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RATINGS: 567   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at flying saucers eleventeen party. Pours a clear orange amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of fruit with some tropical notes and some sweet grains. Flavor begins with breads and grains but finishes with light and tropical fruits. A bit sweet with a good yeast backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Pours a golden color with a huge amount of white head. Has a brett and sour nose to it. Taste is light funk, belgian yeast, some light fruit in there as well. I was hoping it would be more sour but wasn’t really sour at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (2048) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2011
Hazy yellow with a thick white head. Sour with spicy tones. Malt, sour, spices and fruit. Medium body with a long sour and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3708) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Huge bretty flavors without the sourness, lighty bitter on the finish, aroma is figgy and awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2351) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Thanks to santa for this. Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is spices, figs, pepper and yeast. Taste is a bit of a mess. I don’t know if it’s past it’s prime but this was a little of a letdown. Yeast backbone, with a load of spice, fig and pepper. Big mouthfeel but a little out of balance, the spice takes over and doesn’t let go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a golden beery color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Smells of wet horse blanket, spicy Belgian yeast, lemons, a bit phenolic. Taste is kind of rough! Really bretty character with some solvent, medicinal and phenolic. Some citrus and spices thrown in there as well. Carbonation is high, body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is syrupy. I guess its decent for an all brett beer, but I really would have liked some acid in this one. I didn’t taste any of the figs or white pepper either. This bottle is older, maybe its faded.This actually grew on me as I drank it, but really this one is nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle in Minneapolis. Light golden yellow appearance with a foamy white head. Somewhat sour, slightly wild (Brett) Belgian ale aroma. Bretty, wild Belgian Saison flavor. Slightly sour, slightly fruity, wild Belgian ale flavor. Slightly sour, mostly sweet Belgian ale finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4181) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
22oz bottle. Golden color. This bottle has aged since it was made in 2008. 3 years? Nothing but the funk. All I smell is Brett. Basement and Attic. Some lemons, some spice, mostly musty blanket. Flavor has a light thirst-quenching tartness, some wheat malt. Very dry, to a Brut level. May have been aged too long. It is all Brett at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
On Tap at Rackhouse, Denver 16/09/2010 Sour aroma. Golden coloured and slightly hazy in appearance. Fruity and sour with a dry and yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daleharshman (907) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Bomber purchased two years ago and now almost three years old ("bottled April 2008"). I read the really mixed reviews of this beer a couple years ago and decided to put it down for a while before trying. Pours a clear honey-gold hue with two fingers of fluffy white foam that reduces to a smaller pillow. Aroma certainly has brett notes but more of a "bright" nose than a "musty" one. Some specific aroma notes include lemon, flowers, stone fruit (apricot and peach come to mind), and horseblanket. Flavor is not as intense with brett as I might have thought and includes notes of caramel, honey, light spice, and dark fruits. There is some tartness in the mouth but it is not that strong. Light in body with a dry finish. To be honest, I find this neither particularly offensive nor as complex as I had expected / hoped. Readily drinkable, but just not very impressive. (532, 475)

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