Craftwork Scotch Bonnet (500ml Bottle)
Flanders Brown Ales, or Oud Bruins, are from East Flanders, in Belgium. We aged this brown ales for a year, in a whisky barrel from Dunedin's (sadly, extinct) distillery. The malt bill, mostly Gladfield's Ale malt was given a touch of smoke, from Peat and manuka. Gentle hopping, combined with the subtle malts and wild mixed yeast strains, have produced a complex, but balanced beer, with an oaky character. The tartness, derived in the barrel from the old beer, we mellowed with a younger batch. We thought the combination of the old and young warranted an image of the young pretender himself. Likely, the Bonnie Prince stopped off at Oudenaarde for a glass, either to, or from his forlorn adventure.
Scotch Bonnet will increase in depth and sourness in time; much like the House of Stuart's view of the Hanoverian shambles across the water. This beer will not be to everyones taste, nor will it easily fit within a style parameter: A Belgian Scotch - Old Brown - Provision Ale anyone? Slainte!
The sour red/brown beers of Flanders can be considered as two different styles, or two ends of a single style continuum, depending on how you choose to view the issue. They are a clearly–defined sour ale subtype, one with strong historical traditions. Their character blends rich malt with tartness, and usually some fruity character as well. Oak aging is common in the traditional production of the style and therefore is often evident in the character. Many examples are also aged on fruit. At the red end of the style, the classic is Rodenbach at the brown end it is Liefmans, and there are several very good examples in between.