Located in Richmond, Texas—just southwest of Houston—resides Texian Brewing Co. History is still a bit hard to come by for this small town Texas brewery, but what I can figure out with a bit of sleuthing and math is that Texian started in November of 2012. They currently only have one year round beer: Charlie Foxtrot and seem to be in the process of experimenting with a lot of different beers as their seasonal and limited offerings have expanded quite a bit in the last year, they are up to eight beers off and on throughout the year.

Texian Donkey Lady

Donkey Lady is one of its limited releases and is a sour ale that is aged on apples and spices.

The beer pours a beautiful hazy orange with pale white head that quickly disappears and is non-existent after a few seconds.

This one has a really unique aroma, like a sour baked apple pie, notes of caramel, sweetness, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg and baked bread. It is a crazy smelling beer, but the aromas work well together, definitely a beer that invites you to drink it. It’s very peculiar so it draws you in to itself.

Texian Donkey Lady

This tastes like sour apple cider, it has tons of apple flavor and the spices follow the nose; I am getting a lot of the cinnamon and baking spices. The beer has a good body to it at 6.2 percent which helps give it the apple cider feel. There is a decent amount of sweetness as well which is balanced very nicely with the tart sour of the beer. Nothing really dominates flavor wise and overall the beer is balanced in a great way.

Texian Donkey Lady
BREWERY: Texian Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Richmond, Texas
STYLE: Sour Ale
ABV: 6.2 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $7.99
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottle
This beer was a dark horse for me, I have had the previous two versions of Charlie Foxtrot and the first was a really well done beer and the second batch was just not good at all. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and had pretty low expectations coming into this drinking experience, but was really pleasantly surprised with this beer. It was exactly as advertised, it was indeed sour, it had a lot of apple flavor and spices and was a great offering from an up and coming brewery. They did a great job of bringing the flavors together and I am looking forward to trying new offerings from Texan.
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