One of the reasons I got interested in beer was that it had always been the underdog when it comes to alcoholic beverages. It had always been the lower-class cousin of wine and spirits.
All of that has changed, and changed dramatically. Beer has finally been recognized for the depth and breath of its recipes and possibilities. Interestingly enough, now wine and spirits want in on the fun.
Wine’s big contribution to the craft beer boom is the incredible variety and availability of barrels for beer aging. All kinds of styles, red and white.
LauderAle got their hands on a few barrels and used it on their Sizzler Saison, releasing a new offering of Chardonnay Barrel Aged Sizzler Saison (Farmhouse Ale, 6.8% ABV, 27 IBU).
If there was ever a particular beer to age in a particular wine barrel, aging a saison in a chardonnay barrel is it. Saison’s are generally dry and crisp, and Sizzler really excels at that.
It also picks up a lot of the great flavors coming from the barrel. There’s a healthy dose of dry oak with just a hint of vanilla deep in the back. there’s also a meaty white grape flavor, but incredibly bone dry with no trace of cloying sweetness.
The saison adds a bubbly effervescence and airiness to the experience. It basically has a lot of the characteristics of a classic chardonnay anyway, and adding the barrel aging only enhances that more.
I would love to see LauderAle get some more barrels. We’ll see when we can make that happen.
Because beer just isn’t lower-class anymore.
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