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Genesis Blonde Sour | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brentk56 on 01-14-2013

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw minimal head. Strong smell of pineapple and mango. Geuze-like funk on the nose as it warms. Taste is tropical, lots of white wine and oak. Dry white grape like a Riesling with layers of tropical juice. Very dry and oaky. Feel is crisp and refreshing, high carbonation. Seek this out, complex and nicely balanced funk, tartness, and sweetness.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden blonde in color with a fizzy white head. Tropical aromas of guava pineapple papaya, coconut and white white. Pineapple acidity, slight vinegar, mango and guava in the taste with some toasted coconut, oak and white winte in the finish. Crisp, refreshing, light and high carbonation

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills a teku glass with an almost clear, pale straw (SRM 2-3). Large bubbles of carbonation cling to the glass, but produce no head.

The aroma contains strong horse blanket and old leather books. The middle is defined by fermented apple cider, oak and lemons. Warmth brings out white wine qualities.

The flavor is quite tart with a light, unexpected bitterness. Fairly acidic with oak tannins and apple cider. I also noticed lemon and kiwi. A long finish begins with a strong tartness which becomes subtle with a lingering presence.

Body is light and alcohol presence is as expected. Carbonation is mild yet effervescent. The texture is that of watery satin.

This is an easily consumable Wild Ale with refreshing and invigorating qualities. I enjoyed it while unwinding during the coldest day of the decade so far.

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Photo of rudzud
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light light wine notes, super faint mango. Not much tropical.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very bland, not very tropical at all. Really flat on the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is really thin, barely any carbonation. Almost slimy.

O - Overall this beer was rather bland and lacked almost all taste. Not sure if it was too old or what, but, really disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2014 vintage, thanks to Beerness for this.

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, murky pear yellow golden color.

Nose is light, probably too old, hint if musty tropical notes, tree fruit, touch of white wine musty note, faint mango skin and papaya, juicy white wine.

Taste juicy mild fruits, little tree fruit, tart, mango skin, little malty note, little tangy note but watery, little flemmy. Finish sticky watery little tart very little fruit.

Mouth thinner and watery, little tart very little carb, little sticky flemmy.

Overall def should have been drunk a while ago but still send thin and watery.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a scant head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of slightly funky sour grapes. Tart flavor of mildly sours grapes...refreshingly crisp. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chefbigjon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of Chardonnay presence. Would have preferred more tropical fruit flavor as it is noticeable on the nose but hardly there in the taste. Decent but a little underwhelming.

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Photo of larryi86
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you brentk56 for this
500 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a flute

A- A clear gold with a small white head.

S- White wine, sour grapes, hints of tropical fruits, some oak, smells much more like a nice white wine than a sour.

T- Oak, white wine, mild funk, hints of tropical fruits, again more wine like than sour.

M- Smooth, light body, low carbonation, dry.

O- Nicely done, would have liked more carbonation and the tropical fruits to stand out more, but still worth trying. A good beer for wine fans.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold. Slight fizz but no head forms.

Nose is light, little funk. Not much outside of a typical funk and spice that I generally associate with a saison.

Flavor is fantastic. Ripe bright fruit, banana, white grape, white wine attributes come through huge. This aspect is incredibly appealing. Nice sour level, a little light but works great with the bright fruit and sparkling white wine aspect.

Definitely lighter body, not overly complex, but definitely a refreshing lighter sour. Would absolutely have again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale gold (4) to deep gold (6) with a thin white head that disappeared quickly; no cap or lace to speak of; good carbonation. Sour fruit juice nose with a hint of coriander; some pineapple as this opens up. Sour peaches and mango with some funky yeast/clove flavors; juicy pineapple middle with tropical fruit finish. Lite mouthfeel with sour fruit tongue coating and wine dryness. Overall, very enjoyable - lots of sour fruit flavors, a little funk and a dry white wine linger.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Genesis Blonde Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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