Driftwood Obscuritas Dark Sour Ale

driftwood_obscuritasBrewer: Driftwood Brewery, Victoria, BC
Style: Sour Ale
ABV: 7.6%
IBUs: Unspecified

Description: The latest in Driftwood’s Bird of Prey Series, this particular bird of prey-themed beer is a dark version of the Wallonian style of sour ale. In keeping with this tradition, the ale is brewed using strains of wild brettanomyces yeast which causes the lactic acid to accumulate in the ale, giving it a strong, sour flavor.

Tasting Notes: I have to say that while I’ve been a loyal fan of the Bird of Prey series thus far, this one was not my favorite of the bunch. Ordinarily, what you get with a good Wallonian sour is a robust flavor that is reminiscent of sour cherries and a well-oaked red wine. However, this one had notes of balsamic and apple cider vinegar throughout which kind of threw me. Not bad, but not great.

Appearance: Deep brown/ruby, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, lactic acid, sour cherry, oaky, yeasty
Taste: Smooth malty start, quick burst of sour cherry, yeasts, oak, apple cider vinegar
Aftertaste: Lingering lactic acid and apple cider vinegar flavor
Overall: 7.8/10

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