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New Belgium Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary Ale

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This year is the Twisted Spoke’s 15th anniversary year and Lauren really wanted to help them celebrate. So Mitch came down to NBB HQ and started talking about a blend. Lauren set a bunch of beer in front of him and he started to mix, and what he came up with was this: Some sour beer from a couple of our Foudres (big oak barrels), and some sour beer that we had aging in an apple whiskey barrel (the fine folks over at Leopold Bro’s down in Denver gave us a few barrels to do some experimentation with, and it’s working), then he threw in some Transatlantique Kriek that Lauren had laying about, put in a little Abbey, and topped it off with some Trippel. And there you have Twisted Spoke’s 15th Anniversary Ale. The blend seems wild, but holy smokes does it taste good. “65% Ale aged in a wood barrel, 14% ale with cherries added and ale, 21% ale brewed with Coriander and 100% Aged in apple flavored whiskey barrels.”

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (1850) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle: Glad to finally reel in this enormous want of mine. Turbid, opaque brown & burnt copper body with a slowly forming, beige & porous foam capping it off. Not the prettiest brew in the world, but it’ll do. Awesome aroma, bursting with tart cherry, vinous red grape, tons of sour oak, mild tannins, very mild whiskey, faint lemon, green apple, a touch of lacto, & a small hint of corkiness in the very, very back-end. Beautiful combo of tart lemon & mildly acidic cherry skin out of the gate on the palate. Acidity is sharp but doesn’t go overboard. Gets mellows out by some heavier notes of vinous oak, grapes, musty cork, green apple, & the lightest kiss of whiskey. You really get the nice apple whiskey notes as this thing warms up. Tart, dry, sour, beautiful finish. This beer is awesome, simply stunning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (289) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours a dark amber. Sour cherries, tart, bready and funky nose. Tart and sour taste, a little acidic and a hint of cherries. Pretty good!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Bottle at tasting. Pours reddish brown with white head. Nose and taste of cherry vinegar, oak, apple whiskey, cherry acid and funk. Medium bodied. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle generously shared at a recent Tampa Tasting. Pours a murky yellow-brown with an ephemeral white head. Nose is sour fruit, some lactic, some citrus, some sourness, some funk, and some fruitiness. Flavor is similar- hits tart up front with lactic bite, sour fruit, cherries, oak, citrus, and some funk. Light to medium in body and a nice sour overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by me. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a large beige head that disappeared quickly. Large pop upon opening. The aroma has a nice fruitiness with tart cherry, apples and some peach, light funk, some acidity, caramel and wood. The flavor is more tart fruit, cherry, lemony citrus, peach and apple, caramel, hay, oak, some funk; all presented in a crazy drinkable beer. Some bite as it went down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Woodshed 2.0. 750mL bottle share courtesy of dschiller. It pours with a deep copper body and thin gold edges and supporting a thin light tan head of foam. The aroma is full and bruising with lime and soft vinegar as well as some green apples and peach like fruitiness. Hmm. The taste is puckering and tart with vinegar and a light degree of acidity to midway. The fruitiness then joins in as cherry, green apple and apricot conjure up a futile attempt to be heard over the tart and acidic onslaught that is working its way toward the finish. This stays tart and acidic right to the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: A sour fruity/oaky red ale, original, complex, not too intense, easy to drink, excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml (#0619). Consumed when almost 2 year after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by futuraxz, thanks a lot William.
The look: Cloudy dark red body topped by a medium beige head that quickly recedes to a persistent layer of foam leaving some lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is quite estery with red apples skin mixing in with cherries, oak. Taste starts a bit sweet with berries jam, a bit of hard-candy, then red apple skin, smooth lactic acid, some bubblegum, oak, light tannins presence, raspberries, cherries, funk, pleasantly yeasty, very nice expansive carbonation creating a a melt-in-your-mouth foamy cotton candy mouthfeel. Surprised to read here they used whiskey barrels, no whiskey flavor whatsoever to me. Really not too sour or acidic or tannic, this is relatively easy to drink for the style. Forget about Folie or Terroir or others, this doesn’t taste anything like New Glarus flagship sour ales. This is a very complex wild sour ale with a personality of its own. Drinking a 750ml was a pleasure. I never know when is the right time to open a rare bottle, then someone told me I should live each day as if it is my last, so I drank my bottle of Twisted Spoke and killed my boss, now what?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
Brought to Woodshed 2.0 by dschiller! This tasting knocked an incredible amount of beers off of my "Wants List", this being one! Hazy crimson pour with a 1/4 inch white foam. Tart cherry skin, sour peach, lemongrass, and wet hay in the nose. Slight sweetness from the fruit on the back end with oak and acid making their way to the palate as well. Really well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
wow, thanks to Tom for bringing this, he hasn’t stopped cutting the shit yet!! .. . pours a lightly hazed amber .. . medium foam .. . light tartness .. . sugar, funk, coriander, peach skin, and hay .. . awesome stuff, freakin legit .. . . how about fresca!?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2511) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared at the sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. The beer is russet brown with hints of crimson and a white head. The aroma is fantastic, offering cherries, booze, oak, funk, sweet berries, tart fruits. The flavor is equally as complex. Bourbon emerges more in the flavor than in the aroma, gaining strength as the beer warms. A fine balance of tart and sweet, favoring tartness, as it should be. A myriad of tastes linger on the palate, concluding with a light acetic bite. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. I would relish the opportunity to try it again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-30-2012

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