Exodus - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
01-25-2012 02:01:29 | More by FightingEntropy
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
01-16-2012 14:48:20 | More by Treebs
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
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!
01-16-2012 13:21:19 | More by seeswo
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
01-13-2012 07:31:21 | More by sacrelicio
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
01-09-2012 02:50:33 | More by pweis909
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-07-2012 16:30:54 | More by crossovert
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-04-2012 06:22:59 | More by Mississipping
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
12-30-2011 03:43:50 | More by Khazadum
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-16-2011 02:14:29 | More by cdkrenz
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-12-2011 00:32:18 | More by adman08
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-28-2011 01:38:06 | More by beerwolf77
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-26-2011 17:43:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
Exodus from Central Waters Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.