Wild Beer Co Zintuki

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Style
Sour Beer
Country
Britain
Brewery
ABV
7.3%
Bottle Size
330ml
Serving Temp
7 to 10°C
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Zintuki. A fitting name for this mysteriously quirky sour ale from Wild Beer Co. It was made as a blend of the brewery's Ninkasi--a champagne yeast fermented ale made with local apple juice--and their Somerset Wild ale which was fermented using bacterias and yeasts cultivated from local orchards. Expect a funky sour lemon aroma with hints of dust, salted lemon and sourdough. A spicy, fruity, lemon-juicy flavour is finished off with a spritzy, dry finish and soft carbonation. This unconventional blended beer is deeply satisfying.

Brewery Info

There is no other brewery in the world making beers like the Wild Beer Company. In fact, there are very few breweries that even look like Wild Beer Company. Most are a study in stainless steel, but walking into Wild Beer’s home on a remote Somerset farm, it’s wood that dominates the scene. Dozens of barrels are stacked floor to ceiling, each with its contents scribbled on the side: Modus, Ninkasi, Sourdough (yes, a beer using sourdough yeast). Not all the beers Wild Beer make will touch the inside of a barrel, but what is clear is that they all live up to their tagline: Drink WILDLY Different.

Take Millionaire for example, a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout that is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Or how about Wild Goose Chase? A tart, sprightly beer fermented using locally-harvested wild yeast and gooseberries? Or perhaps one of our favourite beers (ever?), Sleeping Lemons, a gose (a low-ish alcohol, slightly salty German beer) brewed with lemons preserved in salt – can there be anything more refreshing? Wild Beer is indeed wildly different. And while it can be tempting to take the innovation too far, head brewer Brett Ellis remains true to the aim of making all their beers very drinkable. That’s true whether it’s Zintuki, a quirky sour ale blended from Somerset Wild, their beer fermented using yeast cultivated from a nearby orchard, along with an ale fermented with champagne yeast and some local apple juice, or the more conventional ‘Fresh’ pale ale. Wild Beer pack more flavour in to their beers than many breweries can dream of.

As Brett writes: “We love sour beers, their unrivalled complexity and nuances make them both the most exciting and engaging styles of beer to brew and to drink. The romance and the art of brewing come through in a very different way when using the extraordinary uncontrollable wild yeasts and bacteria.

“There's wild yeast and bacteria everywhere, especially here in Somerset with so many orchards nearby. When you make a happy home for them in your brewery they just show up and spontaneously ferment – and sour – a beer.”

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Something different
80%
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Different to my usual tipple, don't normally go for sours but this one was great. Not too sour, very easy to drink
6 / 10
60%
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Straw colour, hazy, some carbonation
Thin white head, disappears straight away
Apple juice, yeasty and sour lemon aroma
Medium crisp, sharp mouthfeel with some carbonation
Sour apple, yeasty champagne and bitter lemon flavour
Acidic, yeasty, slightly medicinal aftertaste
A classic Wild Beer weirdo
60%
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As close to a cider as I've ever tasted in a beer. Sharp, complex, strange. Clever in many ways, but most certainly an acquired taste.
Didnt work for me
40%
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Love their experimentation tho
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