Nomad Brewing are producing more and more limited release beers. The Wild Mongrel is a fruity sour beer with some serious funk.
This limited release beer from Nomad Brewing Co. is a sour beer with a bold, funky, barnyard nose.
Underneath a frothy white head, is a golden colour with the slightest pink tinge. This comes from its time spent alongside shiraz grapes.
The nose delivers massive funk. It has a brettanomyces-like smell and this carries through onto the palate, flooding your nose and mouth with funky aromas of wet hair, straw and some subtle spice.
Given the high attenuation of brett, the intense drying sensation on the palate comes as no surprise. The mouthfeel and the finish is like licking a blanket, but in a good way.
There’s a full-on dry grape, vinous flavour which is the predominant characteristic on the first few sips.
Cruisin’ Ale Funked Up
It was originally Nomad’s Cruisin’ Ale and if you’re familiar with that beer you’ll be able to pick it out after sitting on this for a while and getting past the big farmhouse funk.
Considering the base beer is an Aussie pale ale, there’s some new world, citrus hop character, albeit very subtle.
As the beer warms to room temperature it not only shows off some citrus hops but also some fruity yeast esters, alongside the horsey aromas.
There’s some definite sourness as you’d expect. While it’s not puckering and it won’t blow your face off, there’s an acidity to it which is consistent throughout. It clearly communicates the impact the bugs and yeast have had on this beer.
An Introduction To Australian Funky Sours
While very enjoyable, this isn’t the most accessible beer. It would be a good experience for someone who hasn’t tried this kind of funky, barnyard, yeast-forward sour beer before.
But it comes with a warning, if you’re not used to these styles it could be challenging.
Despite the major funk, it’s a pretty versatile beer. In pairing it with food, some equally funky and grassy-smelling soft cheese alongside crackers and olives would be a good match. Alternatively, it could go with a spicy pork dish.
The bottle artwork is by Alex Latham again. The young Sydney artist continues to do great collaborative work with Nomad Brewing.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Fruit / Sour ale
Pair with: A plate of soft, funky cheese, crackers and olives
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