Style: Spice Beer
The Rare Barrel Across the Sea (2017)
What the brewers say
“Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels with Coriander and Sea Salt. A blend of golden sour beers aged in oak barrels with coriander and sea salt. Fermented and soured with a medley of microorganisms.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Belgium esters with light clove spiciness, bubblegum, salty lemon, medium malt toast, and Brett.”
Flavor: “Definitely rocks the gose thing. Lemon tartness is mild but pleasant. Huge coriander here, but doesn’t get all woody, sharp, or astringent the way that overdone coriander can be. Tart finish offers the strongest bit of briny salt. Salt lingers from there, like a spicy margarita.”
Overall: “This beer has a lot of complexity that comes together well. The sour lactic notes and acidity are in check with the sweetness and tartness. The tartness and sea salt play well together, and I could see this being served next to some salty chips and salsa. The perfect beer for after a long bike ride.”
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