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Five - Surly Brewing Company

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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 179
Gots: 220 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In the Surly brewhouse, brewing our Anniversary beers mean one thing: forget what ya know and try something different. In honor of FIVE glorious years we bring you a 100% Brettanomyces fermented dark ale aged in red wine barrels. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic "brett" barnyard funk balanced by dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

(Beer added by: sarro on 08-23-2011)
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younger35

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran over to Cafe 28 to sample this delight since I couldn’t get any freaking bottles. Drank from a Darkness Snifter.

Appearance- Pours pretty damn dark with literally no touch of light escaping the edges. A big one finger light tan head bubbles away quickly leaving a thin ringed collar and no cap or lacing.
Smell- Lightly musty and mushroom like - think sort of wet basement. Maybe a touch of tartness in the nose that's red wine vinegar like but it’s very light and not noticeable once it warms slightly. Surprising no real roast is detectable in the nose. Very light vanilla note from the barrel but it’s not overpowering like some of these can get from the wood. Just all around funky and earthy.
Taste- Starts with a light acidic tartness upfront that is about the perfect level of sour I could ask for. I'm assuming this will pucker up more the longer it sits and will become very La Folie like. There isn't much in the level of roast in the brew but there is just the lightest touch of coffee. It’s very subtle but there. The wine barrel adds a bit of that light fruitiness that I'm picking up. It’s almost raspberry like as it mixes with the light oak woodiness. The teeniest of touches of vanilla in the finish as the sour really seems to cut out quickly.
Mouthfeel- The carbonation is very very light as is the body of the beer. Not watery but needs a touch mote heft.
Drinkability- Very enjoyable and insanely quaffable. So easy drinking and the level of sour really adds to the drinkability. It’s got that perfect Rodenbach sour level going. Enjoyed it very much!

EDIT: As Mr. Hilarious Wax Joke below notes, I'm surprised by some of the reviews as well. I didn't get a bad smell at all. Not sure if there is a difference in the bottles to draft but I thought this was a nice, easy drinking sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 19:33:35 | More by younger35
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Five from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.