On tap at Ambulance, vinous green grape souring gains musty tannic oak leathering and mild barnyard musk before leaving moderate lemon rind tartness on the semi-acidic finish. Wispy crabapple, prickly pear and white peach illusions underscore lemony white wine zesting.
Seductive oak barrel-aged wining and wild barnyard-desiccated yeast create vinous green grape-soured apple cider pucker underscored by leathery lactic acidity. Lemon-seeded oaken cherry, raspberry vinaigrette, pomegranate, Chardonnay, yellow mustard and woodruff syrup illusions heighten wood-dried white wine sourness.
Easygoing oaken wine-barreled lambic (vintage 2013) brings stylish ultra-dry citrus souring to olfactory farmhouse dessication. Musty barnyard acridity dries out sharp cider souring, pickled balsamic vinegaring, vinous green grape wining and syrupy woodruff notion. In the midst, tart lemon pucker picks up polite lemongrass and peppercorn accents.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, vinous sour ale offers musty green grape tannins to lemon-peeled limestone acridity, dry champagne fizz and earthen barnyard parch. Raspy raspberry vinaigrette tartness and oaken cherry pucker spiritedly follow along the acidic grape-soured path.
Pour slowly extremely carbolic Band-Aid-wafted gueuze (with wild yeast funk) to avoid bubbly champagne overflow. Sour ale freaks will delight over musty oaken cherry bluster, vinous grape acidity, and green apple tartness. Peppery hop-fizzed lemon-dried bittering underscores vinegary brettanomyces grouting, chalky brimstone acridity, and nestled apple cider sharpness.
By blending Hanssens tartly tannic gueuze with British winery’s honeyed mead, silky barnyard-dried hybrid settles to gossamer lemon-soured cider tartness. Unripe peach-pear-melon mouthfeel, sharp sour grape continuance and grassy herbal mustiness consume puffy cumulous-headed translucent yellow belly. Bubbly carbolic fizz could be obtrusive. Pour into glass to delete coarse vinous attribute.
Extremely tart green apple-wafted pale-clouded “bottle matured” artisan lambic picks up intrusive musty earthen coarseness. Harsh cork-like dry grape sourness underlines fizzy white wine acidity. Explosive carbonation nearly blocks out subtle orange-peeled lemon rind souring and juniper berry bittering. For highly individualized tastes intrigued by expensive Belgian ales. It’ll burn amateur stomachs like vinegar.
Fermented in oak barrels, soured lambic offers sharp citrus sweetness debunking acrid white wine pucker and earthen barnyard-hay-horsehide acridity many dry Belgian gueuze rely upon, making it easier for casual drinkers to consume. At taut finish, tart green apple concision embraces green grape esters.
Spontaneously fermented nostril-flaring rust-hued lambic with zesty orange rind tartness, musty ultra-dry lemon-lime pucker, and harsh green apple pucker scouring bark-like astringency. Receding white grape sourness, champagne fizz, and cork-like dryness form deflectively acidic brettanomyces finish. An unappealing sour ale curiosity experimental tastes will dismiss as vinegar. Serve as white wine alternate to complement clams, oysters, or mussels.
Unfiltered original gueuze (replaced by Cuvee Rene) tastes a bit like vermouth and smells a lot like tart cider. Very strong, slightly peculiar, and somewhat acidic, scaring off those unaccustomed to ester-y grape-skinned bone-dry fruit ales. Tangy citric finish fits outside the realm of most wheat-hopped brews.
Spontaneously fermented orange-hazed lambic stays sweeter, tangier, and flatter than more vinous gueuze types, bringing unexpected passion fruit, mango, quince, and peach ripeness to the fold, yet retaining expected leathery dryness by ester-y white grape finish. Green apple souring tucked beneath sparkling wine fizz and acidic cider tartness.
Fresh squeezed orange-marmalade nose perfect for farmhouse brewed lambic-styled gueuze. Interestingly detailed sinewy yeast viscosity clouds hazy sunset hue while acrid grass-hay-oak leathering kept to minimum (unlike some Belgians). Juicy apricot-grapefruit-tangerine tang turns dry as orange-peeled lemon rind tartness juxtaposes sweet ginger ale remnant of fine 8% alocohol digestif. Adept crossover abating stylistic acidity.