Introducing Elements #5 (Barrel Aged Blended Flanders Ale / 6%)
Over the past few months, we've introduced four very unique and distinct blended barrel-aged beers: Elements #1 and #3 (Dry-hopped Sours) and Elements #2 and #4 (Farmhouse Ales). This week we take our Elements series in an exciting new direction with the release of Elements #5, a punchy and tart blend of two barrel-aged Flanders Ales.
We absolutely love brewing Flanders style beers, a style we initially explored back in 2017 with Le Duc, a barrel-aged Flanders Ale with a lot of funk, pumped-up sourness, and the unmistakable sweet/vinegary finish that makes this Belgian style so unique.
This time around our goal was to get more depth from the style, so we decided to barrel-age one of two beers for over 8 months in oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The resulting beer was then meticulously blended with a fresh Flanders to balance out some of the intensity and to ease the strong vinegar-like flavours.
Elements #5 is noticeably sourer than most of our other Sour blends, but the warm oakiness of the barrels and the lightly sweet red wine vinegar notes balance things out, resulting in an even, smooth, and wildly complex beer with slight notes of cherry and dark berries, and a rich dark red colour.
Elements #5 will be available on tap and in 375 ml. bottle format on Thursday, July 25th in our brewpub, bottle shop and on our online store.