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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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We are very excited to announce the release of our first wild beer. The Velvet Hammer is a slightly tart belgian style ale weighing in around 8% abv. The base of this beer is our Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel but the finished product bears no resemblance. We brewed the Dubbel last winter and inoculated it with a bit of Jackhammer Old Ale that has been aging for three years in an oak barrel inoculated with Hansens Gueuze. We then conditioned the dubbel for a couple of months in a serving tank before bottling it into 750s and conditioning it over the summer. The result is a medium-bodied sour ale with the vinous and sour fruit characteristics of a Flemish brown but with a sparking champagne-like effervescence. Due to the lively carbonation, this beer must be stored and served cold, uncorked slowly, and very gently decanted. The foam does not dissipate as rapidly as the head on a champagne but will subside after a few moments in the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a beige head. Light funky aroma with sweeter malts and light dark fruits. The flavor has funky yeast and sweet malts, with light toast and light peachy fruity notes. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pours dark amber in color with a big off-white head. Not really too much of a nose on this one. It’s got some vinegar and some caramel malt notes, maybe a touch of molasses, surprisingly. Some lemon and lemon zest notes, perhaps some cherries. The flavor is sort of oxidized and just old. There is a bit of vinegar sourness and a residual sweetness, but not much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thin but persistent off white head. Smells of oak, some sweet sugary hints, some funky undertones, spicy. Tastes on the sweeter side of the oud bruin scale with some cherry dryness on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thanks to jale for bringing this out at our weekend tasting. Served in a Savor snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a single-finger head and a touch of light lacing and bubbles as it went down. The nose was roasty brown and a bit plain, with just a touch of light acetic character coming through without any real oak or fruit presence. The taste added in a bit of very light cherries, combining this with some roasted brown malt and a touch of acidity. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, more of a slightly-soured brown ale than a Flanders, but went down smoothly and I had no problem finishing my glass. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-07-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle contributed by Jale...A dark brown with a little amber, clear. A finger of tan head that is thick with good retention, light lacing though...A very buttery aroma, brett notes, lightly burnt wood...The taste is similar to the aroma’s notes, but a little more affective. Tart vinegar notes, still some wood. I can’t find the brown ale, guess its trying to be an oud bruin. As an oud bruin its pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
RBSG ’10. Sweet tart nose with lots of toffee, dark fruit and fresh berries. The taste is light to moderately sweet, moderately tart, some acetic acid, lots of caramel, some cherry and a bit of lemon rind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4077) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
08 and 09 Bottles from cpetrone84. Pours a dark amberish brown, with off-white head. Fruit, lactic acid, wood, sweet bready malts, and a little bit of cherries and lemon. The 08 was far superior to the 09, and the 09 has the record for most difficult to remove cork. I thought this was quite a nice sour, certainly glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2578) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from deyholla...thanks Derek! - Pours dark cola with a fine-bubbled tan head. Funky and sour nose, with brett, a bit of oak, and a light citrus acidity. Pretty soft, but with a touch of heat if you take a good whiff. Taste is a bit lactic sourness, with a tart, sharp citrus funk that lingers pleasantly. Fantastically creamy and smooth, with soft carbonation and velvety finish. Very nice, glad I got a chance to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle at RBSG 10. I think Deyholla? Pours a deep brown, slightly murky. Nose is interesting. Under-ripe berries, lemon. No vinegar, oddly enough. Earth and bretty notes peak in. On taste, fizzy and sour. Nice that it lacks the vinegar note. Pretty decent body and mouthfeel just a bit too fizzy. Lemon and blueberry to finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (1576) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2010
BCTC. Hazy brown and foamy. Tart and cocoa aroma. Tart mild cherry fruity with cocoa and dry tart mouth-coating finish. Fizzy. Pretty good.

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