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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Our complex, Belgian-style ‘wild beers’ are aged for several months or even years in our oak barrels. Each barrel contains a different base beer (with distinct color, flavor, body, alcohol, malt and hop character) which undergoes spontaneous and prolonged fermentation with wild critters including Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore forming genus of yeast which lives on the skins of fruit in the wild. The genus name Dekkera is used interchangeably with Brettanomyces and was discovered at the Carlsberg brewery in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen, who was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales but which is appreciated and encouraged in certain traditional Belgian-style ales.

BARREL #1: Flanders/Oud Bruin

Belgian style Flanders/Oud Bruin naturally soured by spontaneous/wild secondary fermentation and aging for over two years.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 4, 2012
You have to like sours to like this beer. This is powerful and uncompromising, full or brettiness with a tangy sweet flavor, medium body, and enticing appearance. Tried with Nick at the brewery in Normal in 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Draft. From notes. Can’t remember where I had it, working on a 3+ month backlog. Loads of fruity notes. Very sour. Damn good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
GABF. Reddish brown. Cherries, vinegar, toothpicks, some preserved lemons, yeasty funk. Flavor is sour and very fruity, pucking with some vinegar notes. Damn, another winner!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours a brick red with some creamy beige head. Great nose, wood pulp, vinegar, greens, malt. Sweet malty flavor, red wine vinegar, woody. Full bodied, tart finish. Perfect level of acid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4669) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/14/2015. Pours hazy nearly opque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/sour/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sour/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders brown ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; even with the high level of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at GABF 2013, big cherry tart aroma and taste is similar, extreme sourness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW - labeled as "Barrel 11." Deep amber/red pour with a small tan head. Nice tart aroma with wood, sweet sugars, tart cherries, and other fruitiness. Tart and woody flavor with cherries and sweetness, but very nice, balanced, and tasty. I dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Powerfully sour flanders ale, reminds me of monk’s cafe a bit with its sweetness but it isn’t as sweet as MC so it is good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was a hazy dark red with oan off-white to beige head. Nose of cherry, funk and wood. Medium body. Flavor is tart, lots of funk, wood for sure, and a tart funky finish. I like good sours and this one is great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish pour, a touch of copper glow on the edges, with a loose bubbled head. Aromas are sour cherries, red wine, oak, and vinegar. Touches of toast dance into the fold. More cherry, red wine, light vinegar. Initial is medium bodied offering that telltale feel. Sour cherries, red wine, vinegar and lactic acid dance with just a touch of toast. Oak and lactic presence takes over as more sour cherry comes to pass. Middle keeps on with a touch of acidity. Finish leaves a lingering red wine and cherry feel, some oak, and good sourness into the finish. Very nice. Truly representative of the style.


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