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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.68%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2777) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2012
22 ounce bottle with gold foil into tulip glass, bottled in April 2008. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color, with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice and thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, pear, lemon, hay, grass, fig, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big apple, grape, pepper, pear, grass, herbal, fig, clove, lemon, floral, bread, and yeast spices. Fairly dry on the finish; with lingering notes of pepper, lemon, bread, grape, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Slight tartness on the finish, but not anywhere near what I was expecting from the aromas. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly crisp and prickly mouthfeel that fits well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming present at all. Quite easy to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is a nice and quite enjoyable spiced wild ale. Good amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. It held up well to age as expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to a very cool bartender @ Brouwer’s Cafe. Dull orange pour with some fluffy white head.. Nose is fruity, earthy, and funky - flavor is similar with a peppery finish. Not sure how this tasted fresh but it’s aged quite nicely!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Avery put together a crazy beer. The white pepper, hibiscus and brett gives this beer a unique aroma and taste. Aroma is citrus and spice. Taste is funk with spice and a lot of floral aftertaste. I don’t taste any of the figs that were added. This is a really unique beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3007) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Funky wet straw, lemon, spice aroma. Hazy yellow orange with a moderate fizzy head and some lacing. Sweet fruit, tart citrus, spice, and yeasty/funk flavor, soapy bitter finish. Light bodied, fairly carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Pours hazy peach color with some small white rimming. Aroma is bretty and citric sour. Flavor is kind of mild with sweetness. A little bit of brett funkiness, but not as much as the nose would entail. Flavor is mild and body is light.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Kinda funky in the nose, with honey and lemon, yeast and mild sweetness. Medium golden clear to hazy, with white lacing head. Medium watery body with heavy carbonation. Starts dry and mildly tart, funky with some lactic and citrus character. Bretty. Smooth. Very nice Belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (702) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Draft at C AH. Pours an opaque golden tan color with little head and lacing. Nose is funky and fruity with yeasty ketones. First sip is nice pale malty flavors with yeast spicyness. finish is slightly brettish with nice lingering tones.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Fruity pineapple aroma with hints of spices and brett. Fruity flavor with spices. Hints of brett and some hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2175) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2011
22oz in a giant frosty mug - pours golden caramel with moderate amount of white foam and noticeable lacing. Nose is spicy and fruity. Aroma is yeast, simple malts, pepper and fruit. Taste is sweet to the lips and finishes neutral (hence some hops). Body is medium and texture is thin and slick. This is probably the lightest Belgian Ale I’ve ever had. I could do without the pepper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (2256) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
(*2008/3 ans): Rien d’exceptionnel ni de repoussant à propos de la 15e, juste une bien balancé farmhouse ale. Le Brett est aussi présent au nez qu’en bouche, légèrement poivré et sec en finale mais sinon rien de bien révolutionnaire. Agréable sans plus.


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