sweet on sours: interactive beer exhibit now on display at little pub
chances are your first beer wasn’t a sour beer (if it was it might have been your last beer). sour beers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they are all the rage these days so we’ve installed an interactive beer exhibit involving you coming in and drinking sour beers. it doesn’t need to get any more interactive than that.
first the science of sour…
what makes a beer sour? well, you’ve got lots of tastes out there on the flavor wheel.
and all these tastes correspond to a specific “flavor-zone” on your tongue.
gene simmons has more of these than anybody.
except for maybe miley cyrus
sour beers are fun because they activate the under-served sour zone tastebuds
anyway, that’s enough of boring science. we’re kicking things off with rodenbach, rodenbach bears the proud title of “the most refreshing beer in the world” . A title that was, interestingly enough, proudly bestowed upon them by themselves. rodenbach is a great “gateway” into the world of sours. it’s a traditional Flemish red, a style of beer originating in flanders, belgium. flemish sours are often aged in wood for extended periods of time to enable wild yeast harbored in the wood to impart unique tart flavors to the beer. rodenbach is a blend of 75% young beer fermented in steel tanks and 25% old beer aged 2 year in large oak casks. it’s a nice polite sour beer. as you say “hello sour beers” rodenbach would reply ” hello, nice to meet you.”.or probably “hallo, leuk je te ontmoeten” or maybe “bonjour heureux de vous rencontrer” because after all its from belgium
it’s a good thing we aren’t in charge of rodenbach’s marketing because we’d probably blow it all on a rodan inspired marketing campaign. after all, they have a lot in common because both were aged for a while, rodenbach in oak barrels and rodan in a dormant volcano, and both came out pretty sour. about the only difference we can see is that rodan is a completely fabricated second class monster from the Godzilla franchise and rodenbach is a world class standard bearer of sour beers. come to think of it, that’s a pretty big difference,..
next up is ichtegem (rhymes with… nothing) grand cru. another classic example of a flemish red ale . grand cru pours a lovely deep mahogany, with a sweet malt base and a delicate medley of mildly sour flavors ranging from plums to cherries and raisins, with faint notes of apple cider and balsamic vinegar. this is a great introductory sour beer – balanced and complex, but not over-powering.is a standard bearer for the traditional flemish red/oud bruin sour ale style; nutty, malty, and a subtle dark cherry tang that is beautifully balanced. like a liquid sweet tart
alvinne omega is a sour belgian blond ale brewed using wild french morpheus yeast. unlike commercial brewers’ yeast, wild yeast imparts tangy and tart flavors to beers (think along the lines of sour-dough bread or even sour patch kids). omega pours a lovely copper color, boasting yeasty and fruity aromas. take a sip and get ready to pucker up – flavors of tart grape, peach, and citrus notes lie over a very dry, slightly sweet malt base. overall a highly refreshing, crisp, and well-balanced sour beer.
plus even cooler, rumor has it the morpheus yeast was named after larry fishburne’s character in matrix.
or maybe it was morpheus the head ghoul in the omega man?
come on in and get ready to pucker up.