Our first taste was of the Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, a true old lambic. A type of red in hue, burgundy almost, it almost remind you of cherry. Which is appropriate, since the taste is reminiscent of sour cherry, fruity and seriously tart. With a prickly feel as it goes down and almost no bitterness, this is a fun brew to enjoy with a creamy dessert.
Second was the Firestone Walker Agrestic, a pleasant change from the fruity sour we previously tasted. This almost savory sour brew has been aged in barrels giving it sweet notes of vanilla and a bit of coconut, finishing with a tartness. A truly sensational experience. It reminded me of a sour version of Fall River’s Abbott’s Reserve.
Last was Bruery’s Sour in the Rye and was definitely a favorite among the group. A super complex and exceptionally well balanced sour with 3 stages of taste as it goes down. Fruity in the beginning turning to sweet and ending with a full tartness, definitely unexpected while having scents of pepper and cloves. This hazy brew has secured my vote for sour brews.
Certainly a new and interesting experience, Ale House’s Sour and Soul event brings a unique and creative twist to Redding Beer Week. And since these are all rare sours, participants get to feel exclusive and validated in their sour snobbery.