Review: Irish News: Saison’s greetings from Eight Degrees – Trespass and Blowhard

Irish News: 15 December 2018: Craft Beer: Saison’s greetings from Eight Degrees in form of Trespass and Blowhard Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale “…It pours a dark brown, kind of rusty colour, with a fair bit of haze going on. You get nice sweet, jammy aromas and almost a hint of balsamic vinegar on the nose. On the palate, all those ripe blackberry flavours initially dominate before you get that tangy finish you’d expect from a farmhouse ale. But there’s a whole lot more in between. The beer has been aged in the Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for over a year, and you definitely a vinous feel to it all. It has a nice woody profile too and even sweet toffee caramel flavour too, with a hint of bitter chocolate all before that lovely, dry finish. It’s a wonderfully complex beer and if you’re the sort that likes to tear off a bit of the festive ham on Christmas Eve, this would be the perfect accompaniment – a splash of it might even help to glaze the meat too and it’ll certainly partner up well with a seasonal cheeseboard…” Blowhard Imperial Stout “Blowhard Imperial Stout evokes all sorts of whale analogies although you don’t have to be Captain Ahab to land one of these – although only 1,000 have been bottled so you’ll need to move fast if you want to track down your own Moby Dick. The beer has been aged in Jameson whiskey barrels and clocks in at 12 per cent abv. There’s a rich aroma of espresso and chocolate on the nose and lovely flavours of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and dried fruits on the palate.”

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Hopsfume Brett IPA in The Irish Times

‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend Beerista: 8 Degrees releases a Brett IPA inspired by a Kevin Barry novel; Trouble and Blacks have new Brut IPAs “In the dawn haze the brewery lads were dreamy with hops fume . . .” The misty, dystopian setting of City of Bohane, a novel by Kevin Barry, has found its way into the real-life world of beer, inspiring a new release by Cork’s 8 Degrees. Hopsfume comes in a 750ml sharing bottle and is an 8.3 per cent Brett IPA with a lovely dry, fruity and earthy flavour profile. Brett is an alternative wild yeast – a different species to the standard brewers’ yeast – and it adds a kind of leathery and funky character which, interestingly, used to be considered a flaw in a beer. So while you might not want your regular IPA or pale ale to have these characteristics – add a Brett yeast and the rules change. With Hopsfume, 8 Degrees has combined the fresh, fruity aroma of hops with the unique profile of the Brett – I really enjoyed it. You can expect to hear more about yeasts over the next while, as more and more breweries start to turn their experimental focus from hops to yeasts. Could yeast become the new hops? It’s certainly edging into the foreground as brewers seek to drive different flavour profiles from yeast instead of the usual hop-dominated ones. And while hops fade from the taste of a beer over time, the yeast character does not… Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 06:00 ‘Dreamy with hops fume’: two beer styles for the weekend

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