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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels. Then bottle fermented. This is a funky and very sour beer not for the faint of heart. If you are unfamiliar with sour or Brettanomyces beers you may want to pass this one up!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
50cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Clear apple juice body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon/funk, wood. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some wood, light funk. Light-medium body, light acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Nose is dominated with raw, vanilla-oak, along with some cotton candy sweetness and just a touch of acid underneath. Taste is moderately sour, moderately sweet, lots of raw, chewy oak. The funk is light, some mustiness, some honey. The beer is a bit white wine/vinous. This was definitely fermented with some oak cubes. Itís strange and it doesnít resemble a gueuze, but itís enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of lots of oaky woodiness, vanilla, and lighter funk. Tastes of wood, some funk, and vanilla. Light to medium pucker finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Purchased at the brewery the day of the release. This is the second bottle I have tasted (Previous was in mid September) and this beer is the first gueuze Iíve had. Poured a clear light copper color. Slight head with decent amount of carbonation. Aroma reminds me of apple cider vinegar. There is a slight sweet taste to this that is quickly replaced by tartness. It finishes dry and sour. Tastes of apples and grapes. Little to no oak taste that I can notice. Iím very impressed with this beer. I have one more to drink and I will compare notes in another couple of months.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12/1/10. Bomber courtesy cbfobes! Huge vanilla and oak aroma with touches of sour. Big sour, acid, and vinegar flavor with a nice obvious dose of oak, vanilla, and more. Nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks for the bottle Danny, pours a nice cloudy golden, some sour funky aroma, taste is crisp, some bretty tart, citrus, amazing. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a bright yellow with a bit of a white head. Smell immediately makes quite a bit of funk apparent, although itís not nearly as integrated as I get from the exemplars of the style. A bit of hay and ever-so-slight sourness. Taste brings forth a bit of horse blanket and some dry wheat. Hopefully itís just the age, but itís not terribly complex at this stage. This carries over into the mouthfeel, which isnít nearly as dry and funky as many Belgian counterparts. Drinkability is good, and Iím left wondering what this might become; or, better yet, what New Glarus might end up making if it continues down this road and creates a larger number of barrels/batches to blend. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2010

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3010) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2010
500 ml bottle
Finally getting to share this with some of the local Cleveland crew I was treated to another world class experience by the brewers who never disappoint. Despite the bar being set high this met and even exceed my expectations. I wish this would see another release so more people could try it but at the same time I want to se what the Careys can think of next.

Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated and golden the body was like the midmorning sun peeking through some clouds of white head. Sour citrus like lemonade cut through the air. There was not much depth but it is crystal clear what message this beer intended to send and it succeeded perfectly.

Flavor / Palate - Very sour and tart I wonder how long this will last before it begins to turn. Already nearly perfect it has a bite that slowly fades without eroding the senses like acid. Not nearly as intense as some of the true Belgian lambics it strikes a balance between playing to the masses and being true to style. I donít know what to do with my last bottle as I know once it is gone this will be just a memory. Hopefully it will see a release again in a few years time once a new batch is prepared.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours clear yellow gold. Nose of tart fruit, peel and butter. Taste of champagne yeast, apple, light oak and buttery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Taste thanks to Chris!
Gold-amber pour, frothy white head. Nose is sawdust, apple juice, sugar, ethanol, burnt toast, and citrus. All over the place, arguably balanced but not serving any one purpose. Flavor has more apple, grape, hints of Brett and citric acidity through sticky finish. Nose has too much, flavor too few, and body is an odd mix of refreshment and oppression. Definitely seems like an experiment with its good and bad parts.


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