Sour Farmhouse - Woodfour Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Found this little gem at the Taproom on NYE. It's cool to see yet another brewery in Sonoma County specializing in wild and Belgian-style beers. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a nice cloudy pale amber color with some straw undertones. It contains a bit of a bone white frothy head at first, but perhaps due to the nature of the beer, it dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost nothing behind. By the end, there were no bubbles or any head whatsoever to speak of, but it did retain some wine-like properties, which isn't the worst thing imaginable. Would have never guessed that this was a wild ale just by looking at it, though.
Ahh, that's the stuff. Funky, tart, and moist, with a refreshing crispness at the finish that rounds everything up. At first there's an obvious touch of a brief lactic sourness, which soon melds into something slightly more funky and barnyard-like, bringing out notes of apricots, white peaches, and raisins, as well as brief wet hay, slight leathery flavor at the finish. Some white pepper, and some brief floral notes, but it's nothing as pronounced as other sour/saison hybrids I've come across. The crisp finish, at the end, it pretty nice - I'm wondering if they're using any wheat malts to make this. It's a beer that's hard to categorize, but it's definitely fun and playful.
I'd say the flavor shows where this beer lands, and luckily, it's far more tart and dry than funky and wet. There are indeed brief notes of that Brett barnyard flavor, with wet hay and soil being the most predominant, but as soon as they wash away they allow nice notes of stone fruit, yellow apples, pears, and some white grapes at the finish to wash the palate with a brief sweetness, and then make for the lactic sourness, as well as a slight green apple skin tart flavor that sticks around for a good long while. Finishes even more crisp, with an emphasized bready dryness and grainy feel that is pretty refreshing. This unfortunately gets pretty flat in the long run, and ruins the gentle effect that is much needed from the carbonation. Otherwise, the flavor is really good, especially considering the low ABV and different bacterial strains they may be working with.
This came as a pleasant surprise for me - I didn't know what to expect, but this reminded me of an old school Belgian sour, a farmhouse ale, and a Berliner Weiss all rolled up into one offering. It's definitely an easy one to down, but I'd go easy on what it could do your stomach in the long run. I'm very curious to see what other kinds of beers they've developed at this brewery - next time I'm in Sonoma, I'm going to pass by and see if this translates as the modest little brother of RR, located in just a city next door.
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2014 18:54:14 | More by magictacosinus
Sour Farmhouse from Woodfour Brewing Company
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