Monday, January 7, 2013

Grimm Brothers The Farmer's Wild Daughter review

Grimm Brothers The Farmer's Wild DaughterTake a decent Oktoberfest, introduce it to Brettanomyces and barrel age it for over a year and you've got the makings of a style almost all it's own. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse recently introduced another in their barrel-aged Brett soured beers called: The Farmer's Wild Daughter.

This beer started off as a batch of The Farmer's Daughter, an Oktoberfest-style beer. They took the very same barrels that they aged last year's Brett Bock in and used them to age their Oktoberfest with the Brettanomyces strain and came up with a batch that was uniquely Grimm Brothers.

This beer weighed in about the same as their Farmer's Daughter Oktoberfest, around 6.2% ABV. The beer was stored in wine barrels and aged for 14 months to give the Brett time to do it's thing and to impart some wood characteristics. What would Brett do for an Oktoberfest? Being a fan of sour beers, I was eager to find out.

Appearance: The Farmer's Wild Daughter pours looking much like it's normal cousin the regular Oktoberfest. The head was slightly subdued due to sitting in the barrel for 14-months but with an aggressive pour it still managed to get a finger or so tall with an off-white nearly light tan head. There was just a slight lacing along the glass that slid off soon after pouring. The beer itself was copper in color, somewhat dark orange. The beer was adequately carbonated with fine bubbles and appeared mostly clear with just a slight haze.

Aroma: The brett in this beer took center stage from start to finish. Gone was the tell tale Marzen malt aroma. The Brettanomyces left an unmistakable aroma that perked up the senses in this sour lover's nose. While Marzens tend to be very malty, I could only pick up a bit of the malts in the nose due to the powerful brett aroma. That's the one thing sour beers will do is dominate with a distinctive scent.

Taste: The Farmer's Wild Daughter instantly reminded me of last year's Brett Bock. This beer was less roasty in malt flavor, yet with the same unmistakable brett characteristic and wood flavor in the background. I admit that I'm slightly biased towards anything sour and this beer seemed to fit my sour desires more than adequately. The brew was moderately bitter, medium on the acidic scale and had just enough malt base to give it a good body. I loved what the 14-month barrel aging had done for this beer.

Overall: While many of my friend turn their nose up at these types of beers, I tend to really enjoy them. It takes a while to get used to the qualities that Brettanomyces does for a beer, especially one that has aged for over a year. If you've never had a sour beer you might want to sample in small quantities at first. Once you've embraced the style this is the type of beer that you'll come to look forward to. (Same goes for India Pale Ales and all that hoppiness, only this has a sour, funk to it).

I can't seem to get enough of these kind of beers. It's a shame that they only made 10 barrels of this beer and is tap only. I feel they could bottle this and offer it at a premium price. Fans of sour beer are going to enjoy this beer. I know I did.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary growler of this beer at the brewery taproom in consideration for a review and for helping the brewery out with an upcoming event.

Related articles:
- Grimm Brothers The Fearless Youth review.
- Grimm Brothers Little Red Cap review.
- Grimm Brothers Brett Bock review.
- Grimm Brothers The Count Imperial Stout review.

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