Genesis Blonde Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 572
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 72
Gots: 141 | FT: 23
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 01-14-2013

Genesis is brewed with over 200 lbs of Mango, Papaya, Guava and Pineapple and aged for 6-12 months in a variation of white wine barrels. Each batch is artfully blended to accentuate the tropical and wild nature of the yeast and fruit.
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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden blonde

Smell: All funk

Taste: Sour upfront, super dry in the middle, tropical fruit juice flavor on the end.

Feel: Dry and bubbly

Overall: I liked it. (169 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Appears a wonderful golden color with a wispy white head that leaves dissipates quickly. The nose is full of citrus, white wine notes and some mild Brett funk. The taste is fairly sour - just beyond tart. The fruit presence is definitely clear here, but the wine notes are absent. It's not overly complex, but definitely enjoyable. Overall, it's a very refreshing sour beer and very enjoyable on a hot evening. I was expecting more complexities in the flavor, but it's something I'd go back to repeatedly if I had access. (543 characters)

Photo of HopFrenzyFl
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious beer. Pours a golden color with nice carbonation. Taste is fruity, a bit winey, and theres some wood/honey in there as well. Nice dry finish. A real pleasure to drink. (177 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with excellent carbonation. This beer should be regarded more highly than it currently is....moderate sour, very well balanced throughout, my first WW beer and won't be my last! (209 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful clear golden color, thin white head that fades quickly to a white line at the edge. Very mild lacing.

S - Wine notes predominate, with fruit flesh flashes, and a distinct horse blanket hit.

T - Mild sourness plays over the sweet fruit notes primarily of mango, and thread of barrel and wood, coupling nicely with mild minerality. The combination of fruit and wood reinforces the white wine themes brought with the barrels. It is a masterful combination.

F - Bright, clean, and pleasant. The sourness is present but controlled, and the feel does not tax.

O - This beer manages to use the tools of brewing to create a truly startling, harmonious wild ale, full of notes that remind one of a nice white wine. Not just a nice trick, this is a wonderful beer that is both fun and thought provoking, and, most importantly, delicious. (850 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled 2014) to a tulip.

A-The beer is very light in appearance, like a white wine. My normal pour produces about a finger of white head that drops quickly and leaves no lacing. Mostly clear.

S-The aroma also suggests white wine, with a good dose of yeast, straw, tart white grape, and a good mix of tropical fruits like pineapple and guava. The funk is mild and tartness is light to medium. This could pass for a fruity New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

T-The taste is also on the vinous side, but I get more tropical juiciness on the palate. Pineapple, guava, mango, and maybe a bit of honey sweetness. Tartness is light and the funk is mild.

M-The body is light in heft with a good effervescent carbonation that fits the beer.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer. The tropical fruits are VERY tropical, and there is not a ton of acidity to balance things out. That being said, the flavors are drinkable and they pair well with the bugs in the beer so that this thing never gets cloying. (1,007 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale lemon body, lambic like fizzing head, barely half a finger but settles to a simple and nice glowing orb like body. A bit of cola sticky carbonation on the sides though, but disappears after a short while. A little bit of minor pinhead rising carbonation but mostly very little if at all, with some creeping up the glass sides mostly. Slightly green body hue to this as well.

Mild brett like qualities, with a cake light malt density on the nose. Some malt sweetness hids a bit in there as well but hard to bring out after many whiffs. Classic fruit aromas are there but also very indistinct coming off the wild yeast. Tropical notes are not really coming out in full force here, but could be considered subtle and perhaps even subdued. Regardless very solid wild aroma brew.

Palate really starts to bring out the fruit flavors much more so than the hidden bouquet. Good amounts of thick pineapple all over, with a very subtle and slight peppercorn black finish. Juiced body just enough but not large, or booming, but certainly giving the flavors a big lift. Palate is a bit of a decent one trick pony, not particularly varied but a very good one at that. Oak character very small unfortunately with much of it coming from the mouthfeel it seems with a nice quality but also not giving to thicker and richer textures. Fruit angle is more evident in the palate than the nose, and comes off more unexpected and impressive.

Overall a pretty solid wild ale, just one short step from hitting some real satisfaction personally that hints of what could be around the corner. (1,630 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and tarty notes in the smell and taste. The tart mixes very well with the tropical fruit notes. Although the papaya seems to be the strongest. However the fruits seem absent in the nose. (191 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Funkatorium

L- blond yellow with a little bit of clarity

S - sweet and funky

T - delicious funky sour blond.

F - highly carbonated.

