Serenity - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 104
Gots: 136 | FT: 22
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Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: codysjb on 08-18-2013

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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. (225 characters)

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. (179 characters)

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. (755 characters)

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 (1,161 characters)

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. (704 characters)

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. (277 characters)

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. (387 characters)

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 (247 characters)

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 . (347 characters)

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. (902 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, poured into Wicked Weed tulip

A- pours a pale and cloudy yellow color with a small foamy white head that reduces to just a small layer skimming the top, leaving no lacing behind

S- classic funky brett aroma with notes of wet hay, oak barrel, lemon peel, fresh grass, barnyard. Underlying spicy saison yeast finishes the nose

T- the brett tartness is definitely more prevalent on the nose than the taste. Pale malt and grain up front mixes with notes of lemon grass, white grape, oak, straw and earth. A hint of tart yeast kicks in before finishes bone dry with lingers of lemon grass and hay

M- medium body with medium, lively & bubbly carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry finish

O- a nice showcase of brett, however the aroma was much more funky than the taste (801 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated October 8, 2014.

A-The beer is very light in color, sort-of a dry straw hue. There is a good bit of haze and murk sitting beneath the pure white foam of the head. The head drops quickly and leaves no lace. I see no bubbles in the beer.

S-The aroma is heavy on the brett funk. I get lemon flavors, white grape, and musty, powdery note. It is mildly tart rather than sour.

T-The taste is also heavy on the brett funk. I get lemon, lime, white wine, a touch of oak, and a bit of dry grass. The beer is pretty dry from start to finish and mildly tart.

M-The feel is lighter than average with spritzy, aggressive carbonation that fits the flavor profile well.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer if you are into brett. The beer does a good job of showing off the tanginess that brett can impart and it is dry without getting chalky. The feel is a really good match for the flavors too. A nice effort by Wicked Weed. (969 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%

Pour is pale straw yellow, slightly hazed, with a good bit of tight white head and a fair bit of lace. Nose is stale sweat, lemon, husky stinky brett, pineapple rind, notes of pepper, and some fresh leather. Taste is strong brett pineapple, a hint of sweaty leather, musky rind, strong carb, light body, prickly on the throat. (328 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle as an extra in trade. Thanks! Pours hazy bright yellow with a big fluffy white head. Lots of tart funky Brett on the aroma, hay, light fruits, more funk. Yup, it's a Brett beer. Extremely light bodied, very little oak or vinous notes from the wine barrels, but with a refreshing funky bretty influence that makes it very pleasant. Super light fruit sweetness. High carbonation. All in all this is nice, but maybe even too light on the flavor. Definitely worth a try for Brett fans. (488 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours slightly hazy sunshine/straw color with an effervescent paper white one finger head.

S - Definite sour smell right off the bat. Followed up by a lemon, funky and acidic backbone.

T - To me, the taste follows the smell, but with less sour to it. It's way more earthy with a light tartness in the background.

F - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation that is crisp.

O - A bit more sour on the nose than the actual taste. But, that doesn't take away from anything as this was a joy to drink. (509 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent grains, wet hay, oddly heavy on the tongue. Little to no tartness or sourness and the heaviness and light carbonation just allow the odd flavors to sit on the tongue. I guess my palate is broken, but i just didn't understand or enjoy this very much. (255 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Wicked Weed offering!

A: Glowing hazy golden body topped with a two finger white head. Recedes to a small cap and leaves patchy lacing after a minute or so. Beautiful rustic looking beer.

S: Musty lemon and Fuji apple. Pear and a hint of malt round everything out. A bit of funk and floral honey as it warms.

T: Tart apple and white wine, layered with acidic citrus and sweet and bready malt. Astringent and drying.

M: Light bodied and moderate/high carb. Long dry finish.

O: Infinitely crushable. Tart and flavorful while maintaining a high level of drinkability. Love it. Could drink a ton of this. Nice job wicked weed. (637 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what happened to my review. I lost it in both places. It was good, but I just have not found that sour beer that does it for me yet. Its just a style you either like or don't I think? Right now I am on the fence. But this one is not quite there for me yet.

To the best of my memory it was not really funky enough nor was it sour enough. It was too subtle maybe? I think I would be more inclined to enjoy a darker sour, but not a cherry based one. We shall see. I will continue to try the them. I know no one is not representative of all of them. They are all an island unto themselves.

