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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
From notes. 750 Bomber shared by Chris W (grazie). Liked the bottle graphics. Poured a cloudy yellow / orange with a thin off white head. Flavors of yeast and fruits, with touches of balsamic vinegar and wood. Has a nice sourness and a light citrus accent. Well carbed. Mellower than La Folie but delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
bottle...bright glassy copper, a bit murky, a light tan head rises about three fingers but its gone quick... the nose is musky, hay, a bit of apples... lots of hay and spider webs, acidic but with a juice finish, very drinkable and tastey... very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (7219) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2011
750 thanks to Andre. Vinegar. Wine. Tart. Cherry. Here it is again: the heavenly sour. Very lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #102. Bright dark orange pour with a small white head. Big sour aroma, nice and tart. Very tart and super dry, holy crap! Real good stuff, takes a few sips to get used to, but really freaking good. (1568)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Clear pale pink with a white head. Nose is funky, almost fishy, yeast, wood and lemon pith. Crisp medium body with a sour bite. Taste is lemon juice, leather, white grapes and cherry. Probably the sourest of the five we sampled but not as funky or as fruity. My daughters favorite, her brewer boyfriend liked the Cable Car best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juiceisloose (1341) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2011
750 ml bottle, courtesy Beerlando. This pours a hazy, dark reddish orange color and topped by a thin head of off white film that dissipates quickly without leaving any lace behind on the glass. The nose on this is very complex and shows an intense sourness up front from the red berries and apricots along with the lactic, funky cheese. The dusty brett adds some musty earthiness, while old leather, wet wood, and horse blanket round out the aromas. There is plenty of lactic acidity that enhances the sourness. This smells almost exactly like a true Belgian lambic gueuze. The flavors follow suit and are very tart up front as the bright citrus fruit meld nicely with fresh, soured out grain. Dusty brett is present throughout and imparts a nice earthy mustiness along with some dryness. The old, vinous oak, tannins, and sharp funky cheese define themselves as well. Some fruity red berries add a touch of sweetness and some acetic character which balances things out nicely. The sourness is intense just like a true lambic is, and the flavors are just fantastic. The palate is spot on and medium bodied, crisp, and very dry. The citrus fruits round things out, while fine carbonation is persistent throughout and leads to a nice tart, dry finish. This is a world class beer in all aspects, and has aged beautifully so far. Just amazing and really glad I got a chance to try this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2010
750ml bottle, aged about 1.5 years with great anticipation. The body is a hazy, dark, burnt orange amber color. A thin, minimal, off-white film coats the surface, leaving no lace behind. It very much resembles a classic gueuze in appearance. The nose is as complex and enticing as anything in recent memory. Intensely sour notes of light fruit suggest some apricot amidst an overall lactic, cheesy funk. Dusty bretanomyces imparts a funky earthiness on par with the Belgian lambic classics. Old, worn leather and wet, funky wood ratchet the gueuze comparison up a notch, as basement must and soft horseblanket seal the deal. Theres a touch of acetic character, though it is secondary to the lactic acidity. As the beer warms, suggestions of mixed berries enter the fold, imparting just a touch of fruity sweetness that takes some of the edge off, bringing on some balance. Flavors follow suit, initially bracingly tart, as bright, light, citric fruit meets freshly soured, lactic grain. Buggy notes are rampant throughout, dusty brett seemingly having infiltrated every nook and cranny of this beer. Hints of sharp, wild cheese meet old, tannic, vinous oak, as leather once again clearly defines itself. A touch of acetic character is ushered in by some red berry fruit, rounding things out nicely. Again, this is lambic-like through and through. The palate couldnt possibly be better. Crisp and dry, with just the slightest hint of fruity roundness, the effortless body is textured with acute, persistent carbonation that simply dances on the tongue. This is a positively fantastic, world class beer. Seriously excellent stuff at this point. Glad I waited it out. Id put this up against some of the better Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen vintages without hesitation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
An amazing extra throw in by a very generous WA BA. pours burnt orange, copper, with 1/2 " of khaki head that recedes to thin sheet. Lactic vinegar with green apple oak. Strong cherry vinegar initial taste with light funk and oak finish. dry with good carbonation. seems to be a blend of erics ale, la folie, and another NB sour on steroids. this is damn good stuff but could destroy a palate at more than 12oz a serving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2010
75o ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, citrus, sour cherries, apple, lactic notes, light barnyard and light leather with a hint of vinegar. Palte was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of carmel lactic acid, light apple, light sour cherry, light spice and a hint of leather with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a dark copper color with plenty of red accents. The head is towering and off-white. S: Lots of acidity in the nose. Mostly lactic sourness, but a fair amount of vinegar as well, along with sour cherries, lemons, and oak. T: The flavor is almost like a more intense La Folie (if thats possible). Lots of sour cherries, lemons, and green apples. The vinegar is quite noticeable as is a musty funk and tannic oak quality. M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a very puckering and dry finish. D: This is one of the more sour beers Ive ever had, and I enjoyed it. Lots of great cherry and wood notes, and the vinegar was potent but not over the top.

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