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Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%


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:
A sour red ale aged with cherries in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-17-2010)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:55:35 | More by jlindros
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From late 2011 750 ml bottle release.

A. Pours with little to no head - almost flat. Bright amber appearance with some cloudiness.

S. Fruity nose of sour cherry, Berry Jolly Rancher and vanilla/oak. Pretty nice.

T. Refreshing and puckering sour cherry and oak. Not much complexity here but very easy drinking.

M. Low carbonation and light bodied feel.

O. Pretty good effort - I would like to try a more recent release of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:54:02 | More by bound4er
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Central Waters Exodus (2011)

Poured from a 1 pint 9.36 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Foggy orange initially, although the clarity improves gradually and the color darkens a bit. Basically no head on this. No lacing...

S) This is a musty dank, funky aroma, with a hint of cherry and wood. Good and sour...

T) Sour flavors nip at the tip of your tongue, and do not let up. Very earthy/woody flavors. The fruit flavor from the cherry is tart as well. This is some funky stuff...

M) Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is lip smacking and mouth watering. Bit of a dry finish...

O) My goodness... This kept my mouth watering for minutes after each sip. Like it was tickling the inside of my mouth... I'd be interested to try this fresh, but I have to say I'm glad I had the restraint to age this, because it was pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:09:42 | More by RoamingGnome
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:28:37 | More by Duff27
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:11:14 | More by Alieniloquium
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:07:49 | More by ShanePB
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a pinkish/amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S- sour cherries, some vinegar, oak.

T- pale malts, vinegar, sour cherries, oak and some earthiness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Some acidity but not as effervescent or carbonated as many other sours.

O- 6/10 sourness. Good sour, but not very complex. Some sour cherries with a little vinegar and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:25:05 | More by kawilliams81
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:33:04 | More by sweemzander
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:11:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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dirtylou

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 17:26:19 | More by dirtylou
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 15:40:28 | More by Gobzilla
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KDawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:50:30 | More by KDawg
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:50:04 | More by womencantsail
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazed bright orange red with little to no head resting on top. The color is vibrant and piercing, and becomes brighter in the light.

Cherry forward nose with nice sourness and funk, oak tannins with a touch of grape and red wine.

Starts off lactic and sour backed by a full cherry sour roundness. Fairly balanced along with a funky horse blanket undertone. Red grape skin and cherry with a fairly syrupy sweetness. Finishes sticky and sweet followed by some lingering cherry.

Fuller medium body, medium-lighter carb, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A really nice sour beer overall, although the cherry did become a little sweet after a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:17:32 | More by xnicknj
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:51:36 | More by Etan
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a murky reddish color. The color was obviously the side-effect of being soaked in the cherries. A sour cherry aroma permeates the air, giving anticipation for the cherry notes to come. The initial taste is a sour cherry flavor that certainly awakens the sour taste buds on the tongue. A mild oak flavor is present with the biscuit notes obvious in observing the texture. The cherries add something to the sour flavor of this beer which continues to the sour finish. Though released in winter, this could easily be an easy drinking, refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 14:50:02 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:20:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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wschmit

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 750ml into a Duvel tulip. No dates or numbers or anything.

A: Opens with an audible pop, but no rush of foam. The body is hazy orange--I guess I expected more red. Head fizzles away quickly, leaving a slight, off-white ring about the top.

S: Quite a nice, tart cherry nose, with a little mustiness and barnyard brett. Some rose petals, maybe. Nice, but a bit one-note, muddled.

T: Oooh, very tart. Puckering. Definitely strong cherry notes, perhaps too strong. A little horse blanket in the finish. It's somewhat flat tasting, though. Wish it was more complex.

M: Low carbonation, but not terribly thin-bodied.

O: Just okay, overall. Certainly a noble attempt, but kind of monotonous. Still, I encourage the effort and still adore CW. Keep on plugging, guys. I'll keep on drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:22:05 | More by wschmit
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A surprising mild pop kicks things off. The pour is as expected slightly flat with a weak ring of bubbles struggling to form on the sides of the glass. A quick swirl kicks up some activity. The color is very nice firm copper color with some nice orange hints. Quite clear with a very slight haze.

Strong fruit tartness up front. That gets milder with some nice funky notes and some good wood notes. Slightly spicy aroma as well. Definitely some sweet cherry-esque notes and some tartness as well. Red wine vinegar comes to mind.

Flavor starts off with some midl fruit juice tartness that then explodes with some stronger red wine vinegar notes. Pretty tart brew. the sharp and quick tartness last for about half the sip as a more woody and funky note takes center stage with some nice cherry sweetness/tartness takes over. Quite woody in the finish with a lingering mild tartness there as a reminder. the body is nice and light and refreshing however a bit more of carbonation would be ok. Not too much more but just a bit.

Overall this brew is pretty solid. Not anything amazing and a bit underwhelming for me but still not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:39:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A little murky but nothing too bad. Very nice red hue and a decent amount of carbonation. Looks nice :)

S: Strong fresh fruit sourness. Definitely cherry.

T: Excellent! This is smooth and has a perfect amount of sour and funk. I think this is well balanced (or at least to my liking) it is. The tartness attacks the tongue and prickles the back of your throat but it still has a nice crisp after taste.

M: Well balanced not too thin and not a syrup. I think this is about right for a sour.

O: Absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite sours and its also impressive that this was their first attempt. If you can, GET SOME.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:59:21 | More by Alpar
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle of Exodus from the corner liquor because it was the new beer on the shelf. I'm a sucker for new, even though Central Waters has never been a brewery that has impressed me. In fact, I had to look at a picture of the bar to remember that I stopped there once (part of the Good Beer Bus Tour 2006) . But everyone deserves an update chance.

Corked and caged bottle opened with a light pop, so had to pour hard down the middle to create an ephemeral white head with large irregular bubbles. Color of a new copper penny, it peaks my expectation in the glass. First sip--wow--sour. I should really research my beers ahead of time a bit more. While I saw the "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Cherries Added" on the front label, I missed the "sour ale" and "Door County Cherries" on the back description. Listed on BeerAdvocate as a Flanders Red Ale.

In this case, it may have turned out better to not have read the label clearly. Being a fan of Flanders Red, my expectations would have been even higher. However, the beer disappoints the style, but is fine for a try tonight. In the nose, the familiar Door County cherries used famously by New Glarus are clearly there. Clear sour from the trifecta of sour bugs and the oak is there if you look for it. Take a taste and the oak is now out front with a pleasant fruity sourness. Body is thin and seems to fall off the back with little to stop it. Adequate, and my perception of Central Waters has change very little: solid, but rarely stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:01:29 | More by FightingEntropy
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Treebs

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C bottle split with friends at Northdown Taproom and Cafe. Served in a mini pint glass.

A: Pours a murky amber and brown combination with a thin off white head the disippates quickly to a thin collar. No real lace left on the glass.

S: Some light oak and cherry tartness is present on the nose with some sweet fruit as well. Smell is decent, but nothing really stands out and I'm not getting any of barrel qualities.

T: The taste follows the nose, but it definitely has more of a lactic sourness to it. Slight bit of funk as well with some tart cherry skins. Again the barrel is really non-existant.

M: Medium carbonation lingering on the lower end with a medium body. There is slight drying finish to this.

O: Well the barrel wasn't really there and the cherries sort of got muted in the flavor. It was a nice take on the flanders, but overall it didn't click.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 14:48:20 | More by Treebs
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seeswo

Ohio

3.68/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 13:21:19 | More by seeswo
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 07:31:21 | More by sacrelicio
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:50:33 | More by pweis909
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Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.