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Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 66
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 4.1%
Wants: 209
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to tex for this in a trade well over a yr ago!

A-Body is a very foggy, nearly, opaque, dark, dingy, amber hue. Pours with a one finger nearly off-white head and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet. Apricot, peach, oak, vanilla, slight acidic tartness, slight vinegar, funky brett- pear, apple.

T- Flavor profile is moderate in strength and leans toward being more sour than balanced-but is very complex. The acidic tartness is the highlight but does not mask what is beneath it. Flavors of lemon, vanilla,bready yeast and oak are in the background-and apple and pear deep in the background. The sourness goes on and on but a some mild oak and a hint of vanilla linger as well.

M- Moderate tingly carbonation, with a medium weight yeasty, and very smooth consistency.

D- This is an awesome sour. Good complexity to it. Lots of tartness with a nice sweet background. One of my favorite of the style so far- too bad this is a one time release! (1,025 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light straw orange, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Just enough barnyard and horse blanket funk; more lemon juice than you can imagine

Taste: Incredibly sour and tart; when I was a child I drank lemon juice straight from the bottle on occasion, this reminded me of the experience. Bit of vinegar as well with a nice oak backdrop and some fruits (concord grapes, apricot, star fruit).

Mouthfeel: Nice prickly carbonation, well done and a pleasure on the tounge

Drinkability: High; but it is incredibly sour.

I am guessing this one will age incredibly well. (569 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised to see I get the first review after this selling so quickly, garnering enough hype to get an entry in BA complete with picture before it was even reviewed. I was only allowed one bottle at their anniversary sale, but they had it on draught at Brower's (as well as $2 samples available at Bottleworks) for a reasonable price, so I was able to try a glass without cracking into my bottle. Served in a Grimbergen goblet, Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale is a chill hazed pale pinkish copper with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves no lace. Nice color makes up for the head.

Smell is nice and lambic like, but fruity, plenty horsey, with some sweet, tart lacto.

Taste is really nice, loving it. Again, lambic like for sure, with plenty of barnyard, lots of complexity and depth, but still some sweetness, tropical fruit notes. Wow, now I'm really pissed they wouldn't let me buy a second bottle (I was a the store late after everyone had gone to Brower's, and there were still a few out, so it's not like I wanted the last two!).

Mouthfeel is dry and very acidic, with an oily slickness and lighter body.

Drinkability is very high, as it's a fantastic beer. This is the best sour I've had from New Belgium by far. To bad it's a rare, expensive one off! (1,284 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, sharred with many BA's at the Darkness Eve tasting. Thanks to Ben for sharring this beauty.

A- Loved the appearance on this beer, really nice and cloudy, no head, yellow brown muddy color, no lacing, looks old.
S- The aroma is very acidic, cherry, sour, oak notes are very prevalent, slight citrus and lemon come out, loved all the different characteristics in this beer.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, really tart and puckering, nice funky notes, cherries, citrus, lemon zest, oak/wood notes come out, really acidic, really complex.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, well carbonated, really smooth and puckering as you drink it, tart, dry finish.
O- This beer was very impressive, huge thanks to mothman for bringing this beer, very tart and complex, a lot going on, this beer has done wonders with some age on it, would of loved to try one when it was fresher. (912 characters)

Photo of BJRHOMEBREW
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap- Poured a light browish red with an almost purple tinge. Thin white foamy head that lingered around the inside of my snifter.

A-Amazing Aroma. Smells of fresh cut hay and other smells of barnyard must. Has a slight pleasant metallic tinge that tingles the nostrils as you breathe it in.

T- Ah, what is this. La Follie? No it's La Follie on steriods and then some. Like drinking a wonderfull glass of sour green grape juice, and balsamic vinegar mixed together.

M- Mouthfeel was thin and soft with a sour tinge that will make your tounge curl. Like trying your first sour patch kid when you were younger.

O- Can't believe these are the guys that make "flat tire". Why do they even bother with that crap when they can produce beers of this caliber. A wonderfully done wild ale. (785 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.52/5  rDev +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. (727 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark hazy amber color with a dense fluffy off white head and thick lace

S-light notes of funk right up front, acetic acid, sour apple and pear notes, earthy wood.

T-taste in quite balanced, sour apple, notes of pear, acetic, touch of woodiness, hints of spice, nice sourness in the finish.

M-great feel, soft and prickly, medium to full with a nice level of carbonation that holds throughout but allows the flavors to really show.

D-this has a great complexity mixing acetic flavors with good sweetness and nice light wood tones. very well done. (551 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a clear rusty reddish brown. Off-white head, thin cap with a small amount of lacing and bubbles in top.

S - Sour/tart cherries, acidic funk, oak, orange peel, lemon zest.

T - Acidic fruity notes, oak, cherries. The acidic sourness is either something you love or something you hate with New Belgium. I am on the love side.

M - Light to medium, slight carbonation, dry finish.

D - I am a huge fan of this beer. I really am a fan of most NG sours and this offering is no different. Love it. The NB acidic sourness is just so delicious! Get you some! (580 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled June 2009
A solid, though not aggressive, pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces an almost four-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head slowly subsides with a rocky texture and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. The beer is a burnished, dark amber, red tinged color that shows a hazy'ish, light cranberry red hue when held up to the light. Even as I pour this I get a nice scent of Brettanomyces funk that is quite inviting. Big lactic sourness mixes with sharp notes of urea, musk and phenolic soaked musty cotton. The aroma is actually quite Gueuze like, and I don't mean just any Gueuze, but a good, solidly funky example whose aroma will keep my quite happily occupied for quite some time. A background of spicy oak, a woody mushroom wildness as well as some freshly crushed grain aromatics, a nice grassy / dried hay component are also quite prominent if you spend some time exploring the nuances. I like how funky this is, it really has a vibrant character to it; a fine mix of butyric acid and urea type notes provide a strong, musky note that any Lambic lover should crave.

