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$44.00

RESERVE Imaginary Ale (blend 2)


RESERVE Imaginary Ale (blend 2)
RESERVE Imaginary Ale (blend 2)
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Regular price
$44.00

RESERVE Imaginary Ale (blend 2)


Available as: 2 x 750mL, or 6 x 750mL.


Imaginary Ale (6.7%) - blend 2:

 

Blend 2 of our beloved Imaginary Ale was bottled on the 20th March 2018 from a blend of three components: two different barrel-aged saisons and the same mature sour golden ale that went into blend 1 (we call that beer 'Melancholy'). Blend components were between 8 and 18 months old at time of bottling.

Again, the final blend comprised around 20% sour beer. All three blend components were dry (fully attenuated), and the final gravity of the blend was 1.001, with a pH at blending of around 3.7 (tart, but not sour).

Compared to blend 1, this release has a little more apparent sweetness from a wheat-heavy saison component, but it also has a little more apparent acidity, which we put down to the extra age of the sour component. This aged component also adds an additional layer of musky, oaky 'funk', which we adore in this blend.

Our tasting notes (in brief) were: tart/juicy, apricot/peach + oaky notes; tart/sweet mix, juicy lemon/peach note, peppery bitterness; straw-like, grainy notes underneath. Over all a tart + bitter beer with distinct fruity character.

We consider this a triumph of our efforts to create moderately tart saisons that will pair well with food and stand up against great wines at the dinner table.

It should cellar well for 1-3 years if not more. Around 600 bottles were produced for blend 2.

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