Vault – Barrel Aged Sour Ale
Ballistic’s Bunker is our home of everything mixed fermentation, wild and barrel aged. We love mixed culture beers and are committed to a continued focus on these often overlooked styles. Whether they be traditionally focused or modern interpretations, we’re all about embracing the funk at every opportunity.
Our Fourth Ballistic Bunker Release – Vault Barrel Aged Sour Ale was originally brewed in March 2020 in collaboration with our good friends at Dollar Bill Brewing. Ed and Fiona from Dollar Bill need little introduction in the Australian mixed culture beer scene. Not only are they amazing humans but are true artisans of their craft. They have built an incredible reputation for producing world class, award-winning mixed culture beers that showcase unique regionality and character of their home and brewery located in Invermay, Victoria.
We were incredibly humbled to get their collaborative involvement in this beer. COVID19 complications limited Ed and Fiona taking part in the subsequent blending process as originally planned but we didn’t let that slow us down. We’re thrilled with the final results and are excited to share the beer with the community. As the name implies, Vault has been ‘locked away’ to barrel condition for 15 months in French oak Pinot Noir barrels. It was then blended from four selected barrels to express a characterful and bright fermentation characteristics and balanced acidity.
This beer features a complex profile that leaves the palette stimulated. Complimentary lactic and acetic acid character balance well against residual malt sweetness and moderate funk. Bright stonefruit esters showcase notes of apricot and peach. Vault has been packaged with low-moderate carbonation and has been bottle conditioned for 14 weeks. It’s suited to both immediate drinking or extended cellaring.
MALT: Compass, Wheat, Raw Wheat, Medium Crystal
HOPS: Aged Spalt
YEAST: House Mixed Culture