Let's talk about Wildflower...

Discussion in 'Australia' started by heygeebee, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. heygeebee

    heygeebee Pooh-Bah (2,029) Aug 6, 2010 Australia

    Folks, at the risk of shouting in the wind, as let's be honest the forum isn't exactly the hot bed of discussion it was five years ago, I would value some input on Wildflower.

    I think they are great. Best thing that has happened in Aus for a while. However...

    I had a Gold late last year - can't recall the blend # but it was around a year old. Sensational. Lovely zesty carbonation. Full of crisp sour flavour - everything I wanted. I then had carefully saved a second Gold, about the same age, and was planning to savour. Oops... fairly flat, modest flavours, and not a hit. I have also had a fair bit of bottle variation recently in terms of both carbonation and intensity of flavour.

    Does anyone have any comments? Do you drink fresh or age?

    Cheers folks...
  2. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    I've had 8 different ones (and I have Solera Pull 2 that I've not had yet). They're expensive, so having kept buying them means they've been: mostly good; convincing in matching rhetoric to product; and distinctive in mostly having a house style.

    Most of their beers seem to be going for subtlety and ease of matching with food. I like a non-shouty saison or sour beer -- it shows a confidence that quality will out through attention earned rather than grabbed, and a view that it's partly the palate of the blender as much as the ingredients or brewing techniques that counts. They are, however, too expensive to be regular drinkers.

    I also like the local notes in some of the beers - yes, a house culture, but also gumnuts, spices that presumably come from brewing or lagering temperatures etc.

    My favourites so far have been The International (which seems to have had another release), Gold, Amber, Solera (the first one, which must be the unblended base) and Foudre Beer 1. The Noel, which was kind of a French Amber with sourness that I suspect may have got away, was my least favourite.

    As to age, other than Solera - which I might have kept for 6 months - I didn't hurry but didn't intentionally age them. With almost any beer it's a gamble and given that Wildflower has deliberate variation from batch to batch and that they are new _and_ expensive... no. Indeed if a brewery isn't 20+ years old they don't (for me) have the track record to say that their beers can reasonably reliably age for 5 years.
  3. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2013 Australia

    I can't recall the two variants I tasted (it was definitely a long time ago now), and was frankly surprised when I subsequently saw all this hubbub over them in more recent times.

    So either I got a shit batch (of two different variants), or they're incredibly inconsistent/unreliable, or they've drastically improved over time. Sorry I can't provide more as they were so uninteresting at the time ><
  4. dogin26

    dogin26 Devotee (378) Jan 10, 2014 Australia

    A great product and brewer for Australia though I suspect there will be a few more wild/farmhouse breweries opening this year and next.

    Their Waratah was on point. Foudre 1 was incredible at Forage Fest in Armidale.
    I still think their is plenty of opportunity for a wild brewer within Australia whom produces similar style's on a large scale with a more approachable price.
  5. Benjo87

    Benjo87 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2014 Australia

    The only type of beer i would ever age is a barleywine. You're only gonna have flavours fade over time when aging, in my opinion.
  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I've had several, all from 2018 and colour me impressed! If the brewery can keep this up, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
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