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Herevana – Craftwork – Terroir Blend 2019

The annual release of the Craftwork – Terroir Blend – this one the 2019 version. Craftwork beer always a bit of a celebration. It really has only just been released, January 2022.

Craftwork / Wilderness Terroir Blend (2019)— A beer from  🇳🇿 Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand that is in the style of a Lambic – Gueuze  with an ABV of 7.2. %.

This has that lovely aroma of lambic, which is really much like a cider, crisp apple like, but better. The our is orange golden and there’s plenty of carbonation, but it settles looking flat in the glass. The aroma is lovely, again like a cider but in some way spicy.

Deliciousness in a glass

I’ve let this warm before opening it, and I’ve been rewarded with a treasure of tastes and sensations. There’s a lovely light delicate bitterness, which sits atop a deeper note, then it gathers up and kicks you like a mule with a truly sharp bitterness that was a little unexpected, mostly for the change from the delicate lovely start point to an almost squinty end.

I tried it again, the front is really taste soft sweetness, but the finish is like a mirror and the pendulum has swung. It really is gorgeous and clever. That proper bitterness top, not that chemical sherbet like one you sometimes get with other sours, this is the real deal.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale of things. It is such a high standard beer that it seems rude to pick fault and not be impressed with the everything. This is really nice, it is well balanced, looks and tastes delicious. The pick? I might have liked either more of that really nice soft body to be prominent or that kicker of sour to be slightly less, it is a beer that rushed from the lovely start o a dramatic end without pausing in the middle for effect.

Music: Luna – an album from 1996 called Penthouse.

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.

A blend of Wild Workshop 2 year old, and Craftwork 1 & 3 year old, spontaneously fermented wheat beer. Brewed in 2017, 2018, & 2019. Bottled in 2020

Brewers Notes

Lambic – Gueuze

The Gueuze is a complex, pleasantly sour but balanced wild Belgian golden wheat beer that is highly carbonated and very refreshing. The spontaneous fermentation character can provide a very interesting complexity, with a wide range of wild barnyard, horse blanket, or leather characteristics intermingling with citrusy-fruity flavors and acidity. Gueuze is traditionally produced by mixing one, two, and three-year old lambic. Young lambic contains fermentable sugars while old lambic has the characteristic wild taste of the Senne River valley. More complex and carbonated than an Unblended Lambic. The sourness isn’t necessarily higher, but it tends to have more of a well-developed wild character.


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