Just like you, but different
ParrotDog Microflora Specimen A Boysenberry Sour. This was a present to me, I’d not normally pick a sour ale, but I protest too much about that all the time and do enjoy a really good one, I don’t know if this is a good one, yet.
a notoriously private artist doing his mysterious work
This is a 500ml bottle of beer that is 5.5% ABV and 15 IBU things, which is about 156 calories a serve size, and 2.1 standard drink units in NZ money.
I’m hoping that this is a brightly purple beer, with all those Boysenberry fruits in it.
Specimen A begins with a very pale malt base that includes a touch of wheat, acidified by strains of Lactobacillus.
A saison yeast then ferments the beer down dry (and adds a hint of spice) before we add a heap of Nelson boysenberries – a surprisingly-recent hybrid of various berries from the Rubus genus with a tart fruit flavour and striking maroon hue.
So, What could possibly go wrong?
Well it’s very Red, and low of carbonation means it’s a 50/50 pour. also had to be dextrous with the pour to prevent an unfortunate spillage as it threatened an overspill, and you don’t want that happening, and I’m a crier so that would have ended badly for me.
So a lively pour of a bright velvet red beer with a pint foam of immense proportions on top. The aroma is just as a sour, there’s no other over-riding aroma that stands out, for me, just that dusty sour aroma that you get with sour beers.
Jebus that’s sour and tart and sharp and eye squinting beer. Was not expecting that.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It’s entertaining for colour and pour, it’s overwhelming sourness mutes any thought of flavour from the berries though, which I was looking forward to. This though is one of the better sours that I’ve had, but I don’t really enjoy them.
The double dip review
Music for this: Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince Which I enjoy so much I brought the Vinyl album version of this. I’m not a huge fan of Prince, who’s work is sometime not as accessible as you think, but this is simply outstanding.
Wikipedia says: The album was discovered in Prince’s Vault at Paisley Park as a single cassette tape. The music was recorded in one take with no backing band, just Prince at the piano, at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It includes alternate versions of previously released and yet-to-be released songs, cover versions, and sketches of songs. The New York Timescalled it “a glimpse of a notoriously private artist doing his mysterious work.
Sour ale is a broad spectrum of wild ales, from the fruity and acetic Flanders Red Ales and Oud Bruins, to the experimental ales gaining popularity in the United States which use lactobacillus, brettanomyces and pediococcus in new and wild ways