Hargreaves Hill Apricot Sour

Hargreaves Hill

Released September 7th, 2017

It says something about the prevalence of sour beer styles coming our way over the past year or two that it's not often one comes along offering a new experience. But that's the case with this spring release from Hargreaves Hill, the latest in an ever-growing lineup of beers from the Yarra Valley brewery to make a feature of "wild" yeasts or bacteria in one way or another. It's not that they've done anything we've not seen in some way shape or form before – it's kettle soured, features a Belgian ale yeast strain and additions of both fruit and spice – but the way they come together means it stands a degree or two apart.

It has the look of a witbier – a cloudy, pale white gold colour that's not far off opaque – in which the soft, spicy cardamom dominates the aroma. The apricots (whole and nectar) contribute a tangy fruitiness while the souring process has produced cleansing and drying qualities, with a citric acidity that's bracing without being in any way funky helping deliver a beer that slides over the palate rather more refreshingly than one of its size has any right to, and should satisfy those on the eternal search for subtly new experiences.

Style
Belgian Apricot Sour
Strength
7.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Name
Hargreaves Hill
Address

25 Bell Street
Yarra Glen
VIC 3775

Phone
(03) 9730 1905
Website
Hours

Mon to Sat: midday to 11pm Sun: 8.30am to 5pm

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