Curious craving. Years ago when I was introduced to good beers I had my first sour and quickly thought the beer had gone bad, that somehow the cap or bottle had been breached, that I was drinking someone’s cruel joke. Not so, young neophyte. I found my mouth yesterday absolutely clamoring for some vinegary gloss, and this here satisfies.
STYLE: Flanders Oud Bruin
LOOK: Not really the main course. Plain brown with a touch of mahogany and a light, fizzy head.
NOSE: Characteristically sour, it smells like Fall. Dried apple stack cake, salad dressing, punchy.
MOUTH: Apple cider, red grapes, cherry molasses. Mellow vinegary tartness but clean, not chewy. There’s a nice, cakelike toastiness as it warms. Sessionable it is not. That craving, though … gone.
Beeradvocate Rating: 89
Hayward Abbey Rating: 91