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Pentagram - Surly Brewing Company

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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 878
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 31.49%
Wants: 225
Gots: 312 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
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 TheGenesisOfElegance
4.66/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.66/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from jcwattsrugger, huge thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly cloudy medium brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of tart cherries and lemon with a bit of brown sugar and chocolate at the edges. The flavor is light lactic tart with a healthy dose of funk but still has a bit of residual malty sweetness left to it. The darker malts lend to a slightly chalky mouthfeel, medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. Decent wild ale but nothing horribly exciting.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage.

Appearance: Very dark plum body with a thin layer of off-white foam.

Aroma: That vinegar punch that comes with a good sour.

Taste: Very smooth and on the lower end of the sour spectrum, some of which could do with its age. Pentagram starts with a bright, almost sweet, dark fruit flavor that slowly turns deeper. The sour Brett yeast creeps in near the finish, just potent enough to make you pucker for a moment before it turns into a rich near-ripe cherry flavor. The red wine barrel aging has definitely smoothed the flavor and lent a complexity to the finish and aftertaste that makes for a great drinking experience. Much lower alcohol content than I expected at 6.6% ABV but just goes to show how flavorful a beer can be.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body, which is typical for the style in my experience. Aggressive but somewhat sparse carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Was it worth the year long wait in the fridge? I guess it met my expectations. Sour lovers should check it out but don't splurge if its not one of your favorite styles. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sender1, KWMiles, and Minnesotaryan for the box containing this gem.

Appearance: Pours medium brown and settles to a darker brown In the glass. Small light brown head drops to a few hints with a small loose collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slightly tart with a big push of dark fruit. Reserved vinous element with dark cherry and plum. A touch of roasted malt adds a layer of sweetness. Brett abounds giving a slight funky element coupled with the usual Brett influences. Some minor spice. Pushes acetic with a vinegar aroma. A touch of dark malt adds some clean maltiness.

Taste: Brett hits harder than the nose. Deeply funky with earth, damp hay, and some grass. Cherry skin, vinegar, a touch of citric acid, and general funkiness. A sold blend of sweet and tart. Mild push of darker roasted malts add some general cooked malt sweetness. Surprisingly light for a Surly beer, but it carries their typical clean malt. A touch of red wine and oak to round the whole thing out. Nicely earthy.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate to light carbonation. Clean and slightly crisp.

Overall: 5 points 5 stars?

A nice mellow "sour" stout. Nice balance of malt sweetness with brett and wine barrel. Mellow for Surly and it's ok by me.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a nice amount of head, retains some nice wisps of a cap, leaves some nice specs of lacing

Smell: Dark malts and Brett funk - manages to have both dark and sour funk aromas, without smelling like a hot mess - amber and caramel malts - lightly toasty and roasty - some nice tart, sour, and funky notes, with some distinctive Brett weirdness - dark fruit, like dark cherry skins, and some red wine

Taste: Follows the aroma with some nice dark and sour notes, without going over the top - some nice caramel, amber, and lightly roasted malts - touch of dark, lightly burnt malts as well - nicely funky, with some Brett - tart, sour, and general barnyard funk - some nice dark notes, with berries and cherries - some nice wood and white wine - very flavorful with minimal booze

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Summon demons, slay demons, drink this beer, repeat

Sour stouts/sour "dark beers" are quite the challenge. I'm not particularly surprised that Surly was up to the challenge. This is very tasty. It balances the dark notes with the sour notes in a nice way. It's kind of like a dark Flanders Red. That's totally a style, right?

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Photo of dirtylou
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, brouwers

Excited for the opportunity to consume surly wilds down the street from my home - pentagram comes with a high billing...

Dark, wine barrel, a bit flat, not extremely tart, some vinegar, trace cherry. This is extremely underwhelming and an average wild ale at best. I thought I recalled trying this at a festival and being less than enthused but the high ratings convinced me otherwise.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surly Pentagram Flanders Red Ale, I mean, American wild ale, 6.66% ABV (naturally) was first released in kegs and bottles in February of this year. My earlier posting on a Beer called Pentagram was the unblended version from 2 years earlier. I bought a few bottles and opened one up finally last night. Here are the notes I took:

Surly Pentagram, bottle, aged, what? 10 months, nine? Not sure. I wrote about a beer with this name when we tapped it in 2011, as part of the Surly 5th anniversary celebration, when it was one of the threads that would later become Surly Five. IS this the same beer, or a new one? Whatever it is, it's called Pentagram.
I bought a bunch of these when it was released in, again I ask, what? January, February? I forgot. But I haven't opened one since. Until tonight…

Deep magenta hue, with ruby-tinged highlights. Small brown-tinted head rests above.

