Style: Barrel Aged American Wild Sour Ale
“Experimentation. Ales and lagers that defy styles or categories. This is what we are about: our driving force, our passion. To further facilitate this innovative spirit, we’ve developed our Barrel-Aged Series where anything, and we mean ANYTHING, goes! Brewed for those as adventurous as we are!
As luck would have it, our amigos at Suerte dig our brews as much as we do our tequila. They graciously provided their finest barrels. We filled them and created sour, salty, and citric awesomeness.”
This is the second in a series of four barrel-aged sours I picked up a while ago. The next two are coming later this week, so bear with me. Fortuna is much different from Tectum et Elix even though they are both wild sour ales. While Tectum et Elix was aged in red wine barrels, Fortuna was aged in tequila barrels with lime zest and salt; think a margarita in a beer, but done with more care than some of those mass-produced beers.
The beer pours a sparkling amber with short-lived half-inch white head. The nose gives of hints of lime and tequila followed by the sour fruit notes and oak, it is absolutely amazing, I could sit and take in the beer all day. Fortuna is not subtle about being a sour and the tartness hits you immediately when you take a sip with the lime shining through much more than the tequila and the salt. The tequila and the oak are definitely there in the background to round out the beer for a smooth finish it is here where the salt is just barely present.
Fortuna is a great beer and perfect for the summer. I am not a huge fan of tequila, but the barrels pair so well with many styles of beer and sours are not different. The subtle hints the tequila barrels provide this the beer give it a smooth finish and an absolutely wonderful nose, that I could seriously make into an air freshener. Like the others in this series they are pricey due to the limited production, this one is at 1297 cases. The beer is phenomenal though and if you are into margaritas and tequila it might be a beer some non-sour drinkers will enjoy as well. I highly recommend it either way.