Annex Heart of Tartness

Reviewed by on March 2, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Annex Ale Project

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 2, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Honey Lemon Sour

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Part of this brewery’s Small Batch series, this is a ‘honey lemon sour’, with, once again, no further info about the product at hand on the otherwise wordy label.  Further sleuthing turns up that this is a kettle sour.  Accompanying this summary will be the Headstones’ ‘Heart of Darkness’ – it’s been a while.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some spotty and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly books it outta Dodge.

It smells of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, with a dollop of clover honey mixed into it, some mild grainy and crackery pale malt, subtle yeasty notes, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is tart lemon rind, honeyed crackers, gritty and grainy cereal malt, a hint of lactic sourness, ephemeral yeast, and more well understated herbal, leafy, and musky floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is rather active in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that citric acridity takes more than a minor toll at this point in the game.  It finishes trending dry, the honey starting to fade, while the various acidic characters keep the party going long past last call.

Overall – this comes across as a very well-rendered version of the sour sub-style, with the tart/sweet interplay of the lemon and honey adjuncts quite pleasing to the senses.  And with no suggestion as yet of the extra 2 and change points of ABV, I will continue to enjoy the rest of this offering like I didn’t even know they existed!

Brady White

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