Blindman Sour/Saison Barrel Blend: Light

Reviewed by on June 15, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Blindman Brewing

  • Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 15, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Sour Saison

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing have produced this blend of their summer Saison, and their Kettle Sour #5, all aged in ‘a single American oak barrel’.  Available only at the brewery, and a few select tastings around the province, I believe.

This 500ml, caged and corked bottle (pliers and corkscrew warning) pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of streaky arc wield lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, some mild lacto sourness, a pleasant white wine lees yeasty fruitiness, overripe lemon rind, subtle earthy spice, and a bit of wet hay/straw ‘green’ acridity.  The taste is gritty and grainy wheat malt, mixed lemon and underripe white grape tart fruity notes, white saltine crackers, laid-back Saison yeast, a mild barrel woodsiness, ephemeral sour milk, and more tame farmer’s field dead grassiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually smooth, with a crazy airy creaminess kicking off once things warm up a tad – incroyable! It finishes trending dry, the crackery malt, blended fruitiness, and gentle yeast all playing it nice and easy.

Overall – wow! This brewery has already shown me that my agnostic attitude towards sours could use a little new-age updating, and here they’ve upped the stakes, by deftly combining two of their myriad strengths, and putting it all to the wood.  The result is nothing less than sublime – and not to lose focus here, but this would be a perfect intro into the world of beer for those fussy wine drinkers out there (I actually used the last couple of ounces as a substitute in a recipe that called for wine!)

Brady White

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