Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 362
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 12-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"65% Ale aged in a wood barrel, 14% ale with cherries added and ale, 21% ale brewed with Coriander and 100% Aged in apple flavored whiskey barrels." The beer was hand-bottled August 26, 2010.
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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bmann1113vr for sharing this bottle. Labeled as bottle No. 16.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart green apples, brown sugar, toffee and brettanomyces. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very sour and has a lot of great apple, lemon and cherry notes. I also get some nice caramel and wood notes, as well as some brett and vinegar notes. There is also some light pepper notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer, one of the better ones I have tried. Thanks again to Andrew for sharing it.

Photo of nkersten
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank at Twisted Spoke. Poured from hand labeled bottle with really cool label (I wish NB still did more 750ml, they look so nice) into small tulip, reddish brown in color with a one finger head that fades to a collar with a bit clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is complex and really interesting, very funky, barnyard, sweet red apples, lemons, some vanilla, oak, sour berries. Taste is really sour at first but as my taste buds start to adjust there is a slightly bitter flavor, unripened raspberries, sweet fruits, a bit of bourbon, sweet red apples and oak with a slightly metallic sour finish. This is a lot like a blend of an aged La Folie and the fruitier Bottleworks X, a really great beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation with an acidic sour mouthfeel. This is really a great American Wild. New Belgium has impressed me with every corked and caged beer I have tried. I shared this bottle but I think I could have easily finished this one off by myself. The apple whiskey barrels were really interesting - I expected a sour apple flavor but it ended up being much sweeter. Cant wait to see how this ages.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to cory for this one

pour was a dark brown, hints of reddish cherry. some white head that i can barely remember, must have dissipated quickly.

sour brown ale, ripe cherry, and some sweet malt. very flanders or oud bruin

bit more complex flavor. still had that sour brown dominating base but there was a legit presence of cherry and a distinct barrel aging characteristic. seeing that this was aged in apple whiskey barrels, it makes sense. never picked up the coriander though.

pretty full body, tart, and dry

this was good, probably one of the best NB beers i have had.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown body. Nice white head.

Smell - Malty aroma. Musty red wine aroma. A little bit of cherry. Oak.

Taste - Lots of dark fruit. Oak is strong. Cherry. Red wine sourness. Musty finish. A little bit of that whiskey flavor back there.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not all that sour. Medium body, but carbonation makes it seem lighter.

Overall - I wasn't enthused at first, but it improved as I drank it.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*BANG* Explosive cork discharge. After about 3 seconds, the bottle gushed and I ran over to the nearest glass. It poured a murky, ruddy chestnut color, with about a finger of foam that only stayed momentarily. A thin ring receded to the edge, leaving the center glassy and still.

Softly acetic nose, cherry pits, apple skins, slightly reminiscent of Le Terroir's fruitiness, and possibly a more subdued relation of La Folie. The acetic quality comes out more sharply in the flavor, giving way to a slightly boozy fusel element from the whiskey barrel. Moderately sour, tart wine grape and cherry pit, minor apple fruitiness. Warming after going down, with a mildly dry oaky aftertaste. Tangy, dry finish with a rapidly fading intensity.

Overall enjoyable, but somewhat muddled from the blending. It seemed to lack complexity, the boozy/sour elements competed more than they coalesced. The bright fruit flavors were nice. Le Terroir is being bottled soon, so i'll save some money for that instead.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KickInTheChalice made this tasting possible.... Blake is a badass... You can always consider me an "anytime trader". Shared with some folks at a Whale tasting in SLC. Pours a clear orange/red with a fantastic white head... crusty lacing for the entire glass.

The nose is a bit fruity with some cherries and a distinct vanilla component... apple?... mild funk and only hints of the coming acidity.

Flavor again only shows a bit of funk... but it is pretty damn sour... still it seem sweet at times.. oaky cherry vanilla... the finish lingers with apple and whiskey... the cherries just hang on forever... a bit acetic, but no where near La Folie territory... warmer temperatures help blend the massive complexities...

Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Very nice brew for sure.... I wish NB would do something like this as a Lips of Faith ;-)

Thanks again Blake for an incredible trade.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cannot thank mike enough this one with me. one i never thought i would get ahold of finally finds its way into my hands. split and poured into a tasting glass. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

golden yellow color. A little white head on top, maybe a quarter of an inch but it stayed on top for damn near the entire session, really looked quite nice I have to admit. Light rings of lace on the side of the glass and a really nice and very bright color to it.

