Culture Two

Minnesota
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The second release in our Culture Project Series underwent primary fermentation with Saccharomyces in stainless steel. The beer was then transferred to oak wine barrels and puncheons and inoculated with a unique
blend of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, & Lactic Acid Bacteria, and aged for nearly two years. The result is an exceedingly dry, golden-colored ale with complex yet gentle acidity and hints of oak, citrus, & wine.

Profile

ABV: 
6.25%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
50 - 55º F
Hops: 
Hallertau Blanc
Malts: 
Premium Pilsner, Raw Wheat, Spelt, Munich 10
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Culture Two by Fulton is labeled as a Golden Ale aged in oak barrel. It was evaluated as being a 28C Wild Specialty Beer in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. As such, there should be a marriage of flavors from the wild fermentation as well as from the wood aging. In this case, the wild fermentation characteristics, even if not particularly complex, dominate over the wood. Instead, it is a moderately soured ale that is quite refreshing.

The aroma has earthy tartness with subtle barnyard notes in the background. There is also a bready yeast character that comes through along with the typical metallic acidic nose-puckering sharpness of a sour. No woody notes stand out. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thin wispy head that dissipates quickly, which is not altogether uncommon for beers of this style.

The flavor is moderately tart with cherry and peachy fruity esters along with a moderate Brett barnyard character, but is not particularly complex. As in the aroma, a somewhat bready yeast flavor comes though in the background. Malt character is light to non-existent, and the oak character is extremely subtle. This brew has the overall character of a somewhat tart Chablis, and as such, would be a great pairing with fish or fowl. There are some evident metallic notes that arise in the middle and finish, as typical in a sour. The finish and aftertaste retains the same moderately tart somewhat fruity character as is up front. The body is a light-medium, and the carbonation is at a light-moderate level.

This brew is simply a very approachable rather clean, easy-drinking tart ale. This is one of those offerings that fills the need if high intensity sours are off-putting to you. Culture Two has enough character to make it interesting and would be a great option as a Summer refresher. Cheers and enjoy! 

Brewery Introduction

THE STORY BEHIND THE SUDS

When we founded Fulton in 2009, we were homebrewing out of a South Minneapolis garage and contract brewing at a small Wisconsin brewery. Our dream was to build a real Minneapolis brewery of our own in the next 5-10 years, and quit our day jobs along the way. We... Read More

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