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Herevana – Garage Project – Carillon

Garage Project Carillon. A style of beer that I’m really excited by. I’d hate to pin my hat on any one beer, let alone any one style but a table of Flanders Red’s would be a feast and make me very happy. They have a few things that I like about them, mostly the taste but the colour as well. You don’t often see these and you’d be mad to go past them if you do.

Properly authentic sour natural beers, Tart and Fruity what’s not to like? The price, that tests me, but I do have a choice.

Garage Project make the Garage Project Carillon in Wellington, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as a Sour Flemish Ale – Flanders Red / Oud Bruin  with an ABV of   7.4% which is 2 standard drinks units in the 375ml bottle.

The best thing is a new cap to go in the bottle cap collection, a post still to come 🙂

That’s such a pleasing aroma, I wish I could tell you what it’s like, but something like apples, something like a wine. Something.

It pours a ruddy read colour and looks a lot darker in the glass, there’s a head that sits almost bored atop.

In the glass there is a hint of alcohol but also a lovely something wooded.

Hard not to fly off on a fancy when you’re that much invested in wanting to enjoy something.

There’s less of that full malty fruitless in this particular take, and there an interesting other note which I thought was licorice, but I’ve been known to make things up.

This has that edgy almost pucker up bitterness but it isn’t sour or unapproachable.

From memory, because I don’t have these that often, this has less fruitiness about it, just less, not no. This is both quite delicate with taste and quite aggressive in comparison with bitterness, which is a lie, this has the right bitterness and tartness, and they are balanced.

There’s a fair amount of lip licking going on there’s a lot to enjoy in this, it is by many measures quite the thing.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Because I wanted more of that fruitiness rather than anything, something just more pronounced and to bring me to that bit where you go “this is it!” I like this enough to have it again, I think I’ve done it a dis-service by not having a counterpoint, like some cheese or something that would or could accentuate those notes that I’m looking for and are there.

Music – Big Red Machine – their album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? Well I can tell you 64 minutes according to Spotify.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Oud Bruin, the traditional brown ale of Flemish Belgium, here painstakingly recreated and lovingly tended by Dave Bell, our Wild Workshop brewer. Prolonged ageing in wood with a blend of yeasts and Lactobacillus creates a beer bursting with dark sour cherry and dried fruit flavours, topped off with coffee and chocolate notes. Dark and complex, a little bit like our Dave. Ask not for whom the Bell toils, he toils for thee.

Brewers Notes

Sour Flemish Ale – Flanders Red / Oud Bruin

The Flanders Red Ale, also known as Flemish Red Ale and Belgian Sour Red Ale, is deep red/burgundy to reddish-brown colored, sour, fruity, red wine-like Belgian-style ale with interesting supportive malt flavors and fruit complexity. The dry finish and tannin makes it more wine-like than any other beer style. Similarly, the Oud Bruin, also know as Belgian Sour Brown Ale is a dark reddish-brown to brown, malty, fruity, aged, subtle-sour Belgian-style brown ale. A deeper malt character distinguishes the Oud Bruin from Flemish Red ale. The Oud Bruin is less acetic and maltier than a Flemish Red, and the fruity flavors are more malt-oriented while the Flemish Red have more of a fruity-tart profile.


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