Pentagram - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 834
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 300 | FT: 38
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-19-2013

This Arcane Seal guards an enigmatic brew that is FUNKY, DARK, and SOUR. If you choose to break the seal, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

100% Brettanomyces Dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in red wine barrels. "Brett" is a unique yeast strain that produces flavors that would be considered offensive if they were not intentional. 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.
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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage served cold in a taster glass.

Appearance: thin, blackish brown and ominous. Murky in the glass with a light brown head.

Nose and Taste: medicinal, sour cherries, raspberry, bitter, very complex and funky with a spicy finish. Tanic acid, chocolate in the finish. Very drying mouthfeel that leaves you salavating and puckering.

Wow. Didn't see this one coming. Super complex and weird. Not like any other Brett beer I've had. It could be the 100% Brett Fermentation. I really need more of this in my life to cellar. A nice combination of the classic barnyard funky Brett and a spicy and complex one. $20 a bottle is steep but so worth it. This store had a 1 bottle limit; I can see why. (703 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is cherries, lactic/milk and sour/fruit. The flavor is cherries/berries, fruit, mild sweetness/lactic acid and a tart/sour/slightly funky finish. (151 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark reddish brown body with about a finger of frothy khaki cream colored head that stays for a while. Some okay scattered strands of fat lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma begins with a sour / tart fruitiness, sour cherry, notes of vanilla, and oak wood. Very complex and layered stuff.

T - A beautiful blend of sour tart fruits, and barrel flavors. Vanilla.

M - Sour and tart, dangerously drinkable stuff. Medium-bodied with excellent carb.

Overall, a wonderful sour from Surly. Not sure this is one I would like to age, but I would surely have it again if it was more available!

Surly Pentagram -----4.5/5 (702 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Pours a dark fermented plum color with a smoky orange undertone. A creamy white head dissipates with little lacing.

S: Green apple, cherry, red grapes, slight hints of pomegranate, slightly yeasty, oak, overall quite tart.

T: Wow there is a lot going on in this brew. Green apple, cherry, red grapes, rhubarb, pomegranate, cranberry, grapefruit, oak, tobacco, and a undistinguishable tarty funk.

M: Light to mid-bodied, highly carbonated, crisp almost champagne like finish.

O: A truly unique and funky brew. This is the best sour I've had to this point. It's a fantastic ale but not for those without an open mind. (677 characters)

Photo of LukeSphoto
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious Brett Sour. I love brett beers and have really come to enjoy sours so this mashup of the two is perfect for me. Obviously the smell is a bit funky as you get the "horseblanket" and "farmhouse funk" from the brett, the taste/mouthfeel are incredible though. Love this beer, personal top 5 list for sure. (323 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgundy with quite a bit of sediment. Rich oak is the most prominent character. Light sugar, tart yeast, hibuscus, tobacco, earth and hints of dry fruit in the finish. Less tart than many other sours, but worth a try if you like oak-forward beers. (253 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a murky brownish red color. It boasts a very small tan head that fades pretty quickly.

This beer has a nice tart aroma. I get some tart cherry aroma and a slight apply as well. Some earthy funk aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. It has a nice tartness, with some pleasant fruity flavors.

This beer is carbonated well and leaves a slightly tart cherry aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is great! I really like a well done sour beer. Thanks so much Sarah for this one! (509 characters)

Photo of joiceed
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a fun beer. Appears like a dark amber. With a very nice head which will continue to lace the glass (or bottle) as you are indulged sip after sip. I drank it on tap, which I feel lucky for. The smell is of crabapple, very pungent pomegranate and even rich coffee. Taste is just as playful. The Brettanomyces present themselves as a wildly bitter component of sourness that one would taste when biting into a grannysmith apple. With that come flavors of cherry, plum, oak, coffee and cranberries. It is a very smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, much like a lager, with the tingling carbonation of a Sprite. Ultimately I would highly recommend this beer to anyone seeking the devilish pleasures of a punky lipsmacker beer that welcomes you to have a glass or two (not more than that though due to the powerful flavor profile!). (826 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. 2013 vintage.

