RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Vetus is part of our Frigus project. Frigus barrels are selected and aged in our small barn. The barn is neither heated nor cooled and in the winter drops well below freezing exposing the beer to the natural fluctuations of our climate. Vetus is a Biere de Garde that was matured for 12 months in South African red wine barrels from Thelema Mountain Vineyards and frozen over the winter.

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3.5
bytemesis (9345) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear reddish hazel, small off-white head, dissipates quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is acetone initially, fading with time, oak, woody raisins. Flavor is light tart, light funk. Light body, minimal carbonation in the end. Decent after breathing a bit.

3.6
thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle at home. This was pretty intense -- funky, sour, and malty -- and it’s the kind of characteristically oddball, off-the-wall experimentation that I’ve come to expect from OEC. Lots of funk from the barrel and, I’m assuming, from the abuse that the yeast went through over the 12 months of wacky fermentation. Interesting to try.

3.8
djd07 (15704) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a hazy copper with no head. The aroma is oak, grape, earth, funk. Thin mouth, vinous, oak, vinegar, very sour, really good.

3.8
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Bruin pour with tan head. Fruit, wine, oak, herbal and yeast aromas. Flavors are yeast and fruit forward, light herbal and sweetness.

3.9
jtclockwork (17467) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle - pours brown - nose and taste of red wine, oak, dark fruit, toffee - medium body

3.7
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2016
sample at brewery, vinegar funk, tart, some caramel sweetness. Brett is moderate in intensity as well. Interesting and complex, the MO of OEC.

3.7
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2016 Bottle shared by Blisscent on 2/20/16.
Lightly mucky, drab olivine-tinged dark amber liquid has a beige head that immediately fizzles.
Cherries, plums, light wood and grapeskin in the nose quickly transition to souring agents. The malt is certainly there so it’s not hard to claim BdG, but add the wine barrel, heavy fruitiness and tartness and you’re definitely approaching sour/wild ale. Which is fine, who cares what it’s called. Well developed, unique and interesting aromas gain some toffee, currant and vanilla character with warming but no alcohol or flaw is apparent.
Wacky flavor. Like a low gravity eisbock blended with a barrel-aged wild amber ale. Light raisin and caramel malt quickly dry out and there’s earth, oak, vanilla and tons of phenolic and acetic character. Another crazy experimental beer from the masters of crazy experimental beer. Moderately successful but I can’t help wondering if a bit more malt and less phenolic/sour character would help here.

3.3
AirForceHops (7913) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from blisscent. Thanks Nelson! Dirt muddy water, no head. Aroma is herbal sour and earthy all at the same.


Flavor is off the wall. Sour grapes, herbal notes and funky ass yeast. Very strange. Different but odd. Herbal finish.

2.8
Chalumeaux (1762) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Blisscent dirty red brown pour with a thin head. Aromas of funk sour grape and oak. Taste is tannic sour funk and grape. Not my favorite.

3.8
WillRunForBeer (2783) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
750mL bottle shared by Blisscent. Thanks, Nelson. Bottled 12/16/2015. Pours medium red brown, no head. Aroma is mild funk, raspberry. Flavor is quite tart, raspberry, oak.


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