Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Goldrush
What the brewers say
“Aged for six months in white-wine barrels. Primary fermentation with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces, then refermented in freshly dumped petit Manseng wine barrels with unpasteurized Goldrush apple cider. Features tart notes of lush white wine and juicy pineapple.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strong cider notes with a touch of minerality. A back-end funk appears as the apple mellows, but the cider is front and center and not backing down. A mix of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith.”
Flavor: “The apple cider thins the beer body and adds fruitiness. Mild astringency in the aftertaste from tannins. A very dry beer/cider hybrid with a nice oak and tannin complement. A touch of funky phenols to keep it interesting, but it doesn’t get in the way of the cider and spicy saison notes.”
Overall: “Surprisingly tannic and bitter notes balance the sweetness of cider. The apple notes are quite strong despite the dry finish. The more you drink, the less bitter it appears, and the more enjoyable it is making it a quaffable, light-bodied apple Brett beer.”
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