Sunday, 20 November 2016

Essex Craft Beer Review: Sombrero from Elephant School Brewing Co.

Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Essex craft beer review is for Sombrero from Elephant School Brewing Co.

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Sombrero was a clear gold. Tasty and bitter-sweet with a nice sourness. Something savoury like celery or cilantro. A green dankness which could be the chia. Persimmon and tomatillo. Astringent. Strong flavours and intriguing.

So this is why Brentwood Brew Co. set up a new brand which would let them experiment without affecting perception of their tried and true beers. You don't see a lot of saison beers on tap in general around here which made this exciting.

If you are wondering what a saison is, then continue to wonder. It is one of the most incredibly vague styles of beer there is. But what is not unusual for saisons is the addition of bits and pieces of fruit or different grains. It's like a farmer beer from northern Europe and made at the end of harvest. They would kind of throw in whatever was left over and maybe some spices. It would be kept over winter and spring and be drunk the next summer.

Chia and passion fruit were likely in short supply in Belgium in the middle ages but I like this take on it.

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