A fine, misty head leads to a burst of baked apple, poached pear and white wine notes with a tempting underlying sour character as its split personality grapples for attention out of the glass. As the cacophony of orchard fruits and white wine drifts across the palate it morphs into a unique flavor profile we can only begrudgingly describe as Grandmas baked custard dosed in generous amounts of nutmeg & cinnamon.
The chewy body intoxicates in juicy flavors of passion fruit, Sauvignon Blanc wine grape, fresh juiced grapefruits, and a fruit spice character reminiscent of sun ripened dates, all the while a subtle chardonnay oak tartness shuffles along in the background.
The Medlar fruit provide this beer a bright stone fruit backbone with a subtle fruit-induced tartness. With a very low bitterness and minimal malt character, the acidity plays the lead role in keeping this fruited wild ale in balance. A little sweet and a little sour with equal parts fruity and fun; Medlar is a beer as weird as its namesake fruit, stuck in a state of perpetual internal conflict – with rewarding results.
We’d recommend Medlar be enjoyed post mains, with a fruit dessert & ice cream or a cheese platter for exceptional flavour enjoyment.