Pouring a bright, summer straw with just a slight what haze, this beer gives off aromas of sour apples and our favorite candy, Sour Patch Kids. And the sour just kept on coming: we imagined it to be a beer-meets-kombucha, collaboration, thanks to its extra-sour, yet slightly fruity, taste. We detected hints of pineapple and stone fruit, thanks to its aging process over whole peaches in white wine barrels. Despite a mild mouth-puckering taste, we still believe it to be a refreshing beer we'd want to drink in warm weather.
Gillian, a lightly spicy little number, was brewed with white pepper, strawberries, and honey. Gillian's color was so close to the Halia, but slightly darker and hazier. This time, the beer gave off a distinct aroma of strawberries and honeysuckle, but with a funky kick. All of the resident micro flora and wild bacteria leftover in the wine barrels are definitely our friends here. And like its sister Halia, the beer was just as sour, with a floral, peppery twist, thanks to the addition of the white pepper. Gillian tasted slightly more wild than Halia, a variation we very much liked.
Lolita’s color immediately drew us in, reminding us of the orange honey we sometimes put in our tea. Lolita is fermented with our favorite wild friend, Brettanomyces and aged on whole raspberries in wine barrels, which lent to a very strong raspberry aroma, reminding us of a classic framboise. While some of the raspberry carried over to the flavor, the alcohol content instead gave us a bit of a syrupy aftertaste.
Much like Lolita, Juliet poured a similar dark honey color. But its aroma very clearly differentiated itself from its sisters. Blackberries? Blue cheese? Yep, Juliet had it all upon first sniff. We were pleasantly surprised by its bold, sour flavor, nearly bordering on a sea salt quality.