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Genesis Blonde Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 584
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 79
Gots: 139 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 584
Photo of oldn00b
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +2.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +10.6%
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 +9.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +7.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -6.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.2%
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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Photo of KajII
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +2.5%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared 2014 bottle.
Flavor: Light on funk but medium-high sourness.
Nice complexity lends high interest while the low funkiness allow easy drinkability.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Genesis Blonde Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.