Vintage Funk VOL. VI

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
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Our Impression: This lambic was aged for 3 years before touching peaches, and then back to the barrel for another 8 months. We wanted to see what aging the fruit with the bacteria would become. The result is a much tamer fruit character, with more of a tropical wine like peach that is very approachable. Lambic brewing requires immense patience, one to three years of patience! Releasing a lambic is like going back in time.  It’s a glimpse into the past. A revelation of our past brewing techniques and inspiration.  There’s something special about releasing a beer that you’ve been nursing along for years.  Because of the time required to produce lambic, the learning curve is more difficult.  We are learning more and more about this style, and we have a great relationship with our yeast supplier, Inland Island Yeast Laboratories, who has helped us develop a yeast + bacteria culture capable of producing our vision of the traditional Belgian fruited lambic.  Having experienced drinking Framboise and Kriek from the cellars of Cantillon, we have very high standards we are reaching for!

Style:  Fruit Lambic (Peach) - BJCP 23F

Grain: Pilsner, Wheat

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh

Yeast:  House Yeast, Brettanomyces

Bacteria: Lactobacillus, Pediococcus

Adjuncts: Peaches

Water: Dechlorinated Pueblo City Water, with light additions of CaCl2

Original Gravity:  11 Degrees Plato

ABV: 5.2%

Estimated IBU:  <5 IBU

Color: 3-4 SRM

Aroma: Wine-like tropical peach withpleasant notes of barnyard “horse blanket.”  Yes that sounds weird, but fear not!  Brettanomyces, a “wild” yeast strain, produces complex esters that range from cherry pie to horse blanket.  This is typical of traditional Belgian Lambic styles.
Appearance: Pours a clear and brilliant straw yellow. 

Flavor:  Acidity is the backbone of any sour.  Like traditional Lambics, Vintage Funk exhibits a complexity derived from acid producing bacteria and wild yeast.  The acid plays wonderfully with fruit, which is the reason why the most famous Belgian lambics are blended with cherries, raspberries, or peaches.  Vintage funk begins with a punch of peach and acid, and as your palate adjusts you begin to note the light oak, horse blanket, and hay.
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium bright acidity, with medium carbonation.