Inceptus

Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Atlanta called it "Snowpocalypse", we called it "the perfect day for open fermentation". As the city froze in December of 2013, we opened a fermenter to the cold, crisp air... and were rewarded with our own wild-caught yeast strain. Meet Inceptus [Latin for "beginning"], a spontaneously fermented wild ale of remarkable complexity. Imbued with our own wild Georgia yeast strain and matured for months in North Georgia wine barrels, this American sour will make you pucker with delight.

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ABV: 
6.0%
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Moderate lactic and buttery aromas rise from this American Wild Ale, which take on more of a background character that's damp and earthy as it warms. This beer pours an opaque orange color, though there is no visible sediment. The white head disappears instantly – not uncommon in this style. The flavor, much like the aroma, consists of moderately-low lactic sourness and a buttery component (likely lactic acid-derived). There is an underlying Brett character that lends a flavored dryness. This beer finishes with a typical lactic pucker. It is well-attenuated with only a trace of carbonation, but the buttery slickness adds texture and fullness. This Wild Ale isn’t as complex as many other examples, and it offers no surprises. To its credit, though, drinkers will get what they’re expecting.

Brewery Introduction

It all began with a European road trip. The summer of 1994 found three friends rattling around the continent in an old Peugeot, affectionately dubbed “Hotel Le Car.” An improvised itinerary landed the trio unexpectedly in Belgium, on the night of Brussels’ Ommegang festival. It was here that... Read More

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