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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing. Barrel Blending by Matt Bonney and Matt Vandenberghe of Bottleworks.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Murky variegated yellow brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of rising brown sourdough bread. Taste is sour brown soda bread. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2166) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Clear burnt orange pour with an off white head. Orange and funk aromas. Sour, tart, and refreshing with orange/citrusy notes and undercurrents of vinegar and oak. Acidic. SImply delicious.....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Courtesy of Ben (Mothman). Pours a slightly hazed amber orange color with a light tan coastered head. Nice aroma with a very solid orange citrus note coupled with both lemons and orange. Similiar to the aroma, the taste is a nice balance of lemon sourness and citrus sweetness with a touch of wood. Nice level of sourness. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. An excellent beer and worthy of trying to find.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
From notes. 750 Bomber shared by Chris W (grazie). Liked the bottle graphics. Poured a cloudy yellow / orange with a thin off white head. Flavors of yeast and fruits, with touches of balsamic vinegar and wood. Has a nice sourness and a light citrus accent. Well carbed. Mellower than La Folie but delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
bottle...bright glassy copper, a bit murky, a light tan head rises about three fingers but its gone quick... the nose is musky, hay, a bit of apples... lots of hay and spider webs, acidic but with a juice finish, very drinkable and tastey... very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3843) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2011
750 thanks to Andre. Vinegar. Wine. Tart. Cherry. Here it is again: the heavenly sour. Very lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #102. Bright dark orange pour with a small white head. Big sour aroma, nice and tart. Very tart and super dry, holy crap! Real good stuff, takes a few sips to get used to, but really freaking good. (1568)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Clear pale pink with a white head. Nose is funky, almost fishy, yeast, wood and lemon pith. Crisp medium body with a sour bite. Taste is lemon juice, leather, white grapes and cherry. Probably the sourest of the five we sampled but not as funky or as fruity. My daughter’s favorite, her brewer boyfriend liked the Cable Car best.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
750 ml bottle, courtesy Beerlando. This pours a hazy, dark reddish orange color and topped by a thin head of off white film that dissipates quickly without leaving any lace behind on the glass. The nose on this is very complex and shows an intense sourness up front from the red berries and apricots along with the lactic, funky cheese. The dusty brett adds some musty earthiness, while old leather, wet wood, and horse blanket round out the aromas. There is plenty of lactic acidity that enhances the sourness. This smells almost exactly like a true Belgian lambic gueuze. The flavors follow suit and are very tart up front as the bright citrus fruit meld nicely with fresh, soured out grain. Dusty brett is present throughout and imparts a nice earthy mustiness along with some dryness. The old, vinous oak, tannins, and sharp funky cheese define themselves as well. Some fruity red berries add a touch of sweetness and some acetic character which balances things out nicely. The sourness is intense just like a true lambic is, and the flavors are just fantastic. The palate is spot on and medium bodied, crisp, and very dry. The citrus fruits round things out, while fine carbonation is persistent throughout and leads to a nice tart, dry finish. This is a world class beer in all aspects, and has aged beautifully so far. Just amazing and really glad I got a chance to try this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2010
750ml bottle, aged about 1.5 years with great anticipation. The body is a hazy, dark, burnt orange amber color. A thin, minimal, off-white film coats the surface, leaving no lace behind. It very much resembles a classic gueuze in appearance. The nose is as complex and enticing as anything in recent memory. Intensely sour notes of light fruit suggest some apricot amidst an overall lactic, cheesy funk. Dusty bretanomyces imparts a funky earthiness on par with the Belgian lambic classics. Old, worn leather and wet, funky wood ratchet the gueuze comparison up a notch, as basement must and soft horseblanket seal the deal. There’s a touch of acetic character, though it is secondary to the lactic acidity. As the beer warms, suggestions of mixed berries enter the fold, imparting just a touch of fruity sweetness that takes some of the edge off, bringing on some balance. Flavors follow suit, initially bracingly tart, as bright, light, citric fruit meets freshly soured, lactic grain. Buggy notes are rampant throughout, dusty brett seemingly having infiltrated every nook and cranny of this beer. Hints of sharp, wild cheese meet old, tannic, vinous oak, as leather once again clearly defines itself. A touch of acetic character is ushered in by some red berry fruit, rounding things out nicely. Again, this is lambic-like through and through. The palate couldn’t possibly be better. Crisp and dry, with just the slightest hint of fruity roundness, the effortless body is textured with acute, persistent carbonation that simply dances on the tongue. This is a positively fantastic, world class beer. Seriously excellent stuff at this point. Glad I waited it out. I’d put this up against some of the better Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen vintages without hesitation.


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