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#52BottlesOfBeer 26: Steamworks Brewing Sanctuary

Friday is a great day.  It's one of my favorite days.  It's a great favorite day.

Beer is great.  It's one of my favorite drinks.  It's a great favorite drink.

26 beers into this series, and this is what I'm doing for an intro...

Steamworks Brewing and The Blasted Church teamed up to produce a bottle conditioned saison called "Santuary".  The label is simple, but evocative of gothic church parchments.  I love the soft, creamy textured background that contrasts nicely with the text.  the "S" in "Sanctuary" is a nice, classic look fitting a "religious experience" like this.

Pouring this brew, I was able to enjoy the lovely golden colour, coupled with a beautiful white head of foam.  There is a slight haze from the bottle conditioning, but it's not something that detracts from the look.  In fact, it gave it a pleasant "middle age" feel to its appearance.

The tartness of the first sip woke me up good.  There was a bit of a pucker of the lips that transformed into a look of intrigued interest as my taste buds and brain processed the flavor.  The combination of Steamworks beer making, and grapes from The Blasted Church vineyards created a wonderful, and exotic sour beer.  There is a distinct wine-like feel to the way this 7.7% beer tastes.

I was able to sit back after the first couple of sips, close my eyes, and simply enjoy the experience.  I would certainly buy another bottle.  I nice, tart "Good".


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