Wild Dark Currant Sour – Field House Brewing (Steel & Oak Brewing)

From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”.  This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing.  The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30.  I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.

Commercial Description:  Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.


Consecration – Russian River Brewing Company (Aged Around 2 Years)

From Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa California comes their “Consecration”  an American Wild Ale or Sour Ale.  This bottle has been sitting since 2011 and is from batch 007 (Brewed August 21st, 2010 and bottled October 21st 2011).  This sour is aged for 4-8 months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with black currants, brettanomyces, lactobacillius and pediococcus.  The beer pours a brownish copper colour with a very small white head.  The aroma consists of cabernet, tartness, dark fruits, currants and lots of sour notes.  The flavour is of cabernet, grapes, big sourness, currants, oak and dark fruits.  This beer does not have an alcohol heat which is surprising as it has an alcohol content of 10%.  Finally I have been able to have a good amount of a beer by Russian River and I am super impressed!  It is to bad it is so hard get your hands on this beer unless you live in California.