Mike S here with The Basement's latest brainchild: #52BottlesOfBeer! The premise is simple- 52 weeks in the year, 52 reviews of craft beers.
Surprise mother fuckers!
We're starting this series off with the #82 Amaretto Wild Sour Ale by Sons of Vancouver.
Let's start with the label. It's a nice, elegant, old school style of label. When combined with the long neck of the bottle, it brings to mind a nice bottle of wine. I love the font used, and the colour palette. It brings to mind the old black and white silent films, and classic saloons. Just a nice stylish label.
Next up is colour. It's got a nice straw to golden colour to it- though you might get a bit of haze to it. Fairly standard for most ales, though. Still pleasant to look at.
And finally, the really important thing: the taste. The first sip made me go, "Huh." Those that know me will attest that I love sour stuff (I ALWAYS eat the lemon/lime garnish that come with my drinks). I wasn't entirely sure that a sour beer would be all that pleasing.
I was surprised, pleased, and impressed by how well it worked. The sourness went well with the amaretto, and light apricot flavouring. It was crisp and sharp- but not overpowering at first taste. The taste was pretty balanced from start to finish- with very little change over time.
While I certainly wouldn't have more than one in a single sitting, I would absolutely treat myself to one after a long week. If you enjoy a bit of bite to your beer, I would certainly recommend this 9.5% alcohol beverage. It's going into "The Good".