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Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 88
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 08-17-2010

A sour red ale aged with cherries in bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by alcstradamus:
Photo of alcstradamus
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at the 2010 Great Taste and loved it. This version was tapped at the 2011 Central Waters Anniversary party. I found it to be less sour overall than at the GTOTM, and actually it is even better than before.

It pours a ruby/brown with a huge head. Aroma is oaky with some sour cherry and pear sweetness.

The flavor is nicely tart with oak and sour cherry performing a balancing act.

The body is medium and carbonation is low. Overall this beer is fantastic and will really surprise people as a superior first sour offering from Central Waters. If you are a fan of oud bruins, this one should be on your radar.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, graciously shared with me this past Sunday afternoon, day after GTMW

appearance: served in a town hall tulip - lifeless carbonation, murky orange-amber body, no head

smell: funky aroma, notes of brett, hay, oak, vinous characteristics, cherry, grape skin

taste: Better than I remember the tap version of 2010/2011 being - quite sour, vinous grape skin, tart cherry, tons of oak, hay, brett, highly acidic, vinegar.

mouthfeel: lack of carbonation is pretty detrimental, acid, tart

overall: good first effort of the style, not at new glarus level by any means yet

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - No head on a clear reddish brown body. Lifeless.

Smell - Chardonnay bomb. Intense barrel character. Vanilla and oak permeate. Caramel. Not really any acidity.

Taste - Much more sour here, but not intense. Strong white wine again. Caramel and vanilla. Follows the nose, but the cherries come out in the end. The back end dries out and leaves diacetyl and white wine.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied. Easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Better than I expected. Out of proportion on many flavors, like the wine barrel.

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a good dark red color with a small head.

Very good flemish red aromas of sour cherries, some funk and tart citrus notes as well.

Good depth with a very good medium feel and flavors of sour cherries and a good amount of tart tones as well. Finishes off nice and dry.

This is a real good flemish red. Nice and tart with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip
Serving temp 45°-50° F, Ale aged in oak barrels with cherries added. Pairings listed on the back!

A - Low carbonation leaves little loose bubbles of off-white pinkish foam. Pinkish dirty hazed apricot in color. Vanishing foam is no surprise with all the bugs in this one.

S - Low notes of vinegar and bacteria fall behind the robust aroma of smooth oak barrels and bacteria soaked cherry accents. Complex bacteria is underlying, not bold, but works very well. More sour power emerges with a good swirl.

T - Sour cherries and wet wood flourish with barnyard notes of dry straw and funk. The flavor is actually pretty "thin" (not one dimensional, rather just light) but works well in this brew.

M - Nice light carbonation compliments the medium-light body and finishes out with a lightly dry, very sour finish.

O - A few tweaks and this could be an absolutely amazing brew. The sour finish does a great job of tying all the oak and cherries together with the bacteria-filled brew but I'd love to see a little rise in the flavor profile. The bugs are there and offer low underlying complexity, but almost no real malt profile comes though in this one. Regardless, this is damn close to Supplication. Great job guys! I can't wait to age some bottles and experience it's development.

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Reviewing Exodus, an intentionally soured red ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries from Central Waters Brewing Company out of Amherst, Wisconsin.

Score: 94

Fall 2011 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 07/01/14.

Appearance: Pours a murky, reddish-orange color with a slight brownish tinge with a half finger of head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. The last pour is quite sediment-y. Nothing special in the lacing/retention/lacing department, but this is a sour ale. 3.75/5

Smell: Cherry, lacto, vanilla and oak working in a nice harmony. Relative to how this was fresh, the acidity has softened a bit and the cherry has faded a bit in a good way such that the medicinal character that was once there fresh is now gone. A kiss of lemon too. 4.25/5

Taste: Tart cherry, oak and a kiss of lacto on the finish. Has a well-rounded acidity. Tart cherry throughout. Really pleasant balance here. No medicinal character anymore. A little residual sweetness on the back half. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Dry finish. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Has a nice sourness with an underlying/balancing residual sweetness. 4.5/5

Overall: Excellent, early sour project from Central Waters that has aged marvelously. Recent batches on tap have been even better than this was fresh.

