New Belgium Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary Ale

Formerly brewed at New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, Colorado USA
7% Sour/Wild Ale | 94 Ratings |
This year is the Twisted Spoke’s 15th anniversary year and Lauren really wanted to help them celebrate. So Mitch came down to NBB HQ and started talking about a blend. Lauren set a bunch of beer in front of him and he started to mix, and what he came up with was this: Some sour beer from a couple of our Foudres (big oak barrels), and some sour beer that we had aging in an apple whiskey barrel (the fine folks over at Leopold Bro’s down in Denver gave us a few barrels to do some experimentation with, and it’s working), then he threw in some Transatlantique Kriek that Lauren had laying about, put in a little Abbey, and topped it off with some Trippel. And there you have Twisted Spoke’s 15th Anniversary Ale. The blend seems wild, but holy smokes does it taste good. “65% Ale aged in a wood barrel, 14% ale with cherries added and ale, 21% ale brewed with Coriander and 100% Aged in apple flavored whiskey barrels.”

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

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Hops
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