Wild Rose Brewery Rare Sour Nelson – Sour / Wild Ale at 4.8% ABV | 11 IBU

Wild Rose Brewery Rare Sour Nelson Sour / Wild Ale at 4.8% ABV | 11 IBU (C$14.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 18-Sep-2016, reviewed 22-Jan-2018)

Appearance: hazy to cloudy pale gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: white wine, oak, light wheat. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry tart finish. (4/5)

I may have mistreated this slightly by allowing it to cellar as long as I did, but I… well… kind of forgot about it. And the fact is, it’s still pretty decent. There’s white wine and oak in the foreground, presumably courtesy of the Nelson Sauvin hops and the barrel ageing, though any Hefeweizen character has faded to near-insignificance (assuming it was ever more pronounced to start with, of course). Pleasant, light, and tart. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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