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

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Winds Of Change Brett Pale AleWinds Of Change Brett Pale Ale

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
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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:
Beer added by: Gonzoillini on 01-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

50% hoppy ale primary fermented with Brett Brux, 50% hoppy ale secondary fermented with Brett Brux and aged 6 months in oak barrels.
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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI

Winds of Change has that highly saturated sunrise orange body, it glows and borders on red but doesn't quite get there. The head is impressive and could rival some of the best looking Belgian saisons. It's dense enough that it rises an inch higher than the rim without spilling over, meringue-like. The lace will be a nightmare to remove, it's that sticky.

As I popped the cap brett funk hit me immediately. This one must have been maturing a little while now. It's medicinal, floral and barnyard funky. Band Aids, wildflower pollen, and horse blanket brett characteristics are the highlight but they're well balanced. Whispers of the dry hopping remain with orange marmalade and grapefruit pith all over a doughy malt base.

Interesting, the flavor doesn't have near the same wild intensity as the nose and actually leans more toward pale ale. Of course the funk is still present but it's much softer. Doughy malt with a drizzle of caramel lay down the base for a jammy orange and grapefruit hop profile. Undercurrents of brett run throughout, a little horsey up front followed by floral and ending with that medicinal Band Aid quality. I like this beer.

The body is light and effervescent with an active carbonation that scrubs the tongue with each drink. A soft candy-like sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue while the throat dries out. The overall feel is bright and refreshing. Certainly an easy beer to put away.

O'so is hit or miss in my book. They did a good job with this beer. It seems bretted, hoppy pale ales are all over these days, most not being very well done. In this case O'so has done a good job allowing both aspects to shine, the brett characteristics and the dry hopping, they play well together. The price was a little steep but I've seen some bottles lately for much cheaper, those will be purchased by myself next time.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Ri0
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed light golden amber with a thin head that soon becomes a wide patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of brett funk, vanilla/oak, mild cracker-like bread and a hint of citrus.

The taste of sour funk comes from the brett. Oak comes through adding vanilla and a woody character. It has a sweet malt backing. There's a mild juicy hop touch in the finish.

It is a bit puckering. Light-bodied, the carbonation is medium-to-spritzy.

An interesting brew. Sour, but balanced.

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some time in the bottle has helped this beer along. Had a couple sips after release, and was quite underwhelmed. Had a few ounces yesterday, a little over a year after release, and was, well, whelmed.

Funky, band-aidy brett with a touch of citrus and hop bitterness. A pretty decent beer overall.

Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, white head with great persistence. Sour, funky Brett aroma. Golden amber color. Has that distinctive "almost sour" (sour without tartness?) flavor with floral hops and oak notes in the background. Not overly bitter, but nicely hopped.

I really like this. I REALLY like O'so's hoppy brews, and the funky, floral, and not-too bitter combination of this one was a fun treat. It was a little spendy, but was worth the try.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tropical fruit, earth, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, funk, Brett, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of tropical fruit and Brett characteristics.

Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

From notes on 2/22/14

Glass over at the brewery. Sour wine aroma. Tart, almost apple like taste. Its a good beer. Interesting. Actually cheaper at the brewery than in stores.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy burnt orange in color with a fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Smell has loads of brett aromas forward with notes of lemon grass, citrus pith and some herbal hop aromas and more brett earthiness.

Taste is also brett forward with some earthiness and more light lemony citrus and pith. Nice moderate tartness and slight sour stickiness. Slightly herbal hop presence in the finish along with a dry oak presence.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. finishes crisp and dry.

Photo of ncketchum
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chimay tulip

A - pours a murky yellow, lots of sediment, lots of carbonation.

S - funky and musty citrus, almost like lemon pledge

T - less lemon pledge, still funky but bitterness of the hops is quite prominent

M - well carbonated, lingering bitterness fades slowly

O - good sour from O'So, i need to try more of their newer stuff. Glad I have a bottle to lay down for a bit

Winds Of Change Brett Pale Ale from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.