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New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (3631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2009. Creamy, bubbly head. Wild nose of tart yeasts. Ruby-amber, touch hazy. Rising explosion of flavor, incredibly rich sour, malt explosion. As flavorful as they come. Refinement trails at end, which finishes a bit strong and muddled. Undistinguished nose, body of fig, walnut, quince and some oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Deep hazy amber, a little dank and dark, musty, large frothy white head, lacing that sticks, with moderate carbonation.   Wow, that’s a sour nose.   Very funky, basement and barnyard.   Really musty.   Fairly assertive nose.   Strong on first sip.   Vinegar is the biggest thing I get out of this.   Very dry and sour.   Big up front, but does fall off quickly.   Lingering tartness.   Sucks the moisture right out of your mouth.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Comparing to the Deviation I think this one falls in behind it.   Good, a little more brash up front but thankfully It doesn’t kill you on the backside.   Its an assault to the taste buds tho.   Fairly good, in small doses.   Has a bit of lingering unripened fruit skin.   Reminds me of green gooseberries for some reason.   Woth seeking out simply based on its rarity.   Enjoyable, but a little one sided.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazed light red white head. aroma of vanilla, oak, vinegar, and sour cherries. Flavor has cheesey acidic notes, sour cherries, slight medicinal quality. Long cheesy finish. Body is a bit thin. Tasty sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
25 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear reddish copper body with a very fleeting very fizzy off-white head that completely vanished. The nose is almost Gueuze-like with a dry powdered-sugar, oak, and bretty cobweb funk mixture. Some light cherry skins, balsamic vinegar, and caramel as well. Very acidic and biting on the first taste. Some cherry and caramel sweetness towards the middle, then the brett and oak round things out and linger forever. This is very funky and almost Gueuze-like. Very dry and acetic with lots of fizzy effervescent carbonation. A bit of an oak tannin bite on the finish. Pretty good, but as it warmed there’s a bit of a cereal grain note that I don’t especially care for that came out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle @ the HotD dock sale... Poured golden/amber with a huge white head. Spiced, yeast aroma. Dry and sour with malts grains and a light fruits. Overall a top notch sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2009
POured a hazy red brown. Nose is vinegar, red wine, sweet sugars, dark fruits, grapes and raisin. Flavor is a nice blend of sugary sweet malts and fruits mixed with sour red wine and apple cider vinegar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1821) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Extremely sour and astringent, tastes like a cleaning product. Flavor is not disagreeable, tho, but not smooth either. peppery and fruity esters. Bottle from Ryan Blanksi’s Sourfest- Hollywood, Florida.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Dr. Bill’s ’09. Cloudy dark brown with a thin tan head. Certainly on of the better tasting and smelling beers from New Belgium. Their characteristic stinky yeast strain is still present here, but less so, and mediated by a multitude of other sour fermentation flavors ranging from green apples, to dried flowers, to peppery spice. The body had a ery nice dimension on the palate. Certainly aninteresting beer to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Pours a cloudy brown, thin tan head. Obviously, sour notes are most predominate in the nose. But also some tangy sour fruit as well. The flavor certainly follows through with sour fruits, a bit of vinegar, and even a touch of sweet browned sugar as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
This was one of many rare wild/sour/lambic/gueuze I drank over the weekend and while this was not the best it was one of the most sour. The color seemed a lot lighter than La Folie and a little closer to Le Terroir. It smells super sour but without the hint of glue and lemons I get from la Folie. The flavor is puckery green apples and gives me sour gueuze face. I prefer Le Terroir but this was a nice blend and certainly quite sour. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-22-2009 01:08:21

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