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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1067) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
An amazing extra throw in by a very generous WA BA. pours burnt orange, copper, with 1/2 " of khaki head that recedes to thin sheet. Lactic vinegar with green apple oak. Strong cherry vinegar initial taste with light funk and oak finish. dry with good carbonation. seems to be a blend of eric’s ale, la folie, and another NB sour on steroids. this is damn good stuff but could destroy a palate at more than 12oz a serving.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
75o ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, citrus, sour cherries, apple, lactic notes, light barnyard and light leather with a hint of vinegar. Palte was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of carmel lactic acid, light apple, light sour cherry, light spice and a hint of leather with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12915) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a dark copper color with plenty of red accents. The head is towering and off-white. S: Lots of acidity in the nose. Mostly lactic sourness, but a fair amount of vinegar as well, along with sour cherries, lemons, and oak. T: The flavor is almost like a more intense La Folie (if that’s possible). Lots of sour cherries, lemons, and green apples. The vinegar is quite noticeable as is a musty funk and tannic oak quality. M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a very puckering and dry finish. D: This is one of the more sour beers I’ve ever had, and I enjoyed it. Lots of great cherry and wood notes, and the vinegar was potent but not over the top.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle from Kevin. Thx. The pour is muddy orangish brown with an inch high white head. The aroma is nice and fruite and differs between young honey melon and peaches. Pretty sour indeed with a hint of lactic notes. First in your mouth it has a really nice gueuze taste with a nicely balanced and nuanced taste between sour and sweet notes. The mouthfeel is medium with a finish that are somehow narrow with some bitterness, pineapple and hints of malt. Nice and darn fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
In short: An intense (VERY intense) leathery, acidic and sour ale. Great stuff even if a little too intense.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when a little over 1 year of age. Sent to me by after4ever, thanks a whole lot Tom
The look: Cloudy golden body topped by a small beige head
In long: Fantastic nose. Very rustic, very sharp, very wild bretty, almost like a real lambic. Taste is very intense, lots of leather, acidic grapefruits, sour cherries, lots of lactic acid, cheese, puckering tannins, wood, vinegar, fruit salad. Very intense, I could have downed a Cantillon Gueuze faster than I downed that bottle. Took me almost an hour to drink the bottle. The nose is fantastic, the taste is fantastic, but the whole thing is not fantastic. The beer is just too intensely leathery and sour. It is overall ‘just’ excellent. I hope I don’t sound like a little wimp because I complain a beer is too intense. It’s bad enough that I look and act like one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Hazy ruddy pour. The nose is incredible. Rich and fruity with loads of bright cherry character. Very funky and tart with a long lingering lactic finish. There is a kiss of wheat malt contribution on the back that I actually quite enjoy. Sweet/sour, funky/delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Draft @ Big Wood ’09; clear copper with slight white head; lovely tartness and fruity sourness; nice barnyard funk with acidic green apples and pears; bready, fruity and raw; smooth, almost silky texture with that nice sour dullness; pretty tasty and much more so than I remember at the original release

Initial notes (3.8) – Draft @ Brouwer’s Bottleworks X release party; dark orange with thin white head; cheese, apples and lemons on the nose; quite sharp and sour on frist sip with lemony sour and mild oaky sweetness; nice and cheesy, but hard to drink next HOTD Matt that’s for sure

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3311) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Rating #1300. tap at brouwer’s sour fest. pours a murky, dirty, muddy brown with a small beige head. moderate lactic sourness, lemon. some light dirty hay muddied funk. plastic leather funkiness. sour lactic creamy maple yogurt sourness. pretty acidic. my description might sound a little messy, but this was quite good. would drink this again in a heart beat. complex, interesting, tasty beer. awesome stuff.


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