Advent Beer Review #21: Rock the Bells from Parallel 49

20161221_103222.jpgFrom the label:

Rock the Bells Cranberry Sour Ale is a tart and crisp ale, stuffed with cranberry flavour and a hint of brett.

Stats: ABV: 7%; IBU: 20

This beer pours out a hazy amber-red colour with half a finger of beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

The nose is cranberries, cherries, strawberry, biscuit malt, and a touch of brett barnyard funk. The palate is cherries, cherries, more cherries, and acetic acid sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

This beer first appeared in last year’s calendar and was pretty average. It was too sweet and was a bit of a one-dimensional lacto sour. This year’s is way better though, as the cranberry comes through a lot better and the sourness comes with a wince-inducing brett funkiness.

P49’s earlier sours were pretty rough around the edges, but they are getting better and better!

Sidenote: This beer is also P49’s winter seasonal and is available in 650ml bomber bottles.

Rating: 3.75/5

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