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Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.09%
Wants: 213
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-11-2009)
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to brother treyrab for pulling this off the old dusty shelf.

This beer looks stunning. A beautiful hazy copper with a finger full of light corn yellow head. This beer is goddess like, I just want to taste it...

The smell is superb. Great funky characteristics. A really nice horse hair, straw like scent that really pulls the nose in. There's a stinky cheese scent that I find in some of my favorite wild ales. A light sweetness falls behind all of this, and really makes for a nice well rounded scent.

The taste starts off as a disappointment, but I grow more and more fond of it as it warms. The taste is short but, the sourness is all there. As it nears room temperature the sweetness starts to turn and a nice cherry flavor rises out. The cheesy funk that was present in the smell is also here in the taste. I'm really enjoying the sharp dryness, and could drink this all night. If only it were possible...

CoolJosh, Dec 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Joe for sharing this at a sour tasting. Pours into my glass a brilliant orange red akin to a fall sunset with some bubbles on top. Aromas start out with an acidic funkiness upfront alongside light fruitiness and some crisp grain malts.

First sip brings a flow of super complex flavors with sour and bright acidic vinegar notes making their way across the palate. Barnyard accents along with a mellow fruit flavor throughout. There's a biting deep tart finish to the brew. Immense in flavor and very enjoyable. Oaky accents with a dry, acidic vinegar finish.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent with a medium body. Quite a tasty brew here that I have no problem drinking. Really glad I got to try this one.

orbitalr0x, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of nkersten
5/5  rDev +12.9%

nkersten, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +12.9%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -9.7%

claaark13, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jay and Joe for the opportunity to try this very special bottle! Review is from notes... Attractive dark orange body with lots of visible carbonation. Maybe an inch of foam that remains for a little while. Unique and wild nose, horsey, underripe peaches, sandalwood incense and rotting fruits in the sun. First sips bring a sharp acidity that stimulates the salivary glands, some grape, peach pit, and a moderate level of palate-scrubbing bubbles in it's dry finish. Puckering, piercing tartness, yet also savory and quenching. The acidity is well in check, and it's reminiscent of La Folie, though a distant relation.

emerge077, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of stx00lax
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

stx00lax, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dyan shared this one last Friday. Thanks, dogg.

A hazy pinkish-red beer topped by a finger of white foam. The head dies down pretty quickly, reducing to a small ring. The aroma is acetic with a ton of strawberry-like fruitiness. Light barnyard funk and sweet fruits dominate the aroma, not a ton of complexity, but it's pleasant. The taste opens with sweet and tart fruit flavors (strawberry, cherry) and a kick of acetic acid. Vinegary, fruity, and hard on the stomach. Spritzy light body, but heavy on the palate. Finishes with intense vinegary acidity and sourness. I enjoyed this, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

largadeer, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another La Folie Anniversary Beer from New Belgium that was provided by Joe. Thanks for this!

The body is a crystal clear caramel color, and it has much better head retention than the Falling Rock 10th Anniversary Ale. It is creamy, full, and fine. There is slight lacing; I'm only able to characterize it as thin and irregular wisps of lace that form a parabolic shape on the glass as I drink.

The acetic sourness that was so evident in the nose of the Falling Rock is much more subdued here. Instead, the aroma is predominantly tart berries, some vinous notes, and hints of tannins. The palate opens similarly, with white vinous notes in the front that give way to sweet and tart cherries. These all gather in front of a mildly acetic sourness that dominates the finish. The acetic sourness is well balanced by lactic notes.

mouth-puckeringly acidic, but well balanced sourness in the mid-palate giving way to a dry finish. There is high carbonation that does a great job of bringing out the flavors in the beer. Very well done, and this was by far my favorite of the NBBC La Folie Anniversary Beers.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle this evening

a - pours a deep rust/copper color, one-finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing, fairly clear with only light haze

s - lots of sour cherry, vinegar and leather, light barnyard funk and oak

t - big tart cherry flavor up front with some lightly sweet and sour green apple notes, lots of lemony citrus and very acidic, vinegar and some barnyard funk flavors on the midpalate and into the finish, light oak, leather and lingering tartness on the finish, alcohol is almost completely hidden, very complex and delicious stuff

m - medium-bodied with very fine carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, not much alcohol warming

d - pretty intense stuff, which limits the drinkability, but the complexity makes up for much of the harshness on the palate

Really, really good stuff. Very glad to see this on the list at Brouwers tonight, as I figured I would never get to try this long-time want.

WeisGuy, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Jason.

A - crystal clear orange with a weak cream head and spotty lacing.

S - big funk, lots of orange, sour cherry, grapefruit and oak

T - virtually no sweetness then a huge acidic tartness that makes me almost pucker. A sweet butter lingers on the inside of my cheeks.

M - light, but sharp carbonation. Medium body and a slick finish. No alcohol heat.

O - just amazing! Big puckering sour that pals all kind of goodness into every sip. the extreme sourness puts a governor on drinking too quickly but I definitely would love to have this again.

ChrisPro, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of boothbeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways

A: Nice dark copper/amber color with thick white head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Nice beery aroma mixed with some funk. Almost a caramel smell. Come nice wine and grape aroma as well.

T: Lots of sourness! Nice Citrus and berry flavor. Sourness lingers in the throat and really makes the mouth water.

