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Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 84
Gots: 31 | 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:
A sour red ale aged with cherries in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-17-2010)
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Photo of Alpar
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Alpar, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Agold
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Agold, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

FightingEntropy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Loogs
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Loogs, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DaBubs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DaBubs, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Treebs, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

seeswo, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sacrelicio
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

sacrelicio, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of pweis909
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

pweis909, Jan 09, 2012
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.

crossovert, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -1.5%

cadaugherty, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

klipper, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Mississipping
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby-rust color with almost no head at all.  A small off-white ring forms around the edges, but it's modest at best and doesn't completely connect.  No lacing at all, but moderate legs.

S: A really nice lactic tartness up front with ample cherries.  A hint of oak lingers in the background, but melds really well.  

T: Lactic tartness is, again, up front with some vinegar.  Cherries are not very prominent, but tease the taste buds on occasion.  A bit of musty oak with no hint of booze. 

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation at all.  Starts out tart and then becomes a little sweet toward the finish.  Still, a nice drying effect on the back end. 

D: Very drinkable and very tasty.  A really nice treat to try.

Mississipping, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

psychotia, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dc55110, Dec 31, 2011
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.

Khazadum, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Soneast, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -1.5%

monitorpop, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TurdFurgison, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jakers90, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of warbird07
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

warbird07, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

cdkrenz, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Wisconsinality, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

adman08, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of KHM
5/5  rDev +23.2%

KHM, Dec 03, 2011
Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.