Meilby Brewing Sour Experiment 1

Sour Experiment 1 by Meily Brewing, Sour Ale, 5.5 % ABV, 14 IBU.

I’ll start this rating by quoting an old fairytale by a guy called Matthew: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine,(…)”. I don’t understand sour ales, I don’t like sour ales, sour ales are… uh… sour, so asking me to rate one might not be a good idea. You could just as well ask me to rate the new Justin Bieber album. But Meilby says he like to push people out of their comfort zones, and insisted to include a sour ale in the box of beers he sent me. Homebrewers have managed to show me the light earlier (I enjoyed the Danmarks Plass by JoKr Brewers, the first smoked ale I’ve ever really liked), so let’s give give this a try.

Dirty orange body with bath foam. The strawberry plants of yours truly in the background.

The brewer suggest that this beer will be perfect on a warm summer day, so on this warm and sunny day I pop the cork of the champagne bottle (now containing beer). In the glass the sour liquid has a quite dark orange/amber colour, it’s cloudy, actually completely opaque. The head is small, white, frothy, bath foam-ish, very short-lived and doesn’t lace the glass at all.

The aroma is moderate, with fermented fruits and berries, especially apples, but I also get some surprisingly pleasant fermented strawberries. The funky barnyard notes are there as well, this is definitely a sour ale. But hey, I sort of like it. Especially the fruity parts. Maybe I’m staring to like this style eventually?

The taste is moderate sweet with a light sourness initially, and then the sourness grows to a moderate level that frankly is a bit beyond what I find pleasant. The flavours are again fermented apples and barnyard.

Meilby Brewing Sour Experiment 1, brewed 2012.01.15, bottled 2012.02.26, bottle 24/39.

Ok mouthfeel: medium body, quite dry texture, very soft carbonation and some additional dryness in the quite long fermented finish.

Conclusion: Is this a good sour ale? I have no idea. Do I like it? Meh, it’s fair enough, but not my cup of tea.

Aroma:            6
Apperance:        2
Taste:            5
Palate:           3
Overall:         10
Ratebeer score: 2.6

3 comments on “Meilby Brewing Sour Experiment 1

  1. My rating of the same:

    M Sour Experiment 1

    Dark-hued, nearly crystal clear body with a small, quickly vanishing head. So damn nice a color that the lacking head retention is forgiven. 😀 4
    Tart berry tones, hints of grapefruit, lime and lemon. A few touches of bretty stable funk, but only mild ones. 5
    Mild sour tones of lemon, red berries and brett, with hints of bready malts underneath the surface. A bit of stable tones in the aftertaste, but otherwise this comes across as slightly weak, all in all. 5
    Palate: a bit thin and watery, actually. 2
    Mild and non-offensive sour beer which I guess could be good for breaking noobs into the sour styles, but for me it’s simply neither sour enough or otherwise interesting enough to get a really hi score. Apart from this, it’s clean and drinkable, and a rather pleasant brew.

    Total score: 2,7

    Ikke så dårlig, bare ikke så godt heller… 😛

  2. Fiffig. Terje: “it’s cloudy, actually completely opaque.” VS Stian: “nearly crystal clear body”. Terje: “medium body” VS Stian: “a bit thin and watery”. Nei, som jeg har sagt tidligere, ølsmaking er nok ikke en eksakt vitenskap. 🙂

    Ellers var det interessant å høre hva en som faktisk setter pris på denne ølstilen syntes om ølen, og morsomt at vi endte opp på omtrent samme karakter. Jeg har for øvrig gitt Rodenbach Grand Cru samme karakter som denne, så det er jo ting som tyder på at jeg ikke nødvendigvis har helt grep på hva som er en bra og hva som er en mindre bra sour ale. Men jeg gir ikke opp denne snodige og interessante ølstilen ennå, og jeg har jo smakt en sour ale som jeg syntes var ganske god: LoverBeer D’uvaBeer (men den var nok enda mildere enn Sour Experiment 1).

  3. Dette var første forsøk på sour ale og et desperat forsøk på om jeg kunne få noe drikbart til sommeren. Den er ikke helt der jeg håpet på, men jeg synes den ble veldig lett drikkelig og jeg lærte litt om den gjær. Jeg har vel nå ca 20L sour ale med samme type gjær (Wyeast Lambic Blend) som denne bare endret oppskriften og 20L med Wyeast Roselare som begge får stå et par år og gjør sig ordentlig sure. Har også 5L med skogsbær blanding og ca 10L med stikkelsbær som får stå til høsten/vinteren.

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