You can trust an Inner West brewery with Americans behind them to push sour beers forward in Sydney.
Batch’s Bright and Stormy Sour pours a gorgeous marmalade colour. It’s slightly hazy but catches the light with lemon yellows.
The nose on it indicates its sourness but there’s a subtle and fragrant sweetness underneath, like Chinese sweet and sour sans spices.
The aroma is complex and contains something floral, like lemon myrtle. The smell carries through onto the palate with a strong lemon flavour. It’s not extraordinarily sour, perhaps “bright”, as the name suggests, would be the best way to describe it.
In the glass, or the jar as is the case at Batch Brewery, it doesn’t hold much of a head, just a thin foamy lip around the circumference of the jar.
This is no lightweight sour and it carries its fair share of booze. However, it doesn’t taste like it’s packing 6% ABV so it could be dangerous in a beer garden on a hot day.
That said, maybe its easy-drinking quality can be attributed to the fact that, when I tried it, it was the first warm day after winter and it was my first drink of the day.
Throughout, as the tart lemon flavours play on your tongue, it’s thoroughly delicious and very refreshing.
Tartness that tingles
It tingles on the tongue, and culminates in a medium dry finish. It makes you lick your lips and want more.
Across the palate, there’s a crisp feel to it and it’s the tartness and lemon flavour that really does the work in terms of flavour. There’s just a little bit of sweetness underneath the tartness.
Towards the end there’s a bit of a honey taste, like the lingering sweet, smooth taste you get in a honey and lemon tea. It’s something similar to Lemsip but just less artificial and medicinal. The fragrant qualities are there right to the last drop.
This beer would be well matched with a variety of foods. It would cut through charred, fatty meats well but the floral character would also be a good companion for a prawn vermicelli salad with a chilli and lime dressing.
Overall, it’s another fantastic beer from Batch. I hope to see a lot more sours coming out around Sydney.
Beer style: Sour Ale
Pair with: Prawn vermicelli salad with chilli and lime dressing
Leave a comment if you’ve tried Batch Bright and Stormy Sour and let me know what you thought.