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Serenity - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 599
Avg: 4
pDev: 28.25%
Wants: 113
Gots: 156 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: codysjb on 08-18-2013

Serenity is our aptly named 100% brettanomyces fermented beer. Light in color with a subtle golden haze, the nose bursts of white grape, mango, pineapple and old leather. The flavors are similar to those found in New Zealand white wines and notes of guava and grape skin stand out leading to a well-rounded finish. Serenity won the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for American-Style Brett Beer in 2013.
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 599
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a modest head; nice stickage and lacing, too

Smell: Barnyard herbal, with bready malt and lemon tones

Taste: Lactic lemon, up front, with bready malt and barnyard funk building toward the middle; oaky and vinous tones bring up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the Wicked Weed flagships and a nice beer to have in that category

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/29...pours translucent dull gold, high white foam that laces. Leathery earthy nose. Soft ,light water based flavor. Starts and finishes fast, with a small sour and a quick bite.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

7 month old bottle, gushed pretty vigorously when opened. Pours a light pale hazy body, light head...meh appearance. Nice tartness on the nose, with the tang from the wine coming through...some notes of yellow peach, pineapple rind. Nice sweet funk up front, medium bodied to start, but mellows to light quickly...finishes thin. Good level of funk. A nice sour, but no world beater.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 11.99. Bottled 7/10/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a pale, fully opaque, straw yellow with a three quarter finger cap of white head. The froth lingers before settling to a thin veneer across the surface and a full halo that imparts some large clouds of lace.

Aromas of softly funky Brett, earthy oak, hay and just a hint of vague fruit. Pleasant overal with more to it that I can accurately specify.

Tons of Brett character up front and throughout in the flavor, intermingled with wet hay, oak, faint fruit, vague spice, earth, mild citrus zest. This has some nice layers of flavor and goes down quite easily.

Crisp, fairly light body with lively carbonation. Brett continues to be at the forefront in the finish along with earthy oak, a vague pineapple or citrusy element and wet hay.

If you're a fan of Brettanomyces then Wicked Weed's Serenity is well worth a try. I'm not a big fan of farmhouse ales but enjoyed this enough that I plan to buy a couple more in hopes that I can allow that Brett to further develop over time.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy straw hue with a thick white head that fades to leave thin wisps and light lacing.

S - Aromas of light tropical fruit weird barrel notes, the brett is lightly funky too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with faint brett funk, weird, almost off flavour . The caramel and malt notes are rather strong too. Very little barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. The brett notes weren't quite strong enough, or, the base beer wasn't assertive enough. Either way, ugh.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours a big fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly, nice lacing, murky golden pear color.

Nose isn't too bad, floral funk, little Brett barnyard and lemony, little tropical fruity, little bready, no oak.

Taste brings Brett funk, doughy grainy malts, bready notes, wheat grain, lemony funk and grassy, mild tropical fruit notes, hint of toasted oak. Finish dry bready little tart lemony and hint flemmy lingering, touch of bready funk.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy late, nice carb.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden hue with pitch white head. The yeast presence in the aroma is incredible. Definitely smell some similarities to a farmstead beer from Hill Farmstead. Some grain. Some white wine. It has a lot of similarities to a Florence, very dry, but Serenity has a much breadier finish that I don't like a lot in wild ales. Overall, a good wild ale that feeds the olfactory senses well.

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Photo of fredmugs
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Received as a thank you beer and poured from the bottle. Grading to style this is highly disappointing. Little to no funk on the nose and the taste is weak. Like when you leave a mountain dew out all night and drink it in the morning. I've never really been a fan of WW sours and this is the most disappointing of the bunch.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted, this is more of a tart saison than a sour ale; it falls within the established guidelines for a saison in particular. Light bodied and vinous in both taste and smell; high level of carbonation and noticeable white wine flavors bring to mind an ultra-dry champagne. Not much funk here for a Brett beer, but it proves refreshing and drinkable. This would be a great intro beer for those who are wine drinkers.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you gillagorilla for this
500 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Funky, tart, grape/white wine, some oak.

T- Tart, grapes, white wine, slightly oaky, nice barnyard funky finish, touch of wheat, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, lighter body, dry.

O- First beer from Wicked Weed and a good one. This is a nice barrel aged saison, I feel it is more of a tart saison compared to a wild ale. Easy drinking, well done. Feel the taste could be bigger, but no flaws with this.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/29/15

Pours a light straw color with much effervescence with a sliver of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, traces of lacing & head retention

S: Horse blanket & grassiness, funkiness pick up once warm

T: Grassyness, pears, white grape, dryness & lemon up front, funk lurks in the background. More lemon, grassiness, plus more pears as this warms, some white grape skin & tartness as well. Finishes with pear, slight tartness, a little Chardonnay & grapefruit zest. Almost gave this a 4.75

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation

Super drinkability, the art in this one is the restraint/deft hand shown. The Brett compliments all other flavors as opposed to steamrolling them

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying to expand my world into sours (still can't completely wrap my mind around them). I'm thinking this is likely a good beer for a beginner in the wild ale genre. I've had some that just squeeze my tongue into a puckered role which then causes the drain pour to begin. This beer was so much more moderate in sourness; in fact, it reminded me of a Berliner Weiss. Very tart but not overpowering with a refreshing zest. Thank goodness for this beer; I definitely have slightly more respect for the wild ale now. Give this one a try!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sour farmhouse ale that has been aged in wine barrels for about six months. It opens with a quick rush of foam that settles atop a bright, but cloudy, body of liquid that resembles pear juice. The head dissipates quickly. There is a nose of musky apple. The first sip denotes a crispy mixture of apple and pear with a subtle lemon drop tartness at the finish. Refreshing to say the least. A wonderful elixir from a superb - if not magical - brewery. The brewery itself is a MUST. If you don't believe me then read my review. I don't lie about beer. Wicked indeed!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled on 5/29/15. #350.

