in the background. It’s smooth, and very easy to sink a glass full without being overwhelming like many sours in this style can be.
There is a problem though. It’s my only bottle, and it’s pretty much gone already.
I hope the next 11 days can stand up to this!