2016 Autumnal Solera - Dark Farmhouse Ale
Three Magnets Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
When Three Magnets Brewing brought their rarest brews to a special Tavour tasting event earlier this month, we instantly fell in love with the tart cherry cocoa dusted notes of their special 2016 vintage Autumnal Dark Sour Ale. This brew is fresh off a Washington Beer Award Gold medal and we couldn’t resist returning to it many times to explore its depth.
Tart and roasty, Autumnal is a puzzle of complexity that unlocks new pieces with every sip. Made in the solera method, this beer is a blend of several vintage beers with some parts dating back all the way to 2015, blended with newer batches for crisp grape skin tartness. And on top of that, it’s cellared for a year, unlocking oaky 8.1% ABV smoothness.
Dark mahogany brown lets off aromas of sour cherries, oaky amaretto, and chocolate-slathered toast. Flambeed orange peels spritz into dark Cabernet notes, rolling into raspberries and flourless chocolate torte richness. Nutty toasted almondwood graces the end of each sip.
Deeply flavorful and challenging, brews like Autumnal are designed to pour over with your friends on a cool fall evening. Come pick out each and every sour fruit, roasty, and woody note you can, then try it again and you’ll find something new -- the depth never seems to end in this bottomlessly complex brew.
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