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Scarlet Letter - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thebigredone on 01-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A light bodied, tart and refreshing sour blonde ale refermented in French oak barrels and aged on plenty of Wisconsin cranberries. Central Wisconsin is cranberry country, so it was easy to fall in love with the idea of aging our insanely tart sour ale on this beloved super fruit. We used two pounds of cranberries per gallon for maximum pucker factor. This is what taking chances is all about.... Going all out and ending up with something this wonderful.
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 8
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3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Served in an O'so snifter 3/14/2015. As usual, the cork is a PITA to get off.

A- Hazy pink-reddish body, one finger pink head, not much retention, plenty of lacing. At the end of the bottle there is some floating sediment as well, presumably from the fruited additions.

S- Tart cranberry, lactic acid, oak, vinegar, funk. It smells particularly oaky but light and evanescent.

F- A bit thin, unfortunately- seems like the cranberries have aged out of this a bit. Plenty of lactic acid, funk, vinegar, even a little bit of lemon. It's quite tart especially on the backend, but not overpoweringly sour.

M- Medium-thin bodied, a bit lower in carbonation. Nice tartness dances on the palate, leaves a lingering vinegar finish.

O- A solid AWA, but likely this isn't drinking as well as it was when fresh.

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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into teku glass

A - Deep hazy pink/red with a 1 finger light pink head. Could really hear the carbonation like a soda after it was poured. Head fades to a collar with fat diagonal lines of lacing.

S - Big tart fruit, cranberry, lemon, and some oak barrel scent. Slight amounts of funk, but not dominating by any means. A very light sweetness to it, but not much.

T - Nice punch of sour cranberry and lemon to start. Minimal vinegar and sour cranberry with hints of other sour fruit. Borders on sour, but there is some light sweetness, like a bit of sugar in there. Finish has some of the oak barrel notes and is puckering.

M - Nice carbonation and the fizzing bubbles that sound like a fresh poured soda. Nice light to medium mouthfeel with lingering sourness on the tongue.

O - I like this a more so than New Glarus Cran-bic only because it does not have the sweetness and a big sour punch. This really turned out well and I look forward to more beer from Funk Factory Geuzeria.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky red with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, cranberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, cranberry, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an absolutely sexy bright red color.

The beer has a perfect balance of tartness in the front. It is assertive, but then cuts off right at the point of being puckering. There's a nice rush of cranberry flavor and sweetness in the middle.

What a well made wild ale.

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Scarlet Letter from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.