O - an awesome brew. Not too sour or tart. Just right. (208 characters)

Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light straw blonde color with thin white head. Lots of tiny bubbles from the carbonation almost champagne like. The aroma mostly fruity esters and funky yeastines and faint pineapple comes through. The taste is sour bomb up front with funk yeast and ends dry with some lingering mango and pineapple. Light body, nice carbonation again like sipping on champagne. Refreshing tartness, enjoyed it however liked Oblivion a bit better. (439 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Genesis pours a clear bright straw color with no head. There is a big sour note, white ine like notes. The taste has a big sour flavor, fruity, dry, a big wine like flavor. Very drinkable and nice flavors. Overall its fruity, sour and very dry, a very well built sour. (272 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is lightly brett funky, with tropical fruit notes, papaya, mango, and a moderate sweetness.

Flavor is decidedly sour, lactic and citric, with a touch of acetic acid. (172 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden and hazy, large and small bubbles rising fast, 2 fingers of off white head which fades fast.



S: Sour wild goodness mixed with creamy candied pineapple, tropical fruits, dry champagne and barrel quality also coming through. I also get lilies of the valley.



T: Sour, barrel age comes right in there, white wine qualities, very dry but fruity as in the tropical fruits without the sweetness. I get mangoes, perhaps some papaya, not so much pineapple.



M: Moderate to light acidic body with medium low flat soda like carbonation.



O: I picked this one up at the brewery in Asheville last summer, brought it to China and drank it here March 18th, 2015. Awesome brew. Takes me right back to my time at the brewery, enjoying their sampled brews along with fish and chips. Really good sour. (807 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blonde sour ale aged in wine barrels with mango, papaya, guava, and pineapple. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. The pour is crystal clear and deep gold with about a finger of creamy white head that dissipates very quickly (not surprising given the acidity). I don't have a highly educated palate where sours are concerned, but I really dig the nose on this one. In addition to the typical sour notes of apples and white wine, I get sweet fruity notes of pears and pineapples.

Light body and a sharp, astringent feel. Not very highly carbonated. Dry stone-ground wheat crackers up front, then wine-like acidic notes. Apple cider, lemons, and green grapes punctuated by pineapples and pears. Dry, champagne-like finish. Very refreshing. Sour in a fruity way, but not musty or funky.

My initial instinct was to suggest that this beer could stand some additional carbonation. However, after trying it I'd be afraid it might intensify the sour notes and wash out some of those nice fruity characteristics. Hence, I'd leave it as it is. Sometimes I think sour beers are wasted on me. I've tried quite a few, but I wouldn't be lying if I said I found many of them to be nearly indistinguishable. That said, I thought this one was delightful. The tartness was not overwhelming, the fruit and wine barrels come through, and I did not detect any unpleasant flavors. (1,373 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color with a small course white head. Smells like sour yeast, funky barnyard hay, white grape, oak, and tart citrus. The tart and funk blend well in the taste and the barrel character comes across nicely, some white wine notes. Light body, moderate carbonation and lively effervescence. Overall a very nice, easy drinking sour that is pretty much bone dry, I just wish it had more of the tropical fruit character, it's there but overpowered by the tartness and barrel character. Still very enjoyable. (524 characters)

Photo of KajII
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a clear medium yellow with a small wispy white head. It possesses hints of a musty Brett yeast, tropical fruit (mango & papaya) and a touch of white wine. This brew has a nice tropical fruity taste upfront then sliding in is a slight vinous presence and a bit of funky sourness right at the end. All I can say I is YUM!!!
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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This really exceeded my expectations. Dry, tart, definte tropical fruits that follow a good amount of bite and the wine barrel presence seems to be slight. Drank this @ 60 degrees from the cellar and all the flavors just popped! Really good stuff. (247 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before pouring.

A: Light straw color, slightly hazy. The coarse egg-shell head quickly retreats to a non-existent head, but moderate effervesce.

S. Sour yeast, bacteria, neutral oak, tropical fruits, and a little funk.

T. The taste describes the explanation much more than the nose. This is certainly a tart sour, with a strong oak barrel present with minor notes of a dry white wine. The tropical fruits blend to remind me of a canned tropical fruit cup. A little hop bitterness.

M. Very smooth, light body, moderate carbonation.

O. Very good. This is a fruited up light sour with an excellent barrel presence and high tart level. This is easy to drink and goes great with food. This could easily replace a white wine to accompany a good chicken or fish dish. (811 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very light yellow body. Small yellow head. Extremely thin collar.

Smell - White wine and oak gives it a yogurt acidic tinge. White wine sweetness.

Taste - Lightly tart. Lots of white wine. Oak. That yogurt flavor lingers in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Low carbonation.

Overall - Good wine barrel sour. Not very sour, but tons of wine barrel. (421 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous scents of sour pear, Apple, white wine, lemon, tangerines, guava and banana waft about but don't deliver much of that funky sour.

