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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a dark, cloudy purple with a crazy beige head. Aroma of wild yeast, grape, toasted grain. Flavor has signs of dark toasted grains, tart, wild yeast. Mouthfeel is light-med. body with high, fizzy carbonation. Pretty good stuff..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Nice looking brown beer. THin head. Somewhat tart body with malty, tart, clean flavors. Somewhat yeasty at times and nicely spritzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2345) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2135) - 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.

   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.

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