From the moment I heard about the key ingredient in Brewcult’s Acid Freaks, it immediately went into the No1 spot on my must-try list at this year’s Great Australasian Beer Spectapular.
That ingredient was balsamic vinegar. Yep, Hendo at Brewcult decided it would be tops to put vinegar into a baltic porter.
Most of the time when weird ingredients are involved I can conjure up an idea of what it will taste like. But with Acid Freaks, that just wasn’t possible – the idea of vinegar in beer just made my mind close down. It just didn’t seem possible.
As for making it a beer with more than novelty value? Well, that’d never happen. Not in a million years.
But it did. For a beer with vinegar in it, Acid Freaks is wonderfully drinkable. Yes, it’s got a weird ingredient, which is why you probably bought it in the first place, but the vinegar is part of a very, very nice beer.
Hendo ended up making what seemed certain to be at the extreme end of weirdo beers into a beer you’d want to drink again and again. At least that’s how I feel about it. The vinegar’s there on the nose, and it’s also there around the edges of the palate. And it’s even there in the aftertaste, where there’s an ever so slight hint of oiliness.
But Acid Freaks is a long, long, long way from trying to down a bottle of balsamic vinegar. It’s a lovely beer – and I’m not just saying that because I love vinegar.
Beers with weird ingredients will get my attention once. Beers with weird ingredients that are beautifully constructed will get my attention over and over again.
Acid Freaks is definitely an example of the latter.