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Serenity - Wicked Weed Brewing

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 98
Gots: 141 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, lemon, acidic, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, grain, Brett, and earth 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 a good beer that is tasty but seems to have a more sour aspect in the aroma to me.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice and tropical, but there is absolutely nothing great about the beer, but absolutely nothing bad about it eighter

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

I picked up a case of this brew in Hickory, NC, the first round of bottles that came out of the brewery. It pours a golden straw color with minimal head. Lots of lemon zest in the nose and the taste follows suit. The funk is very mild, so I see why some folks aren't fully behind this brew; however, IMO, this is probably the best introduction to sours I've ever had. I've turned a couple people on to this brew... who have already embraced the style and tried much more tart offerings they wouldn't have touched otherwise. I could drink this all day... and maybe I will.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Bright golden-colored body with a slight haze and tons of visible carbonation. The head is sudsy, light and foamy and leaves walls of lace ad it recedes. 4.25

Barnyard funk is strong in this one, as is the brett-y presence. I get plums and peach with a strong tartness. 4.25

Initially, the taste is lemony, then peach, then some peppery brett. It's got a lot in common with a saison, but with a heavy tartness. There's even a bit of wine-like grape flavor. 4

Light and champagne-like, the body is surprisingly thin. Almost too much thinness, but it's refreshing. The yeast provides a spritely effervescence that rushes on the palate towards the finish. It finishes very dry. 4

I think I expected more body and perhaps bolder flavor, but this is still an excellent brew. It's incredibly easy-drinking. 4.05

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy small white head. Pale yellow. Thin collar.

Smell - Brett. Lemony. A little grassy. Grainy malt. Wine-like aroma. Diacetyl?

Taste - More more wine. And more diacetyl. Brett and lemony. Grainy malt and a buttery finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick body. Mild tartness.

Overall - The diacetyl doesn't fully kill it, but it does detract. And the more I drink it, the more I dislike it.

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Very well done.

Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: light Belgian candy sugar notes up front before some gentle hay and barnyard aromas follow. There are also some notes of light fruit and just a hint of tartness.

T: the Brett is stronger here with musty hay and barnyard flavors. There are light spice and tart fruit flavors before a slightly bready finish.

M: mid-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer finishes just a little watery.

O: a good beer overall. I'd like a bit more depth and carbonation, but it's tasty and drinkable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at a tasting. Big thanks to fire34fighter for the bottle! From notes.

Straw lemon yellow, and quite pale. A white bright collar, and whispy creamy looking top to match with.

Bouquet is pretty basic, and quite subdued. Small lemon tartness, simple, not particularly noticeable or varied. It's decent but really not much is going on here.

Palate improves considerably on first sip. Real good lemon tartness and balance of sweet malts. Minimal tangy palate feel with creeping surprising and playful carbonation that compliments. Subdued brett like action with minimal pepper, and a crispness that comes out more like a pils.

Overall not too bad, kind of interesting take on the style.

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small amount of wispy surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Brett is immediately apparent with its heavy and lovely green olive aroma followed by notes of pear, apple and grape.

T- The Brett is also very apparent in the flavor bringing with it some funk and more green olive. The fruit and wine characteristics also show up and exhibit some sweetness and brightness. Moderate amount of tart acidity.

M- Tight and snappy with a slick afterfeel. Medium-low carbonation is unusual for the style but luckily doesn't hurt anything. Light in body.

O- Damn. Now I see why they selected this beer to be their first bottle release. A perfect example of how beautiful Brett can be.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Dan - thanks. 500ml bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazed, very pale yellow with a 1/2" white head which fades to the rim and leaves some spotty lace.

N: Bretty and barnyardy. Right up my alley. Lemony.

T: Slightly tart, funky, rustic, farmhouse yeasty and spices.

M: Semi-moderate body and moderate carbonation. Dry, bretty, spicy finish.

O: Oh joy, a barrel-aged, 100% Brett saison. Good night.

Photo of More_betterness
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of suckaj
2.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

tastes like lemon lime vitamins

Photo of zac16125
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mostly clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass with some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of barnyard funk, lacto-sweetness, oak, and distinctive brett. There is a lighter underlying aroma of pale malts and spicy saison yeast.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of tasted grain malts with a moderate to strong flavor of barnyard funk and tartness. Moderate distinctive flavors of brett and white grapes along with a lighter note of oak and just a hint of lacto-sweetness. There is a very light presence of spicy saison yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely enjoyable, easy to drink, and a wonderful showcase for the brett. I could easily drink this one over and over again and I understand why it is a medal winner from GABF. A very well constructed beer with good aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel.

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a WW snifter after spending about 45 minutes in the fridge. Straw-yellow color, mostly clear, with a small white head; minor retention and a few dabs of lacing on the glass. Barnyard funk and oak in the aroma, notes of lacto tartness and light sugary sweetness. Tasty, bretty yeast, barnyard funk, oak, white grapes, light tingly tartness, toasted grains. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation crisp, and highly drinkable. There wasn't anything overly amazing/crazy about this beer, but there didn't really have to be...it was a solid and unpretentious barrel-aged saison. I could and would easily drink this any time.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a pale, golden-rod coloring with a steady flow of carbonation. Thin, sparse, white, bubbly head. Nose of tart white grape, Chardonnay, and woody characteristics. Smells sour and smooth. Flavors are tangy sweet lemon and white grape, toasted grain backbone, and subtle sour funk. Very refreshing. Light and crisp bodied, with a tangy and sour aftertaste. The finish is light, crisp, and clean. Solid beer!

Photo of WesMantooth
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw colored with a very fizzy white head. Not much aroma other than some sour yeast. Taste is very carbonated, crisp, funky sour, a little lemon, and finishes pretty slick. It is like a sour, light bodied champagne to me. I will throw out a disclaimer that I don't get into this style much. I do like some farmhouse ales, but this one isn't for me. I think it is pretty smooth and drinkable - for those who do, give it a try.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.3.14

A - Pours a cloudy, very pale orange with a fizzy white head that fades slowly to the edges.

S - White wine, orange, lemon, oaky and Brett.

T - Brett, subtle white wine and oak, a touch buttery.

D - Light body with a good body.

O - Light and subtle, a touch of butter. Solid.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 .

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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Serenity from Wicked Weed Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.