Beautiful. Like a funky masterpiece. Loads of tart apple notes, hints of sour grapes, lots of fruit all over the place. Bright, with a touch of light citrus notes bouncing around as well. Very well put together I have to admit. Really am like where this one is going. As I let it warm it opens up even more. So bright and complex, yet simple. Huge tart and sour notes just pucker your lips and leave you in amazement of the flavor you are experiencing. It was like that times ten. I was floored. Clean, crisp, super funky and tart, I was beyond impressed here. One of the best tasting beers, let alone sour beers that I have ever come across. It was really that damn good. Say what you will, but wow. Nice long drawn out close to it really lets that flavors absorb on the palate and that taste, which wonderful sour taste just will not fade and hangs in your mouth forever. Not much else I can say, but wow.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dabecassis opened this. Thanks!

Hazy reddish-amber. Pours with a tall slightly off white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is about what I'd expect from a New Belgium sour:  strawberry jam, green apples, balsamic vinegar; heavy on the acetic acid. Aging in apple whiskey barrels sets it apart slightly, lending a note of caramel apple. Pretty light on the funk.

The palate is very fruity, both from barrel and bacteria. Mouthwatering acetic sourness, green apple, raspberry, faint caramel apple, presumably from the barrel. There's a small remnant of malty sweetness, too. A little stomach churning acetic acid in the finish, but not as bad as many of New Belgium's sours.

I'm not often impressed with this brewery's sour beers, but this one is a winner.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcnd9803 for this bottle! Shared at the recent tasting, we capped our La Folie Anniversary Diagonal off with this bottle, #540.

Hazy dark brown amber in color, this brew is impregnated with a ton of carbonation, which, when the bottle is first uncorked, causes a thick and impressive gunsmoke that streams out of the mouth of the bottle. Surprisingly, even with all the activity of the carbonation, this doesn't gush one drop. The ample carbonation gives a fluffy 3-finger head that is more reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale than it is an American Wild. Sticky lacing remains on the glass.

Spicy aromas of coriander and light clove couple with stonefruit esters of peach and apricot. There is a surprisingly low level of sourness, despite the acetic character that La Folie variations usually have. On to the flavor...sour acetobacter make an appearance up front, and they give way to coriander and phenolic clove in the mid-palate. This falls off and gives way to a touch of whiskey in the finish, though I would be lying if I told you that I would have known it was apple whiskey had I been ignorant of that fact going in. Some time spent with this beer does give a touch of jolly rancher sour apple, but only a hint. The flavor doesn't leave much on the palate after the finish, as the high carbonation whisks away pretty much any flavors that would be left.

Far less sour than the other La Folie Anniversary Beers, this could probably use some time to develop.

Photo of StormKing47
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by therealnomayo on New Years Eve with him and cmurren25. Holy shit here it is, speechless...

A- Pours a pristine deep brow/mahogany color with a light brown/ruby hue. Such appeal from a wild ale. Tons of carb visible by the constant stream of bubbles leading to the light tan/off-white fluffy head.

S- Holy shit! A barrage of tart cherries, earthy mustiness and the succulent smell of apple brandy. As it warms the apple brandy subsides and mellows in with the crisp sour apples, tart cherries, subtle oak/woodiness and light vanilla undertones. It's crazily complex yet identifiable if you let it mellow out and mix up all that is there.

T- A tear to my eye! It's an onslaught of sour cherries, sour apples and lactic sourness. As it warms the oak divides the flavors with a little help from vanilla and I pick up the clear and crisp flavor dimensions. Sour cherry, sour apple, earthy wood, lactic sourness and a simple and clean apple tartness. I love the depth of complexity.

M- A nice light and fluffy body with a crazy carb tingle to push all the flavors around. It's refreshing, slightly drying and oh so delicious. The use of different barrels and percentages balances everything to provide a complex, but simple and clean experience. A slightly dry finish, but more of a refreshing sweetness.

D- Hell Yes! I love/hate when the bottles are so limited. This one is right up there with the big boys. Complex, smooth, dry, sweet, and so fulfilling. Although I can see how the warming of the apple brandy could trouble some after a high volume. This proves that New Belgium can get past there red-headed step child cough, cough (fat tire) and actually brew some bad ass beers.


Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with an off-white head.

Nose had an abundance of coconut and was vinous. Acetic acid, tart apples and ketchup with vanilla. Very reminiscent of La Folie with a bit of a whiskey barrel influence.

Sharp acidic flavor envelops the tongue. Cheesy with some soft apple flavor and whiskey. More of that La Folie influence with sour cherries and a sweet and sour aftertaste. Very nice to drink. I was afraid the barreling might over-power the beer but it was beautifully blended. It carries a little bit of that stomach churning vinegar that you'd find in La Folie.

Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was courtesy of my boy backfat, thanks Dave! It pours a cloudy dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It smelled of sour.cherries, soured cabernet, oak and soured pinot. Despite the lack of adjectives this one is great. It is very well rounded and isn't too intense in a single facet. It was preceded by an '09 Cascade Vlad and the Vlad was put to shame. It features the ultimate bouquet of sour. It was soft, yet sour and not overly so. I love this one and it was quite the treat.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by one of the many Mikes (AgentZero in this case) at our post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings forth a reddish-bronze liquid with a decent head and some moderate lacing going down. The nose is really nice and complex. I love what the barrel has done to this. All throughout there are nice vinous notes and plenty of bold, ripe fruit. The taste isn't quite as complex but offers a nice sourness that melds well with the mouthfeel. Really wish I could have picked up some bottles the following morning, but at least I got to give it a shot. Thanks again, Mike.

Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at our post-Christmas Chicago tasting. Bottle provided by yours truly, although Sean is somehow stealing all the credit!

A - Little bit of a gusher, a brownish red color with an off white head that left moderate lacing. Good retention that went to a cap, then ring.

S - Smells of tartness and apples, pretty sweet, with a hint of brandy. It is a bit unique in how strongly the apples come through on the nose, but it is not a bad thing. More fruit, light berry smell in particular, comes through with a little bit of funk.

T - Tart and funk, with the apples giving it a distinct taste and adding to a very rich flavor. A little sugar, oak, vanilla and berry taste comes in. Quite large and full tasting for an american wild, although much sweeter, the depth of flavors and breadth of this one reminds me a little of T20.

M - Pretty big for an american wild, with sufficent carbonation and an acetic finish.

D - This is a 7% beer, that drinks a bit bigger. I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet stuff, so I find the drinkability slightly lower than some of my fellow BAs. It is a great beer though, with good taste that keeps it at a good level in this category.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Weatherdog at our EPIC sour tasting...

Poured into my tulip...

Looks like apple cider. A dark cloudy amber hued brown. Small off white head, not the best retention, no lacing. Doesn't look bad... But doesn't blow my mind.

The smell has some spiced apple, light sweet vinegar, and a dry hay-like funk. Mmmmm. Very very tasty.

Body is medium with low carbonation and a nice acidic bite.

Very tasty and enjoyable. I would love another bottle of this one!

Photo of BucketBoy
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Consumed 3-26-11 at my first epic Philly tasting side-by-side with NB Falling Rock 10th and Bottleworks 10th. Thank you, Dan! This was #3 of the three for me (by a fair margin).

L - Little bit of a gusher but not much. Rich mahogany that is nearly clear - looks supple and rich.

S - Light and a bit hard to pull out of the glass. Not too acetic, the brown beer base has light cherry, a dusting of coriander, a small scoop of red cherries, perhaps some peach pie, and ethanol whiffs that are presumably reminiscent of apple whiskey.

T - Acetic acid, light cherries, brown oak, like vanilla, stone fruit. Coriander is noticeable, yet the apple whiskey seems to make the otherwise nice finish just fall off.

M - Smooth, silky, and soft, the beer is properly full to yield a palate that is completely covered in flavor, yet the carbonation is a bit lacking (perhaps because of the slight gushing).

O - Not bad, but I find the small amount of apple whiskey to clash with the base beer and bring down the experience. It also had a tough time competing against the other beautiful NB wales. I am very curious to try this again to see if it has come together more nicely, as I drank this very shortly after it was first released.

Photo of bgramer
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We opened this on New Years Eve. The cork popped loudly and it gushed just a bit but I was prepared with glasses.

It was a hazy color with a nice light foam, Very tart and apple-y. Nice funk and fruit. It's fantastic for a young sour, and it can only get better with some age. This very drinkable sour should be sought after.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a huge khaki head.

S: The nose opens up with tart fruits, particularly lemons and a bit of cherries. There is quite a bit of apple, which I presume is from the apple whiskey barrels. A surprisingly mild vinegar aroma. Also, a bit of wood and vanilla.

T: Both tart and sweet apples really make up a lot of the flavor. There is a moderate vinegar note but still a fair bit of lactic acid and lemon. A light funk in the form of grass and quite a bit of oak and whiskey. There is a bit of vanilla, too.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is toward the high side.

O: A very different kind of wild ale. Sour, nowhere near as much as La Folie (or some of the variants). Certainly good, though.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Dan!

