The sour beer revolution is not just an American phenomenon…after all wild fermentation began in Europe. But now the world is onboard and doing incredible things. And here are 5 of the International Sour Ales that you’ll want to chase down.
Duchesse de Bourgogne
Any discussion of world-class sours needs to start with something from a Belgium and the Verhaeghe Brewery offers one some great ones.
Internationally renowned (and we think rightly so) Duchesse de Bourgogne is a 6.2% ABV is a classic Flanders Red Ale, a blend of eight- and 18-month old, oak-matured beers, with a fruity tartness that’s tempered by an oak-rich malty presence.
8 Wired, Gypsy Funk
Warkworth New Zealand’s 8 Wired Brewing has a profound understanding of the art of barrel ageing and they offer an impressive array of brilliantly matured sour ales.
Gypsy Funk 2016 is a 7.5% ABV Pale Sour Ale that was aged in wine barrels for almost two years and then deftly dry-hopped with a unique medley of New World Hops. Killer!
Oud Beersel, Oude Kriek Vieill
Founded in 1882 in Beersel, a small Belgian village just south of Brussels, The Brewery Oud Beersel is one of the last remaining authentic Lambic breweries in the world and their Kriek is amazing!
Crafted with an abundance of fresh cherries and matured in oak barrels free of added sugars, artificial flavorings and preservatives Oud Beersel Oude Kriek is a 6% Lambic style beer that oozes cherries, funk and a bouquet of wild flavors.
Birrificio Del Ducato Chrysopolis
We hate the Italians because they’re so damn good in the realm of food and drink. With hardly any beer heritage they delve into craft beer as almost an afterthought and now many of their breweries, like Birrificio Del Ducato, are doing dazzling things with barrel-aging and wild ales.
Birrificio Del Ducato’s Chrysopolis is like nothing we’ve ever seen, blend of two barrel-aged peated malt Rauch beers and a third beer that spontaneously fermented in wood. Subtly tart and vaguely smoky Chrysopolis is a pale dusty drink with a surprisingly crisp finish.
Wild Beer Tepache
The UK’s Wild Beer Company has built their almost cultish reputation for their use of barrel ageing, wild yeasts and unusual ingredients from their tranquil setting in Somerset England. And what they are dong at Wild Ales is just wild.
The perfect balance of funky Brett, a blend of the sweet fruit and dry spices, Wild Beer Tepache is a 6% Sour Ale that was inspired by a traditional spiced Mexican soft drink that’s made spontaneously fermented pineapples. OMG!