A Note on This Beer
Most people would say the best Krieks in the world come from Europe. But they never looked underground to find Skully Barrel No. 22.
Skully Barrel No. 22 is an Elderberry Sour Ale aged in oak barrels from Paradox Beer Company – a subterranean facility in the Colorado Mountains. Much like the famous Cantillon Kriek, Skully Barrel’s No. 22 is an illustrious marriage of fruit and wild yeast.
The wild yeast specialists at Paradox blend homegrown Brettanomyces with elderberries infused in red wine barrels. The discerning choice of elderberries throws new and impactful flavor into the fruit beer canon. Their visceral tangy sweetness and cabernet-like notes might just outperform the cherry – the traditional star of European Krieks.
No. 22 pours a deep majestic purple with a thick raspberry head. Fragrant hits of tangy berry, red wine and woody oak spin into pucker-rich flavors of vinous juicy currants and wild yeast. Dark malts and elderberry sweetness follow close behind carrying the boozy imprint of the barrel. Brett punctuates the back of the palate with a lush earthiness that speaks toward the terroir it comes from while a dry, lip-smacking finish highlights a touch of bitter cranberry.
The edgy new school yet old world focused flavors of Paradox have made them all the rage in their home state and they’ve just, just breached Washington borders. No. 22 makes a hell of a first impression few, if any, American fruit beers can match.
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