Category Archives: Australia

Wildflower St Henry – Apricot

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 5.4%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2020 vintage. 2400 bottles. Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) St Henry is an Australian Wild Ale refermented with apricots. It is named for Chris and his wife’s second son. Saint Henry II was a Holy Roman Emperor during the 11th century. In 2020, this beer was made from golden mixed fermentation, barrel aged beer and 350kg of fresh, tree ripened Trevatt apricots hand picked from Thornbrook Orchard in Orange, NSW.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.18
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2020 vintage, packaged in June 2020, with a best before date of June 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, apricot sour gummy candy, honey, green apple, oak, light funk.
Taste: Sweet and tart, apricot sour gummy candy, honey, woody, light funk.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable fruity apricot gummy candy flavours. Would be interesting if there was even more funk.

Wildflower St Thomas – Cherry

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2020 vintage. 4300 bottles. Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) St Thomas is an Australian Wild Ale refermented with cherries. It is named for Chris and his wife’s first son. Saint Thomas Aquinas was an immensely influential 13th century philosopher and theologian. In 2020, this beer was made from amber mixed fermentation, barrel aged beer and 800kg of fresh, tree ripened Morello cherries hand picked from Thornbrook Orchard in Orange, NSW.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.97
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2020 vintage, packaged in May 2020, with a best before date of May 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy deep red colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap, while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and lightly tart cherries, sweet apple, oak, with some light funky notes.
Taste: Sweet cherries, with some tart and sour notes, oak, funky, leather, and a touch of bandaid.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wildflower continues to impress me, and this wild ale was no different. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Wildflower Solera

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 5%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Solera is a spelt beer aged in foudre. It’s recipe is similar to our Gold except raw spelt is exchanged for raw wheat. We took the seventh pull of half the volume of our 2,400 litre foudre on 22 May 2020 and packaged it, unblended, on the same day.

This is, somewhat sadly, our final release of Solera. After making this pull we decided as a brewery to not refill the foudre with a spelt beer. This came about for a number of reasons, but principally the fact that we cannot source raw spelt from our organic farmers, the Greenwoods, who we purchase all the other grains we make our beer from. While there were organic options out there, we had decided to take a step closer towards being more hindered as to what we make based on what they grow. If the Greenwood’s find a suitable space and need spelt in their crop rotation and cycle, we may choose to use it again then. In the meantime, we are keen to work closer with what is already existing in their rotation. This was coupled with the fact that despite its best efforts, we were not convinced that the Solera beer was reaching the same levels as our Gold and Amber. While the production method of iterative blending was intriguing and educational for our palates, we feel that the specific blending of smaller oak barrels lends us more diversity and depth of flavours. Tasting this blend at release, I fear I may have made a misjudgement. However, this is now in the past. More grains, development and educational opportunities are now ahead of us.

At release, the aromas are earthy and funky and with strong orange citrus. Savoury marmalade overtones lifted by oak spice. This pull has great tension. The acidity is firm but in harmony with the dominant orange citrus. It’s bright and energetic, the length is lovely and the finish is all sherbet and cellar funk.

The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: NSW grown Gairdner ale malt from Providence Malt and raw spelt thanks to Voyager Craft Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water, Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture of brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on 22 May 2020 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 15 weeks before being seen outside the brewery. At packaging, Solera Pull #7 was 5.0% ABV and 1.2°P (FG = 1.005 SG).

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, pull #7, bottled in May 2020, and with a best before date of May 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some tiny spotty lacing.
Aroma: A nice citrus fruit blend, light funk, oak, lemon, lemon zest, orange, with stone fruit notes.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, lemon, lime, very light funk, oak notes, apricot, with hints of lightly spiced pepper.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable, refreshing and easy to drink.

Wildflower Good As Gold

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 5%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Good as Gold is a 50/50 blend of barrel aged Gold with fresh Gold that has just completed primary fermentation. This blend is composed of barrels 1850 (19 month old Gold) and 1722 (22 month old Gold) equally blended with the 62nd batch of Gold brewed in March 2020.

At release, this blend’s aroma shows flinty, wet stone, citrus zest and hoppy spice with soft creamy overtones. The palate is bright and vibrant with clean citrus lines. Really nice balance, mild acidity and palate cleansing gentle bitterness.

The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: Single Origin (S.O.) Riverina NSW grown Schooner ale malt and Coleambally NSW grown organic Red raw wheat thanks to Voyager Malt & Chris and Sam Greenwood. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture: brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on 15 April 2020 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 16 weeks. At bottling it was 5.0% ABV, 25 IBU and 1.1°P (FG= 1.004 SG).

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle, blend #9, bottled in April 2020, and with a best before date of April 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy straw golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Funky, citrus zest, lemon peel, unripe mango, floral, and soft barrel notes.
Taste: Lightly sour and tart, funky, brett, mixed citrus juice, maybe grapefruit and orange, with a lemon zesty finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A very refreshing, light, and easy to drink Wild Ale. Great on a hot summer day, but seems like it could be an all year round beer for me.

Wildflower Amber

Brewery: Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Country: Australia
ABV: 6%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Australian Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) Amber is a blended, barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Amber Blend #27 is a blend of five barrels – 1727 (21 month old Amber), 1732 (17 month old Amber), 1754 (13 month old Amber), 1847 (17 month old Amber) and 1919 (9 month old Amber).

This blend has an intensely rich nose loaded with cola, fudge, currants and sweet spice. Sweet red fruits, cola, oak and spice fill out the palate and balance the acidity. Wonderfully moreish with great length and a hazelnut finish.

The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: Single Origin (S.O.) Riverina NSW grown Schooner Munich malt, Binya NSW grown S.O. LaTrobe Vienna malt and Riverina NSW grown chocolate malt from Voyager Craft Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture: brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on 11 March 2020 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 21 weeks. At bottling it was 6.0% ABV, 18 IBU and 1.4°P (FG = 1.006 SG).

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle, blend #27, bottled in March 2020, and with a best before date of March 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.
Appearance: A nice clear amber colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, but settled to a thin ring around the glass, while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Coke, cherry, blackcurrant, fig, oak, acetone, with notes of caramel.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, plum, coke, oak, caramel, and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Very nice aroma and flavours of blended Coke and Flanders Red type ales. Carbonation was a bit lacking for me, but other than that, this was enjoyable.