Halcyon Barrel House - Gravity Well Cherry
Sour Ale with Cherries • 9.0% alc/vol
Cherries, wine, warming
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We added both tart and sweet varieties of organic cherries to a blend of Gravity Well, Halcyon’s award-winning sour ale, back in 2018. The result of our years of patience is Gravity Well: Cherry. Gravity Well is Halcyon’s take on a Flanders Red ale, a style of sour beer traditionally brewed in Belgium. The tandem of the acidity playing off the subtle caramel malty sweetness keeps each in check.
To create Gravity Well, Halcyon ferments its red ale in oak red wine barrels with a mix of different yeasts and bacteria, and aged it in those barrels for various lengths of time. As the barrels each takes on different flavours, the brewmaster custom-blends each batch of Gravity Well from this in-house supply.
Gravity Well Cherry pours a deep red with slight foam. The aroma is cherry-forward with notes of wine, and a malty sweet tang. The flavour conjures memories of cherry pie, with profound acidity, tempered by a subtle sweet malt character. A remarkably light body challenges the perception of mild sweetness. The finish is pleasingly warming and dry, with lingering acidity and cherry.