An ale made with drinks writer and friend, Mike Bennie. Brewed in July 2018, this ale rested in a single ex-Tyrrell's foudre for over 4 years. We have bottled the beer in both still and sparkling versions. The uncarbonated cuvee is wax dipped to distinguish.
The release of Foudre Beer #2 has been long in the making, spending over four years ageing in a single barrel, due to our decision in 2018 to attempt a non-human-inoculated fermentation, ie a lambic-practice-inspired and that fermentation throwing all the expected curveballs which only time can heal.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and in Foudre Beer #2 we have an incredibly vinous beer with silky texture unlike anything we have released before. So fascinating were the barrel samples, we bottled a portion of this beer without dosage to give you an idea and the opportunity to compare what carbonation does to a drink of this age.
"Citrus the hero, lemons and lime jump from the glass on the nose. There’s dusty brown spice touched by funk. Oak still plays its part giving woodiness and depth. Surprisingly more savoury than the still. Whilst the citrus core remains alongside the dried stone fruits sit nicely with the oak. Textually there’s breadth and volume but it’s laden with vinous oak spice and vanilla. Aged citrus and apple skin on the finish." - Luke's tasting notes.