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Horse Tongue Wheat - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Horse Tongue Wheat
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BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottfrie on 12-25-2010

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass.

This beer appears a foggy medium copper amber colour, with one finger of frothy, loosely foamy, and weakly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky island group lace around the glass as things evenly fade away.

It smells of musty, faintly sour cherries and red apples, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, generic menthol lozenges, and a bit of mild white Italian cheese. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale and wheat malt, vaguely tart red orchard fruit, still tame earthy white cheese, a soft barnyard funkiness, and further well-aged lemon vinegar.

The carbonation is actually active and involved in probing my palate, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy wheatiness well contained by the affable, if persistent funk.

Now we're starting to talk turkey - the funk supercedes the sour in this one, which is all right at this point in time. I do like this one, and not just because it reminds me so much of my favorite cheese.

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a sniffer at Bauley's Taproom during the AV tap takeover night. Body is a cloudy golden color with a small creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of a mild wheat base, a touch of sweet pale malt, and a good dose of lactobacillus sourness.
Palate is big on fruity flavors, citrus, pear, and apple all popping up amidst the sour lacto backdrop. Mild pale malt and lends a touch of sweetness, but the finish is big on sour power. The body has a slightly silky character from the wheat, nice and smooth. I haven't really had anything inventive like this from AV before; it's nice to see them stepping out of their hoppy comfort zone a little.

Photo of BigBry
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Beer Revolution in Calgary,
Pours slightly hazy, gold amber color, with foamy, creamy colored head. Foam slowly fades, lace chunks.
It smells of some yeast and grain husks, slightly fruity and sour at the same time.
The taste is grainy to start, sourness throughout. Good pale ale base, then fruity and funky.
Lots of carbonation, medium body, tingly yeasty finish.
Good mix of funky yeast and sourness, very interesting. I liked it, but not for everyone.

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Belgian wheat barrel aged with brettanomyces."

Had on tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear golden color with a thin white head that left no lacing.
S: Brett, brett and more brett. Pretty funky. Notes of citrus as well.
T: Lightly sour brett as expected. The wheat really amplifies its baryard-like qualities. I get hints of citrus, lemon and golden fruits as well. The aftertaste has notes of Belgian yeast and crackery wheat.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel, and an aftertaste that coats my mouth and lingers.
D: The wheat went very well with the brett and made for a really refreshing brew.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with wheat, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there is an odd acidic quality in the flavor that diminishes the drinkability.

Serving type: on tap.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's

13oz tulip, poured w/out much head, and a little too cold.

Very cloudy, dull yellow body. Great lacing.

Inviting but not very strong aromas of tree fruits (mostly apple), light sweet spice, and touch of Belgian yeast. The funk comes thru much better as it warms and with a swirl.

Flavors pack a punch, given the low ABV. Lots of golden delicious apple, pear, lemon, yeast, bubble gum sweetness, and healthy dose of sweet spice.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tight. Light on the palate. Light tart bite.

Not one of the best in the Wild Ale category, but very well done given the low ABV (menu says 4.3%, and their brewer was just here this week, so I'm assuming that's correct).

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a yellowish-straw color as it should with a small white fizzy head with a small dose of bubbles and faint traces of lacing

S: Plenty of barnyard on this with a nice wheat meets lemon smell. A nice sourness as you can expect.

T: Initial lemon tartness meets barnyard, like a horse stall would taste indeed. The wheat, brett and citrus, mainly lemon, really provide a good puckering sour experience but not overly tart and annoying. The finish is dry, sour and really lingers.

M: Light-medium bodied, well carbonated. The brett shines with the citrus as it rolls across the tongue giving me horse tongue. Pretty clean, crisp and refreshing even.... and easy to drink considering its a sour/wild.

O: Great beer, great name.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 8 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, part of the recent sour beer festival at this establishment. Arrived a coppery bronze color with a single finger of flimsy soapy white head.

Aroma is very pungent, equal parts sour fruit and cheesy funk. On the palate I am getting fresh lemon and lime rinds, gooseberry, green apples and pears, white vinegar, salty brine, and white cheese, a brettanomyces-laden treat. Very dry and astringent, although there is a subtle custard-like sweetness somewhere underneath. Quite fizzy and almost gritty, with a mid-range body and some peppery wheat spice in the sour and woody finish.

I'd say this brew is on the decidedly sour end of the spectrum, with some admirable cheesy "barnyard" type funk. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason I was expected something more tame.

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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.