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Woodicus - Freetail Brewing Company

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 81
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Witicus Double Rye Ale aged in a retired wine barrel from Llano Estacado and the natural flora from their West Texas vineyards

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 05-22-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-01-2012 01:03:47 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.96/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart malt and fruit 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, especially in the taste.

10-13-2013 18:21:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-28-2011 23:59:11 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear golden-peach color with a decent white head. Touch of lacing as it falls plus a bit of a collar. The nose brings some spicy rye with some light stone-fruit character. There is a bit of lactic sourness there. Flavor has more stone fruit plus some spicy rye. Light touch of oak plus a bit of sourness. Body is rather heavy and chewy for a sour, but it works quite well. Bit of spice. Quite tasty. Glad to try this.

10-02-2011 19:34:31 | More by Thorpe429
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-29-2011 13:53:55 | More by acurtis
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden-amber/orange color with a tall white head.

S: A nice tartness to the nose with plenty of lemon and lemon zest. There's a bit of wine and grape to it. Surprisingly still quite sweet and malty. A bit of honey and vanilla and some grass.

T: The flavor has a strong vanilla and maple note to it which I wasn't expecting. Lots of different light and tart fruits such as apples, pears, and lemons. Still some honey and malt flavor and a nice bit of oak.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I thought this was a really nice beer overall. I liked the base version quite a bit too.

06-29-2011 03:15:09 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kjkinsey


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-18-2012 16:24:18 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-18-2012 19:11:21 | More by Texasfan549
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for sharing this super-rare release. Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind tons o' lace. Hazy peach body.

S - White wine, buttery oak, dusty bretty, some medicinal notes, toasted grains, and a hint of acetic acid.

T - The flavor reveals a bit more of the rye malt base, but with hints of dry, musty, brett, light pineapple, and a touch of apple cider.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly dry and tannic, with a hint of warming alcohol.

D - A fairly subtle beer, but largely enjoyable. If you're expecting something really sour then you'll be disappointed, but this is a solid wine barrel-aged wild beer. Not mind-blowing, and probably more rare than it is great.

12-31-2011 18:24:27 | More by MasterSki
Photo of drabmuh


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this out of market wild ale from some place that isn't here. Thanks! At the time of this review, this beer does not grace the ranks of the American Wild Ale list but is on the "Top Beers - New" list at #53. Hopefully this fine little wild can find some footing and get some respect. I understand this is a relatively low bottle count. Hopefully more to come in the future.

Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a wispy head of small white bubbles, low retention, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is complex, lactic, acetic (very mild), oak, tannins, some fruits, perhaps a mild pear aroma. Interesting.

Light in body and bright on the forward with a nice but not tart finish. Beer finishes mildly dry, it is a decent little ale, I enjoyed it and would definitely drink more, if that were possible. I hope this is a sign of great things to come from Freetail.

10-04-2011 03:59:14 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

This is Witicus Double Rye soured and aged in wine barrels.

On tap at the brewpub during the bottle release. There were 100 bottles of this beer released. One of five sours on tap at Freetail during the bottle release.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some tart lemons mixed in. The beer smells fairly sour. The flavor is more complex. I get some brett notes as well as some sour lemons, wheat, cherry and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour from a great brewpub.

05-22-2011 04:29:38 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

From 10/02/11 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this sour; thanks Matthew! Poured into my Bell's tulip. Label says they only made 100 bottles of this.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one to two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine, white wine, sour fruits, some light funk and lactic notes, and light wood. Very sour and a little funky, very nice.

t - Tastes of sour brett and fruit, white wine, oak, citrus, and some earthy funky notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a really nice wild ale I'm glad I got to try. More sour than funky, it is very easy to drink and the wine comes through. Would like to see them brew this again.

10-03-2011 17:16:47 | More by mdfb79
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-17-2013 16:56:33 | More by MarkyMOD
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2011 23:10:29 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-07-2012 05:04:58 | More by drewone
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Shared this with the crew today. Thanks to xpimptastikx for hooking me up via trade.

The beer appears yellow and fairly hazy with a thin, white cap. The aroma is musty and funky, with a strong oak and rye presence. Light alcohol in the nose, as well as some subtle citrus notes. I really like the flavor. Lots of sourness and red wine. Excellent barrel notes. Really complex and wonderful. Overall, a terrific beer. I hope they make this again.

10-02-2011 19:17:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-25-2014 23:27:49 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of HopHead84


3.8/5  rDev -10.6%


Bottle shared by Bobby at Sour Fest 2011, thanks.

A: Pellucid straw blond with a one finger of white sea foam.

S: Tart lemon with an evident lactic presence and a little sugary sweetness. I detect a buttery oak character, redolent of Chardonnay, with a little vanilla. Some grass and earth as well.

T: Lightly sweet apple and lemon with a light citric acidity with some oak and vanilla. I get some wheat or perhaps hay. Finish is mildly lactic.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer. Refreshing.

07-01-2011 05:25:46 | More by HopHead84
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-21-2011 15:44:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-17-2013 21:49:18 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz bomber pours a lightly hazed gold color with a small cap of bubbly white head. Decent lacing.

Nose is right up there with some of the best American sours...tart bacteria and soft malted grains with white wine written all over it. Coriander and citrus come out as it warms a bit.

Muy interesante...like an orange dreamsicle dipped in champagne! Soft and citric with a sharp, almost cheddary bite. Not getting much (if any) brett, which might have sent this beast through the roof. Peach yogurt in its creaminess and tart fruit...very light-colored fruit flavors. Rye is mostly absent, though it might add to the depth of various malted grains. White wine and sourness are, by themselves, pretty mild but they combine for a great intense and unique flavor profile. This might be my favorite Freetail sour that I have had so far...tasty stuff!

07-17-2011 20:49:26 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of champ103


4.25/5  rDev 0%

Another thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with a bottle.

A: Pours a very hazy golden/orange color. A bubbly white head rises to over a finger with a vigorous poor. Then the foam recedes to a small ring. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Wood and vanilla up front and center, this dominates until this warms up. The tartness is very light, and almost no acidity. Though apples and pears really come out as this warms up. Toasted malt, bread and biscuit. Very nice.
T: Like the nose this is very reserved at first. Though as this breaths and warms up lots of complexities come out. The tartness is a bit more prevalent with lots of apples, pears, even cherries. There is a sweetness of vanilla and cinnamon with some wood/barrel flavors. Big toasted malts of bread and biscuit in the finish.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated. I wish it was a bit more crisp and clean. I am having no problems finishing this. Very enjoyable.

Another great offering by Freetail. Really enjoyable. This is not the masterpiece that the base beer is, but I love it none the less. Very unique and something I would recommend.

06-14-2011 00:09:22 | More by champ103
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

02-03-2014 20:47:16 | More by kscaldef
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-19-2014 20:48:47 | More by BMart
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-22-2013 04:01:22 | More by Dicers
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Woodicus from Freetail Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.