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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.68%
15 years of brewing! You know what’s been the best part lately? Tons of experimentation! For the last couple of years, we’ve been working with several strains of brettanomyces (wild yeast). We found one and deemed it the best for it’s tart flavor and funky, fruity aroma. Adding black mission figs for a subtle jammy aspect, hibiscus flowers for an herbal bouquet and hazy sunset hue, and white pepper for a bit of spicy twang, we’ve created FIFTEEN - a unique drinking experience inspired by the wild farmhouse ales of Belgium. Though immensely complex today, more flavor will emerge with time, so throw a few bottles in your cellar for future celebrations. Thanks to all of you who have made our 15-year ride possible! Peace to all and follow your dreams! Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, black mission figs, hibiscus flowers, white pepper, and a very unique strain of brettanomyces yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2951) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle pour. Sour apple aroma with other fruit. Bold peppercorn flavor with dark fruit. Finishes a little tart, but more spicy. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
bottle. Golden with one finger head. This has held up well. There’s substantial Brett which is tart but not quite sour. Very nice fruitiness, especially pineapple. Much of the other flavors appear to have faded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2838) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. First the bad, the brettanomyces strains are giving a musty character, reminiscent of sweety sock. Now the good, going beyond the must is ripe tropical fruits, mango, Papya, soft spicing that is cleared from my palate by the tartness. This is fairly sweet and malty. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2952) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Aroma: Candied Peach, Belgian Sugar, Mildly Funky Appearance: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Belgian Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Mild Fig, Mildly Funky Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 13, 2013
A decent malty sour beer. The sweet malty breadiness doesn’t completely conceal the sour funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Thanks to tectactoe for splitting this one. My first from Avery and it wasn’t too bad. This one being a bit aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Bottle: bottled in April 2008, enjoyed in July 2013. Over five years old. Cloudy golden body with a straw bottom; broken and chunky, off-white head is volatile and bubbles up nicely. Aroma is funk city. Wet hay, bubblegum, lightly tart pineapple, heavy bandaid, dank and musty funk, wet cellar floor type stuff. Touch of grassiness here and there... but the Brett has run rampant after five years in the bottle. Taste is similar; loaded with musty forest floor, sweaty horseblanket, clumpy yeast, damp wood, rotten pineapple, unabashed funk. Finishes with mild sweetness and Belgian spices; peppery, floral, grassy - possibly the hibiscus? This may have sucked in 2008, but time has treated it fairly well. Now it’s an old, funk Brett bomb... if that’s your thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours a slightly hazygolden with a medium white head. Aroma has nice bretty funk and a touch of hibiscus. Flavor has some fig but a bit of a band aid note...subtley spicey. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a dry bitter/band aidy/bretty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
At Avery Sour Fest 2013. Hazy golden under a thin white foamy head. Aroma has some sour blonde malt as well as some chile(?) and tomato paste. Flavor is kinda the same. Light sourness with some weird tomato paste tones, some sort of chile, and an odd hoppiness I couldn’t put my finger on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2013
Backlog rating 3-20-2009 (Bottle - Bottled in April, 2008) This beer’s appearance is a medium sized white fizzy, frothy head with good retention, transparent body with a yellow hue, fizzy carbonation, and a good amount of lacing. The aromas are floral, spicy, fruity, sweet, and funky/farmhouse. The taste of this beer is funky/farmhouse, spicy, fruity and dry. The palate is smooth and this is a light-medium bodied beer. Overall, I did not enjoy this beer due to the funky/farmhouse taste and it is a beer that I will not drink again.

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