Cost: $14.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml C&C bottle, shared by fbc24. Thanks Frank!

A: Semi-hazy reddish/pink colored body with an instantly dissipating white head. Thin retention ring and no true lacing.

S: Cherry, sour notes but nothing over the top, oak, funk and lemon.

T: Softer on the sour front than I expected, but still a good amount there. Nothing too puckering. Plenty of cherry with dominant oak on the back-end which seemed to dry it out quite a bit.

M: A bit under-carbonated. For the style, I would like a touch more carbonation. Dry, as noted.

Really a nice, flavorful cherry-forward Wild Ale. Flanders Red? Eh, not too sure about that.

Photo of Etan
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark orange. A few bubbles form but die out immediately. No retention or lacing.

S: Tangy lactic funk and sourness pervades the aroma. Nice backing of mildly sweet cherry flesh.

T: Immediately fills the mouth with a very puckering red-fruit sourness. Tart cherry and raspberry, a bit of balancing oak, lactic yogurt. Lactic notes really come out in the finish, with a bit of warming alcohol.

M: Very little carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: The sourness overpowers the other elements that should be going on (cherries, oak), and the lack of carbonation is detrimental to the mouthfeel and appearance. Other than that, it's not bad at all. Nice first try at sours for CW.

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom P for sharing.

Cloudy dark orange brown beer, very little head.

Nose brings tart cherry, sour brown malts, little acidic bite even in the nose.

Taste nice tart cherry, little sweetness, flemmy little creamy, nice sourness, bit of a brown malt and sweet candy, but sour cherry. Long flemmy tart finish with lingering cherry.

Mouth is med bod flemmy mild acidic bite, decent carb.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared this bottle with several BA's at KBS release day.

Reviewed from notes 3/10/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: orange / reddish bodied beer with 1 finger of head white head.

Smell: Funky sour upfront; hay and some cherries.

Taste: Really close to the nose. moderately funky and sour. Then you get a huge note of hay. You get the cherries, but its nothing to crazy. A little bit of fruitiness from the cherries that are not very sweet or tart, but you just know its cherries. Beer finishes with a decent sour aftertaste and some wood.

Mouthfeel: light end of medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was a wonderful sour beer by CW. i am always a fan the thier bers and this is no exception! Make some more Exodus Central Waters!

Photo of pweis909
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Srange-brown in appearance, seemingly skipping over red. Virtually uncarbonated - why the caged cork?

Aroma has faint whiff of cherries. Taste is dominated by lactic acidity that could peel paint. There are hints of sweetness that fade into the dry acidity. I'm not sure that I find the oak; hidden by lactic?

Mouthfeel is thin, which feels more or less appropriate for this beer.

This beer is not dissimilar to my recollections of Rodenbach, which is to say it is overly dominated by sourness for my tastes. On the whole, I think I am biased towards Flanders browns.

Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked bottle.

It pours a nice rosy pink color with just a slight bubbly head. I love the color though.

The smell is god. Lots of funk here and lots of oak notes. It doesn't have that sourness in the smell though. The cherries are there, they have that distinct processed scent that only comes form the way the process door county cherries, there is something about that scent that always puts door county beers above others. I think it has something to do with the cherries and their skins.

The flavor follows though it isn't as funky or oaky. A bit more sourness creeps in but it is still decently mild. There isn't a huge vinegar kick but there is a nice bit of tartness from the cherries themselves.

I think this one could be aged, and I wish I had more than 1 bottle.

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Andy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish amber color. Some white froth formed that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A nice potent vinegar-like oak character up front. Bits of cherry pits in the background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A great combo of a sharp vinegar-like acidic bite and subtle cherries behind it that meshes into a dry oaky finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. I like the dynamic sourness and oak/fruit without it melting your face off.

(O)- Excellent drinkability and fits the style very well particularly for an american made one. I had this a few times on tap as well a year or so before this was bottled and the sourness has definitely been kicked up a notch or two since but very happy to see the oak and fruit is still present too. Very much looking forward to seeing what else Central Waters does with their sour program considering this was their first entry essentially.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mark!

