Chateau SourNovember 22, 2014
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Chateau Sour was named Supreme Champion at the 2014 International Beer Challenge in London.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: NA
It has an acidic, “horse blanket” aroma with powerful hints of unripe plums and raisins. The palate is quenching with tart fruit, sweet malt and a hint of custard cream cookies from the grain. The finish is suddenly dry, with tangy fruit building and vying for attention with the rich grain notes.
- Roger Protz
For me, the key to success of a sour beer is achieving a balance between intriguing sourness and easy drinkability. This Australian beer manages that brilliantly. Tart red berries in the slightly creamy aroma correctly predict more berry fruit in the bittersweet yet delightfully sour taste. There’s also a firm, burning bite of acidity that grows on the swallow before a dry, creamy finish, with more than a suggestion of strawberry ice pop and a developing bitterness. Spritzy, well carbonated and a great appetite sharpener.
- Jeff Evans
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge and Beer Lover’s Britain. More of his writing can be found at www.insidebeer.com.