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Winds Of Change Brett Pale Ale - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
83
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
50% hoppy ale primary fermented with Brett Brux, 50% hoppy ale secondary fermented with Brett Brux and aged 6 months in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: Gonzoillini on 01-24-2014)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pours a big, fluffy 2 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent cling. Beer is a slightly cloudy copper. Very nice.

Big Brett presence on the nose. Hints of pineapple, lemon, zest, cane sugar, and Brett cobweb funk. Pretty appetizing.

Opens slightly tart pineapple and lemon zest. Flavors of wood, moss, citrus and cane sugar in the middle. Ends funky and foamy with just the slightest hint of yeasty bitterness. Light and refreshing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and clean. Light finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

A pretty solid beer that's certainly not been given its due. Real drinkable with decent complexity. Worth trying!

SpeedwayJim, Apr 22, 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Nick for this one, quick review from written notes.

It pours a dark saturated orange tone, showing bright clarity with a finger or two of off white foam. Lots of residual suds and lacing in the glass, looks good.

Aroma is pungent with Brett yeast right off the bat, minor wet hay and horseblanket notes, no indication of hops really aside from a nebulous fruitiness.

Taste also combines a fruity pineapple element with the dry farmy Brett character, possibly a couple different strains, I have no idea, but the fruity/tart and dry/funky combination would suggest as much. There is no traditional hop character to be found, and bitterness is minimal. It's lightly tart and fruity up front with a dry and funky residual Brett yeast impression. Body has fortitude, yet it's pretty drinkable. Had a second pour of this, shared 3 ways. Enjoyed this more than Saison Brett which seems more and more one dimensional lately. Recommend aging short term until summer months.

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Hendrick24, Apr 05, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into an O'so tulip.
5.5% ABV

A - Clear golden honey-colored, Winds of Change retains it's loose off-white head nicely, draping plenty of lace on the glass for a beautiful looking beer!

S - Hopped and dry hopped, Winds of Change has a nice citrusy, slightly earthy hop character but the beer, fermented with Brett Brux is decidedly funky. Wild yeast gives the aroma of Winds of Change an animal-like characteristic akin to horse blanket or "goaty" but this barnyard beer doesn't straight smack you in the face.

T - Funky Brett Brux masks the hoppy aroma quite a bit but that overlap is exponentially multiplied in the beer's flavor where it's almost entirely comprised of barnyard funkiness. Citrus undertones manage to escape slightly which work wonderfully with the earthy oak imparted by the beer's time in barrels.

M - A slight tartness washes over the tongue after this fully carbonated, light bodied beer is swallowed and, while the hops are minimal through the rest of the beer, bitterness and a lingering dryness finishes out.

O - O'so's Winds of Change is, as the label describes, a transitionary beer that signals more funky beers to come! While I admire the funky characteristics of Brett, it doesn't seem the yeast has reached it's full potential in this beer, nor does the overshadowed hop profile. Used in conjunction, both don't quite come to fruition. With that said, this is not only a good beer (just not a great one) but an introduction to what's to come from O'so and Funk Factory; a total win for Wisconsin.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 28, 2014
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Nivek43, Aug 09, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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Reviewing the Winds of Change, a bretted pale ale from O'so Brewing Company out of Plover, Wisconsin.

Score: 91

January 2014 vintage bottle served in a Toppling Goliath chalice and enjoyed on 02/02/14.

Appearance: Pours an opaque orange color with two fingers of off-white head that settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention, crazy cling factor. 4.5/5

Smell: Bretty peaches, mango, tangerine, pineapple, straw and grassy hops. Lots of tropical character mixed with a heavy hand of Brett and straw. 4/5

Taste: Light tartness upfront, bitter on the finish. Bretty peaches, tropical fruit and straw. Nice lasting hop flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodies, good carbonation. Nice hop bitterness, very juicy with a little dryness to the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is the beer that that I expected Hop Savant to be. The price is right, and I would definitely pick up another bottle if I saw it at the store.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Feb 15, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright orange, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Good deal of funk, oak, grapes, wine and slight hops.

T-Slight funk, but the balance is off. Wine and oak as well.

M-Lighter to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-The idea of a hoppy sour sound good, they came close to pulling it off but the hops just did not go with the funk/grape flavor.

rlee1390, May 04, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. First O'so 750ml I've seen around. Sounds like a cool idea.

A: Pours a clear brass with a nice white head.

S: Smell brings moderate chardonnay, a little woodiness, pineapple-y brett, vanilla, mild leafiness, a bit of pithy citrus.

T: Taste brings drying white wine, doughy biscuit, light tartness, mild floral bitterness, a bit of caramel and citrus and a hint of gameyness.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation. Some drying tannins on the tongue.

O: I'm surprised and impressed by this beer. Well-balanced and drinkable, with a nice brett presence.

Etan, Feb 15, 2014
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northcoastwolf, May 04, 2014
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poured 750ml into snifter.

A - Clear burnt orange with a massive 3 finger pillow white head. A cap stays for the duration and lacing is very thick and foamy.

S - Hop notes of citrus, musty grapefruit, and some earthy hints mixed in the scent. I pick up some dry funk from the Brett and time spent in the barrel.

T - The citrus hops hit right away, grapefruit and some lemon along with earthy notes. The Brett fills in to give it just a bit of a musty funky flavor and it finishes with what I presume to be a woodiness from sitting in the oak barrels.

M - Lighter body with ample carbonation; the finish is tart and dry.

O - I wasn't sure what to expect and hoped it would be like some of the IPA's aged on oak that I have had in the past. It was similar and the Brett added another element to give it some tartness. The APA base itself is very nice and this beer has turned out well after sitting 6-8 months in my cellar.

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Winds Of Change Brett Pale Ale from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.