Just like Wham!, this is a beer with one eye permanently cast towards what happened last Christmas. Back in December 2013, the brewers at the Flat Rock Brew Cafe took a bunch of cherries, added them to a brew and popped the resulting beer into barrels. A full year later, the result has been released.
The first thing you’ll notice is the colour: a bright rosy pink that’s thick, cloudy and hints at a fruity sweetness before you’ve even gotten close enough for a taste. And in that regard it delivers, and then some. There’s a hint of barrel-induced Brettanomyces on the nose, but it doesn’t follow through to the palate, which is all saccharine. While barrel aged beers are probably more known for being big, strong and unforgiving, this one is the opposite and tips the scales at a breezy 3.5 per cent ABV. It’s not the type of beer we see being made a lot in Australia and, accordingly, there isn’t much of this one either. Only two kegs, in fact, so it’d be a miracle if it made it ‘til this Christmas.
Flat Rock Brew Cafe