The flavor and feel are light and tempered but flavorful. Dry white wine, tropical fruit, coconut, pear, Apple, guava and pomegranate all make an appearance in sour ways but absent the vinegar funk.

Wicked Weed nailed this one because it's fantastic but never overly sour or funky. (422 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Very excited to try this. My first sour from WW, and it's aged in white wine barrels with tropical fruits? Right up my alley.

Genesis pours a pale, cider-like straw color, with very little head retention. It smells like tart white wine grapes and a little bit of funk.

The taste is similar. Nice and crisp, with plenty of wine barrel character and some tartness that is a bit more subdued than in the nose. The tropical fruits really didn't come out for me until the beer warmed up, but they were definitely there.

The carbonation was on the low end of the spectrum. I would have preferred a bit more carb, but it really wasn't a detriment. Mouth feel was fine.

This reminded me of a tart saison, and I would probably rate it even a bit higher if it was listed as one. It just didn't quite bring the mouth-puckering sour that I look for in an American Wild Ale. (868 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Let me start off this review by saying that I enjoy sours, but they are far from my favorite beer style. Pours almost white it's so clear, my girlfriend jokingly asked if I was sure I didn't buy a Miller Lite! Smells basically like moscato; sweet white wine. The taste is acidic and sour, but not even close to as sour as some I have tried. You can definitely taste that it was aged in white wine barrels. It is slightly fruity, pineapple and mango come to mind with a bit of a tart overtone. the acidity is what stays with you. Not perfect but I'm enjoying it for what it is, something different that I can drink slowly while enjoying a good movie. I assume people who are more sour enthusiastic than myself would find this an excellently made brew. (758 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried several sours now, and this is definitely the best one I have had. I could see myself drinking this one again. This is also the first one I can say that about. The only downside is the pricetag. I am sure there is a lot that goes on in the barrel aging and such, but is this beer worth $15? No. If it were in a 750 ml bottle sure, I could see that. If it was more like $10 I could see that. But for what it is, its too pricey.

Appearance: Golden hazy transparent beer. Lots of carbonation at first then settles. Kind of looks like a sparking wine a bit. But, not a clear.

Smell: Tropical fruits, a mild amount of funk and tartness.

Taste: Funk, earthiness, bolder sour flavors. The bottle says they use Mango, papaya and guava in making this. I detect some of the guava and mango, but papaya is such a subtle flavor to begin with, it really does not shine. I do detect sour apples and peach flavors in there. Its a very tart and refreshing beer.

Overall: Very tasty beer, this is the first sour that I have had that I would really recommend. But, all the while I kept thinking about this Gose from Anderson Valley I had a while back and fortunately I had a can left to do a comparison. They are very similar in profile, Genesis is definitely a more complex beer but it is also by comparison a much more expensive beer. I bought a 6 pack of the Kimmie for $11 and this 500 ml bottle was $15. You are getting a more complex beer, but the flavor profile is very close to the same. I (1,498 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours and the body has the color of a cider or apple juice. What head that sprouts forth dissipates quickly. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Soured white wine notes along with a bit of metallic acidity. I'm not picking up huge notes of tropical fruits, they're there, just overshadowed by the white wine barreling.

T - Lactic acid and sour notes up front that develop into tropical fruit notes and has a lip smacking white wine barreling finish.

F - Light body and carbonation that is effervescent. The finish is dry.

O - A good mix of flavors here as the beer dances back & forth from sour to tropical fruits to white wine, etc. (651 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Eli323232 for the hookup.

Appearance: Pours with a quick flash of bright-white bubbly head. Dissipates quickly. Slight haze on an otherwise bright-gold color. No head or lacing to speak of outside of the initial pour. Moderate carbonation. Looks as it should given the barrel treatment.

Smell: Pineapple and white wine. Notions of mango and other tropical fruits, but it's mostly pineapple. White wine must. Grape skin. Some green apple as well. Touches of oak. Malts are super light and offer a very vague sweetness. Mildly lactic. Something akin to, and very well might be, wheat. A little bit of cookie...like a sugar cookie or a sandie. Really soft. Let me reiterate white wine and pineapple. Soft tannins.

Taste: Hints of corn. Wheat and grass. Very slightly musty. Some ripe cheese and lactic tartness. Malts are very light - powdered cracker with some very mild bready notes. Pineapple juice with granny smith apple skin and underripe mango. Small hints of oak barrel. Green wood. Some banana. Mildly medcinial - phenolic. A touch of rubber hose. Slightly nutty. Loaded with pineapple...like a white LifeSaver. Milky lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium effervescent carbonation. Clean.

Overall: It's a place to start.

Drinks like a berliner weisse fused with a white wine spritzer. Clean but not terribly exciting. (1,354 characters)

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Genesis Blonde Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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