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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Inspired by the great Prize Old Ale once brewed by Gales in England, this beer is deeply malty and full of ripe fruit, leather, wine and oak flavors. The Billy is partially barrel aged with brettanomyces yeast, lending a distinct twang and developing unique aromas over time. Bottled still and best served at about 55F to be finished at room temperature. Cellar for up to five years.

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3.7
jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
2017-07-04. Lightly hazy dark brown body, foamy tan head fades. 3+ Aroma has earthy musty funk quality. Light fruit. Flavour is lightly sour, earthy funk. Light vinous quality. 7+ Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ 7/3/7-8/3/16 Bottle from Willow Park or Trackside Liquors (I can’t remember which), AB.

3.7
luttonm (6484) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. 2016, lists 8% abv. Thick brown foam dissipates to a ring. Malty, thick red-brown body. Thick fruit and leather nose, with a sweet-sour streak. Sip is interestingly malty with a strong Brett presence. Moderately sour. Certainly in the category of sour strong dark beers, but not quite venturing into sour stout territory on my sliding scale of horror. Full, well developed body. Some leathery malts, wine grapes and light tannin, cellared wood mustiness. This is well done, but not a style that I’m screaming out for.

4.1
tricksta_p (4763) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle, 2016 vintage, from Upright, Portland. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, Bretty barnyard funk, overripe fruits, vinous, tart berries, wood, raisins, with notes of red wine. Flavour is tart and medium sour with a dry finish. Body is medium. Nice and fairly complex oaky Bretty Old Ale, good tart sour flavour.

4
MetalNHopHead (2018) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 27, 2017
While the American brewing landscape tends to treat Old Ales a bit like Stouts - making them hugely malty and sometimes putting them in whiskey barrels - Upright goes back to the English tradition and treats the style a bit more like wine. They do take the liberty of adding Brett, but the old-world goal of making Old Ale both sweet and sour is captured here. Brown coloring. There’s sugary malt, caramel, vinous (almost musty) fruit, oak, and barnyard Brett. I got the impression that this should have been served much warmer than it was at the fest I tried it at, and a bit of age would have helped, too. Still, it’s not often you get to taste a style that - like many things in craft beer - doesn’t feel overtly Americanized.

3.5
reebtogi (6315) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2017
750ml capped bottle pours a murky brown color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is red wine with some dark fruits and yeasty notes. Taste is a dark fruity and malty sweetness with a lemon tartness finishing with a red wine dryness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a respectable brew that is tasty and worth tasting. Recommended.

0.9
HuskerTan (2212) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle/Fest. A- Caramel, sour. A- Brown color, murky liquid, no head. T- Sewer water, sour, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, unbalanced finish. O- What is this.....it’s baaaad. I expected something along the lines of a nice scotch ale but the Brett in here made this really twangy and sour. Tasted like dirty dish water with a squirt of lemon juice. Billy must be a goat and the mountain must be his pile of crap. This was bad.

4.1
ads135 (4727) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
A very good old ale. Dark and rich. Thick dark fruit, some raisin and brown sugar. Lightly sour.

4.3
dwyerpg (6228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2016
This is good. A little sweet at times, a little sour. A nice finish that isn’t too much of either. Tasty beer.

3.8
beerplace (1737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Pours a hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma is fermented fruits, sour and sweet. Taste is pretty the same, very smooth. Good stuff.

4
bhensonb (15351) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2016
Capped 750 from Corti Brothers. Pours very hazy brown with some beige/tan smear. Aroma of very old leather/wood with some slight Brett notes. Med ++ body. Flavor is old wood/leather with some medium dark fruit and definite Brett notes. Missing is the oxidation currently found in bottles of Prize Old Ale, but one cannot have everything. This is pretty good stuff. I should have bought one to age for 20 years!!!


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