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Five - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 180
Gots: 222 | FT: 4
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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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a cola color, with a thin, fizzy tan colored head. This seriously looks like a glass of Pepsi.

S: Lightly toasty. An oaky presence, with a faint sour aroma (wine?) with a subtle underlying sweetness. Consider me stumped.

T: Tart and lightly acidic up front, which only seems to intensify as it warms. I'm absolutely clueless here. Is it a sour brown? Nothing seems to be standing out. Probably wine barreled, but sour is all I'm tasting.

M: Surprisingly light in body. Good amount of carbonation, but not overly done. No alcohol detectable at all.

O: I'm really perplexed at what this is. I'm guessing a sour brown, probably wine barrels, but I'm still left wondering. It's certainly sour, but not in a vinegary way. It does strike me as slightly one dimensional. It's tasty, but just doesn't seem to have a ton going on.

brydeen, Jul 14, 2013
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Photo of jeonseh
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at DLD.

A - Dark, hazy brown with good carbonation .

S - Sour brown ale with tart cherries, lactic acid, slight vinegar and a funky blue cheese presence

T - Tart cherry up front with lactic acid that gives it a nice tartness and bite. Good blue cheese funk that comes on the back end and lingers on in the finish

M - Good carbonation with a slight creaminess to it. Light astringency on the backend from the tartness

O - Solid sour with a good balance between tart cherries, lactic acid, and a nice funky presence

jeonseh, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

randylangford, Jun 14, 2013
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4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Getting amped up for my 32 can surly delivery from France44 next week, I felt this brew would be a great kick off. I love Surly and I'm kind of glad that its tough to get Surly brews. I would go through cases of the stuff! So on this this cold and wet spring, its time to get Surly!

A- five pours a look of the darkest ruby color you can imagine. A massive head of tan foam with red tints blasts to the top of my Hill Farmstead wine glass. Even in the darkness, shades of red ruby show through, as well as spotty floaties of sediment. No lacing on the edges, but plenty of character with the appearance

S- delicious sweet red wine, Brett, barnyard funk, darkened... But ripe black cherries, tasty apples, and hearty malt. This may be off the chart enhanced due to cellar time. I have never sampled a scent of such a dark, yet flavorful American wild ale. The Brett has slept nicely in this bottle. What a balanced scent profile!

T- massive funky tart flavors are almost "candy coated" with a red wine shell. Cherry and apple flavors are almost chewy and in harmony with the aforementioned taste. I am confident that cell wrong this not only mellowed it out, but also brought out some great qualities of balance and enhanced flavor. Tart and tasty. I have had some poor examples of red wine barrel brews, and this not one of them at all

M- good carbonation and slashing flavors all over the mouth. This is very tasty

O- best American wild ale that bundles red wine barrels and darkened ale properties. What ever has happened in this bottle is amazing. The tart fruit flavors mesh perfectly with the funkiness of a wild ale. What character and enhancement of the Brett and red wine barrels. I wish I could find this again!!!

lovindahops, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

A - Dark brown, minimal 1/2 finger head that fades fast

S - Cherries, flanders red aroma, oak and oranges.

T - Very oaky, slightly sweet, hint of funk and a nice tart finish. Cherries are throughout but not getting the "wine barrel" aspect noted on the label , it tastes like a " soft/light version " of a good rodenbach grand cru "

M - Light body, dry and sweet with light carbonation

O - Decent beer but not something I’d seek out.

beerpirates, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Five from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.