It’s been a little while since I’ve written about Lake Tribe’s ultra-limited release of their Wild Woods Project, a run of wild-fermented ales treated to the absolute hilt.
And that’s the thing, especially with wild ales. Sometimes you get an esxpertly blended, well crafted beer. Sometimes you get, well, vinegar. Believe you me, I’ve had too many vinegar wild beers in my life.
That’s why I was very happy to see that Casa’blanc’a (Wild Ale, 4.7% ABV) is easily the former.
So, in terms of a treatment, this beer is the aforementioned wild ale, brewed with white grapes – hence the ‘blanc’ in the name – then aged in french oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Yes, that’s a lot, and just the aroma of the beer is fantastically fruity with a dry edge to it.
Yes, the beer is still, at its heart, a wild ale. This means there is some funkiness to be expected. Surprisingly enough, it remains pretty mellow. There’s a light tang, and a small vanilla undercurrent from the oak aging, plus the slight sweetness from the grape adjunct.
Somehow, with all of that, it’s still a simple and soft brew, as far as wild ales go. Of all of the Wild Woods beers, this was the one I was most excited to try, and it did not disappoint.
I have another of their beers to go, and I am definitely exited to put the review up. And it’s not vinegar, either.
Drink FLorida Craft,