Golden Sour Ale with Marechal Foch Grapes
This barrel-aged sour beer features Marechal Foch grapes from our family vineyard in Marengo, Illinois, that were harvested, destemmed and crushed. Marechal Foch grapes, developed in Alsace, France, are known to have a "Burgundian" character, and wines made solely with Foch grapes have been compared to a Beaujolais wine.
The grapes were added into wine casks from J’s Vineyard & Winery, located in California’s scenic Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, along with our Exiled Angel Belgian Golden Strong. The beer was fermented for over a year in the barrels with their existing mixed Brett culture, as well as with the cultures native to the Marechal Foch grape skins. Barrel #26, has a beautiful garnet red color, robust and complex blackberry, black cherry, plum and dark berry fruitiness, along with a spicy and earthy undercurrent. There is also a Brett character that complements the entire wine grape character. The beer finishes semi-dry.