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Tango - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerThursdays on 11-18-2011

Tango is a big, bold, Belgian-style dark ale brewed with 1,200 pounds of cherries!

Tango pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice fluffy head, offering a very complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits. The strong 750 ml glass bottle finished with a cork and cage allows the very robust bottle-conditioning responsible for Tango’s effervescence. Dark fruit flavors join the cherries to match up with the strong malt bill with the Belgian yeast adding its 2 cents along the way.

Tango weighs in at 10.6% ABV and was brewed using a base of Pilsner Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU.

Tango debuted as the 20th installment of Weyerbacher’s Brewers’ Select series in November of 2011, however, it wasn’t bottle conditioned and was a tad lower in alcohol.
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Bold, large and flavorful. Licorice, dark chocolate, rum, dark malts, ripe plums and some alcohol.

Sweetness of the malts and whatever sugars they added is on the aggressive side. But I like it ..not love it...but like it

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour cherries dark Belgian style ale, looks great in my chalice with a semi blood orange tinted mahogany brown body, fine tan head silky smooth fine carbonation, okay a bit of dimpled textures arising to the top of the head. Dark cherry skin, a bit of plum and dark fruit notes, alcohol soothes the senses like an ancient medicinal concoction enough cherry juice added to make this elixir palatable. That medicinal quality leaves trace of ethanol in the back of the nares that I'm not used to dealing with head on in most of today's beers on the market this high in alcohol...10.6% abv. It's funny how some of the code word series of Wilco Tango Foxtrot have made reappearances, while others have not. This one has got me scratching my head, dark roasted malts leave a slight bitterness matched with medicinal cherry like qualities on the palate...this is a harsh flavor profile when meshed together in this manner somebody go back to the drawing board and fix this beer. It dries out with some semi bitter dark chocolate and the cherry is tamed a bit, but still rather harsh on the palate. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, carries the cherry notes quite well in a dry Belgian style dark ale, quite well. Overall, I'm going to watch these big bottle releases from Weyerbacher, typically a brewer that I at least respect.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the more interestingly color brews I've come across (particularly since I assumed it would be a dark brown ale with cherries added, no extra/different coloration or minimal, it's actually a near-mauve, a bit more violet as it settles with a certain thickness just in the color giving it a translucency that just barely is more clear than complete opacity. It's a new label, so maybe the recipe's changed, but this is (at least any longer) neither any shade of orange or brown. The head is red-tinged fluff about a finger tall that retains itself pretty well and laces the glass moderately.
The smell is mostly sweet cherries, fresh and juicy and seeming like a blend of some kind as even a hint of maraschino comes out. Yeast is on the earthier side and only a hint of candi sugars is noticeable. A bit of dryness, in fact, adds a bit of balance and keeps it at even levels as far as sweetness is concerned. Malts have a bit of breadiness, but not heavy and not particularly dark either.
The flavor takes the dryness further and has a slightly acidic twang too. Letting it warm up allows the cherry and sweetness to come through, and the balance and softness is good without giving up flavor. The yeast is surprisingly dryer than I expect and more earthy than anything, with a bit of must and grains. Clove makes for a soft spiciness on the tongue and a hint of herb lies underneath.
The body is medium-full with a strong crispness and a smoothness on the tongue that leads to a lightly tart cherry finish in which a little spicy bite nips as well.

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4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a dark auburn brown with with a light khaki colored 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention fizzes away rather quickly, leaving behind a somewhat barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge. Leaves virtually no lacing, save a spot or two, but those slide down the glass in due time.

Smell - Dark cherry and a bit of cherry cola with that sweet, sugary aroma. Lesser hints of chocolate and clove spice. Faint raisin and banana.

Taste - Follows the nose with prominent cherry and sugary cola flavors. Touches of chocolate. Fair amounts of clove spice bite by mid-taste and follow through in the finish. Distant banana. Slight tartness from the cherries. A bit of alcohol burn near the finish with a sweet/tart/spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavily-bodied and somewhat creamy but with a spritzy, bitey carbonation that livens it up. Smooth for a 10.6% brew.

Overall - I'm not head-over-heels in love with this one, but I do like it quite a bit. By that same token, I wouldn't trade for it, nor hope that it would come to me in a rare beer club membership again. :)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler purchased about three weeks ago. Garnet ruby highlights in the snifter with a light, fluffy, (as noted) head. Not much lace. Lovely nose is sweet and inviting. Cherries and dark fruits cover a surprisingly light base malt breadiness that recalls a tripel as much as a BSDA. Sweetness offers up a bit of alcohol and pepper. Figs and banana hide in the back. Taste is warm fruitcake, cherry fruitcake. Rum soaked and vaporous with rich dark sugars and light sweet cake bread. Finish is somewhat alcoholic and warm with the mildest of hop bitterness to bring a firm dryness like sherry. Smooth and silky carbonation is almost cask like and perfectly done. Sticky on the sides of the glass and lightly chewy in the mouth. A good solid offering that I'll revisit in the bottle and see how it cellars.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/16...pours crimson brown color with high white foam. Cherry sour nose. Dark fruit tones. Boozy! Heavy, sour, astringent, rich all smacks you at once. Cough syrup pucker. Mellows modestly over time.

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Tango from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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