It’s Boxing Day, which means day 7 and that we’re past the halfway mark for the 12 beers. It’s been good so far, with some interesting stuff being drunk by everybody. I’ve been looking forwards to opening this one since I bought it, having tasted it for the first time at the Birmingham Beer Bash earlier in the year (paired with a Famous Patty Men slider!). It’s probably sat in my top 3 beers of this year, hence the inclusion in the 12 beers list.
Opening this was rather more straightforward than yesterday’s AB:16 struggle, although no less eventful. A satisfying gasp from the cap coming off was followed quite quickly by a small fountain of beer making a break for freedom. I managed to get enough into a glass to stem the flow sufficiently before losing too much though. Of course the explosive opening means that the yeast has been stirred up, so things are looking a little cloudy in there.
It’s as good as I remember (even though I don’t have a burger to accompany it today). The aroma is pure funk, fruity sherbert, pepper and spice. The taste is predominantly lemon and gooseberry tartness, sauvignon blanc (not sure if that was what was in the barrels they used?) with very prominent Brett characteristics. This is the winner so far… even with the gushing!
Brewery: Siren / Prairie Artisin Ales
Style: Barrel-aged Saison