Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.48/5 rDev +1.1%
Big thanks goes out to Jay23 for bringing this along to a tasting at d0b's place last weekend, along with the wings and other gem-ified brews, thanks Jay! New Belgium's Bottleworks 10th Anny shows off a hazy peach body that has the tendency to glow when any light hits. A tight white head snapped to a finger in height and diminished to a skimming rather quickly leaving behind a patch of lace here and a chunk of lace there.
The nose sports all kinds of delicious bretty funkiness. Horsefunk hits off the bat, not a lot but enough to let me know it's there. Shortly after with some warming along comes the sweat socks and a deep tart peachiness that makes my mouth water uncontrollably. A candy like aroma that reminds me of the sweet and sour that is Sweet Tarts also come along at a healthy clip. Stone fruit pits glide through here and there of all varieties...Wow!
Each drink follows the hugely complex aroma step-by-step which is a feat in and of itself. A biting sourness hits right off the bat that super acidic and right up my alley. Musty, tart peaches come along quickly along with all those wonderful barnyard qualities mentioned in the aroma and a squeeze of lemon juice. The different stone fruits each play their own role but they're always evolving and changing. This is one hell of a fruity, puckering sour beer.
An active carbonation never reaches prickly but is lively enough to scrub the sour right off my tongue after each drink. The sourness is making my mouth water right now, one week later, while I write this review. The body has a light airy feel, especially when the carbonation takes hold. The finish is dry and manages to accentuate the sourness up front.
My glass was tipped nearly nonstop when filled with this delicious nectar and while it wasn't my nose was jammed in the glass. If I didn't get the little bit of heartburn I did when drinking this beauty I'd have given it a 5 for drinkability without a doubt.
I didn't expect to ever try this beer and am certainly glad I had the chance. This is one of the best American sours I've ever had, hugely complex and delicious. Thanks for sharing Jay!
08-19-2013 00:16:34 | More by joe1510
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
Review from notes. Shared during my first epic Philly tasting on 3-26-11. Side-by-side with NB Falling Rock 10th and Twisted Spoke 15th, this was #1 of the three for me.
L - Medium caramel syrup-colored brew with a frothy head that holds for a couple minutes. Crystal clear and pristine liquid.
S - Lemon and light lemon zest, creme brulee sugar-topped dark bing cherries, sweet oak and vinous notes. Very clean and precise.
T - Soft, sweet, sour, and really pristine. Fresh brown wood, fresh-picked bing cherries, touch of lemon and pith, dialed back, perfectly restrained acetic acid, nice vinousness that really finishes it perfectly.
M - Coats the palate nicely and fully; ig enough to give the flavor a full ride yet comes off the finish effortlessly.
O - Delightful and delicious - a real treat!
06-30-2013 19:20:34 | More by BucketBoy
4.49/5 rDev +1.4%
Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for opening this and the other later Bottleworks beers.
Pours a complex sunny amber color with hints of red/pink.
Smells super tart, cherries and other fruit, hints of ketchup and sweet malt like I get from most New Belgium sours. I am fully expecting this to be stomach shreddingly acidic.
And it is! Super sour, apple and cherry fruitiness, hints of that Flanders Red type maltiness but they're mostly covered by the pure acidity. This is awesome.
Drinkability is really pretty good considering the crazy acidity.
Up there with the most sour beers I've had, I love this. Our official geek of the tasting, Brandon, was measuring the ph of all the sours we drank and this was easily the lowest at 3.04 if I remember correctly.
03-17-2013 15:05:02 | More by AlexFields
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
Misty / cloudy maroon body, plenty of white head. Funky raspberry, cheesy, and yeasty aroma ain't no tease. Super acetic taste holds plenty of ulcer-inducing sourness, and I LOVE it! Loads of raspberry and other ripe fruits compose this complex and delicious American Wild. Ranks among my favorite domestic sours.
One of my favorites from the ~dozen sours we opened tonight.
08-19-2012 22:36:52 | More by brystmar
4.47/5 rDev +0.9%
750ml bottle shared at the Brick Store with the usual suspects.
Pours a hazy golden orange that gets cloudier with each incremental pour and sports a small thin beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.
The aroma is funky up front with the brett making its presence felt earlier alongside some acidic notes. There is a light tart cherry note with some oak.
Taste has an initial funky kick with a combination of brett funk and acidic tartness. There is plenty of oaky tannins in the background with some orange zest and green apples. The finish is funky but dry and leaves the tongue completely dry after each sip.
The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation and very dry and acidic in the finish.
We drank quite a few excellent beers tonight and this was one of the best. An excellent sour from New Belgium.
01-28-2012 04:04:43 | More by gford217
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
Many thanks to wespatrick for pulling this out of the cellar. Reviewed from notes.
Looking out over the thin orange haze, through the ring of the lens around my eyes... funny, isn't it, how both eyes can almost make one circle around? But you can tell, of course, that it isn't one, but two. The angles are off. There are fires in the distance, and a glow over the city casting the dull orange flicker all about us, but you mustn't dwell on it. Things are lost. There is a ring around the glass and a thin sheet across the top, nothing else here to keep us warm, we escaped with our skins, for that much we can be grateful, as we hear the weeping of others in the makeshift camp that apparently weren't so lucky and are casting about in silent desperation for a sign of their son or daughter (no one should have to bury his child, much worse when they are just lost and there is never any finality...)
The aromas are of the earth around us, a certain dank quality of something very, very old and musty, and the white oaks wave their branches for joy or sorrow, you cannot tell which. White grape wafting over from the fields that have kept many of us alive for so many years, oh God I hope the flames remain in the city, at least then we can rebuild... Rusty implements from days gone by add to the old aromas, as you feel in your pocket and find a jolly rancher that escaped with you... what a pity, and anger overcomes you as you think of your belongings being engulfed in flames, your mother's photograph, the only one you had, and this damn candy sits in your pocket, taunting you by merely being itself and not something else.
You rise and force a smile to your spouse, better go down to the stream and get a drink, and try to put your wits back together. Your daughter will stay too, just bring some back. What a foolish suggestion. All you have is a candy wrapper. The green muscadines and white grapes pique your awareness that, of course, the fields are over there, there ought to be a tin or pail that will hold enough. You pop a couple while looking, of course. Intense puckering sour, obviously they are not ripe yet. You smell the remains of old barrels souring nearby and the grass as your feet crushes it between each accursed row, why could it not have been anywhere else. Anywhere, but to take all of your worldly possessions and end them in one sadistic swoop and that orange glow. It is puckering and astringent, dry like the champagne you toasted just three nights ago, and almost creamy. There it is, an oaken half-barrel pail, one of the small ones. Those cracks are sure to leak out, perhaps you can plug them with grapes and apply some sugar to their tired lips in the process. You have a long, terrible, weary and sorrowful night ahead of you. Better get back.
01-26-2012 13:40:28 | More by khiasmus
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a vibrant amber gold.
Aroma: I get some cinnamon and spice in the nose. Very oaky. Cherry tartness. Acidic with vinegar notes. Very nice.
Taste: Vanilla, cinnamon, and spice. Cherries and caramel malt. Vinegar and acidic flavors. Green apples. Kind of fruity. Mouth puckering. Oaky.
Mouthfeel: Tart and acidic. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more tartness.
Overall, this was a really nice beer. More sour and tart than the twisted spoke. Similar but it shows age. It is more rounded out and smooth. The TS is more malty and less sour than this one. A very well rounded complex sour.
11-17-2011 02:29:20 | More by mothman
Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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