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Wicked Weed Genesis Blonde Sour

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This ale is 5.6% abv and our first venture into barrel aged American wild ales. A blond Saison base similar to that of Saison I, fermented on our proprietary Wicked Wild strain. After fermentation we moved the beer into Petite Verdot Barrels from Rock House Vineyards and added mango, papaya and guava where it sat for 6 months. This ale is tart and tropical with notes of musty hay and citrus. The tartness of this sour is moderate and the dry fruityness makes this beer a great palate cleanser and pairs well with delicate dishes.

Updated: Aged in white wine barrels with 250 lbs per batch of papaya, mango, pineapple and guava. The beer is blended from barrels ranging 5-12 months.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4253) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Location: Draft at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium, 1/2/15

Aroma: The nose is sour and tropical fruit mostly, grape and wine notes as well
Appearance: It pours a clear gold, with minimal head, and no lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, with sour, funk, and tropical flavors
Palate: This one has a light-medium body, with a pretty good mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I actually quite enjoyed this. I’ve had enough of them to say at this point that Wicked Weed knows what they are doing with sour and funky flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
Thanks to JorisPPattyn. Bottle sampled @ “Nog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBT”. Hazy citrus, little white head. USA lactic nose, super fruity, white wine. Taste is USA lactic with typical white wine taste, quite acidic, candy, exotic fruits that are impossible to classify with lemon still dominating, lacto wine barrel, faintly puckering. Bit juice-like body. Lots of interesting fruits went into this. This is a nice beer but tastes once again like so many other USA sours.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2235) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at "Nog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBT"- clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: sour, tropical fruits, some alcohol. TASTE: sour, lactic, white wine, fruity, very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
Medium white head, fast gone over faintly hazed golden beer with faint orange sheen. Sourish nose, sour pineapple, lemon, quite lambic-y. Some tropical fruit indeed. Sour, serious acidity, fruity notes are there, but not possible to ferret out what. Warming up, I detect the white wine retronasal, however. Strong CO² feel, good attenuation, bit astringent. Special one, but indeed quite classical USA sour, in the end. Many thanks to John H!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Brad...thanks! Pours clear golden with minimal head. Some sour and funk smell. Minimal tart flavor. Easy drinking. Decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1007) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Blond, no head. Aroma is slightly fruity but lacking. Lots of fruit in the flavor with a bitter finish. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1773) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Clear yellow pour with a slight white head. Tropical nose. Lightly sour, tropical fruit, papaya and mango. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bomber from Brad - thanks! Clear golden pour with a minimal head. Tropical fruit and a nice sour note. Bit of hay. Nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2270) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Shared 2014 bottle. Light on funk but medium-high sourness. Nice complexity lends high interest. Low funk lends drinkability.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Elderberries, white grapes and rosemary allusions whirl around this Wild Ale’s cracking cereals for a complex libation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear straw yellow.
-The fruity aromas could’ve come from a variety of sources, not necessarily the fruit added.
-The mouthfeel is super dry.
-The nose was pretty phenolic at first.

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