Beer Brawl™ 29 – Battle of the Funk
I love doing these Beer Brawls™; where else am I going to sit down with a bunch of beer geeks and drink 9 different beers feremented with brettanomyces yeast. This beer brawl brings us back out to the Liquor Outlet in Boonton New Jersey where we met up with Kevin and Russ to explore some wild beers.
Joining me on this podcast was Kevin and Russ from the Liquor Outlet in Boonton NJ. The only prerequisite I have for the Beer Brawl™ is a love of beer. You don’t need to know anything about the beers we are drinking only a willingness to try them and voice an opinion.
As usual we have a podcast of The Beer Brawl™ ready for download:
Listen to the Podcast (1:00:54, It’s 9 beers!)
or download it from iTunes
- The Bruery Hottenroth
- Victory Wild Devil
- Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
- Ommegang Biere de Mars
- New Belgium Biere de Mars
- De Proef Reinaert
- Nogne O Tyttebaer
- Birra del Borgo Duchessic
- Oud Beersel Oude Geuze
Download the podcast and listen to all the details about how these Wild Beers stacked up against each other. But if you don’t have time to listen, here are some Tasting notes:
The Bruery Hottenroth
3.1% abv beer made with both Lactobacillus and brettanomyces yeast. We found this to be a very good summer beer. A cloudy sourdough smelling beer, very smooth lemony beer that was moderately tart, maybe 4 on a scale of 10.
Victory Wild Devil
A 100% Brettanomyces fermented IPA. This 6.7% abv that typifies what a Brett IPA should be, lots of American IPA fragrance and flavor with the funkiness associated with the Brettanomyces yeast.
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
All the Jolly Pumpkin beers I’ve had previously have always solid and very unique. We were not let down with this 8%abv beer Franco-Belgian strong golden ale fermented with wild yeast. Had a great peppery lemon citrus aroma with a big bold flavor to go with the aroma.
Ommegang Biere de Mars
The Fourth beer of the night was Ommegang’s 6.5% abv Biere de Mars. This was a funky fruity beer with Brettanomyces added in the secondary fermentor. We picked up all sorts of fruit flavors from pineapple to mango to pina colada with this great peppery yeasty flavor. Another very enjoyable beer
New Belgium Biere de Mars
As a beer we couldn’t get at the Liqour Outlet because New Belgium doesn’t distribute to NJ, I was particularly looking forward to this beer, but it really didn’t live up to my expectations. While a good beer, nice spice aroma, but not much funk for a beer bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces.
De Proef Reinaert
This 9% abv beer was fermented with 2 different yeasts including brettanomyces. This beer a fruity funk on the nose and had very complex funky, spicy, peppery, earthy flavor.
Nogne O Tyttebaer
All jokes aside with the name, this 8% wild cranberry beer that Mikkeller had a hand in creating, was very in your face with teh sour aroma. Which we loved! It was a intense bold beer that I’ll look forward to drinking again in the future.
Birra del Borgo Duchessic
The Duchessic is a blend of Birra del Borgo saison and a 1 year old Cantillon Lambic. Right away you could smell the Cantillon, very sour nose with a sourdough oaky flavor. A nice beer, that also had the reseal cap.
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze
The final beer of the night and boy did this little 375ml bottle deliver. Big sour beer, 8 of 10 on my sour scale. By far the best beer of the night for us sour beer lovers!
I’m working on future Beer Brawls™, we have a Session, High Octane, Dogfish Head, and Porter Beer Brawls™ coming up. We’d also love to hear your suggestions!