For the third time I crashed into a sour tasting held at the Peaceful CEO’s office. I arrived late, as I only joined for the last two bottles on the list. This was a paid tasting and I didn’t have the money nor the time to participate in the entire event. By the time I arrived the small gang of sourheads was already pissed-drunk. I couldn’t follow their conversation but nevertheless, enjoyed and was amused by the company.
Before heading to the tasting notes I must say that I’m getting used to the extremity of sour beers and that every now and then I even like them. Not that I’d drink a bottle by myself, mind you, but I can sip and enjoy a tasting goblet all the way through.
First beer I sampled was a beer now known as New Belgium La Folie, but we opened a bottle from 2011, when the beer was still called Lips of Faith La Folie. It pours dark brown, with a hazy yellowish off white head and smells of soda, grape juice, some cherry and plum aroma. Tastes sour and fruity – I could also taste tomatoes (does it consider fruity?). It has a medium body and acidic aftertaste and it’s not bad at all.
The second beer I tasted, the last in the tasting, is Russian River Consecration. Russian River Temptation was poured in a previous sour tasting and I liked it much better than this one. We sampled a bottle from a batch bottled in December 2008 that pours murky nut brown with foamy off white head. I smelled sweet blackcurrants aroma and tasted something sour, alcoholic and oily. Medium body and short finish – thank goodness. This one wasn’t as good as the first.
Highlight of the tasting was homemade sourkraut brought by The Long Distance Runner. I hope that by writing this I won’t be expelled from future sour tasting because they are fun, in their own twisted way.
Those were beers #74 and #75 I Must Try Before I Die