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Craftwork Brewery

Bruxelles ma Belle

Bruxelles ma Belle

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6 % Alc/Vol. 18-20 months old at release. Bottle and Keg Conditioned. Nano batch, 200- 600  litres. Vegan. Silver medals, NZBGA 2016 , AIBA 2018. Label art: Michael O’Brien & Robin Crawford. Seasonal.

Spontaneously fermented wheat beer, using old hops.  A long three hour boil after a decoction step mash, the day before. Cooled overnight in winter months in a coolship - an open tray, in our barrel room with the doors open..   
Aged in a Pinot Gris barrel for one year. It was thought impossible to make this outside of Belgium only a decade ago. A decreasing percentage of mixed fermentation 'sour' ale , Zinneke, blended with our one year old spontaneous O'ambic. Then, on North Otago Apricots for 6 months, prior to packaging .
Best drunk fresh as the apricot flavour fades.

Food pairing: Tangy cheese, fish, chicken, asparagus, souffle, bread and butter.  Roasted almonds.

Golden effervescence, a nose of freshly peeled apricots, passion-fruity. Pucker inducing sour, apricot taste, slight brett leather and haybarn character. Lots of flavours going on: tart, fruitiness of apricot, and funky. Refreshing. Great balance between sweetness and acidity. Nectarines and vinous notes lead into a deep and complex beer. Oak and Perry finish. “Stunning sour ale.”
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