From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat. The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25. While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest. Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.
Commercial Description: One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.
From Portland, Oregon Breakside Brewery has produced their La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour Ale.
La Tormenta pours a nice, hazy yellow-orange that almost glows when held up to light. The head is a stiff white foam with good lasting power.
The nose is all about the sour orange citric acid. It smells great, thought it is a bit one-note.
The nuance of the flavours is where this beer really shines, right up front there is sour orange with great funky farmhouse flavours right underneath. Outside of the citric acidity there is a more red wine vinegar acidity that slowly creeps up on the palate that is accompanied by a musty flavour. A really nice, complex set of flavours are at play and it is worth sipping and contemplating.
It is already time for a new beer box just in time for the nicer weather. For the first time (I think) I have had at least 4 beers in this beer box. No worries though as they are great beer!
Drum Roll Please!
Beer Included is as follows:
Green Leaf Brewing – Les Saissoners
Mikkeller – Summit Single Hop IPA
Black Kettle Brewing Company – Wheat Beer
Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA
Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Sout
Base Camp Brewing – Lost Meridian Wit
Fermie Brewing Company – Quiet Rye’t IPA
Noli Brewhouse – Jetstar Imperial IPA
VCBW Collaboration – PreVale
Moon Under Water – Light Side of the Moon
Full Sized photos can be found here.
Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer. Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves! Thanks O’hare’s!!!