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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   ABV: -
Our complex, Belgian-style wild beers are aged for several months or even years in our oak barrels. Each barrel contains a different base beer (with distinct color, flavor, body, alcohol, malt and hop character) which undergoes spontaneous and prolonged fermentation with wild critters including Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore forming genus of yeast which lives on the skins of fruit in the wild. The genus name Dekkera is used interchangeably with Brettanomyces and was discovered at the Carlsberg brewery in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen, who was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales but which is appreciated and encouraged in certain traditional Belgian-style ales.

BARREL #5: Barleywine

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Deep brown pour. Wonderful nose, brett by means of dark fruits, sour cherries, etc. Strong amount of vanillians and a slight earthy/mushroom note. Turbulence brings out some almost dusty noble hops. Flavor is woody up front with some brett and bugs followed by a sweet finish. the oak dryness is well balanced by a good amount of residual sweetness. A must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap at the brewpub (Normal)
The sour of the day was the barleywine. It is not the best release in the series among the few I have tried. Maybe the base beer is just not one that likes the bugs as much as others.

Aroma / Appearance - A caramel red base with light layers of beige head rests idly in the glass. Black cherries, malt, and acetic notes sour the air. The base of cherry coke has a bitter edge to it.

Flavor / Palate - Sourness, oak, and dark cherries are a blend of barleywine and tartness. The malt profile is soon overpowered after a few sips. At that point it turns into a vinegary Mars Bar. The finish is equal parts bitterness and acidic. It would be hard to drink more than a pint before fatigue set in but that is just enough to enjoy a noble experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft. Sweet oaky bourbon, tart prune aroma. Deep chestnut with a small off-white head. Sour prune, vanilla, oak, and alcohol flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (11271) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft. Oak, bourbon, sour cherry, alcohol and toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Very sour/astringent cherry and toffee malt flavor. Very unique - surprising combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, bread, yogurt, and earth. Flavor of brett, caramel, cherry, lacto, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a murky brown body and a tan head. Aromas are sour, caramel, estery, oak. Flavors are odd, sweet (too the point of cloying), caramel, acidity, raisins. Thick, acidic, light bubbles and sour. Flavors clash for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Poured clear reddish orange with slight white head, aroma had notes of some lactic fruit, caramel, toffee, some earthy nuttiness going, with a hint of funk in there as well. Taste was a bit of lactic funkiness leading into sweet caramel and toffee, some spice notes as well finishing fairly tart and sweet as well. Nice idea, but the combination was a bit weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. dirty brown pour with small off white head. sour lactic nose. medium body with more sour lactic acid. some sweetness peeks through. sweet finish with dark fruits and lactic acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a slightly murky brown copper with minimal head. Nose is tart, lactic yogurt notes with a strong caramel presence remaining. On tasting, sweet and sour, the caramel notes remain from the base and are distracting overall. Firm sourness and some lingering bitterness but the caramel is just too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Growler thanks to Sarah, shared with others! Pours a near clear amber brown with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has a sour red fruit note with a backing grains and caramel as well as a hint of pine hops. Flavor began with sour red fruits with a bit of growing sweet grains and caramel and a bit of a hop bite coming out in the finish. Different for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Destihl dekkera sour barleywine. Growler from Adam... Pours a dark caramel amber brown with a medium light beige head... Aroma of sour earthiness and muted cherries and other fruit.... Flavors are earthy sour with a semi-bitter finish . Muddled flavors. Not too solid. a bit of cherry but nothing too distinct. 6/4/7/3/14

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