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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2010
500ml bottle-thanks hbmason-pours an off white bubbly head and hazy gold color. Aroma is tart fruit, vinegr, medium malt, wood. Taste is very tart fruit-cherry, vinegar, medium malt, wood, funky, yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear yellow fizzy gold color with very little head. The nose is sweet with honey, sour brett, maple syrup, vanilla and malibu rum. Bright thin tart flash impact on the palate then fades to light malt and honey almost instantly. Nice and fruity in the finish, just that quick kick of tart on the tip of the tongue and then itís back to fruity and complex. Reminds me a bit of a berliner weisse.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle shared by Captain_Cab...thanks Mike! - Pours light amber with a small white head. Smell is white grape, a touch of balsamic vinegar, and a bit of oak sharpness. Taste is much softer than the nose, with more tartness and acidity. Thereís a bit of fruity sweetness to it too that detracts a bit for me. Would love for this to be more dry, funky, and with more mineral qualities. Like many of the other reviews, however, I have to admit this is pretty tasting, if not what I was expecting. I also have to agree that Iím curious to see what a couple years will do to this. If nothing else, thanks Dan and Randy for giving this a shot!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Pours a clear gold with a tall, fluffy, white head that has decent retention, eventually receding to a thick, creamy skin that holds to leave some tiny lacing. The head is probably somewhat sustained by the beautiful and widespread tiny bubbled effervescence. Aroma is grass, under-ripe citrus fruit, walnut rind, lactic and acetic notes, thistle and apple blossoms, springtime fermenting leaves, green apple Jolly Rancher and some mild brett funk. Flavor is grass, light acetic and slightly more pronounced lactic tartness, nice, woody oak, with a faint touch of vanilla, wet limestone mineral notes, under-ripe mulberries and sour apple notes somewhere between crabapple and granny smith. Palate is light bodied with a blanketing, fine and light, but fittingly sharp carbonation. This is the most mouth watering beer that I have ever had, Iím not saying itís the best (though it is quite good), but this beer literally invokes an extreme salivary response. Honestly if I would have rated from a smaller sample this would have received a lower score, it took a few ounces for me to really warm up to it. This is a nice brew for sure, just very strange, but delicious, complex and refreshing. I kind of hope the brett takes over a little more in the future, I really think a little more funk could put this one over the top. Re-rate 01.18.2012 (original batch, original rating 10.27.2010) A little extra funk, a nice, subtle smoke note and a little less harshness to the acidity have really helped this one out. Rased score from 4.1 to 4.4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
A: The pour is a golden orange color, much like the real thing, with an initially fluffy white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. S: A soft, but enjoyable, funk character to this beer. Mostly grass and straw notes with a slight lactic tartness. There is a bit of an apple juice character that provides some sweetness, but also some green apple for some more mild acidity. T: The tartness is moderate, not quite as intense and puckering as many a traditional gueuze, but sufficient. Lemon and green apple provide some fruit notes, and a bit of a grassy character is present. There is an unfortunate metallic aftertaste, however. M: The mouthfeel is actually quite appropriate. Medium body with a high carbonation that really resembles a true gueuze quite well. D: Of course, Iíd still prefer to open up a Cantillon Gueueze or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, but this was a good effort. The metallic quality sort of ruined it, though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(500ml bottle brewed 3-24-09 bottled 8-6-10) clear golden-orange with a ring of fine bubbles. Nose of cedar, sugar, brown sugar, mildly tart and vanilla. These New Glarus sours are really easy to spot by just the nose only. I wish they had less brown sugar, and more tartness. Taste of lemon juice, seltzer water, vinegar, very very woody, mild umami. Very carbonated, oily body and a bit puckering. This isnít much like a gueuze and not sure I could drink a lot of it, but an interesting experiment nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Captain_Cab (10) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2010
citrus, solid body with lingering after taste. A little hard on my stomach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
(500ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, and light horseblanket. Flavor of oak, lemon, apple, yogurt, and brett. May improve with age, as this young beer is mostly dominated by the barrel aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazed deep gold with a small bubbly white head. Nose was bright and tart citrus. Diacytal on the palate and a tad cidery, pretty damn tasty though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours a golden yellow color, nose is tart and citrus, taste is quite sour, sharp bite, a little too much cider character and diacytle, but overall really nice.


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