Turtle Time is inspired by the traditional kriek beers of Belgium’s Pajottenland and Zenne
Valley. We blended a cohort of 8 casks that had aged for over two years in retired wine
barrels and then let the beer slowly referment on over a half-ton of tart cherries. The
fruiting on this beer is extreme compared to our other sour ales, but the heavy hand with
cherries is a trick that we picked up on our travels in Belgium, where using upwards of
3 lbs of fruit per gallon of beer is essential to get the full expression of stone fruit flavor,
color, and complexity!
This beer underwent a final fermentation in the bottle to lock in its scrubbing efferves-
cence and a prickly, drying minerality. In terms of yeast expression, this beer showcas-
es a wide range of Brettanomyces character with a refined balance of phenolic and feral
elements. The confluence of Brett, alcohol, and cherry here leans rich despite the low
residual sugar, and it is reminiscent of some of our favorite Flanders-style sour beers
even though it is much lighter malt-wise than most beers in that vein.