Update: I have had a few bottles since my initial review and upon reevaluation and now that I have learned to appreciate this style. I think this beer is very well made. It has a nice crisp lemon/citrus flavor, its a very well made beer. Its a great one to cleanse the palate after drinking some strong stouts that might linger. (931 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wicked Weed Serenity
500mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours an absolutely crystal clear, very light pale yellow with just under 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.5

S: Fruity, funky, slightly tart. Pungent cheese-like and barnyard funkiness. Apple, some lactic sour notes. Super funky. 4.25

T: Lighter flavors than I anticipated from the nose. Light fruit and floral notes. Subtle lactic tartness. There are slight funkiness notes, not nearly to the degree of the nose, but thats ok. Flavors pretty mild as a whole. 3.75

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation on the lower end of moderate, dry on the finish, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Overall, its ok. Solid beer, but nothing really sands out. I was a bit disappointed as I have high expectations for WW. 3.75 (850 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +9%

The aroma has peach and tropical fruit, and hay funk.

The flavor has melon, peach, and tropical fruit notes. Lots of fruity esters coming off from the yeast. There's a Brett funk drying. The beer is refreshing and falls off of the palate nicely. (246 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a white cap. The smell is a little tropical with a dry and grainy feel before cheesy notes of funk evolve. The taste is dry with neutral grain flavoring, slightly husky, blending to notes that are mildly tropical and vinous. Some oakiness towards the back has almost a cinnamin spice note about it. This is light bodied, modestly carbonated and very easy drinking. The beauty in this beer is the subtle nuance but I dont think I liked it enough to want to seek out any more. (554 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a light froth around the edges, bright clarity, streams of carbonation visible. Adequate surface coverage though there wasn't much head for a Brett beer.

Aroma of white grape, musty wet hay Brett funk.

Taste is surprisingly more tart than the nose let on. Underripe fruit, thin body, seltzery. Bone dry aftertaste, it's gone before you know it. Needs a little more complexity and depth.

Serenity now! (420 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear straw upon which a frothy, bubbly head forms but settles to a fine ring. Smell is stinky, funky Brett...flowers, leather, lemon, and pear over a touch of biscuit. The flavor dials up the floral notes a touch, reminiscent of Orval, but less intense and with an added apple and grape juicy tartness and some oatmeal-like grain. Tart, but not excessively so, and not so funky as the aroma. Dry and super refreshing. Second pour with the yeast is less funky and more floral. A very nice, refreshing, snappy Brett beer. (534 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev 0%

500ml

Yet another bottle handed my way from Wil and unfortunately the last Wicked Weed bottle in my possession. Thanks, dude! Straw golden is the color of Serenity with cloudiness enough to bend the light around a little. When backlit this beer is very pale. The head is bulbous and pure white, velvety, leaving behind sheet lacing that looks as if it will be tough to remove. Good looking glass of suds.

I could smell this guy when I popped the top. Straight from the bottle it was pretty doughy, the components of dough actually. Flour, water, and yeast...Lots of yeast. In the glass it really opens up. Big bretty notes of pineapple and wildflowers pop. A touch of minerality opens up with a swirl along with soft tropical notes. It gets a little funky as it warms. The malt is barely noticeable but what's there offers a touch of sugar cookie sweetness.

The flavor profile isn't as bold or exciting as the nose but it's no slouch either. Pineapple is, again, the main flavor component. Minerality, wet stone and copper, washes through in the middle. Tropical and stone fruit notes pick up on the backend, a touch of peach, some mango, even a little tangerine. There's a little Band-Aid on the periphery but it doesn't get in the way and actually adds a little funkiness overall. Wildflowers, that were present in the nose, pick up as this guy warms up. Good beer. Damn good.

The body is light, refreshing and spritzy. Carbonation is dialed in nicely, bubbly and quick, without being overly aggressive. The finish dries up over time and leaves a gritty tartness in its wake. Each drink leaves me immediately wanting another, sure sign of dangerous drinkability.

I'm impressed with Wicked Weed. They have a very unique strain of brett that's pineapple heavy and it works well in most of the beers I've had. Serenity shows nice fruit qualities, a touch of funk, and sky high drinkability. I wouldn't pass this up if I came across a bottle. (1,954 characters)

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Serenity from Wicked Weed Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.