Lil’ RedEMPTION Cherry Sour – Parallel 49 Brewing

From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their 3rd Anniversary (2012-2015) beer the “Lil’ RedEMPTION” cherry sour.  The brewery did a cherry berliner weisse called Lil’ Red in 2013 that did not turn out and this is their response to that beer.  This brew has been aged in wine barrels for 2 years and then blended with cherries for 3 months.  When I cracked the bottle open and turned my head it exploded in a non stop head (She is a lively one).  Once the beer stopped gushing I poured it and found it to be a deep cloudy brownish orange colour with a tan head and lots of sediment.  The aroma consists of huge cherries, mild funk, oak, mild wine and a big sweetness.  The flavour is of cherries, acidity, vinegar, oak, red wine, sweetness and some earthiness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 7.  Once the surprise of the explosive head was finished I really enjoyed this beer.  There was a ton of depth to it and it did redeem the brewery for sure!  Happy late 3rd anniversary!

Commercial Description:  Aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels with wild yeast and sour bacteria for 2 years and then blended with sour cherries for 3 months. Big notes of cherries, vanilla and cinnamon. Tart, refreshing and full of fruit flavour.

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