Traquair House Ale is one of those classic Scottish ales you instantly fall for then end up not seeing for a good length of time. It's also one of those beers you don't see mentioned on beer blogs often. Nowadays most are too fixated by the more modern hop-forward beer styles to give time to old classics like this.
The first thing you notice about House ale, besides its appearance is its dark fruit and sweet caramel like character. Lots of malt presence, warming alcohols but not as heavy bodied as you would think. With venison it's fantastic. I loved the way the robust dark malts found harmony with the gritty textures of the meat and the caramelised sweetness from the beer just seems to mellow everything out.
The venison was marinated in lemon infused rapseed oil, crushed garlic and fresh rosemary and was served with redcurrant sauce. Overall an awesome synphony of flavours that was mainly put together by my lovely wife Helen. Without her in my life my diet would be restricted to waffles, baked beans, oven chips, random stir fries and omelettes that fall to pieces after a few minites in the pan. Cheers Helen.