Wine barrel-aged sour ale with Ohio black raspberries

Learn’d Astronomer has always been a wine-barrel aged sour ale fermented on raspberries, but this batch (the fourth), represents the first time we have been able to do that with entirely Ohio-grown fruit. Most of the raspberries were black raspberries, grown by Stokes Farm, in Wilmington, Ohio. These berries are extremely special; the fruit intensity that they lend to beer is unparalleled.

This blend of wine barrel aged sour ale, mostly blonde, some red, has an average age of 2.5 years. It was refermented on over 2 pounds per gallon of fruit for over 2 months, then naturally and bottle & keg conditioned.

Tasting Notes: Vinous dark purple in color , verging on black. Aroma is immediately jammy, with huge wafts of fresh-off-the-bush black raspberries. Flavor is sour up front, but extremely clean, with no notable “funk”. Full bodied berry flavor, with a clean, dry and somewhat oaky finish.

7% ABV, not gluten-reduced

Wine barrel aged sour ale with black raspberries ABV 7 %