M: Very smooth beer. Low carbonation.

D: Very acidic, but very drinkable.

boothbeer, May 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to Jason. Review #1400.

A - Orange colored beer with just a tiny bit of hazy, nearly transparent. There is a minimal white head on this one that doesn't stay for very long.

S - There is some great funk and acetobacter tartness on this. It smells very sour with some tart cherries and a bit of citrus in there. Oh, this is also fantastic.

T - The smell was great and the taste doesn't disappoint. Great sour and funk, little bit of tart cherries, some nice sour orange, little bit of wood. This is pretty sour, has a nice puckering effect.

M - Lighter bodied with some pretty active carbonation.

O - No complaints about this beer. The nose and taste are just awesome. Wish I could drink this one all the time.

AgentZero, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 at brouwer's (they don't let you take any bottles to go) poured into a small snifter. Reviewed 12/26.

Ar: Fruit, raspberry, mild cherry, clean classic new belgium sour character, lactic acid, lemon, very fruity, tropical fruit hints, caramel hints, milt acetic acid

Ap: Medium white head, fair retention, clear pale ruby, this is a pretty beer

T: Lactic acid, cherry, very mild acetic, classic new belgium sour, but much better than in la folie and others, light lemon, minimal brett character, light caramel, blackberry, strong berry character, lacking funk but good.

M: mild acetic, mid/high carbonation, other than the mild acetic character very good sour balance.

O: very good, new belgium sour character but much better than any of their other sours, mildly acetic.

DaveJanssen, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of BucketBoy
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

BucketBoy, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of waltonc
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours clear copper with big white head.

S: Tart, funky, with cherries and vinager on the nose.

T: Sour fruits: cherry, apple, and lemon. Light funk. This is actually a pretty refreshing sour.

M: Medium/light body with quite high carbonation.

D: This may not satisfy those looking for a lot of complexity, but I still found it quite enjoyable.

waltonc, Oct 03, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Tried it the night before Stone Sour Fest, this review is from notes.

A: The pour is a dark copper color with plenty of red accents. The head is towering and off-white.

S: Lots of acidity in the nose. Mostly lactic sourness, but a fair amount of vinegar as well, along with sour cherries, lemons, and oak.

T: The flavor is almost like a more intense La Folie (if that's possible). Lots of sour cherries, lemons, and green apples. The vinegar is quite noticeable as is a musty funk and tannic oak quality.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a very puckering and dry finish.

D: This is one of the more sour beers I've ever had, and I enjoyed it. Lots of great cherry and wood notes, and the vinegar was potent but not over the top.

womencantsail, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer previously on tap at Brouwer's. The bottled version struck me as a bit more intense and sour then the draft version, which may simply be the result of additional aging.

The beer pours an orange copper color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The nose on this beer is just wild, with a huge aroma of lemon, vinegar and apple peel. Welcome to sour funkville boys and girls. On the palate, I felt as if I'd been slapped. This beer is bracingly sour, with an intense lemon/lime flavor that dominate everything else. Mouthfeel is very light and zippy, with the beer showing plenty of flavor. However, the sour component is really over the top in this beer, which at least for me, hurts its drinkability.

Definitely for sour funk lovers only...

John_M, May 09, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to todes for sharing this bottle with me.

A – It pours a hazy apricot hue and is capped with a small film of soapy bubbles. If something can look sour, this does.

S – The nose is fantastic. It is hard to adequately quantify because it doesn't really lend itself to comparison. Notes of tart cherry, random astringent notes, and band-aids are a few impressions I get.

T – Sour, tart, astringent, with complex and dynamic notes ranging from lemon and cherry to medicine, sulfur and wood; all exquisitely balanced. It is very easy to drink this, despite the moderately puckering intensity; it really reminds me of a Cantillon.

M – Good carbonation, nice mouthfeel, quite enhancing.

O – Very very good beer here.

ktrillionaire, Apr 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

GregoryMo, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of brystmar
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Ethan!

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.

brystmar, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 (RB), I managed to get a bottle that I shared with Chris and Shane this past weekend

Light cherry red with a dense white head with great retention and some lace. The head recedes to a disk, and this extremely clear beer is quite attractive. The nose is chock-full of cherries with bright acidity. Sour fruits and berries, with strawberries and cherries dominate the palate. Acetic character increases as it warms up. The combination of sweetness and tartness is excellent, and reminiscent of the Le Terroir that I drank nary 6 hours ago. The palate opens with plenty of acetic character with a lot of strawberry vinaigrette. Probably the not the most complex of flavors, but still very good. Acetic and drying on the finish, with an intense fruity, acetic character (have I said that enough already), this beer is great. Medium light in body with a rather high level of carbonation, I find the acetic character a bit much, and for that reason, I don't see myself drinking too much of this.

** 26 March 2011**
Thanks again, Joe.

Completely unlike I remember it being, this is an earthy, mineraly and surprisingly lemony sour. Yes, the re's an acetic acid, but it's not as fruity. Some caramel, some brown sugar and a little vanilla are present. The palate's sour and acetic, but different, less fruity and more vinous. Drying and acetic on the finish, this is one intense beast. I like this more than the Falling Rock 10th.
4.5/4/4/4/4

DefenCorps, Nov 11, 2009
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Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.