Driftwood Brewery Latus Sour Ale (2017) – Sour / Wild Ale at 6.8% ABV

Driftwood Brewery Latus Sour Ale (2017) Sour / Wild Ale at 6.8% ABV (C$12.85 at Hume Hotel Liquor Boutique, 650 ml, packaged on 1-Dec-2017, acquired 30-Jan-2018, reviewed 3-Feb-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby-tinged amber-brown with a short-lived fizzy head and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart raspberry, stone fruit, oak, mild funk. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild funk. (9/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, dry tart lightly funky finish. (5/5)

This might be one of the best (if not the best) non-Belgian Flanders Red/Browns I’ve had. After far too many bandwagon kettle sours, it’s ever so nice to get a real barrel-aged sour, and this is quite a good barrel-aged sour, with plenty of depth and complexity, while remaining approachable. I’m a bit of a sucker for this style, so I might be a touch enthusiastic in my scoring, but only a touch. (And, so common an occurrence for Driftwood as to hardly merit mention, yet another gorgeous label.) (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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