Category 119: Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Color:
Varies with underlying style
Clarity:
Varies with underlying style
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Varies with underlying style
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Varies with underlying style
Fermentation Characteristics:
Varies with underlying style
Body:
Varies with underlying style
Additional Notes:
A wood/barrel-aged sour beer is any lager, ale, or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique experimental beer that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood and has developed a bacterial-induced natural acidity. Entries are aged with the intention of imparting the particularly unique character micro flora present in the wood. Sometimes wood aging is intended to impart the particularly unique character of the wood and/or what has previously been in the barrel, but wood-aged is not necessarily synonymous with imparting wood flavors. The wood character can be characterized as a complex blend of vanillin and unique wood character. Wood-derived character can also be characterized by the flavors of the product that was in the barrel during prior use. These wood-derived flavors, if present in this style, can be very low in character and barely perceived or evident, or assertive as wood-derived flavors. Any degree of wood-derived flavors should be in balance with other beer characters. Usually bacterial and/or “wild” yeast fermentation contributes complex esters and results in a dry to very dry beer. Ultimately a balance of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel is sought with the marriage of acidity, complex esters, and new beer with wood and/or barrel flavors. To allow for accurate judging the brewer must provide additional information about entries in this category. Comments could include classic or base beer style being aged in wood, type of wood used (new or old, oak or other wood type), type(s) of microbial contribution, previous liquids in the barrel if any (port/whiskey/wine/sherry/other) and achieved character. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging.
Alcohol by Volume:
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IBU:
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SRM Color:
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