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Pentagram - Surly Brewing Company

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 194
Gots: 195 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-19-2013)
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Reviews by portia99:
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

750ml black waxed bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a dark and somewhat muddy brown in the glass with a short lived foamy cap of off white head the leaves behind a thick collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy, a touch of nuts, dark fruits, cherries, red wine-like tannic/tart, hint of caramel, low funk with a bit of mustiness, lactic with a mix of acetic/vinegar also.

T - Earthy in the flavor as well, yeasty, woody oak, leather, tobacco, slightly medicinal bitterness, cherries, red wine, acidic - acetic vinegar, medium level tartness, extremely minimal funk that takes on the earthy character - little to no barnyard from the brett. Fermented out very dry, almost no residual sweetness left.

M - Thinnish medium body with ample carbonation that is bubbly and tingly. Plenty of wine character with the tannic, solid cherry and oaky flavors taking front and center. Funk is well contained...actually a bit too clean for my tastes in a wild ale.

O - Good wild ale overall...nice integration of the wine barrel. The barrel ends up dominating the base beer giving lots of earthy and woody flavors and heavily influences the overall with a big red wine character. Sourness/tartness is held in check a bit - a nice mid-level intensity almost on par with a Flanders Red - which this beer resembles in flavor. Tannic, fruity, reasonably dry overall. Nice beer.

09-19-2013 23:16:21 | More by portia99
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at the brewery.

A-Served with a weak ringing of light tan head. Color is brown with reddish hue.

S-Compared to Five, Pentagram has a weaker overall aroma, less boozy with a stronger grainy malt presence with a little bit of sourness and a mild amount of Brett funk.

T-Also subdued compared to Five. Low levels of sourness-lactic-like, a bit of funk with a prominent malt quality. Fairly quick finish.

M Moderate-high carbonation with atingly finish. Medium body. No alcohol burn. Smooth and easy to drink for this type of beer.

O-Not my favorite style. Nothing over the top with this beer. A nice change of pace beer. Milder overall compared to Five.

09-13-2013 02:17:23 | More by deebo
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3.74/5  rDev -10.1%

This ale came on tap in a 10oz pour. It looked opaque, brown and murky with a creamy rim. At first smell, this ale seemed potent; definitely smelled like a sour beer with an aroma of fruity cherry, a slight oakiness and certainly tart. The flavors were very brief, but VERY tart with cherry. No lingering flavors or tastes present. Juxtaposition of blended tartness; becomes smoother after the initial shock of that first taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

09-04-2013 03:33:28 | More by NilocRellim
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Murky, somewhat thick, dark brown. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Thin ring of brown bubbles. Oily sheen left down the glass.

Aroma of vinegar, red wine and lots of oak, and some stinging sour character.

Lots of red wine, oak, and sour character combine nicely, with a hint of a vinegar note, though it works well enough. Straightforward, bold, powerful flavors that come together nicely.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

I wish it had a bit more bubbles, but overall this was quite nice and very flavorful. I think this is easily my favorite sour beer yet from Surly!

04-21-2013 16:45:40 | More by ehammond1
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4.46/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish amber with a hint of ruby. Lots of bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. Solid two fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fade into a thin patch. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell: A big aroma of tart and sour fruit along with dark malts. Big hints of red wine grapes and cherries upfront. The tartness, sourness, and sweetness is strong but not overwhelming. Good hints of oak, wood, tobacco, Brett funk, and leather. Dark malts with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, yeast, and biscuit. Hints of prune, raisin, and fig as well. A really solid complex aroma that has a good balance of fruit and barrel aromas.

Taste: Follows the nose quite nicely with a solid combination of barrel and malt flavors. Sour and tart taste of red wine grapes and cherries. Good notes of Brett barnyard funk, oak, wood, leather, and tobacco. Sweet dark malts with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some good undertones of dark fruit with notes of prune, plum, raisin, and fig. The flavors blend together well and the sourness and tartness are not overwhelming. A really solid Wild ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Goes down very smooth with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good take on a American Wild ale. Lively and well balanced wine barrel and malt flavors. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.