There’s a lot to discuss with this beer.
It is complex and complicated, big and fluffy, deep and mysterious, and quite enjoyable, indeed. We are talking about Liquid Laugh (Tripel, 9% ABV), a barrel-aged Belgian tripel brett sour from Bone Hook Brewing in Naples that made its way to me in a 16 oz can.
It was aged in a Bordeaux barrel, giving a sharp dryness to the finish. It’s a dubbel, so it’s got an interesting sweetness, but it’s also liberally inoculated with brettanomyces, which is where the whoe thing goes off into left field.
So let’s look at the beer, apple juice in color with a nice liberal golden hue and an aroma that bounces between orange, bubble gum, lemon, and circus peanuts. Like I said, there’s a lot to be had with this beer.
When we move on to the flavor, we start with bold notes of sharp grapefruit hops that are rushed by flavors of blood orange, green apple, and lemon. Almost immediately afterward you get a sharp apple cider vinegar tang that holds the fruit in its tracks, and that’s coming from the brettanomyces. From there, in comes that bubble gum and slightly stinky sock Belgian quality that seems to ride on the back dark of a dark vanilla astringency from the barrel aging. And that aged flavor, with a little bit of lemony tang from the brett, is what stays on your palate for a good, long time.
It’s a remarkably nuanced beer, and something I never expected to play in Naples. But here we are, drinking it out of a tall boy on a warm day where it’s refreshing now, and that 9% alcohol is going to hit hard when I’m least expecting it. In the meantime, this is a very enjoyable beer, one that is best consumed slowly and methodically so it can be studied and relished.
Besides, there’s no other way to drink a beer that takes as long to describe as this.
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