Light fizzy head disappears almost instantly, clear ruby mahogany color.

Nose great sour funk, nice vanilla like barrel thing, little mineral dark malt, little funky cherry, sour lacto creamy bit acidic funk.

Taste brings candy sweet malts, nice sour cherry like fruit, nice sour funk, lacto creamy funk, little acidic, little cocoa, sour brown malts, little metallic thing, toasty caramel. Finish is sticky touch flemmy, touch metallic with sour funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, light carb, little flemmy sour.

Overall nice but seems like there are things missing to really make it amazing, but still pretty good. (667 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with others. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear garnet hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps

S - Aromas of mild funk, nice cherry, mild acidic note.

T - Taste is light vanilla, good funk, Nice cherry, good light chocolate, faint malts, faint booze, very pleasant funk and acid.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was nicely funky and lightly cherry. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle (471 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was Funky, Dark and sour. Just as advertised. Very yummy, with every drink that goes down, the better it gets and then it's gone. I'm needing another one! DEFINITELY recommend for sure. Worth the wait. (209 characters)

Photo of toke737
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my first sours. Looks plumy purple like a Belgian Quad. Smell's funky with some sour or citrus. Tingly on the tongue like it has citric acid in it, tastes sour with a less then expected malt appearance. finishes dry. (223 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This I picked up thanks to a great trader in MN. Thanks man!

Appearance: Brown and red hues, not completely dark with some translucence in the appearance. Lots of fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly once it is allowed to settle in the glass.

Aroma: Tart dark fruits and not much in the form of funk. Interesting aroma for the style. Would remind you of a Belgian quad in a way.

Taste: Tart some bitterness in the notes but dark fruits and sourness, finish is pretty clean not cloying at all.

Overall: Not bad but not the best of the style that I have had. Its just not as complex as i was expecting, nevertheless, its a good beer and worth seeking out if you have the opportunity to do so. (706 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Barry last night.

Pours a dark clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty strongly of sour green apple, with some lemon, caramel, and oak.

This is one of the more unique tasting sours that I've ever had. Really tasty stuff. A good amount of red wine and barrel here, some good oak, with a pretty sour apple fruity component as well. The apple-y-ness of this one makes it very unique.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and tart mouthfeel, along with a higher level of carbonation.

A really nice and unique sour from Surly. (580 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. draft at the Surly brewery

A - Mahogany body with a thin off-white head.

S - Sour cherry, cranberry, oak, and a slight doggy funk.

T - Sour cherry and cranberry are the first flavors to hit the palate. These are immediately followed by oak, grape musk, and tobacco. A slight animal funk, too. The malt is similar to dark sourdough rye. Cherry tartness and oak linger.

M - A medium body with a very dry finish.

O - A wonderful, complex Brett beer that spectacularly balances sour, funk, fruit, wood, and malt flavors. If you go to the brewery, a glass of Pentagram and the smoked mushroom and goat cheese pizza are a diabolical combination. (652 characters)

Photo of timfc
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a 22oz bottle from Milk & More on Diversey in Chicago. Cracked it open and poured into 12oz glass.

The color was a dark red both reflecting the base brew and the wine barrel aging. There was a nice bit of carbonation, but the lace quickly dropped off to just a thin white line.

Aroma: the wine barrels really came through on the nose, lots of grape and oak here with underlying hints of funk.

Body: just enough body to support the flavor.

Flavor + overall: it hits your tongue and then develops for a while. I don't know why people are putting this at 92 overall, while it's not quite supplication or consecration, it's an amazing beer. The balance between the barnyard funk and wine barrel is nearly perfect and well-balanced with the alcohol. I'd drink this every day if I wasn't dropping such a penny on it. (833 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml into Teku.

A - Midnight plum colored with a 2 finger off white head. Thick foam fades into a collar and leaves chunks of lacing on glass.

S - Starts off with aromas of malts and moves into the funkiness. Sour cherry and dark grape notes with some light tobacco.

