Sour beer fans listen up! Central City has just released their second iteration of their barrel sour program, coming hot off of last years very well received Sour Brown I.
This second release is the limited edition wood-aged Central City Sour Kriek II. Sour Kriek II is a Belgian style Sour Red Ale infused with cherries and has been aging for two years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Brewed in the traditional Belgian fashion, Sour Kriek II is big-bodied and has a balance of earthy, oak tones and cherry notes that give a lightly sweet, sour cherry experience.
“We’re very pleased with the results of our sour series especially since we went with the traditional Belgian method of souring the beers and using Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders,” says Gary Lohin, Central City’s renowned Brewmaster “The Sour Kriek II is a different sour in that we infused it with cherries to add complexity to this two-year-old beer. It’s a little more tart with a beautiful cherry finish that marries so well with the sour yeast culture we use. The die-hard sour fans will be sure to pucker up to this limited release as there is nothing like this beer in Canada.”
Central City’s Sour Brown I was one of the first barrel aged sour ales available from BC, and the Kriek appears to be following in the tradition of the small batch, long maturation process.
The limited edition Sour Kriek II is available in 750 ml bottles (10.8% alc./vol.) at select private BC and Alberta liquor stores.