Fifty Fifty – a Funky Fruity Brett Trois IPA

11 June 2014

The Carnivale Brettanomyces is one of the festivals where we love to go as visitors. It’s not really that we love to drink a lot of sour beers, but there are so many nice experimental beers to taste.
This year we decided to join the festival as brewers and enter an experimental beer of our own. We brewed a beer with 50% pilsner malt and 50% pale malt. The pale malt gives the beer the little bit more maltyness to balance the sourness. With Cascade and Citra hops also in a fifty fifty proportion we had a nice base for this beer.
Through Sander (Oersoep brouwerij) we could get a fresh sample of the relatively new Brett Trois yeast – a brettanomyces wild yeast strain that goes quite well in IPA-style beers because of its fruity character. So not too sour but a yeast that leaves some room for hop aromas and flavour.
We had an unused Bordeaux barrel laying around (that we also used for the IRA) so that is where we fermented this beer in.
Fifty Fifty is a limited edition – you might find some bottles at de Bierkoning in Amsterdam or on tap at de Prael in Amsterdam during (and maybe after) the festival. – Cheers!