Aroma is flush with wine-like flavors, which are swiftly subsumed with sour. Each new sniff (shout out to D L-H), the flavors widen, deepen, grow in complexity.
Deep malt, chocolate tones emerge just to be cover by the wine barrel's work. Just plain ol' gorgeous. I could drink it in deep all night long.

Now, to taste: Ah! Starts out bright, fresh, vibrant, bursting with bold flavors. Sourness isn't overbearing and is exquisitely balanced. Lush, juicy dark fruit flavors continue on the palate, some oaky/woody-ness, a bit of caramel malt, but mostly the sour cherry. All together it's a lot of mmmm, and a good dose of ahhhh.

Let's read the label, shall we? "Beware! 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 used 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."

What it is, is rather remarkable and definitely delicious. I have two more bottles that I intend to age even longer. What will it be like at one and a half years? Two? But right now I can't wish for anything better.

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Photo of TCMike
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, it produced a one finger, cream colored head. Beer color is a deep brown, bordering on black.

The aroma is of leather, sour, dark cherries/grapes.

The taste is similar. Medium mouth-feel, and a medium carbonation, with some effervescence.

This is a very good sour!!

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Photo of thebigredone
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this.

The beer looks good in a glass and smells good.

However, when we get to the taste, this beer is lacking. Nice sour cherry flavor, but then nothing. Maybe a little bit of oak? Don't get any Brett funkiness at all.

Combine the one dimensional taste with a thin mouthfeel, and this beer becomes a pass. I had high hopes, but really thought this was mediocre at best. Especially at the higher price point.

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Photo of portia99
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brown-red, good head.

Smell: Funk, tart, vinegar, red wine.

Taste: Dry tart cherries, woody/tannic flavor, red wine, bit of sourness.

Overall: Pentagram and Five are very similar beers. Pretty good but not one of my favorite styles or flavor profiles. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger rich, cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany-purple. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Average. Nice color though.

Nose is heavy on the Brett funk. Notes of hay, oak, band-aid and must. Some light grape character lends layers of sweetness and tartness. Light, spritzy and moderately aromatic but pretty appetizing.

Opens big Brett notes. Hay, barnyard, and wet wood funk. Light grape notes lend a touch of tartness and fruit character. Just the right amount of sour. Middle to end is more Brett and cobwebs with an accented sparkling water tartness. Ends lightly fruity. Aftertaste is dry with some sour dark fruit character. I love this!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling and bubbly. Finish is accented with a tart, dry, puckering aftertaste. Excellent! I didn't expect this one to be so light and drinkable!

I'm usually not a huge fan of dark sours but this is really an excellent offering. I think the secret here is that the beer is very light bodied, playful and doesn't punch you in the face with alcohol. Its a light sour disguised as its darker cousin. Evil indeed!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark brown pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. as soon as the cap popped off, you get a mix of apple/cherry aromas, wine barrels, lots of barnyard funk. a closer inspection (once poured) and you get a nice hint of subtle roastiness/chocolaty scents. an initial sour kick, followed by a subtle roasted grain flavor, then immediately a wine barrel - pinot noir? - tastes of chocolate, tobacco, green apples.. very funky, very amazingly delicious. the longer you sip, the more it starts tasting like a flanders ale.
medium in body with a higher than usual carbonation for a stout, perfect for a wild ale.

this is a fantastic drinking experience. can't say i've ever had a stout like this, and can't say i'd call this a stout. it's a great wild/sour beer - more leaning towards wine barrel flavors and barnyard than it is sourness... has a nice amount of apple-tart qualities. i know this bottle's a bit expensive, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap and great label art/theme acquired from my sister and served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I loved Surly Five. I love the unique etching on the black wax; I've never seen a brewery etch symbols into the bottle wax before. Presentation is awesome as a result and fits the theme of the beer.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of nice khaki colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice supple retention - about 3-4 minutes. Soft complexion.

Body colour is a very dark ruby-brown. Opaque but not solid. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style; rich and decandent. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Acetic, with some guiding undertones of oak. Obvious sourness - more lactobacillus than anything else; I struggle to find any funky bretts. Cherry and currants/berries. Acidic. Grapeskin. I guess I get the red wine notes. Light caramalts. Some tart fruit. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. The sourness is clean and clinical, but inviting; I definitely don't suspect lambic yeast or bacteria was used - no true spontaneous fermentation here.

T: Acetic. Caramalts. Nice guiding cohesive sourness. Gestalt great balance. Acidic. Light tart fruit. Lacto yeast is dominant. Cherries and currants. Grapeskin. Hints of red wine. Barrel notes are restrained; I get some generic woody notes but not any evocative oak. A biteen reticient, but it's got good depth of flavour nonetheless. I don't get any funkiness or bretts; I'm a bit surprised. But the lacto is better anyway. It's a good build for a sour. Average flavour duration and intensity. A well balanced brew that could use some more complexity. Has nice subtlety, though.

