According to a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Ballast Point Bewing Co. is working on bottling a barrel-aged version of their Sour Wench ale.
This new variant, White Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Wench, clocks in at 7.1 percent ABV and has 10 IBUs.
The brewery took its blackberry sour ale base and aged it in used chardonnay barrels for 10 months prior to bottle conditioning it.
When reached by email, a spokesperson for Ballast Point provided the following description:
After resting in both chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc barrels for over six months, our Sour Wench emerges with aromas of freshly sliced white peach, citrus, woody oak tannins and rich vanilla. Within every sip you’ll taste hints of crushed berries and ripe apricots with a deliciously buttery smoothness from the chardonnay barrels, while finishing dry from the Sauvignon blanc on the back. Easy-drinking for a barrel-aged beer, it’s tart, refreshing and delightfully smooth.
This limited release is slated to be released in 4-packs of twelve-ounce bottles across the brewery’s distribution footprint as part of the Trade Street Collection series.