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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.”


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours mostly unclear amber with a beige head. Aroma brings tart light fruity sweet yeast. Flavor brings cherry tart yeast smooth on the palate with big puckering notes at the end and the whiskey is present but balanced really well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5819) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
750 ml bottle to stemmed taster (shared by Dogbones). Looks good; a cloudy plum with very light caramel head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; tart and funky with notes of cherry and oak, and some Flanders sweetness in the body. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly lively medium-bodied mouthfeel. Great stuff that is holding up wonderfully.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2004) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Thx Fuxxy. Pours hazy brown with very low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of fruits, heavy acid, spices, berries. Taste is of acid, fruits, some wild yeast. Palate: Mouth puckering. Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Very acid (a tad overdone). Fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4676) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
bottle shared by fux, many thanks! hazy/cloudy light burgundy with a small off-whtie head, some retention and lacing. very fruity - berries, cranberries, sweet peaches - overripened they are if not rotten - from apple whisky barrels perhaps, spicy peppery yeast, other bugs, citric acidity - slightly puckering, and ketchupy too, grass and herbs. bright carbonation, light body, relatively dry and citric tart grassy-spicy finish. perhaps past its prime.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (3423) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. Hazy copper brown pour. Aroma is quite acetic, lots of ketchup, vinegar, cherries, earthy notes, some wood. Taste is acetic, quite sour, puckering. Palate is med bodied, thin carbonation. Pretty harsh stuff, drinkable but not very enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3063) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Fux, thanks! Hazy amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, strong vinegar notes, ketchup, caramel, and oak. Taste is vinegar forward with red fruits, ketchup, caramel and oak. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Puckering finish. Lack of balance and depth. Too straightforward and way too acetic. I’m not sure this beer has ever been good, but if so it’s definitely not anymore.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mathieuc (1490) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Fux, thanks!! Pours a cloudy red with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of red fruits for the most part but there is also some vinegar as well. Taste is pretty much only vinegar, a bit too much. Of course there was also some oak and more fruits, but at least I couldn’t feel the special barrels that they used. Carbonation was pretty high and body low to medium. Acidity is just over the top and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Just OK.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2290) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (374) - 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!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8896) - , 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.


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