The pour is orange with a tall white head. Strong cherry aroma, but also a weird salty note. Some oak, a bit of pineapple, straw, and lemon. The flavor is highly acidic. The cherry character is not quite as pronounced. Mild red wine vinegar, leather, and some citric acidity. Very simnple, but good.

Photo of Khazadum
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard body, decent lacing.

Strong sweetnees in aroma. So so good in cherry. Very sweet. Vanilla ice cream.

Tart cherries, lactic bite, small oak woody flavor. Finishes raspberries, strawberries.

Light carb, sticky flavors, woody nature. Simple.

Photo of adman08
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear amber without much head. The color to me is spot on.
S-Aromas of lactic acid/vinegar along with a slightly funky, horse blanket aroma. A distinctly sweet aroma as well.
T-Fairly sweet with about the right amount of sour/acidic flavor. There is a good amount of brett funk.
M-A little on the sweet side overall. Fairly light bodied, very little carbonation.
Overall, a very good sour ale. It could use some aging to bring out more of the brett funk and decrease the sweetness just a little bit and to increase the carbonation but I really do think the flavor is quite good.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to the Paul for dropping off a pre-release bottle for us to tick.

A: Decent pop on the cork. Good sign. Poured into my tulip the beer is dark pink red with a good amount of turbidity. Small amount of beige head attempts to form but simply never gains a foot hold.

S: The initial whiff is heavy on the sour lactic laced cherry. Vinegar and wet barrel wood are major players in the nose as well. Just a touch of leather. Reminds a lot of Supplication.

T: The flavors fall a bit short for me. The sourness is well represented but as far as the depth goes it's muted. Some mild cherry and oakiness is present but that's really all I can pick out. Vinegar and lactic sour sting my tongue and cheeks with each swish.

M: Rather low on carbonation. No surprise since Paul warned us it needed time in the bottle. Like a couple of kids on Christmas we couldn't wait.

O: A great try out of the gate for CW's sour program. I'm looking forward to revisiting this one in a few months after it's had a chance to bottle condition. If this is a clue as to what's coming from CW in the future, I'm certainly glad I'm gonna be along for the ride.

EDIT: Bottle 7-3-12. Developing nicely. Much more sour and carbonated.

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leaves a little to be desired. Quickly dissipating fizzy head on a murky orange-pink body.

Nose is heavenly. Tart citrus with a splash of fruit punch.

Taste follows. Tart, 7 out of 10, mild vinegar. Mouth puckering for sure. Somewhat simple.

Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Solid if not one-noted. Tame apricot mouthwatering juice. That's what this should have called it. Thanks TATURBO.

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

On Tap at Devil's Den in Philly for the 4th annual Bella Vista beer bash. Served in a tulip glass.

Exodus comes looking on the reddish side, yet there is some gold beams shooting out as well. A slight bit of haze with no floaties within the glass. A nice cap of firm off white foam graces the top, slight stick.

Smell is tart cherry scent up front, that much is apparent. I don't get a ton of vinegar which is a plus and a great departure of from many flanders I've had. A hint of yeast and some berry scent with some lactic/funky scents arising with warming. Cherry dominated.

This surprised me. Much more complex than expected and more wild and funky than a traditional flanders red, if this in fact a flanders red. Bright tastes of berry, cherry, vanilla, oak. If this was aged in a bourbon barrel, the bourbon is lost under the cherry tartness. All in all a great contender for underdog beer that turned out great.

Feel is at about medium with a great amount of carb that kinda pricks the mouth. Nice lactic sourness with a pucker. I could drink this all night happily. Very drinkable with a low ABV. My hats off to you Central Waters, thanks for sending it over. Send more.

Photo of sacrelicio
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice flanders red from Central Waters. Has a good sour cherry aroma. The taste is a good balance of sour tartness and cherry. A well balanced brew that is like the little brother of the Dissident from Deschutes. I think the recipe could be beefed up a bit with more malt and cherries. The bourbon isn't really there at all, which could also be improved.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AGED REVIEW

This one has been in my refrigerator for about 7 months now, let's crack it open and see how it has fared.

