Drinking On A Monday: Flat Tail Brewing’s Humulus Lambicus

 Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.

Humulus Lambicus

Definitely wish I opened this one a bit earlier.

This past spring my wife visited her best friend in Eugene Oregon, and while in a bottle shop she put the sales guy on a phone with me to make sure she came back home something I would really like. (Yes. I’m very lucky)

Sales guy: Uh.. hi. What can I get for you?

Me: I’m a big hophead and I love good sours, so whatever is local and great, I’m up for.

Sales guy: Well Flat Tail does a sour IPA, so that kind of hits both your marks.

Me: Done.

Sales guy: Well, the bottle is $14, is that ok?

Me: $14? That means I can get something else too!

That was the conversation that led to a bottle Flat Tail’s Humulus Lambicus arriving in LA a few days later. The label warns the drinker that opening fresh will reveal more of a hop forward belgian pale, whereas letting it age will allow the funky notes to become more prominent. I’m not entirely sure when this bottle was released, but I’ve held onto it for about two and a half months, and at the time of opening, this is a fully fledged farmhouse brett ale.

The aroma of the Humulus Lambicus has a few hints of grassy hops in the background, but those have long since been minimized for a funk dance party. The colour is a perfectly cloudy bright orange with a light fluffy head that’s quick to subside. The taste starts with a dry breadiness that’s quickly followed by citrus and grape-y wine notes and hints of musty farmhouse from the floral, earthy hops and yeast. There’s a back end of cedar and oak that’s very nice and dries the finish out quite nicely. This one is medium bodied, with just enough effervescence to keep it refreshing.

I love finding these little local treasures from smaller breweries. This is a very interesting beer, but I almost wish I opened it a bit earlier. The bottle describes the beer as “the perfect fusion of West Coast hopping rates and farmhouse funk,” and while the grassy hops are present along with the notes of cedar, there’s nothing that really screams west coast hops to me. I’m curious what this one would have tasted like fresh, as the description sounds like something that’s a little more rare than the beer described above.