Friday, 16 August 2019

Beer Review 68 // Bellwoods Barn Owl No.17


It's been a hot minute since a beer review so let's just jump in. I was lucky recently and got a beer mail delivery from Bellwoods so I am going to start with these.

Details

Name: Barn Owl No. 17

Style: Barrel Aged Double Dry Hopped Wild Ale.

Brewery: Bellwoods.

Country: Canada, Toronto.

ABV: 6.3%

Artwork: Very nice pair of hand drawn Barn Owls. Not sure if the label changes between different recipes?

Commercial Fluff: 
As years passed and our oak aged beer became more robust, we discovered many unique, interesting, single barrels deserving of a special release. Barn Owl was created as a response to these lone wolves, and has grown into a diverse, ongoing series that reflects the growing diversity of our barrel program. The name is a nod to the wise and exacting animal that keeps watch over the farmhouse (er..industrial warehouse), and the one-off creations are released sporadically throughout the year, just as soon as we deem the barrels ripe for the picking.

Barn Owl No. 17 began as a blend of a sour golden ale and a bretty pale ale before being locked away in wine puncheons for extended barrel-aging. The blend was dry-hopped prior to barrel-aging to create a stable, well-rounded hop character -- and then dry-hopped after emerging from the barrel creating a lovely balance between a dank dry-hop, brett funk and a pleasant acidity. Flavours and aromas of pineapple, peach skin and plum.

Own Opinion

Label: It's a nice label, not my preferred style compared to their other labels which I find more stylish.

Pour: Orange, hazy with a tight white head of foam. Looks very tasty.

Aroma: Brett funk is front and centre on the aroma. Once you get past that you start to get tropical fruits like canned pineapples.

Taste: quite an acidic brew. Notes of that canned pineapple come to the fore alongside some softer notes of juicy fruits. For me the acidic wild ale gives the beer the quality of sharp citrus which makes for quite a refreshing brew.

Would I buy it again: Yes. I'm definitely interested in trying more of these brews I wonder if they ever release the older recipes anymore? If you know the answer then let me know in the comments.

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