#RainbowProject16 – beer #3 – violet – Royal Ale

Another quick Rainbow Project review. I’ve been savouring my way through the box, rather than guzzling them all down in a day or two.

Violet is often associated as the color of nobility so Partizan looked at a few royal or coronation ales from 1953 which were quite varied but essentially barley wine-esque for the most part. To add an extra degree of nobility they boosted the sugar content with some riesling grape juice, riesling being a grape associated with noble rot.

Noble rot is the beneficial form of a grey fungus, Botrytis cinerea, affecting wine grapes. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined, this form of infection is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wines.

This one was an interesting oddity:-

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Absolutely no carbonation. Sour, bitter and the riesling comes through quite pleasingly. But it doesn’t quite work as a beer.