Limited edition: Wild Ballyhoura: Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale

In September 2017 we did a special collaboration brew with Jamil Zainasheff, famed author and co-owner of Heretic Brewing in San Francisco.

Collaborations are all about exploring new possibilities, challenging one another to push boundaries. Jamil – author of Yeast and Brewing Classic Styles – has done it all. So we looked local and, in keeping with the grand saison tradition of brewing with what’s at hand, we developed a recipe to take advantage of the plentiful supply of ripe blackberries growing wild in the nearby Ballyhoura mountains.

For one of our most complex beers ever, we brewed a Belgian farmhouse-style ale, with premium Irish malt, Bavarian specialty malt, English hops, and a mixed fermentation comprising a saison yeast for primary with Brettanomyces yeast as a secondary fermentation. We aged this in Burgundy pinot noir and chardonnay wine barrels for 13 months, then added even more blackberries to create a rich, dark and complex blackberry farmhouse ale.

We called it Trespass: the sweetest blackberries always grow on another man’s bush.

Style: Dark farmhouse ale infused with blackberries.
Malt: MCI Pale ale malt, Weyermans Caraaroma, Caramunich III, Carafa Special III, wheat malt.
Yeast: Belgian saison yeast, Brett Brux, Brett Lambicus and and Brett C.
Hops: Fuggles.
Strength: 7.5% ABV
Bitterness: 35 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: dark chestnut brown in the glass with a creamy head.
Aroma: a big sweet nose up front, with an aroma of sweet apple and red berries to the fore, balanced with vinous undertones and a hint of wood.
Flavour: medium body. Mild tart flavour with fruity apple and jammy blackberry notes. Toffee caramel sweetness and a dry funky ending.
Aftertaste: dry finish with faint Brett barnyard aftertones.

Food pairings
The fruity, tart flavours in this farmhouse ale make it ideal for food. Bake up a whole honey and mustard roast ham and see how nicely it plays with the beer or roast squash with brown butter and cinnamon for a veggie match made in heaven. It works beautifully with confit duck and lentils or assemble a cheeseboard of great West Cork washed rind cheeses – the older and funkier the better – and enjoy how the acidity counters the richness in each bite.

Launch Date: November 2018.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 750ml bottles, limited draught.

Get social: #TrespassFarmhouseAle
Read more: A tale of Trespass Dark Farmhouse Ale

Irish Examiner: Beer of the Week: This has gorgeous ripe red and dark fruit flavours off-set with sour brett touches, refreshing and characterful and an excellent food beer.
The Beer Nut: Really classy stuff and well suited to the 75cl bottles in which they’ve put it out.

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