Beautiful copper/garnet with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. My first olfactory sensation is that of my nose hairs singeing. Next, I'm hit by the coriander. With time, the acetic acid and apple whisky grow, and it's a lot more apple-like than whiskey-like. Mild berry character is present, more fruity with some stone fruit - nectarine and peach, maybe?

The palate opens sour and acetic (duh, it's NB) and again, with some berry and coriander . I can't say I taste the apple whiskey, though with time, I can pick out some apple. Moderately spicy along with coriander, there's a general spiciness present. Drying on the finish, this aspect is particularly disappointing as the flavors just don't linger. Mildly spicy, the flavors fizzle out leaving nothing. The high carbonation doesn't help either. Decent stuff, this.

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Endless thanks to Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. Distillery for this amazing treat!

Pour is hazy strawberry/amber with an incredible effervescence. Even though the bottle rested for almost 24 hours before I removed the cork very slowly, it still shot out, and, unfortunately I lost a bit this precious nectar when it overflowed.

The nose and flavor mirrored each other, and were very complex. Featured were esters of barnyard funk, horse blanket, apples, grapes, cherries, limes, currants, figs, and dates all overlayed with a remarkable sour tartness.

The finish is very dry which allows the aforementioned flavors to continue to bloom in the mouth for quite awhile, and also makes the next sip irresistibly compelling.

Overall, this is very reminiscent of RR's Consecration, if it had been blended with Compunction, although I love it even more than either of those.

Wow squared, New Belgium, you knocked this one right out of the Park!

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snifter, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Russ.

Pours a clean amber color with a small near white head that quickly faded into a thin collar. The nose is more sugary than I was expecting and reminds me of Pez candy – in a good way. I get notes of sugary sweet red fruits and peaches on the nose. The taste is sugary as well with notes of red fruits, fruit punch, apple juice, cranberry juice, and a hint of caramel and spice. Overall the flavors are very acid and tart, with a good dose of lemony citrus as well. Booze is low and lends a touch of woody barrel quality. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonation is frothy and bubbles up on my palate, and the body is just on the full side of medium. Overall enjoyable albeit unique. A real treat, thanks again Russ.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


An extremely generous extra received from Masterski, thanks a lot Alex. Poured into a snifter.

A: Cork opens with an energetic pop. The body is transparent reddish orange and the head is a three inch mass of cavernous sea foam. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: Moderately acetic, with light cherries and a big apple aroma. Whiskey integrates with notes of oak and a touch of vanilla. Light wet leather notes and a slight musty character with light tannins. Killer nose.

T: Moderate acetic acidity with evident oak and tannins. Apple is prominent and it accompanies cherry and earth. Moderate lactic sourness with a light tartness. Nice flavor. Finish is dry and acetic with notes of oak, lingering cherry, and apple with a touch of whiskey.

A: Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and moderately acidic.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. A unique and well made sour. Recommended.

Photo of AlexFields
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing this, been wanting to try it for years.

Pours a ruby red color, very pretty, small head that fades pretty quickly.

Smells pretty tart, some ketchup and apple, maybe other fruit, brown sugar mixed with acidity.

Taste is more tart, really pretty sharp, apples again but also raspberry/cherry and other fruit come out more than in the nose. Some ketchupy character again, pretty acidic...not so far off stylistically from a Flanders red.

Great mouthfeel, good carb and also smooth and creamy, pretty sharp bite from acidity but that doesn't bother me, reminiscent of c&c la folie.

Great beer but no better than c&c la Folie and probably not quite as good, not worth the extra effort to trade for probably.


Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy cider-brown with explosive carbonation that initially dominates the glass and then rapidly settles to half-inch of constantly rejuvenating head.

The smell is cherry, lemon peel, just a bit of funk and nice full oak.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light and effervescent.

Flavor is deceptively complex. The beer doesn't club you over the head with mouth-puckering tang. Rather, it has a very adult and patient approach to your taste buds. A deep cherry-tinged sourness develops along with some lightly tart citric tang, apple depth and full wood. None of it is overwhelming which leaves this as a very nice food pairing that can buddy up with heavier fish without dominating while still holding its own with pork sausage and rabbit. A very nice beer. Wish I had more of it.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper amber with a little head. A touch of mustiness and fruity aroma and flavor...lemon zest, kumquat, light peach-pear, honey, light white wine, apple. Moderate carbonation...very flavorful. Very drinkable with subtle oak and a touch of sweet & sour tartness, perhaps from the Transatlantic Kriek addition.

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Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary from New Belgium Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.