Bracingly tart, which I was ready for based on the nose, this beer makes my mouth pucker up quite nicely. The beer is fairly light bodied, and if not for the aggressive lactic sourness, this would be as quaffable as water. While the sourness is nice and hard, it is not too much for this lover of hard-Lambics. The body is also not thin as it has a tannic structure from the oak as well as certain slickness from the lactic acid that provides just enough body. This is well carbonated underneath the acidity, which contributes an amply prickly sensation as well as boosting the peppery finish. While the beer has a fair amount of color to it, it doesn't have much to it that reminds me of the more malty Flemish Sours. In fact the flavor once again reinforces the Lambic / Gueuze qualities that I noticed in the nose. A touch of dried grass, and freshly crushed grain husk flavors can be found in the finish at times, but overall the fresh malt contribution is quite subtle here. There is perhaps a touch of acetic acidity here, but it is very soft (especially considering I was expecting much more from the New Belgium Barrels), this is really much more lactic in character and is a big departure from the bottles of La Folie that I have had over the years. Again, the acid balance is nicely in line with a Gueuze, but there is just enough acetic character to provide a round fruitiness to the beer that can just remind one of a wine-vinegar.

Enough focus on the acidity, there is also a ton of funkiness to this brew. Notes of urea are found throughout the flavor profile and there is a huge, musky, dried sweat soaked leather, a woody & phenolic mushroom character, . There is also a substantial tannic note here that even coats the teeth a bit, it is wrapped up in a solid oak character that plays a supporting role in this beer. The oak provides a soft spicy note, and a solid wood-chip flavor. With all the acidity the beer comes off as tasting bone dry. At times I find myself noticing a nice fruitiness in the middle of this beer, especially as it warms up; it is wrapped up in the vinegar notes and provides a touch of cherry, some sour plum and even a touch of something that reminds me of a dry, rosé Champagne as well as evoking a suggestion of fruity sweetness. The warmer this becomes, the more the fruitiness gets accented

I am quite impressed how close this beer is to a Lambic. In fact, when this beer is in the low to mid 50ºF / low 10ºC this is the closest I have ever had to a Lambic outside of Belgium, and I am really digging this beer. Warmth does bring out a touch more acetic character and fruitiness, but nothing necessarily outside the range of a Lambic. This really is just a fantastic beer, one which I definitely wish I had quite a bit more of in the cellar. I am really enjoying the ample Brettanomyces presence and how it pairs with the solid sourness. In the end this is a very tasty beer that achieves an incredible balance between the various components of it's flavors and aromas. (4,152 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of Ben (Mothman). Pours a slightly hazed amber orange color with a light tan coastered head. Nice aroma with a very solid orange citrus note coupled with both lemons and orange. Similiar to the aroma, the taste is a nice balance of lemon sourness and citrus sweetness with a touch of wood. Nice level of sourness. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. An excellent beer and worthy of trying to find. (412 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,786 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (823 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

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!

Reviewed: 6/27/09 (2,162 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Djtai007. Good new trader!

Not sure where the original reviewer (Ccrida) got "pink" from ... my pour is a slightly tannish orange. Tight two or three inch white foam head.

Smells ... ooo .... tart. Nice acidic vinegar/lemon to the aroma. A hint of barnyard funk that increased as it warmed.

Taste is much stronger than the aroma would indicate. Delicious acid twang, a nice harsh citrus/lemon backbone, vinegar notes, and more than a bit of vinous, grapey backing. Really almost no balancing sweetness: this is a sour, vinegar-y beer. In a good way. Large oak flavor throughout. The oak grew more and more heavy as I continued to drink it.

Mouthfeel was nice, decently carbonated, though not as carbonated as the head led me to believe. Very drinkable.

Quite good. (781 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

9.4/10 (803 characters)

Photo of BucketBoy
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (806 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a nice volume of foam that settles to a thick ring and hazy film, leaving minimal lace. It's a hazy golden brown color.

S - This reminds me a lot of Le Terroir, with the signature big New Belgium acetobacter mixed with barnyard an diaper funk. Displays some similarities to 50N 4E, which is a high compliment from me.

T - The taste is almost identical to the nose on this one. Love-esque acetobacter, sour lemons and vinous acids, and some funky horse for good measure.

M - This is the only weak spot in my book. Zesty carbonation that burns a little. Medium bodied, and very dry.

D - This is an excellent beer. Other than the slightly offputting carbonation and potential for intestinal distress this is fantastically drinkable. Really glad I have a bottle of this one on the shelf. (875 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not that there was anything wrong with the beers on tap at Big Wood, but a compadre and I wondered about the price on this and at $25, it sounded like a steal. Out came the sexy bottle. Out came the cork. Out went reasonability.

With New Belgium kids in the house, we had to do it. Coppery with big white head. It's acidic, lemony, a little funky, cherry, woody. Astringent, yes, that too. It is one badass beer. We split the bottle four ways and had the pleasure of enjoying it over some hours. Just a hair of vinegary to it was perhaps the one drawback, but certainly one I can live with and love. (600 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (796 characters)

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Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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