Beer Reviews

String Theory

Brettanomyces bosons open and close to envelop cosmological crispness in a crucible of soft, leathery funk. Pointillist particles of toasted oak propagate through space and interact with avuncular malt constellations. String Theory lays down the theoretical framework for wild fermentation.

Reviews are done by Travis Houston, our Sensory Specialist, Certified Cicerone, and FOBAB Judge.

Vintage: 2018

Months Aged: 18

Cultures: Omega’s “All the Bretts” blend

String Theory is the latest release in our Outer Reaches Sour Ales series. Talk about how this beer came to be, and how it fits into the larger history of Outer Reaches.

We blended a small amount of a dark, bourbon barrel aged beer into our blonde sour base to add some complexity and character. We then pitched in a blend of twelve Brettanomyces strains, and let all of that age on American Oak Spirals for 18 months. This contains the blonde base we use to craft a number of the Outer Reaches beers, but the other beer blended in, and especially the yeast blend we used, really make this a unique and delicious brew.

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

The acidity is much more reserved in this beer, allowing the deep, robust flavors picked up from the wood to shine. The Brettanomyces blend adds some funky and fruity flavors that work well with the oak character.

What makes you want to drink this beer?

Unlike many wild and sour brews, this beer manages to be loaded with complexity while maintaining a high level of drinkability.

What are some other Funky Blonde Ales that you dig?

Petrus Sour Pale Ale, Brewery Ommegang’s Pale Sour Ale, and Russian River Redemption.

Fruit (1-6): 1

Funk: 1

Wood: 1

Sour: 1

Appearance: Deep copper to amber, with slight haze and a bright white head.

Aroma: Oak, tobacco, red wine, and hints of stone fruit.

Taste: Mild acidity, mild sweetness, and loads of deep, rich oak character.

Mouthfeel:  Medium-bodied with slightly high carbonation.

Overall: Mild acidity is met with deep, rich oak character in this medium-bodied, deep copper colored brew.

What foods would pair well with String Theory?

A good filet would match the complex wood flavors while, while not being overpowered by the beer.

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