Oud Bruin tasting

Well, it has been a very very long and interesting homebrew journey since I started out on my “memories of yeast” project with the help of Jeff Crane.

The beer was quite cool and the ambient temperature was just over 30c.

The beer was quite cool and the ambient temperature was just over 30c.

This is that last beer,the longest aged and the most keenly anticipated of all four brews. It was all in, just under two years in the making.

It presented it’s own share of challenges,that is for damn sure. Carbonation, for example, required re-yeasting. I re-yeasted and mixed up with the carbonation sugar, then hoped for the best. I didn’t hope hard enough.

The first bottle I opened got most of the priming sugar. I found this out as I opened it whilst sat at my laptop. Gingerly I opened the cap only to have the WHOLE bloody bottle of Oud Bruin leap for freedom towards the ceiling and then drop once aging earthwards and cause me to require a new keyboard. SHITE!

Then,I couldn’t post the tasting notes when I wanted due to my new found status as invalid with TWO herniated discs.

So,here we go go go, to the temple of destruction.

Appearance: Deep copper/red brown with hint of orange at the edges. No head due to almost total lack of carbonation, but a few bubbles that cling to the side. Once warmed, brilliantly clear.

 

That's as much head as this was going to get.

That’s as much head as this was going to get.

Smell: cream,corn,mild Brett C, rum raisin ice-cream,cheap red wine ( in the best possible way) and liqueure filled chocolates.

 

Taste: Slight hint of sourness on the tip of the tongue. A little malt in the middle and a bit more sourness at the back end,but this time it clings to the palate and leaves a little bitterness in it’s wake.

Brett C like flavour that fills the mouth upon taking a breath in through the nose.

There is some coffee and browned pastry deep down in the profile. As it warms further the coffee and sourness increase on the palate in the aftertaste.

As it warmed,it cleared up and was beautiful to look at.

As it warmed,it cleared up and was beautiful to look at.

Overall:

The carbonation didn’t quite happen due to the uneven distribution of fresh yeast and priming sugar. I was hoping for a lot more sourness in this brew, so am a little disappointed at having waited almost two years for it to be ready.

But, having said that, I have a beer that is complex and enjoyable. It is far more wine/brandy-like than any other beer I have brewed and is a success even if not what expected from my “memories of Roeselare”. I will be keeping the few bottles of this that are left to try at long spaced intervals and contemplate what great things can be done with a few oak chips, patience, starter wort and the help of Jeff Crane.

Thanks again JC

Saison de Bobek

Bobek (Styrian Goldings)

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Alpha 3.45%

 2012 Harvest

Distinctive perfume pine/lemon/citrus hoppy character. This distinguished variety is well known throughout the world and although identical to Fuggle in many ways it does have its own distinctive characteristics. The perfume-like hoppy character that was again used mainly in European lagers works very well in the less malty flavoured golden coloured beers.

 

To be honest, I had never thought of trying this hop until my mum brought it over from the UK with her as a gift for me.

We were planning on going to the beach and I wanted to brew up something simple to let the hops AND yeast shine, as it would be the first time I would be using Belle Saison and my first time with whole hops in a long long time.

For a ten litre batch:

1kg Weyermann Vienna malt

0.5 Weyermann wheat malt

100gr CaraHell

20gr Bobek 3.4%AA @ 60

30gr Bobek @ 20

10gr Bobek @ 2

40 gr Bobek dry hop for 5 days.

Yeast: Belle saison dry yeast

mashed at 66c for 90 minutes

fermented @, wait for it, it is coming, wait for it, ambient temperatures for 7 days( about 33c) and bottled.

Ignore what the description says about being identical to Fuggles,bollox is it.

But the Distinctive perfume pine/lemon/citrus hoppy character is spot on. I am so glad I got hold of this hop. The grain bill is also perfect. It’s dry and hoppy, sweet yet crisp,clean yet fruity.

ImageI will post tasting notes at a later date. But for now we will call this an English IPA crossed with a wheat beer and a low gravity Saison.

Cheers