Driftwood Brewery has been bottling sour beers as long as anyone in BC and this beer brings them back to the frame of mind when their sour program first started. Brewed using 4 different yeast strains this wild sour ale includes Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus yeast. Pouring from the always elegently labelled bottle the Latus is very murky with an amber-brown colour. A thin finger of head settles fairly quickly leaving little signs behind on the glass. The aroma is strong with a yeasty, sour funk. The Brett tones come out strong while the other yeasts give an earthy, fruity and pungent aroma. The flavour is intense and strong but still somehow balanced. At first the sour hit takes charge in a puckering way. This leads into an earthy, almost oaky middle character that is quite smooth. As the finish comes into frame a lingering sour tone is held in your cheeks while the oak, dark fruit and earthy character lingers in a smooth fashion. This sour ale is surprisingly complex and quite unique as BC brewed sour ales go. The Latus is definitely worth giving a try.
Alcohol – 6.8%
Size – 650ml