Pours out a surprisingly clear reddish tinged amber, with absolutely no head or lacing at all.
The first sniff smells like a rich vanilla/cherry cordial sort of aroma. The second sniff adds a medium dosage of oak tannins and a generalized 'acidic' tart aroma to that. I have absolutely -no- raunchiness or funk whatsoever in the nose, it is still a very bright and clean sort of tart smell.

The flavor is SUPER surprisingly dry considering how sweet the nose was. Tastes somewhat like lager-diluted apple vinegar that had cherries soaking in it. Very little malt character exists at all in this brew at this point in time. The finish is a long, drawn-out yet light woody tannic fade-out. Light spritzey body with light carbonation to match.

My overall impression is that this brew was on the right track in terms of tartness, acidity, and pucker, but needs a more bold malt profile and a higher level of Brett inoculation in order to truly contend with the gold standards of Flanders.

Compared to fresh, I've already lost -so- much woody character without gaining funk that I don't want to age the only other bottle of the inaugural batch of Exodus I have for more than a few additional months (just to double-check my single data point of aging results). Also, it is worth repeating that I've aged this one at refrigerator temperature, higher temperatures will have changed faster than this.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Only wisps of white heads swirl slowly at the surface. In the champagne flue the yellowish orange body displays no visible rising carbonation.

S - Slightly sour aroma accompanied by a hints of cherry, pear and banana.

T - I like that there's no major fruit flavor in this beer. While cherries had been added at one point or another, the beer maintains its 'sour beer' character without becoming a sour cherry beer.

M - Exceptionally dry finish with a wet coating that seems to come back and encompass my tougue following each pull.

~ In and of itself this is a good sour. Tonight, I didn't match it up against any other brews of the same beer style. Mainly because Flanders Red Ale is a difficult style to obtain in Central Wisconsin but also because I want to get an idea of how it stacks up against itself.

I had heard some good things and I had heard some bad things about this beer before I tried it tonight. I have to say I will be saying good things about it to my friends.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of 2 bottles. This one is obviously not going to make to see tomorrow. The other I have cellared and will let it age gracefully for a year or two before letting it loose.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish orange in color with brownish highlights and a thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of hay brett funk storms out of the aroma with tart acdic cherry character not really any noticeable bourbon barrel qualities but had mild vinegary citrusy notes and hints of wood.

T: the cherries were more apparent on the palate alongside oaky woody accents, vineagry acidic tones, hints of brown sugar, very mild buorbon booze if any and plenty of bretty funk to round it out.

M: the brew was medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation which had a vinegary, woody, bretty funky sour and mild dry finish finish.

O: pretty solid beer all around and was glad to finally try a brew from central waters.

Photo of seeswo
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish-red color with minimal amounts of bubbles. The nose is funky and oaky, mildy sour and vinegar cherries. The beer has a punch of vinegar tartness, while managing to be pretty mild and drinkable. The cherries are more tart than they come off as a big cherry flavor. The funk is toned down for sure, and the beer doesn't have a ton of complexity. That said, what it does, it does nicely. Very drinkable, but a bit under-carbonated. This is definitely a solid attempt. Would love to try an aged one down the road. Nice work CW!

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Central Waters tap room in Amherst, Wisconsin. Held during the Great Amherst Beer Festival today, 10/12/2013. 8oz pour into a plastic cup, which was then transferred to my Cigar City snifter.

Review #233.

Body is a hazy orange-amber colour with a decent 2cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Bits and bits of lacing sticks around.

Smells tart more than anything else. A solid bit of oak persists in the nose. Not much funk or earth to be found. I can't really tell this was brewed with cherries, to be honest.

Tastes crisp, like tart grapes with a decent bit of earthiness, but not overwhelming. Sourness quotient is not that high, but it is very hard to ignore. Sourness is mostly straight up lactate, but doesn't remind me of any particular fruit or flavour- it is just more of a pure acidity.. not a whole lot of cherry in here.

Thinner-medium body, good carbonation. Refreshing and not difficult to drink. Solidly balanced, slightly dry finish.

Good representation of the style. Not too overwhelming, not too complex and rather refreshing. This is a solid sour that doesn't go overboard in any department and I'm glad to have finally gotten around to trying this one. I heard comparisons to Russian River's Supplication here, but I just don't see it here.

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Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.