At release, Blend #18 is another one of our softer, more textural blends. Lovely lifted aromatics typical of Gold, citrus blossom and spice backed by zesty orange nutty mealiness and funk. Soft and textured the palate has lovely depth and weight. Strong flavours of lemon citrus and nectarine complexed by bretty funk.
Gold is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #18 is a blend of four barrels. 1711 (12 month old Gold), 1714 (7 month old Gold), 1806 (8 month old Gold) and 1826 (6 month old Gold).
The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: Single Origin (S.O.) Moree, NSW grown Gairdner ale malt and North Star, NSW grown Spitfire S.O. raw wheat thanks to Provenance Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture: brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on Halloween 2018 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 13 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 0.5°P (FG= 1.002 SG).
Like all our beers, Gold Blend #18 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).