360. Two Brothers Brewing – Askew Sour Ale

Two Brothers - Askew Sour AleDuring the Bruegala beer festival, they had a few special release beers, which were a few somewhat hard to get a hold of bottles.  This one was one of those beers.  My experiences with sour beers has been mixed, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but figured that since it was one of the featured beers, I’d give it a try.

Location: Enjoyed a 3oz sample, in a sampling glass, at Bruegala in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.5% ABV, ~ 205 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It was fairly clear and had an amber, slightly orange tint.  The head was very thin and had soapy-looking bubbles in it.  The aroma was an interesting mix of fruitiness, maltiness, and slight funkiness.

Taste & Feel: It was somewhat light and crisp, starting off fairly dry.  After a quick taste of sweet maltiness, the tart sour flavor kicks in.  The tartness increased in intensity through the finish, but wasn’t too overwhelming.  The sourness had a hint of an apple cider sourness and crispness to it, and it finished pretty clean and dry.

Food Pairing: I would pair this beer with dessert.  The sour tartness and slight cider flavors left me feeling like this would a very good pairing with something like apple pie.  The crisp crust on the pie would help to cut on the sourness a bit, but would mix nicely with the sweetness from the fruit.

Overall Impression: I’m usually a little hesitant to try sour beers, since I often feel like the brew just throws it in a barrel, prays, and then tries to convince you it tastes good when it comes out.  However, I felt like this beer tasted just like it’s supposed to.  From my experience with sours (which is admittedly very limited), I felt like this had a texbook brettanomyces, yet it wasn’t overwhelming.  I felt like there was still a decent sweet malt character to it, and I liked the crisp, clean, dry finish.  Overall, I fell like it was a good beer that I would break out to show others what a sour beer tastes like.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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