Against the Grain – We Brett It Wrong

Against the Grain - We Brett it WrongPERHAPS WE BRETT IT WRONG’S name should have been a giveaway. Twice over, even, as it belongs to a series called ‘All Funked Up’. Based upon the “hoppy Saison” ‘We Spelt it Wrong’, Against the Grain wild-ified version was aged in Brettanomyces-riddled bourbon barrels to rather fuddling results. Brett and a little sourness define the early flavors with some little barrel notes emerging later, though without particular clarity. Saison liveliness is tamped down, along with the hops, while the base body (a blend of wheat and spelt) is further attenuated by extra sugar additions. The beer emerges more astringent and tingly than actually all that dry (at an estimated 2 Plato), and some ethyl acetate also swarms up in the finish. Rather discombobulated all in all; try again, lads.

Served: 750 ml bottle (Skyline Loft, FoBAB 2013, Chicago)

Rating: 74

Against the Grain

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