Pomona - Barrel Aged Stone Fruit Sour
Four Winds Brewing Co.

Pomona - Barrel Aged Stone Fruit SourPomona - Barrel Aged Stone Fruit Sour
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #661
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #9,568
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
23
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Four Winds Brewing Co.
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Notes: Meet Pomona, a bold and bright sour wheat ale aged on nectarines for 6 months in Okanagen red wine barrels with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. Before finding its way to your glass, this beer was blended with witbier and transferred to a French oak folder where it aged on apricots for an additional 3 months.
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Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four Winds Brewing 'Pomona' @ 5.5% , served from a corked/caged 750 ml bottle
A-pour is a yellow gold from the bottle to a hazy yellow gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-hints of apricots , wood aged
T-very tart , refreshing , stone fruit swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-easy drinking beer ,
prost LampertLand

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.
Pours hazy, pale peach with a fluffy, white head that has decent retention.
Fruity aroma with some Brett (yuch).
Moderately tart, very fruity flavor with excellent complexity and minimal Brett.
Lively, medium carbonation: semi-durable.

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks almost like yellow cantoloupe flesh, yellows and peaches, with lots of early bubbles rising fast to make up a pale pastel yellow tinged head that is light, fluffy, and three fingers tall. Very good retention, I had to wait close to five minutes before I could get to the liquid without getting a beer-stache. And it left huge wind sails of lace, and thick walling ring with a small white continent floating on the surface.

Aromatics: A little mellow, apricot, and mild but very present vinuous and cider/vinegar sour attributes and some good oak/wodden notes in there under the wine.

Taste: It is very tame for a sour, and like @Derek says, needs a bit more funk. It has a very shallow field of flavours which are mostly in the milder stone fruits apricot, mango, under-ripe cherry variety - not as sweet as say peach. The red-wine and oak contributing their own flavours which starts to deepen the flavours of the fruit but doesn't go too far. (Maybe it should?) But it is still looking for those deeper characters.

Mouth: Very carbonated, making it very crisp and kinda distracts you from its weight which is an ok medium. The palate gets a good wash of activity and acidic tang.

Overall: A decent enough mellow and easy to drink brew, maybe a bit too mild for me. But it does carry an air of elegance - my step-daughter said it looked like a mildly hazy champagne, and poured from it's fancy schmancy 750ml sparkling wine style bottle and label dressing - it definitely does take on that character.

Pairing: I'd set this up for pretty much and dinner and wine function/get together where wine and cheese and friendly conversations are in abundance. This is a very "social" brew and will go good with almost all hors d'oeuvres but it might be best with puff pastries - stuffed with wild mushrooms, cheeses, spinach, olives, and maybe crab or shrimp for proteins. Heavier meats (beef in particular or sausage) or foods with a harder spice profile, and/or garlic-onion combo would overpower the mellowness of the beer, so I'd avoid those.

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Photo of Derek
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, dirty straw with a white head. Ring of retention shows some lace.

Sour, stone fruit aroma is subtle.

It's sour, but I'd like a bit more depth/funk from the Brett. The stone fruit plays a supporting role. Good flavour for its weight.

Moderate body has a crisp acidity.

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Pomona - Barrel Aged Stone Fruit Sour from Four Winds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 23 ratings