The phrase sounds like something from The Da Vinci Code or Harry Potter, depending on which generation you belong to. Translated from the Latin, it means “True Mystery” and has been adopted by Blanco’s Real Ale Brewing to describe their line of commercial experimental brews.
What began three years ago as an in-house project has grown into a full-fledged product line. There aren’t any explicit guidelines for these brews but most are either aged in various types of barrels or inoculated with other species of microorganisms, or both. With Real Ale starting out in a small, cramped, below-street-level space 16 years ago, barrel-aging projects would have to wait. Now, after years of success and expansion, the MV line is just hitting its stride.
Case in point: Look at the line of beers offered at the Meddlesome Moth’s beer dinner this past Monday, many held back for years just for this event (some of which are still available on tap):
- WT3F?! (that is its official name) – Devil’s Backbone fermented with Brettanomyces
- Devil’s Share – barrel-aged Devil’s Backbone
- The Highlander – Real Heavy aged in wine barrels
- Empire – barrel-aged Lost Gold IPA
- The Kraken – Sisyphus aged in American oak
- Volume XV – the 15th Anniversary imperial stout from last year aged in bourbon barrels
As per head brewer Erik Ogershok, Real Ale has had a desire to make local wild ales from the beginnings of the brewery. The aim was to create as close as possible a sort of “Hill Country lambic,” a clean beer spontaneously fermented with native Texas flora and aged and blended to perfection. Now they have released their first sour beer, the Scots Gone Wild.
Scots Gone Wild has the Real Heavy recipe as a base but is fermented and gently soured by local microbes. Individual batches were tasted, aged, tasted again and carefully blended together into the final product, a genuine Texas wild ale. It doesn’t have the tart impact or depth of flavor of imported Belgian lambics — but our yeasts are not their yeasts, and vice versa.
What you get in Scots Gone Wild is a 9.7% ABV dark ale with mild elements of fruit, wood, vanilla and some soft Texas terrior. It may not bowl over fans of traditional sour beers but, in itself, it’s quite the step forward in Lone Star brewing for one of our own to have such a mature fermenting, aging and blending program.
Keep an eye on these beers.