We are really loving this blend, striking a great balance between age and fresh spice. Aromas of citrus thyme, sweet spice and meyer lemon move to a more savoury nose of citrus marmalade and soft oak. Very complex and showing a lot of depth across the palate. Creamy citrus, darker earthy spiciness and cellar funkiness. A rather balanced gold rendition.
Gold is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #24 is a blend of five barrels - 1723 (20 month old Gold), 1753 (13 month old Gold), 1765 (8 month old Gold), 1776 (7 month old Gold) and 1869 (21 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 16 Oct 2019 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 16 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 1.0°P (FG= 1.004 SG).
Like all our beers, Gold Blend #24 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).