This Gold blend is very well integrated with aromas of citrus and lemongrass that evolves into white blossom and cardamon spice. The palate is reminiscent of Meyer lemon with a texture boosting mid-palate funkiness and a classic dry lemon finish.
Gold is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #9 is a blend of three barrels, 1718, 1723 and 1601. At blending, the beer in 1718 was five months old, coming from our fifth batch of Gold. 1723 was six months old holding beer from our fourth batch of Gold from March 31 2017 until blending. The Gold in 1601 came from our sixth batch of Gold and was four months old.
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, and Riverina grown Janz S.O. raw wheat from Voyager Craft 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 October 12 2017 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 10 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 0.8°P (FG= 1.003 SG).
Like all our beers, Gold Blend #9 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).