Holgate Sour Brett Ale 2018 750ml
Holgate's Sour Brett Ale is a yeast driven beer with no late kettle or dry hopping. This has created a hazy, burnished gold beer that is redolent of lazy, late-summer afternoons. The aroma displays classic Brett funk with a zesty acidity balanced by sweet summer fruits – think peaches, apricots and mango with a hint of forest fruits .
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One of the Holgate's first forays into the world of primary Brettanomyces fermentation was the 2017 release of Sour Brett Ale where they designed a sour ale using two different wild yeasts: Brettanomyces bruxellensis Trois Vrais and Brettanomyces bruxellensis to ferment a kettle-soured wort. The palate is unmistakeably Brett with touches of rustic funk underneath a bracing lactic acidity. The sweet fruits are in play too, the whole being reminiscent of childhood sour candies, lemon sherbet and green gooseberries. The finish is lip-smackingly dry. Sour Brett Ale is perfect on its own but also pairs very well with strong cheeses and antipasto.
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