Renaissance Tribute Barley Wine
Country: New Zealand
Style: Barley Wine
Format: 330ml Bottle
Tribute is a new beer made in an old style. The Barley Wines of old date back to the days of yore when a special 'heavy 'ale was needed for the times when a common beer would not do.
Tribute is brewed by hand using an Elizabethan 'DoubleWort Mashing' process that yields very high gravity wort. In this process the mashing and sparging process that yields a normal beer is repeated a second time. The second mash and sparge is done using the wort collected from the first mash instead of water.
This concentrated wort is boiled with New Zealand hop varieties and given a long warm fermentation with a traditional London Ale Yeast, which precedes a long cold conditioning period to let the flavours harmonise. The result is a mellow, warming ale with layers of biscuit, roasted hazelnut and maple syrup, with hints of black current and toast.
Tribute is an intense and rewarding vintage ale, made to be sipped and savoured slowly, preferably after a few years maturation in the cellar. It is perfect match for rich venison dishes, hearty beef stew, Belgium truffles, crème brûlée.
This is a cellared 2013 version and is highly sought after.