Part One: Two weeks in the bottle
Slightly hazy orange-amber, with a lovely running bead and a great snow-white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.
Gorgeously sweetly tropical, not resinous or dank, just good solid juicy tropical – which was precisely what I was after. Thanks, Enigma hops!
(Juicy tropical is very much a la mode in pales and IPAs at the moment. Christ, I’m sooooo “now“)
The mouth-feel is good and solid, and the taste is complex fruit and malt-sweetness – all accentuated by the spot-on carbonation. The bitterness is exceptionally smooth, thanks to a lot of the bittering coming from the late hop additions. At the end there’s a slightly dry note before the fruits and tropical notes come stampeding back in again.
Not as extreme and fruity as other beers that I’ve had but very good nonetheless. I really couldn’t say how much fruitiness the Brett/Sacch Trois delivered, I’d challenge anyone to pick it out in a line-up based on the yeast alone.
All in all, I’m happy. It’s a jolly drop and goes down just a bit too easily.
Part Two: Four weeks or so in the bottle
Well, it’s gin-clear now and still that lovely orange-amber colour with that same fantastic head. The carbonation seems that touch stronger – but it’s well within style for a pale.
BUT. Where’s all the fruit gone? Has all that tropical fruitiness really disappeared in a couple of weeks? There’s still remnants of it there, but it’s a shadow of it’s former self. A lot of the sweetness has gone too, and we’re into a much drier sort of beast.
Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great beer, but it’s nothing like it was two weeks ago. It’s more like a very gluggable Saison now…
Good job I’ve got a lot of bottles left…I think there’ll be plenty of updates as this beer ages.
1) I need to test Enigma hops again – I’ve yet to be convinced of their flavour and aroma durability/stability in a beer.
2) Brett/Sacch Trois definitely ain’t a Brett (see recipe post) but it’s also definitely not your run of the mill Sacch either. This could be a yeast variety to specialize in…I’m sure it’s capable of great things…