A - Clear gold with a half finger that moves to about nothing in short order.

S - Funk, hay/wheat elements

T - Very mild tartness (it is there, and causes a slight mouth watering aspect), lemon, some type of hay like grain/wheat through the finish, and some dirt/funk.

M - Carbonation is medium high, mouthfeel sits somewhere in the middle, and the finish is dry.

O - Frankly, I am still trying to figure out the American Wild Ale/Farmhouse/Saison overlap/difference in labeling/categorization, these funky bacterium, etc...what does it all mean Basil? This is a well put together beer, mildly sour, and if you can handle the funk, can be quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of BigGold
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared from 500 ml. bottle into 1/2-pint mason jar. Can't resolve the debate as to whether, as brewery contends, this beer is "Brettanomyces in its purest form," or not sour enough, as others complain. Whatever, great beer.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. This is a good example of a brett beer without any substantial sour aspects. I definitely prefer the combination of tart and brett, but this is still very pleasant.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade.

This was a gusher (-.25). After dealing with that, it pours a light golden, hazy straw body with a fluffy white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave some blotchy lacing and a layer of foam.

Smells tart and funky, brett is present, sour apple, banana, wheat, some oak.

On the tongue are lightly tart notes, wheat, citrus and banana, a slightly muted tart fruitiness, some spice, a light hoppy bite on the finish and not much of an aftertaste. It's light, crisp, and dry on the tongue.

Overall a decent beer, but I'd classify this as a farmhouse/saison rather than a wild, due to the light tartness, wheaty flavor and funky farmhouse character. Slightly underwhelmed.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Very clean and crisp, good carbonation and streaming bubbles but certainly by no means over carbonated, golden yellow color and not too cloudy or murky,

Smell- malt grain, slight citrus notes, smell of some yeast components

Taste- wow I really love the flavor of this beer, it reminds me of many of the good saisons I have had over the years with a nice lemony and slightly sour finish at the end, really nice flavor profile, very refreshing flavor, balance is really reigning supreme and I really appreciate how the sour is coming into play with out going over board

Feel - light crisp and refreshing with carbonation at the right level,

Overall- I have to admit I love this beer way more then I had even ever expected, huge thanks to chris for giving me an opportunity to try something I never would have been able to otherwise and for opening my eyes to just what this style can be, just a beautifully balanced beer and one that I would think could be great beginner for anyone looking to understand or get into sours or American wilds, a brewery I would love to get to try more of one day. my eyes have been opened to a new area of beer

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funky, green apple, vanilla, oak, bready, biscuity, cracker, and pale malts.

Taste: Have to say the oak barrels help smooth and round things out. Brett is not overbearing and the tart and funky characteristics goes well with the light malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, funky, light to medium bodied, a little dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation

Overall: Can I get another one? Please start distribution to Massachusetts soon.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and crisp this drinks a lot like the juice that it resembles. It pours like grapefruit juice so it no wonder that the flavor is dominate. Light lemon and oranges filter through as a tropical coconut finishes. The flavor is delicious but perhaps not assertive enough.

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Photo of KajII
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a clear golden straw yellow with a bubbly white head. The aroma has a strong musty horse blanket yeast odor, a mild vinous scent and a touch of cask. It has a big funky yeast taste right off, then a tart white wine flavor slips in leading up to a spicy bitter finish.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely translucent pale straw color with some bubbles clinging to the glass. Looks like a champagne. Nose has a wonderful brett character with hay, lemon peel, underripe pear, slight breadiness. Flavor is delicate tartness with some citrus, touch of funk, white grapes. Body is a little light, but this is so quaffable. A beautifully done brett farmhouse. Among my favorites.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a white fizzy head. Smell has a tart lemon rind aroma along with tons of brett with notes of barnyard, and lots of saison yeast aromas. Taste follows nose with very light dry lemon rind tartness and farmhouse yeast

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear golden color, pretty nice looking beer. Slightly sour aroma with a bit of hay. In the taste, lemony tartness and a nice earthy flavor. Lemongrass, apple cider vinegar, sharp little funky sour note. Light bodied ale, lacks true crispness or dryness, mellow feel. Overall, this is damn tasty and a worthy American Wild Ale .

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Photo of aleigator
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Has a strawy, lemony color, with a small, white head.

Smells of sulfur, horse blanket, lemon peel, with a hint of pepper. Musty malts with a pungent acidity form the most dominant notes of the nose, with a decent inclusion of crisp lemon and unripe grapefruit.

While the nose promised an excessive funkiness, the taste is comparably tame. It begins with white lemon peel, among bready malts and a gentle, strawy, wheat foundation. The carbonation is very lively, pointing out the refreshing sour qualities, while the actual sourness remains quite moderate, hiding beneath the wheat. Got a green apple fruitiness, as well as a yoghurty of flavor to it, which shines during the semi-dry, but not particular sour finish. Drinks fairly easy, very smooth for a Sour, while trying a little too hard to stay in balance, by not providing a convincing acidic sourness.

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Serenity from Wicked Weed Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.