This is a special blend. It opens with cellar funk and oak. A complex nose of aged hop, stone fruit kernels, classic citrus and toasty oak. A obviously more aged nose than many recent Gold blends. Oak, soft spices and citrus create a lovely balance. A distinct wine-like line creates depth and complexity as well as giving the beer a hint of salinity to the finish.
Gold is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #20 is a blend of four barrels. 1760 (11 month old Gold), 1761 (6 month old Gold), 1813 (10 month old Gold) and 1829 (8 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 January 30 2019 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 18 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 0.5°P (FG= 1.002 SG).
Like all our beers, Gold Blend #20 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).