This beer’s story began almost two years ago, brewed on 06.12.14 (detailed here: Barrel Project #02). I took a five gallon portion of that beer and aged it longer still, on 4 LBS, 12.6 OZ of blackberries (mostly wild berries I foraged) and 12.3 OZ of raspberries (store bought, fresh) for the final two months. Now after nearly 6 months in the bottle, this beer has just hit its stride; it is my favorite beer that I’ve made.
This beer earned me and Gregory a bronze medal in the Specialty Beer category at a local homebrew competition (the new sour categories had not yet gone into effect), and received a score of 41 (excellent) in the Mixed Fermentation category at this year’s annual AHA (American Homebrewers Association) sponsored National Homebrewer’s Competition.
The actual brewing process and recipe can be found in the linked post above. Below I will only detail the berry additions and bottling date. However, as usual, the tasting notes will follow those details.
08.16.15 — After a couple separate additions, a couple days apart, all fruit added to Flanders Style Red (4 LBS, 12.6 OZ blackberries, 12.3 OZ raspberries)
10.19.15 — Bottled beer with champagne yeast & corn sugar for approximately 2.5 volumes CO2
Tasting Notes — 04.14.16 (Bottle Pour)
Gorgeous burgundy color with an off-white head which dissipates quickly and laces thin. Aromas of jammy blackberry, raspberry, and cherry with background notes of wood and acidity. The berries dominate the palate, followed by some drying oak tannin in the middle with a hint of vanilla and barrel char. Finishes with a clean and strong lactic sourness, no vinegar notes detected.