Tango - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerThursdays on 11-18-2011)
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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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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My awesome weyerbacher brew rep natalie gave me a bottle of this and I'm excited to try since it would be a tough find here in NJ.

Deep amber color with dark orange highlights. some haziness and about 2 fingers of off white head which dissipates kind of quickly. Big plum aroma on the nose along with cherry cola, white raisins, and melon oddly enough. Almost like a left over fruit bowl.

The taste is a lot more subtle than the nose. Rum raisin flavors with touches of licorice and black cherries. Big bold body that stays consistent throughout. Some detectable spice that plays well with the dark belgian candy flavors. Fruity yet spicy. Everything balances incredibly well into one dangerously delicious crescendo of flavor. Deep, dark, complex, yet subtle.

The abv is incredibly well hidden on this big brew.

This beer could do incredibly well in 6 packs or 4 packs for that matter. It's like a better mad elf without that 2 beer black out factor (however 4 would probably do you in) .

I hope they bring this one back.

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3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from, "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."

A: Ruddy brown with a tinge of amber to it, like an extremely oxidized port.
S: Over-ripe dark sweet cherries with the characteristic Belgian spice and candi sugar.
T: Belgian, but light overall with a bit of cherry sweetness.
M: Light, even carbonation that is muted but still present.
O: Not a huge fan, but a decent beer. It hurts that this wasn't bottle conditioned like the other releases of it.

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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some cherries, not a lot going on. Taste is tart, some cherries, alcohol is most definitely present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but at this price point, I was expecting a little more.

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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip. $7.00 for the single. Live review.

A: A gentle pour produces a thin, half finger fizzy head, light brown in color and quick to diminish. The paper-thin crescent shaped collar that remains is barely worth mentioning. Deep crimson in color - very attractive hue. The body appears to have a degree of transparency, but only shadows can be seen through the glass. No lacing.

S: Strong upfront notes of sweet dark fruits - cherries, plums and figs. The nose fades into a smooth butteriness and reigns in the rose-like alcohol and sharp, peppery esters a touch. Light clove creeps in on the back end.

T: Dark fruits and dark candi sugars - but a bit more rustic than the nose suggested. The cherries went from fresh to dried, the plums became prunes and the figs added a lightly caramelized edge. An earthiness comes through as the spiciness is reinforced.

M: Medium-full body with a fine, tingling effervescent bite across the tongue as the swallow commences. Balances the line between sweet and dry very well. A more supple texture would have solidified a near-perfect mouthfeel.

O: I'm not sure why Tango has been getting such low scores. I think a little extra time in the bottle has paid off. As it's drinking right now, this is a pretty fantastic American-made example of a BSDA. I would definitely purchase again, though the price was inexplicably high.

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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish brown body with next to no head when poured. Looks a lot like the color of dark cherries. Not much going on with this one here.

Very strong sweet dark cherry aromas and belgian candied sugar profile. The yeasty scents are of gingerbread, clove, and a hint of breadiness.

The sweet dark cherry flavors pop right upfront. Spices from the yeast rush over the tounge halfway through. The spice rises up along with a mild alcohol heat that carries through to the finish. The sweetness stays from start to finish as well.

This beer is very reminiscent of Weyerbacher's Quad with dark cherries added. The cherry sweetness and yeasty spice keep the alcohol from becoming to strong here, but warmth does come through in the end. The flavors here are very clean and good, but just don't climb to the elite level of a Trappist or most other Belgian beers. I still feel this is a successful take on a belgian dark ale.


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Tango from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.