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Honey Wheat Sour Update

Appearance, Aroma and Flavor

I pulled a sample from the Honey Wheat Farmhouse Saison this past weekend which marks 4 months of being in storage. The hydrometer reads 1.000, which puts this beer around 7 % ABV. The sample was very clear and a dark golden color – very similar to apple juice. I pick up the funky farmhouse aromas and a hint of honey from the 16 oz of orange blossom that was added. I think I would best describe the flavor as a “funky” mead. Even though there is only a pound of honey in this 5-gallon batch, the orange blossom flavor is really coming through.

So what’s next for this beer?

I think I’m going to give it another month or two in the carboy and then rack 3 750 ml bottles as-is. I’ll take 2 gallons and rack that onto either apricots or pluots, and then leave the remaining beer in the carboy to blend with the next batch of the same recipe minus the honey. This will be the beginning of a solera and “house culture” base beer for future sours.