And now we have arrived at the last HaandBryggeriet review for a while, namely Sur Megge. I first tasted this beer at the Haand Craft Beer festival in the beginning of May 2012, and managed to get my hands on a single bottle at the huge release at Vinmonopolet some weeks back.
Sur Megge comes with an ABV of 8% and has been aged in Frensh oak barrels for 18 months.
Almost clear pour resulting in a slightly hazy orange/brownish color with a small head that quickly disappears.
Sour and quite fruity aromas up front. I’m getting some mild citrus notes and hints of tropical fruits.
As the beer warms up I’m getting some hints of alcohol as well.
The flavor is also very fruity. The beer is not too sour, but has hints of tropical fruits, wood and lemon. I remembered this beer is more sour, but some months in the bottle have probably changed the character of the beer a lot.
The mouth feel is light (but not watery) and the carbonation level is very smooth.
The finish is quite long and dry. Up front I’m getting some hints of alcohol, replaced by citrus and pineapple, with a slightly sourness lurking in the back. Lovely!
This was a really refreshing and lovely sour ale. Not as sour as I remembered it but a lovely balanced fruity and sour ale. Score: 4.6/5.