Sour 2 (Kriek Sour) – Central City Brewers & Distillers


From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their second beer in their new sour program “Sour 2 (Kriek Sour)”.  This beer has been aged for two years in both French Oak Foeders and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of cherry, oak, vanilla and vinegar.  The flavour is of cherry, oak, vanilla, red wine, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, tartness and some sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.8% with an IBU of 17 IBU.  While this will probably only get better with age it is already tasting quite nice.  If you can afford to pick up multiple bottles I would recommend it.

Commercial Description:  A Red Ale infused with cherries. Better known as a Kriek, this beer has been aging for 2 years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Brewed in the traditional Belgian fashion the Sour No. 2 is big bodied and has a balance of earthy oak tones and cherry notes that give a lightly sweet and sour experience.

Food pairings as per brewery:  Rich meats, strong cheese, chocolate.

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Sour 1 (Sour Brown Barrel Aged Sour Ale) – Central City Brewers & Distillers


From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their first ever sour beer “Sour 1 (Sour Brown Barrel Aged Sour Ale)”.  This beer has been aged for two years in both French Oak Foeders and Cabernet barrels.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of tartness, apple cider vinegar, oak, red wine, cherries and some other fruit.  The flavour is of tartness, apple cider vinegar, red wine, cherry with some sweetness and dryness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.2% with an IBU of 13.  For a first ever sour release they have set the bar very high with this beer.  It may not be as good as some of the better Belgian ones but it is very good none the less and worth the price of the bottle.

Commercial Description:  Belgian style sour brown ale aged for two years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and Central City Brewers + Distillers is ringing in 2016 with a big splash with the unveiling of their highly anticipated sour beer – Sour Brown I Barrel Aged Sour Ale.  A hot, burgeoning style of craft beer, Central City’s Sour Brown I (9.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian style sour brown ale aged for two years in a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Its flavour is malty sweet with a balanced acidic finish with barnyard hay notes.

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