This Flemish Blonde ale was fermented in our 14 year-old French Calvados foedre with native, wild yeasts for ten months then re-fermented with pressed pear cider and aged for an additional year. One third of the beer then spent three months with 250 pounds of Seedling Farms’ Bartlett pears to extract the natural tannins from the pear skins before being back blended with the remaining beer from the foedre and subsequently bottle conditioned an additional two months. All in all, a rather complicated two year labor of mostly love we are very pleased to finally release.
The initial pastoral aromas are of hay, pear skins, and English toffee with the warming tingle of spiced Calvados akin to a welcome glass of hot cider after a crisp, fall afternoon spent in the woods. Robust acidity and barnyard funk lead to a sparkling body with rounding tannins, a flourish of baking apples, and pear tartlets. The finish is a long, elegant affair of mulling spices, malic vin mousseux, and a whift of the memory of pear like the flash of a tail of a fleeing red fox.