Gravity Well is Halcyon Barrel House’s take on a Flanders Red ale, a style of sour beer traditionally brewed in Belgium. The tandem of the acidity playing off the subtle caramel malty sweetness keeps each in check.
To create Gravity Well, Halcyon ferments its red ale in oak red wine barrels with a mix of different yeasts and bacteria, and aged it in those barrels for various lengths of time. As the barrels each takes on different flavours, the brewmaster custom-blends each batch of Gravity Well from this in-house supply.
Gravity Well pours a deep red. Its aroma is noticeably malty with a sweet tang, offering up stone fruit undertones and a hint of wine. Flavours are tart with cherry and wine, and slight alcohol warmth. 750 ml, 9.0% alc./vol.
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A delicate balance of tart and sweet with a nice tingly effervescence. For an extra strong beer, there are no unpalatable tastes to complain about – it doesn’t taste too strong or too bitter or too sour or too anything. Just perfect! (As it should be, at $19 for 750 mL…)
This was not a hard beer to drink. I did not find myself wondering when it would end; in fact it went down pretty easy. It did, however have an interesting taste. Sour beers are hit and miss with me and this one was a hit for sure. A hint of a wine flavour came through, even though it poured like a beer that had gone off. I am beginning to think that beer that has been aged in barrels gets mellow, but strong. Good stuff!!
Sours are a new entity to me, and this is a fantastic version in my opinion. It is a bit darker than most sours I’ve had and that isn’t a bad thing at all!
The carbonation is perfect, the colour is great and it’s full of flavour!