A Note on This Beer
We’re wiggling in our seats over today’s Once Upon a Time in Blenheim from 8 Wired Brewing.
Not just because it’s a Lambic-Style Wild Ale from the Champion Brewery of New Zealand, and not JUST because so many fans call it “absolutely epic.”
We’re wiggling with excitement because today’s 2014 vintage was co-fermented in oak barrels with wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc juice for 3 whole years!
I repeat, this super limited vintage of 8 Wired’s Lambic-style Wild Ale was Barrel-Aged for 3 years. With the juice of wine grapes. It is now 2019 — that means it’s also been bottle-conditioned for an additional 5 years!
Today’s beer is older than some of your friends’ kids! A lot more fun to have in your home, too.
But this one-off Wild Ale will likely never be seen again once it’s gone — if you’re lucky enough to score this Lambic from the Southern latitudes, you are in for one heck of a treat.
The 8.5% ABV Champagne-like liquid carries a slight, oaky funk with notes of white wine, tempting you to dive in. Take a drink, and a rush of white grapes and honeydew melon flows across the palate. A strong oakiness mingles with tangerines and apricots while a soft, vanilla sweetness balances gracefully with the barnyard funk.
Sour fans go nuts for the truly Wild Lambic fermentation profile of this vinous liquid. And being untouched for 8+ years means that each sip of Once Upon a Time is moderately sour with a fruity sorbet sweetness, yet mellow and crisp like a well-defined Sauvignon Blanc.
Score a bottle for today and another one for tomorrow. The depth and complexity of this brew will continue to develop as the years pass.
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