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Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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160 Ratings
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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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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Reddish brown. No head and only a ring of foam is present. No lacing.

S. Tart cherries. Oak. Smells better as it warms.

T. Tart cherries and oak. Not overly sour or complex.

M. Semi dry finish. Medium high carbonation.

O. A good Flanders though a bit one dimensional and over carbonated for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 02:13:46 | More by shadetree67
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 02:50:53 | More by Stevedore
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden amber color with ruby edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with tart, vinous fruit, earthy, funky bugs, toasted oak and acetic solvent.  A bit more acetic solvent character than I prefer taking away from the other notes a bit but there's still some sweet vinous fruit and a decent barrel character.

On the thinner end of medium bodied with tart, puckering mouthfeel that's slightly acetic but not overly harsh.  Decent barrel character with toasted oak and vanilla followed by tart, vinous dark fruit and acetic vinegary funk.  Slightly lactic with a nice amount of puckering sourness but it's a bit more acetic/solvent like than I prefer.  The dark fruit notes adds some needed sweetness but it could use some more balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 22:48:38 | More by corby112
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 14:56:30 | More by BARFLYB
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer at the occupy the local option event earlier today. Pours a burnt orange color with a bit of white head. It dissipates after a little while leaving little (if any) lacing, and a bit of film and a ring around the glass. Aroma has lots of oak with some nice funk. A bit of fruity berryish aroma as well, and a bit of vinegary acid. Flavor has more oak than in the aroma with lots of fruit, some nice funk and a bit of a vinous, balsamic quality. The oak is almost overwhelming. I would love to put a bottle down for a while to see where that big oak character goes. Mouthfeel is lower carbonation than I would have wanted, but it is dry and light regardless. If it had a touch more carbonation it would have been better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 04:51:32 | More by Agold
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Central Water 13th Anniversary Party.

I was quite excited about this mythical sour being brewed in a "Green" brewery in the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin.

Unfortunately it seemed like Anello was having some tapping issues and it took us a solid 25 minute wait for a single cup filled only 1/4 of the way and then split between the 7 of us in our party. It was worth the wait for the experience, but my tongue was pretty-well spent on sweet malty-goodness (of the entire CW portfolio) by the time of the Exodus. If it had been up to me I would have put Exodus after The Cherry Bourbon Stout so that our tongues could have transitioned easier into the sour via the tart Door County cherries.

That being said, I got loads of sour goodness, mostly of fruit & wine-vinegars with an explosive taste-bud tickling carbonation. I look forward to sober re-review as soon as I can get my hands on some more of that stuff.

A: knocked down a few points for the lack of pour
&
D: a few points low based on the minimal intake received.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:28:21 | More by burnheartsMKE
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this at the Central Water's 13th Anniversary Party on tap.

This beer poured a dark amber/reddish color. It had a very thick off white head that was about 3 fingers tall and lingered for a long time. The smell was very much bourbon, cherries, and a little bit of funk. Taste was surprisingly smooth. Up front was a lot like the smell. A lot of cherries, dark fruit, oak and bourbon. The finish was much lighter and crisp with a lighter fruit (apple, pear) flavor. Mouthfeel was really not what I expected. It was highly carbonated, which was probably why the head was so high, but very light and easily drinkable. I would love to try this again and I would love to see them bottle this one. If you ever get the chance to try it I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 04:02:49 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 23:55:19 | More by alcstradamus
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Great Taste. Pours a rust mahagony color with a nicely formed white tan head. The nose is way more sour and tart fruit notes than I expected. CW really have outdone themselves on this one and was a bit surprising to say the least. Some malty type flavors up front followed by the full force hit of the cherries that impart both a sweet and sour/tart taste to the beer. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a fairly good sour that ranks pretty well but still needs a little time to fully develop.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 14:02:26 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Taste 2010

Pours a light tan head. Color is an brown hued orange.

Aroma: It has an odd malt/toffee flavor to it. After that it does have a nice sour cherry flavor with some funk. Bourbon isn't too apparent.

Taste: Again, the taste starts out with more of a malty and toffee flavor before the sour notes hit. The cherries are very fresh. More bourbon showed here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: tart, crisp, and clean. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer.

Overall, a decent sour, but it needs work. Rumors are they might bottle this, which would be pretty cool. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 22:56:28 | More by mothman
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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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Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.