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Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary - New Belgium Brewing

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 361
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 45
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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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.

8.8/10

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Adam and Anna!

A: Pours a clear maroon body with quickly-vanishing off-white foam. The bottle gushes slowly.

S: Cherry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, apple cider -- this is evidently closer to the Flanders Red end of the sour spectrum.

T: Tastes much like the nose suggests. It has a sweet-and-sour interplay of cherry and assorted skins, vanilla, brown sugar, apples, and oak with a lactic finish that gradually segues into a mild acetic burn, which is thankfully undercut by the sweetness. This reminds me of Wanderer without as much bourbon.

M: Good body; medium heft, appropriate carbonation.

O: I'd trade it for a Partridge.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottle # 0609.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some malty and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is smells and tastes awesome and is super easy to drink.

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

Shared at the sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012.

The beer is russet brown with hints of crimson and a white head. The aroma is fantastic, offering cherries, booze, oak, funk, sweet berries, tart fruits. The flavor is equally as complex. Bourbon emerges more in the flavor than in the aroma, gaining strength as the beer warms. A fine balance of tart and sweet, favoring tartness, as it should be. A myriad of tastes linger on the palate, concluding with a light acetic bite. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. I would relish the opportunity to try it again.

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

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah
for sharing this one; thanks Matt!

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber red color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, bourbon, and some roasted notes. Really nice mix of sweet and sour fruits, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, fruity malts, oak, roasted notes, toasted notes. A lot more bourbon than the nose, which takes away from some of the fruit. A step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. I loved the nose and the sweet/sour mix, though I wish the bourbon hadn't dominated the taste as much. Still a great beer and glad I got to try it; worth seeking out.

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

Thanks goes to the other Matt for this rarity shared recently, poured into a New Belgium glass. I know how to drink a beer.

Beer is brown and hazy with nice head, tan bubbles, some lacing. Moderate retention.

Aroma is lactic, acetic, mild liquor, oaky, interesting.

Beer is light in body, very good overall a strong beer with great body and a nice finish, oaky, alcohol, roast, lactic tartness with a nice creamy body. I'd have it again if that were possible.

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Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary from New Belgium Brewing
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