T - Flavor is less malty and somewhat tart. Not sour, but tart with notes of tart cherry. sour dark grapes. I pick up some wine notes and hints of tobacco.

M - Lighter bodied and well carbonated. Not as dry as the aroma would have you think.

O - This is a nice dark wild ale by Surly. It aged gracefully and I enjoyed drinking it in the middle of winter. (637 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Buddy brought a bottle to a bottle share. Deep ruby color with a very small white head. Smokey lightly peppery huge sour aroma. Good amount cherry flavor. Red wine, slight pepper. Very sour. Interesting and good. (213 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle sent to me as an extra from an overly generous trader. No date on bottle. Thanks!!! Pours dark brown cola color with a one finger, quickly receding khaki colored head. Tart funky Brett aroma, some sour acidity here, light roasted grain, and definite oaky vinous red wine notes. Flavor is oaky berries, cherry, leather, tobacco, very tart, some additional funky barnyard thing, acidic and sour, graham cracker, vinous warmth in the throat. Lighter bodied than I expected, with a super dry finish and low to medium carbonation. This is a pretty good sour brew with nice cherry and tobacco undertones (604 characters)

Photo of indurTheB
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Tasted this not long after tasting a 2014 La Folie. There was more subtle notes in this beer, but there were fairly similar overall. The cherry notes are nice on this beer. Others noted tobacco in the beer as well, but I had just finished a cigar. (252 characters)

Photo of ZombieChan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

I'll admit, the bottle design is what got me to buy the bottle, but I'm glad I did. The sour cherry flavor felt odd at first, but I soon got use to it after the third sip. Overall a good beer, probably something I would pick up for date night. (243 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: A cloudy red hue, reminds me of a dark cherry soda. Good carbonation but the moderate head disappears quickly. No lacing.
S: It even smells of cherry soda mixed with a sour soda like Squirt or, to a lesser extent, 7UP (even though it's lemon lime based). The brett strain is very prominent as well. Also malt and a hint of wine are present.
T: The brett funk comes on strong, but then the sour kicks in, as well as a nice subtle sour cherry wine flavor. All of it is then rounded off with your typical malt chewiness.
M: A very slippery ale with great carbonation and sour soda fizziness.
O: The super unique flavors make this a hard beer to review because of the brett strain. (this is my second brett beer I've had, so I'm still getting used to the style). It wants to be many things all at once but you can still pick out each individual component. It's a highly drinkable beer and is very satisfying. I highly recommend it if you can find it. (949 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pentagram pours a purpleish amber color, with a small lacing head. There is a very sour aroma, lots of wild yeast notes. The taste has some big sour notes, nice dry fruit flavors. Big and huge flavors, good body, nicely carbonated. Overall its a big and powerful sour beer. (273 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brown color that is somewhat cloudy and reminiscent of a dark woody color. Head is light tan fizzy and fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell is awesome semi sweet tart cherry and raspberry aromas are forward in the nose with a great oaky wood presence that blends incredibly with the earthy grape skin aromas that follow.

Taste follows the nose with flavors of tart cherry and raspberries along with some sweet white grape flavors forward. Moderate oaky presence along with a stickier sour flavor and mild vanilla tannins adds a great boldness to the midsection. Some nice toffee and light grain husk flavors are on the exhale along with more oak and fruit.

Mouthfeel is very nicely balanced. Mild sweetness and tartness start before moderate carbonation and a sticky sour balance each other nicely. Slightly dry finish. (834 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep plum in color with one finger of initial foam head that dissipates into a thin lace as it settles.

S: Tart fruit, dark malts, pop rocks, sour cherry.

T: Wow! Smooth, tart push of lightly sour cherry, grape, white wine, Brett funk. Very well balanced and juicy; on the lower end of the sour spectrum.

M: Thin bodied with crisp, light carbonation. Very clean and refreshing.

O: Truthfully, one of the first wild ales that I've thoroughly enjoyed. My only discrepancy is the price, which is a bit more than I feel is fair for this beer, but overall, a very, very solid offering from Surly. (634 characters)

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.