For this particular beer, there is no coincidence between the name and the inspiration behind the name! The L(avender) and D(ates) came relatively quick but the S(unflower honey) took some time and it wasn’t until we brewed a high gravity honey ale using 10 different types of honey that I came across sunflower honey, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Full of flavors you haven’t tasted in a beer before.
Honestly, everything. The aroma and how the ingredients interact with each other as it ages. Overall, I think it’s just a fun beer that is filled with flavors generally not thought of when thinking about beer.
On the lowest level, it completes the acronym! Really though, it provides a respectable percentage (15%) of the overall fermentables of the beer. With that percentage, it without question has a presence in the flavor profile adding to the depth and layers of flavor. Over the course of my career, I’ve used a fair amount of honey, and I’ve found that it tends to weave in and out of the spotlight as the beer ages and this beer is no different.
I like to see how it interacts with the ingredients and how it tends to come alive and take some of the spotlight as the beer ages. At this point I think it’s still fun to look for new varieties of honey and flavors they bring to the table!