No alcohol comes through. Constructively, the third act is a bit empty compared to first two.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body and thickness. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Acidic. Good presence on the palate. Quite approachable - especially for a sour. Acetic.

Dr: I remember liking Five a bit better, but this is definitely a great sour. I'll have little trouble killing the bottle in short order. Recommended, but perhaps not amongst the very best in the style. A good sour from Surly, if a bit too clinical and clean for a style that demands spontaneous fermentation and a lack of control. I'd happily get it again at its market price. Reminds me of Rodenbach - which is always a good thing.

High B

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small khaki head that settles to a pencil thin collar.

Smell - Buckets of wine. Caramel malts. Some acidity. Oak and vanilla.

Taste - Sour up front. Musty wine flavors, very grapey. Sweet and sour at the same time. Finishes with more wine and a sour kick.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and kinda light. Too light, really.

Overall - Too much wine and a little monotonous, but a decent sour.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- dark red-brown body, half finger white head with fine retention, no lacing.

S- oak, a bit of funky hay, sweet red table grapes. Not complex but certainly pleasing.

F- mild vinous character, funky musty hay, oak barrel. Semi-complex but missing something compared to the likes of Saint Lamvinus for instance. Could use either more funk or more red wine character.

M- medium body, smooth and dry. Good carbonation. Vinous finish.

O- nice red wine sour; not complex but has more character than most American wild ales do.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this gem in a trade. Really glad I was able to come across this beer that has stayed on the down low in terms of hype.

Pours to a gorgeous dark cherry black body that is oh so sinful in itself. A strong pour achieves nearly an inch and a half of nougat brown head. Retention is short and there is little to no lace left behind.

Nose is absolutely inviting and mouthwatering. Funky and tart up front with bursting berries and lots of dark fruit. Powdery sweet and sour thing going on almost like pixie sticks. Really great nose. Spot on perfect for the style.

Now on to the flavor. I must admit that after the anticipation built by the nose that it is a slight letdown, not bad just not as good as the nose promised. First sip is initially tart quickly yielding to vinegar like feel. On the back of the tongue it turns brutally dry and has a hint of black strap molasses. Really dry on the mouthfeel.

This is a really unique brew and is bound to make fans of sour lovers. There is a lot going on in terms of the palate. Super solid over all and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very murky and dark brown (a dark red hue is apparent around the edges with backlighting) with a faint skim of dark tan head that quickly recedes. Somewhat foreboding in appearance, which fits the bill.
S: Sour brett, tart cherries, vanilla, tobacco, sweet milk chocolate, and some dark dried fruit (e.g. raisins).
T: Wow...quite sour up front. More so than the aroma suggested...nice surprise! Sweet and tart cherries, mild brett (the barnyard funk is nicely subdued here...allowing the other taste notes to shine), and in the background linger vanilla, oak, and a vinous note.
M: Light-medium body. Sour with tart and sweet notes. Fairly smooth and straightforward feel. Gotta love the ABV.
D: A very well thought out and crafted brew. Packs a strong punch (taste-wise) for such a light-weight (ABV-wise). Extremely sessionable...dangerously so. Seek it out and enjoy!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle from laymansbeerfan (thanks!); part of my contribution to our epic tasting this weekend. Served into my Stone chalice.

A: Clear dark brown/mahogany with a fair amount of head.

S: Big sour cherry - surprised that it that big honestly; I expected Brett funk and not too much sourness. Oak and lemon, funky tartness, some malt backbone of the dark beer makes itself known...touch of apple cider vinegar and a nice underlying hint of red wine.

T: Follows the nose, with a really nice amount of cherry tartness that hits your palate...lots of lemon and some apple cider vinegar. Oak and malt smoothness take over in the middle of the mouth with tart/fruity vinous notes, and carry the beer to a dry, tart finish.

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A good sour that really surprised everyone at the tasting. Surly did a good job with this; definitely more sour than funky or barnyard-y. If I loved sours, I would have scored this one even higher...still, tons of respect here; this is a really good beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2013
The Lost Abbey

A: Pours a deep brownish red color. Dirty flanders looking brew. Layer of light tan. About a half finger. High carbonated.

S: Tart cherry. Tobacco. Vanilla. Oak. Funk. Smells good for American sour.

T: Very nice American sour. Getting all that I smelled. Up front, that tart cherry pie filling. Some light tobacco. Touches of vanilla seem to come in there as well. Definitely some tannic oak dryness. Especially on the close.

M: Medium bodied.

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.