Golden Sour Ale with Frontenac Grapes
This barrel-aged sour beer features Frontenac grapes from our family vineyard in Marengo, Illinois, that were harvested, destemmed and crushed. Frontenac grapes were developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1996 as a dark-skinned, hybrid French-American wine grape varietal. Local wine makers will often blend this grape with other wine grapes, and/or make a Port 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, dominant red and black cherry flavor, along with some plum and rcurrant notes, along with a faint marzapan/cherry pit finish . There is also a Brett character that complements the wine grape character. This beer has a slightly stronger grape acidity contribution than Barrel #26, but still finishes semi-dry.