For my 11th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
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Good George, Wild Beer & Burning Sky ‘Shnoodlepip’ (6.5% ABV / 330ml)
I’ve been a little bit ‘concerned’ about this beer. There are a lot of flavours supposedly going on in this glass and I’m not sure what to expect. I’m doing this blog live tonight, so let’s see how we go…
Once the cap is off, the aroma is nothing special, but the pour is stunning. In comparison to last night’s beer that was as flat as a pancake, this is bubbly, lively, fizzing and leaves a lovely pure white foamy head. The beer itself is a deep amber colour in the glass and has a much more appealing, lightly fruity flavour.
Before I take the first sip, just a reminder about this beer – spelt, pink peppercorns, saison and brett yeasts, wood aged in French red wine barrels, passion fruit and finished with hibiscus flowers. Now do you understand why I may have been ‘concerned’?
On the first sip I’m getting wonderfully sour, fruity notes. No bitterness so to speak of, but you get the passion fruit on the aftertaste. Then there’s a warming. Now this could be from the peppercorns but it’s a similar warming and feel that I get when I drink red wine, so I’m guessing this is from the barrel ageing.
It’s very easy to drink and is most refreshing. You’d have to be careful if you were surriounded by this one as I imagine the 6.5% ABV would sneak up on you.
The head is lasting well down the glass and I’m now getting an aroma similar to that of Haribo Tangfastics and a mouthfeel like I’ve been punched with a handful of them. I think I’m getting most of the flavours, although I have to confess that I have absolutely no idea what hibiscus tastes like.
The finish is smooth and really coats this mouth and as I near the end of the glass I’m beginning to wonder why I was so concerned about this drink.
In summary, a wonderfully unique collaboration that is perfectly balanced and marries and number of flavours with skill and precision.
Tomorrow the #12BeersofXmas ends with the big one – Magic Rock’s BBBL.
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