Halcyon Barrel House - Shifting Sands: Cherry
Cherry. Tart cherry.
Organic barrel aged sour gold with cherry • 7.6% ABV
Halcyon Barrel House is a new branch on the Beau's family tree. New world brewing, patiently rooted in the old world traditions of mixed fermentation and aging in wood barrels, and bottle or keg conditioning.
Organic cherries are up as the feature fruit in this third rendition of Halcyon’s Shifting Sands. The base sour gold is aged in red wine barrels from six to twelve months. A select blend of these barrels was then aged on both tart Montmorency variety and dark sweet cherries for another six months. This one’s all cherry.
Shifting Sands is an organic sour golden ale that is in essence, the canvas for each edition of this beer. Each version of Shifting Sands features a different treatment of varieties of fruit, re-fermented and aged in barrels or foeders. The idea behind this project is to play with various fruit re-fermentation in a semi-constant environment, creating each time a balanced beer that both showcases the fruit used, and respects the base sour gold, Shifting Sands.
Shifting Sands Cherry pours undisturbed, a perfect cherry red hue. The aroma is cherry first and foremost, with notes of dried fruit and cherry pie. The flavour is undeniably cherry-forward, lots of tangy tartness with light wine notes backing up the dominant cherry character. The body is light, with moderate carbonation, and dries out after each sip with lingering cherry flavour.