Cellar Circus // Blend No. 002
The Virginia Beer Company

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The Virginia Beer Company
Virginia, United States
Brett Beer
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4.24 | pDev: 10.14%
Jun 13, 2020
Jul 19, 2019
Notes: Brett Farmhouse Ale, Blend No. 002:
- Brewed in Dec. 2017.
- Bottle-Conditioned since Dec. 2018.
- Naturally carbonated.
- Liquid from more Red than White wine oak barrels.
- 5 yeast blends.
- Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Styrian Golding, Sorachi Ace.
- Tasting Notes: Red wine sweetness, lingering oak, and much funk.
- Ready to enjoy now, fit to cellar for later.

The Cellar Circus is a new oak barrel-fermented permutation series. This is a thoughtful experiment in Brett Farmhouse Ale recipes fermented directly in 11 Red and 11 White Wine Oak Barrels with a fusion of Saison yeast and Brettanomyces.

Blending from unique, individual red and white wine barrels creates a litany of flavors amplified by almost a year spent fermenting directly in wood. Sweetness from the oak barrels is immediately followed by aromatics produced by the estery qualities of a Saison and delicate use of a variety of hops. Upon further investigation, the character instilled by the use of Brettanomyces during fermentation produces a complementary fruit-forward aftertaste with a clean, dry finish.

These will be the launch of an ongoing exploration of the infinite number of permutations possible as a result of purposeful, experimental barrel-fermentation and blending. We hope you’ll enjoy peaking behind the curtain to learn about the juggling act of brewing with wild yeast and the many permutations of blending as much as our team has.
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Reviewed by ronniechilly from District of Columbia

4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I mean, wow. It's complex. So much going on with the bottle-conditioning topping everything off. A hint of oakiness. Dry as can be. And just a subtle almost tartness on the back-end. Really fun to sample and to share!
Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by jefkeman from New York

Aug 18, 2019
Cellar Circus // Blend No. 002 from The Virginia Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2 ratings