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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (2562) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Not a gusher, thankfully, on Sour Night II at my house. The aroma of a typical sour with pleasant notes of honey. Amber appearance with a light berry flavor. The tart is the most notable flavor here, which is tasted warmly throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
A very solid oaky flavor. Gushed all over the place. Started funky and nasty but eventaully became just solid oak with some funk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2410) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
750mL cork&wire bottle from a trade on BA. Another gusher here and of course the head is thick, sticky, and long lasting. I could see why the ratings are all over the place on this beer. First there isn’t much sourness to it, the upside no nail polish either. Aroma is earthy and cooked cane sugar (burrowed from Tim). Slightly sweeter in the flavor with earthy and musky syrup. Alcohol comes through in the thick and bulky dark malts. Just a light lactic character to the finish. Has a full mouthfeel with a surprisingly average carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle @ BCTC 2010. Brown, tan head. Nose is that of a nice brown ale along with more chocolate & some alcohol. Flavor is tart chocolate, a bit too bitter & lemony, alcohol. Meh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown reddish color with a large creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose is prunes, wood, cocoa nibs. Taste is chocolate, grapes, and cocoa powder. Moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Cider and Gin aroma. Soft muddy brown. Quickly tart green apple, finishes clean.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
750. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours cloudy dark brown with a thick and lacy beige head. Light body and carbonation. Lightly sour fig and lemon aroma and taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
750 ml bottle at Woodshop. Brownish pour with smallish head. aromas were fruit and some tart. Flavor was a bit more sour. Sweet too. Not super sour but still pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
750mL bottle, courtesy of brewdan, poured into a tulip. The cork comes out with a loud pop and the foam starts running out the top before I can get it to a glass. The pour is a dark hazy brown with an enormous off-white head that shows excellent retention with a rocky cap hanging on for the duration. The aroma is lightly sour with some tart fruits and a hefty brown sugar sweetness. There are some caramel malts and Belgian yeast in the nose as well. The taste is a little more sour but it’s still not overpoweringly tart with some sweet sugary fruits. The finish is dry and very vinous with an oaky character lingering after each sip. There is a hint of vinegar sourness on the palate as well. The mouthfeel is extremely lively, effervescent in fact, with tons of carbonation. It leads the medium body to feel almost light with all the bubbles. This is a very good sour and one that is extremely drinkable due to its subtle sourness. I’m a fan of dubbels as well, so the base sweetness made it more appealing to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22oz bottle tried at Woodshop Quad from the sour king, WeeHeavySD. Dark brown color. Medium sourness. Leans dry. Huge foamy head. Hint of oxidation.


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