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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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This special edition take on our Wild Brunette has a very limited availability. We brewed only 70 gallons of our standard recipe for Wild Brunette and pumped it into our special new fermenter outside, where we’re experimenting with wild beers. And what better beer to experiment with wild yeasts than a beer that already has “wild” in its name? People have been asking for it for years, and finally it is here! We pitched a strain of French Saison yeast along with some Brett yeast for primary fermentation. After it simmered down, it sat outside for a total of three weeks where it picked up some of Minnesota’s own Biota, which soured the beer in ways only it could. Belgian beers have been fermented this way for centuries. It is time to see what Minnesota’s biology can do to Minnesota-brewed beer! Malts Used: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Aromatic, Wild Rice Hops Used: Warrior, Willamette Yeast: French Saison, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Minnesota Biota


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Awesome beer. The wild brunette makes a great base for a sour, it turns out. The wild rice sweetness of the brunette is still present, but coupled with a great sour element that reminds me most of a Flemish red. The balance between sweet/sour is what makes this beer. Hope to see this on tap again sometime.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (542) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
This was very sour, and maybe a bit much for me but I can appreciate the creation of this delicious beer. A bit of sweetness, too.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Tap (multiple glasses) at Barley John’s. Unfortunately, this one couldn’t be growlered, because I would have bought one. It pours to a deep mahogany body with a creamy off white head fully coating the beer. The aroma is tangy sour and acetic. Flemish sour (err, Minnesota Wild), through and through. The flavor is amazing. Super tart and acetic. Really complex sour like a Cantillon, this one is. But, then there is a light chocolate, spicy rye like malt, and rice. Most of the base beer is there but extremely muted by the very sour and puckering flavor and palate. Delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2082) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 I love sour ales and this was stunningly good. I loved the hyper-sour vinegar aroma. Very attractive peach colour with fabulous lacing. Taste is sweet, but with some nice saison sweetness. Overall a fantastic beer in one of my favourite styles.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Was really looking forward to this but it fell flat. Has some cherry yeast funk and a bit of plastic. Taste is sour and almost has the zing from miracle whip.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5934) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Tap at the brewpub. Murky deep amber pour with a frothy cream colored head. Aroma is huge vinegar and sour fruit, as is the taste. Creamy palate. Bold and interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1427) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
on tap at Barley Johns 5Nov2012, This is acetic.. but awesome, its very tart and sharply bitter, vinegar almost but the wild fermentation in MN is really a cool beer, its nice and dark colored with minimal head, taste is so sharply sour that none of the base beer comes through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
On tap at Barley Johns. Pours hazy dark brown amber with a creamy khaki head that slowly settles to a creamy film and some noticable lacing. Aroma has balsamic vinager and noticeable tartness. Taste is sweet funky balsamic vinager and sweetness with a sour tinge of malty funk. Palate has a medium feel and a drying finish. Solid beer!


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