It’s been awhile since I had a beer from Almanac, so I was excited to try this one.
Style: Flanders Red Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “IMPERIAL SOUR RED ALE AGED IN WINE BARRELS WITH MERLOT GRAPES, RASPBERRIES, CACAO & VANILLA BEANS. Astounding Enterprises is dedicated to the pioneering spirit of California. The term was coined by Mark Twain in the late 1800s while traveling through California. Twain viewed the pioneers’ bold endeavors as, ‘a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness.’ We created this adventurous beer-wine hybrid with that same intrepid spirit. Astounding Enterprises is blended from select barrels of imperial sour red ale aged with merlot grapes, raspberries, cacao and vanilla beans. Part wine, part beer and part autumn harvest—this brew is 100% California. Pair this decadent beer with dry aged steak, Coq au Vin or chocolate ganache cake. ‘It was a Splendid Population – for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home – you never find that sort of people among pioneers – you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day – and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, “Well, that is California all over.” – Mark Twain, Roughing It'”
Random: This beer is available in bottles and on draft.
The beer poured with no head and a bright pinkish-red body. It had some floaties and cloudiness as well, but I could still see some carbonation. The nose was filled with sour raspberries, oak and vanilla. Vinegar and strawberries came through next. The taste started with a lot of red wine barrel and tartness. There were big notes of berries, specifically blackberry, raspberry and strawberry. Cocoa came through next with some oak and vanilla. The body was on the thicker side of the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vinegar and berries. I picked this bottle up for $14.99, which came to $1.16 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think it would pair really well with French food.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0