Total Score: 8.55/10
This one literally leaped right off the shelf and into my shopping basket: 100 percent Brettanomyces yeast fermented IPA aged in Oak Foeder barrels with green tea added… I. Love. All. Those. Things. So I guess a bigger part of my mind [than I care to admit] since the purchase of Mayday Hills T has been devoted to deciphering exactly what to expect from these seemingly random delicious things thrown together in a giant standing oak barrel: Sour character – undoubtedly, tea astringency – of course, vanilla notes – obvs, earthy/citric hops – one would think. But instead of me wasting time thinking what may come, I may as well simply pop a cap and hook in to the amber fluid inside *runs off to fridge*.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazed perfect amber body with a nice white 1 centimetre cappuccino foam head on top… lacing on the glass rim isn’t spectacular (eg; leaving scrawling on the side) but it’s a fine looking beer to be sure (or if you’re Irish “tubeesher”). 8/10.
S: Crazy interesting aromas happening here – Saison yeast spiced barnyard characters, over-ripe decaying apples/pear, white wine vinous notes, a floral scent, and even a hint of chocolate! Weird, I know, but what a complex and fruit ester driven fragrance resides in my glass right now. Literally cannot wait another second – must… drink… now… 9/10.
T: Well… it’s definitely an eye opener… the brett-ridden Oak Foeder gives it a heavy white wine vinous slant… sort of like how Rodenbach Grand Cru is the red wine version of a beer this is equally one of the most white wine versions of beer I’ve encountered (try Wolf of the Willows ISP for total Sauv-Blanc beer experience). Overall flavours are: White wine (Chardonnay grapes) Saison yeast spice, barnyard notes, pepper, cider apples, and the finish has a nice Champagne dryness. Overall the balance is between sweet/dry/bitter and none has the upper hand. 9/10.
M: Medium bodied with a thin but active carbonation. 7/10.
D: I’ve got to be honest but this was right up my alley what with me getting into really good French Champagnes lately (Billecart-Salmon is my favourite so far). However I can see other beer drinkers not being such a fan of a brew like this, which is driven by white wine flavours. Buyer beware in that respect. However if you love your Saisons/Flanders Reds you will know what to expect and be quite at home with a brew like this. Cheerio! 8/10.
Food match: Can I be indulgent and say something like truffle cheese? [Yes!].