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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing. Barrel Blending by Matt Bonney and Matt Vandenberghe of Bottleworks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Still reddish brown. Red wine vinegar, exotic yet stable. Still in the glass, ruby brown. Fruit forward, some wood, biting and grabs on in the end. It’s less bracing and complex than the la folie in a more approachable way. Pie cherry, damp hay and love. 080909 Lovely funky grassy footy lemony dry aroma. Heavenly. Oh hell yes. Tart cherry, lemon, wood softened beauty. Hibiscus. Seriously. I went back for more without shame, how much better can this beer get?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3676) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sampled compliments of Pepsican. I loved this. The aroma was wonderful with some good Riesling and cherry notes, of course some good farmhouse funkiness. The flavor is dry and sour with a great little malty sweetness for balance; this is largely sour and has a great funky character with plenty of oak and vinous flavors that work very well in the mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 highly tart taste that fades quickly into base palate. Quite a delicious first taste, I wish it lasted longer. re-taste pale orange color with a super sour taste that indeed fades quickly into a balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours cloudy orange amber with a decent head. Nose is a dusty, nutty, peanut buttery funk, a little bit of coffee, and a sourness that’s there but pretty much buried. Flavor is pretty much the opposite- mostly the tart citrus taste. Nice lasting sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
draft at brouwers, i think i made a mistake by drinking this side by side with deviation, oh well. pours a hazy orangish color with minimal white bubbly head. aroma is slightly sour with oak notes and kinda musty/dusty. flavor was great up front with a strong sour punch but kinda had a funky aftertaste, probably from the addition of special brett, funky and good!! the palate a was a little off for me but still good, there was a real clash a flavors which i thought came from the blending. some good oak flavors come out once it warms up. i liked it better colder rather than warmer near the end. crazy sour blend!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
So this is the next great big awesome sour! This is the best beer ever made people, Make sure you trade for it now, right this instant. Believe the hype, because it is all true. It was definitely worth fighting for position, boxing out, climbing over old ladies, women and children to get, and forming such a long line that the normally pleasant friendly staff of the store were reduced to beer boxing robots in no mood for anything except getting the advancing horde out of the store and back to normal operations of the day. That being said, this one has a nice initially tart acidic aroma, a touch of fruity sweetness as well, following is some dusty funky brett notes and some cheesy funk as well. Pours orange with a fizzy white head to start that reduces to nothing in a quick minute. Super tart and sour right upfront, a shock to the taste buds, this mellows almost instantly to a less intense cheesy funk with an underlying vinaigrette fruitiness too, but not sweet at all. Some sour acidic in the finish, dry, bretty, and funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle samples@ Bottleworks, and draft @ Brouwers 25 Feb 2009. Perhaps NB’s best sour ale to date. Hazy amber color. Lots of wood, funk, and citrus/cherry fruits in both the aroma and flavor, with a medium balsamic sourness throughout. This is a less sour, and more drinkable version of La Folie. Great blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
It is a challenge to find the words to do this beer justice. I love the color - a beautiful, cloudy orange. Pungent aroma. Very tart, yet very flavorful. Strong taste of sour, citric fruits and vinegar. Tart. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1474) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
A wonderful treat for bottleworks’ 10th, poured on draft at Brouwer’s. Poured a bright, cloudy golden orange with a very small head. Tons of funk, right off the bat - you can really tell it was dosed with Brett. Tart mandarin, lemon and grapefruit. Dusty, but so pungent - it just explodes with flavor. I can taste notes of the base they use in La Folie - the darker, almost cherry-like notes - but this is far better. This is what La Folie was trying to be. Just the right amount of tartness, a great barnyard funk - delicious. I wouldn’t put it above last year’s brew (RR Deviation), but it’s close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s on release day. Pours a murky, cloudy bright medium orangeish amber. Very little head or lace, if any. Sharp lactic, vinegary kick to the nose. Maybe some strawberry there under that. Watery, sharply acidic body. Lots of vinegary kick from (what I assume to be) the lacto on the mid-palate. Not much else happening in support. Some orangey and berry-like notes, fading into a sour, acidic finish. None of these are flaws by sour ale standards, but it’s certainly in no hurry to say anything particularly new.

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