Beer of the Week: Mikkeller Sally's Field
Let's get this out of the way: yes, the name of this beer sounds like the title of a Lifetime movie (starring Sally Field, naturally). The brew itself is more edgy, we assure you.
Shopping for a Mikkeller beer can be an overwhelming experience. At any given time, most craft-centric shops may stock upwards of 20 beers from the brewery, often boasting befuddling names and esoteric ingredients. Our bottle of Sally's Field, for example, was nestled between an Imperial Pilsner aged in used maple syrup barrels, and a Belgian holiday ale aged in Grand Marnier barrels. In an altruistic effort to expose you to the best of the best, we've sampled a handful and chosen our favorite.
Sally's Field is a Belgian blonde ale aged in chardonnay barrels. The beer pours with a slightly hazy golden hue and a fluffy white head. Upon first whiff, the presence of the wild yeast brettanomyces (aka "the big bad brett," aka "the bane of most winemakers' existence") makes itself known. Earthy, hay-like aromas remain in the forefront, with aromas of citrus and grape following through. The flavors follow suit with a noticeable vinous quality bolstered by a soft acidity and mild notes of oak and lemon zest.
As of late, Mikkeller has done as increasingly good job of capturing the rustic allure of brett-forward Belgian brews. The yeast hasn't been over-stressed (which can yield aromas eerily reminiscent of Band-Aids), and a nicely dialed-in, lively carbonation accentuates the aromas of fruity Belgian yeast. Look for Sally's Field on the shelf at your local bottle shop, and check out Mikkeller Bar for a wide selection of Mikkeller beers on draft and in bottle.