The finished beer was much better fresh then it was after a handful of weeks in the keg. As it aged I think it showed some flaws that I didn't love. After 2-3 months it was showing a bit of astringency that I hadn't noticed before. I have a couple hunches, one including the hopping rate, but at generation 4 I am wondering if my Wallonian Farmhouse pitch is showing some age. Either way I will be buying a new pitch shortly.
First batches of a recipe are rarely going to be perfect, and I really enjoy dissecting these recipes and working out what works and what does not. Its a great way to test your skills as a brewer, as I am learning while still trying to dial in a wheaty DIPA. I will get this one dialed in yet.
|A cloudy, young, citrus forward pour by the window. |
Became brilliantly clear after 3 months in the keg.
Appearance: Golden color, similar to the Golden State Warriors yellow. Frothy white head, 2 fingers worth, so much lacing on this glass.
Aroma: Earthy, hay like, Coriander or some kind of spice I can't pinpoint. Citrusy, subtle lemon, mango, fruity citrusy esters abound.
Flavor: Dry, spicy, yet a creamy mouthfeel that then punches you in the top of you palate as it finishes super dry and spiced, a bit astringent on the finish.
Final thoughts: This beer is pretty solid, if I wanted to call it a clone I think maybe Wallonian is a bit too different than what TH uses. But I really love the profile of this yeast, and it pairs well with Cascade, it may be hopped a little bit too aggressively but when fresh it was enjoyable. A solid recipe that needs some tweaking.
The version with the Tire Hands Emptiness culture is going to be great with this base, I racked it onto some Chardonnay soaked oak and bottled it all up not long ago. Not sure what yeast are in the Emptiness series of beers t but it was showing an copious amounts of passion fruit in the aroma reminiscent of beers I've brewed with Nelson Sauvin.