New Belgium Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing. Barrel Blending by Matt Bonney and Matt Vandenberghe of Bottleworks.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20046) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Tasting at Eugenes; corked bottle
Cloudy amber color with copper hue, small head. Nice aroma, sour with a lot of cherry pits, and some funkiness. Puckery sour, cherry flavor, very acidic; astringent in the final.
Very nice. Extreme. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7052) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2016
750ml bottle knocking out some of my backlog. Pours out a cloudy copper amber topped with a small head. nose is big wood notes buggy funk lemon citrus. Taste is more of the heavy barrel notes lots of funky citrus and some cherries even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (13517) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is funky, grape must, oak. Thin mouth, tart grape, funky, lemon, light acidity, held up very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewje41 (3479) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle poured at a tasting. I have learned that Bottleworks anniversary beers are among the best I have ever had. I would say especially sours, but that is unfair. They are all good. This was so far from an exception. Thick apple juice like pour with a sour orange fruit aroma. Super sour cherry and apple flavor. Excellent tart linger to it. Those guys just get how to blend a beer. One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (16253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy amber orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite complex, with wood from the barrels upfront along with various wild yeasts. Flavour is very complex, with loads of red wine barrels, medium tartness and wild yeasts. Harmonious and wonderfully balanced. The age has done this well, with no off-notes discernible. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2687) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville, big thanks to Curtis for sharing. Pours clear amber with a thin beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is super sour with nice dark cereal and bread malt and some oaky vanilla underlying. The flavor is very sour, but still nicely balanced by the dark cereal malt and just a touch of vanilla oak. The body is medium with light carbonation, nice tannic structure, and a very long, very sour and light oak finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
750ml bottle. Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Poured a cloudy golden color with a small sized head. Citrus, funky, tart, fruity, yeast, and some earthy woodiness. I really liked this one and wish I had more than the 1 bottle ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheAlum (7130) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle at the Pant-y Raid NYE Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep ruby rusty pour, faint haze but near transparent overall, some deep orange sunset glow, frothy offwhite / tannish head atop dies down, laces small. Aromas are cherries, oak, gentle balsamic. Lactic element grows, yogurt and oranges, bigger citrus touches, lemon and cranberry, grapefruit and sour fruit. Touches of bread, straw, crab apple and carmelized flourish. Nice, sour, lambic feel is vibrant, gently carbonated and nice cherry and cranberry slants come in. Firmer oak, touches of pear, crab apple and cranberry. Nice stuff. Initial is touches of hibiscus, cherry and crab apple. Touches of cranberry, oak, berry skin and touches of oranges, oak and lactic yogurt. Some straw, touches of yogurt, oak. Middle shows some cherryskin, touches of cranberry, some gentle carmelized touch with vanilla, some cobwebs, and oak. A bit fuzzy and carbonated on the backend, some bread, straw, citrus rind and juice. Wow. Tasty stuff. Amazingly this has held up very well. Dry, a bit oaky and firmly lactic and a decent carbonation, firm acidity hits but doesnt get in the way. Thinner body, quite crushable, nice acidity cuts well. Quite tasty, honor to try. Nice fruity sourness, a lot of Felix influence shows through a beer I originally thought would be very Oscar dominant. Not so. Great stuff. Thanks again for the share, pantanap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Thanks for sharing Kan! Clear orange with a thin head. Really acidic nose with hay and lactic acid. Sour lactic acid some cherries. Really acidic and tart. But it warms up on me. The acid and fruit blend well. Good stuff. 8/4/9/4/17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle shared by Pantanap. Thanks! Pours a copper red, thin head. Nose is big and bretty. Lemony and tart, low yogurt and bread notes. Tart and limy, raspberry notes as well. Super fresh for so old. Really delightful and very new Belgium.

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