FYNE ALES ORIGINS BREWING - spring 2018 collection
FORMAT: Bottle (375ml) & KeyKeg (limited)
Habitual began life a strong Belgian-style tripel, brewed using Maris Otter, Crystal and amber malts and French saison yeast, a portion of which was reserved into French red wine barrels for eleven months. During that time, the base beer's sweet, dessert wine character greatly enhanced, due to the influence of the wood and oxidation - it emerged intensely rich and indulgent with the caramel malt backbone still present under the deep, fruity, vinous notes. To lift the beer's flavour profile, it was blended with a small portion of kettle-soured wheat beer and transferred into a secondary vessel loaded with apricots where it was aged before bottling in early 2018.
FROM THE BREW TEAM:
"Habitual is really interesting for me as it is both very complex, but very approachable - the sweet wine and fruit flavours, coupled with the Champagne-like carbonation, make it very delicate and easy-drinking beer for something that has such a involved production background."
Punchy stone-fruit notes up front with sweet wine and honey following behind. A wash of lingering oak leads into a dry finish with a hint of Brett and a splash of lactic sourness.
Pairs well with aged charcuterie and salted meats.