Brett Liquor - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 64
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian style Imperial IPA fermented with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Styrian Goldings.
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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a generic tulip glass at the Republic bar in Minneapolis (just across from the Town Hall Brewery). Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving 2012.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, but average retention (~2 minutes). Body colour is an orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bretts, bread, cream, and amber malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Bretts yeast, grains, vague bright fruit, pale & biscuit malts, floral hops, and a bit of cream. Well built and balanced. I like it. It's quite flavorful and complex.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Carbonation and thickness are good and suit the style.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style. I'd get it again. Surprisingly complex for a brett yeast beer of this type.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Here's a new one from Surly, draft only, recently released at Darkness Day, with extra kegs finding their way to bars. Like the one I run. So, I'm sitting down with this enticing brew, takin' notes. First off, the real quick skinny on "Brettliquor". "Belgian style Imperial IPA fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with Styrian Goldings. 8.3% ABV." That's how they put it, that's how it is.

Let's leap in and look at it. Clear, golden, apricottish appearance, large, looming, well-kept head, whitecaps sit prettily atop for quite some time, leaving abundant attractive lacing.

Aroma: sour, funk, and fruit. I recall that in a sales sheet, Surly calls this a "fruit bomb." I hate that term, any which way it's applied, but it's all up in the nose, that's for sure. Brimming with wild Belgian character, a little sweet, a little bitter, and a whole lot funked up. Love it. So unique, so unusual, so inviting.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits up front, followed by hop bitterness, ending dryly. Second sip in, it's very clear we've got a highly hopped-up Imperial IPA of some sort, but the Belgian quality never leaves your mind or your senses. It's a brilliant combination, with a flavor unheard of, reminding me at times of other Belgian IPAs, particularly American-brewed versions, like Flying Dog Raging Bitch or Harriet's West Side. But there's something quite extra at play here, and it's utterly delicious. Fruit continues in the taste, always matched with bitterness, and accompanied by that funkification.

Here's more information from Surly:

Style: Belgian Imperial Brett IPA. (You know, one of those!)
Malt: 2 Row, Aromatic, Crystal
Hops: Styrian Goldings, Chinook, Simcoe
Yeast: Brettanomyces
OG: 17.2% Plato
ABV: 8.3%
Color: 11 SRM.
IBU: 70

This has incredible balance, among such disparate components, and is ridiculously consumable, despite the high alcohol content. Taste-wise, it's genius, and it's definitely one of my favorite Surly beers ever, if not one of the best beers I've ever had. Really. When you get right down to it.

I remember liking this at Darkness Day, in a plastic cup, outside, among a noisy crowd on a cold day.

Right now, I'm practically in love with it. (2,204 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Darkness Day. Appearance is a light yellowish orange with a slight haze. Pillowy head with heavy lacing. Aroma features delicate brett up front which provides a complex spice profile with fruity hops coming next. Notes of tangerine and pineapple weave with a restrained bit of funk. Taste starts with piney hops. The bitterness is offset by spice and citrus. Finish is complex as the Belgian components are nicely balance with the assertive hop profile. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with moderate to high carbonation. I never thought brett could work in an IPA, but unsurprisingly, Surly made it happen. (626 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Surly's Darkness Day at the brewery. First time this is available. Served in a 8 oz. clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Color is a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. A solid three fingers of white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with subtle Belgian elements. Big smell of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Some Belgian yeast with a bit of funk, Brett, and hints of cherry wine. A little bit of earthy pine. Some bready malts in the background with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit.

Taste: A good sharply bitter taste with a little Belgian kick. Upfront is a strong taste of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple along with some earthy hops and pine resin. Subtle Belgian yeast along with some Brett. Some sweet cherry wine like flavor underneath the hops. Also some bready malts with notes of caramel, biscuit, and toffee. A pretty solid hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Has a fairly juicy bitter feel that has a drying finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA from Surly. The Brett and Belgian elements add some interesting undertones. (1,322 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.23/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Republic 12oz pour

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow color with thick 1.5 finger head with loads of lacing

S-notes of melon and pineapple with citrus and lemonpeel musty earthy brett

T- subtle but very tasty tropical hops fill the mouth mixed with a musty haylike taste earthy notes of grass and lemon combine for a superb BIPA

M- medium carbonation with a slight dry and slight spice body

O- delicious tropical hops and brett mixture (446 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Darkness Day 2012.

Hazy orange with a foamy white head, with very good retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit, orange, pineapple, pine, and Brett.

Tastes is much like the aroma with grapefruit, orange, pineapple, pine, and Brett. I love the combination of bitterness, with some funk from the Brett.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. I just loved this beer. It was a true highlight of Darkness Day for me. (467 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at new Republic bar in Uptown in a tulip then a second one in a pint glass.

This brew has an off white head that laces beautifully, after breaking down a quick swirl quickly brings it back to life. Color is an attractive copper with orange highlights. Cloudy.

Aroma has a lot going on. Bready malt, plenty of hops (citrus, earthy, spicy, very aromatic), On top of this estery yeast is also very noticeable and works well here. Just a hint of funk from Brettomyces but it takes a very definite back seat to all the other aromas. Fantastic.

Upfront the taste is bright estery yeast with clean pale and bready malt with plenty of hop bite yet is clean and crisp with minimal lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice juicy hop bite with good body.

Overall this is a very interesting brew that feels like a meshing of many styles and unlike many brews that have tried to do this it totally works. Delicious, made me have to hang around for extra pints because this is such a complex tasty beer. (1,024 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with good head, good retention and good lacing. Aroma is phenolic, minty and slightly funky. Very sweet with only a moderate hop character; but the sweetness is not monolithic. However, I am not the biggest fan of brett-ing it: makes the beer smell like armpits if you ask me.

Even so, it's a well made Belgian IPA but lacks the crispness of Belgian ales in general. Interesting beer but not my cup of tea.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5 (443 characters)

Brett Liquor from Surly Brewing Company
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