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Project Opus 10 - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Project Opus 10Project Opus 10

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in oak for 16 months with sweet and tart cherries. Released 2007.

"Project Opus" on the label.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-27-2007)
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with just the slightest red hint to it. Head is full of carbonated bubbles gathering at the top. Smell is tart cherries. Taste is tart cherries and a little funk. Most impressive is the creamy fullness in the mouthfeel. This has a truly luxurious mouthfeel. A decent beer that given the chance would probably drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 13:49:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
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crossovert

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml green corked and caged bottle.

Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a big foamy tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is dominated by the cherries, there is also a hefty amount of oak scent. It is tart and earthy but sweet with a hint of vanilla. I would like a bit less sweetness in the smell but this is pretty good.

The flavor is very oaky with some brett on the back end. The tartness from the cherries is pretty absent though. There is a hint of tartness but not too much. The rest is some decent malts and earthiness.

It is different than a lot of sour beers and I think it is good.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:23:32 | More by crossovert
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007

Project Opus 10 pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, but light easily passes through and shows garnet highlights. Carbonation looks to be quite active and yields a tan head that's around two fingers tall. It was very slow to dissipate and left a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. It kicks off with a very earthy, musky scent that's just a tad funky. It's more musky than funky, but that's not a bad thing in my book. Sour cherries are noted, but they aren't exactly strong. I was expecting more. Secondary notes of oak, light vanilla and yeast round it out. Alcohol is buried and isn't noticeable. Not bad at all.

The flavor isn't quite as impressive. It is earthy and musky up front. There are light funk notes of Brett, but they are secondary and have a subtle effect. I'm okay with that. I prefer a moderate Brett presence. Sour cherries are noted, and give it a slight tart flavor. I really was expecting much more, and am a little disappointed there. Light yeast and oak are secondary and complementary. Alcohol is not noted at all. Completely buried. Finishes earthy and musky.

Project Opus 10 has a light body. Carbonation is rather active and buzzy. It's not smooth, and is not very good for the style. Average is as good as it gets. Drinkability is also rather average. The flavor isn't bad, but it's far from great and grows boring. A 375 ml bottle might actually be a challenge to finish.

Two Brothers did a decent job with Project Opus 10, but if you're looking for a great Fruit Lambic, look elsewhere. At the end of the day, the flavor is okay, but isn't all that fruity or endearing in any other way. It's alright, but I don't love it. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it out nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:50:29 | More by prototypic
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer. A fruit lambic is always welcomed in my house.

A: The pour is rich, blood red color with an initially voluminous off-white head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: A nice funky aroma to this beer. The sour cherries are there, of course, but the oak and grass notes are where this beer shines. A bit of a musty character is present as well.

T: The cherries are not quite as noticeable on the palate, though you can find them. Again, mostly damp oak along with some grass and hay. There's a touch of cork, and a moderate sourness.

M: The body is medium with a lively, rolling carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: After having Moaten, another of Two Brother's sour beers, I was unsure about this one, but willing to give it a chance. I was happy with what I found in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:33:06 | More by womencantsail
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of tartness, slight earthy malt, slight must, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness, tartness, and sourness. Tastes of alcohol, citrus, tart malt, and strong sourness. Overall, an interesting beer. There is definitely a strong recollection of a good wine.

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jrallen34

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the Map Room, 375ml bottle...The beer pouta a supre dark brown, almost blood red in the dim lighting. Light tan head, gone pretty quickly...The aroma and taste are both tart, not super tart. Hard to believe this is a kriek, not much cherries present. Light oak, mostly just tartness. Light feel, decently lasting. A little tough to finish the bottle...This is decent nothing special. A typical American brewer trying to do a lambic, just not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:40:23 | More by jrallen34
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beertooth

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into two Duvel tulips. Matt(emerge077) shared this one with me. Thanks dude!

This beer pours a ruddy reddish brown that's somewhat murky and full of yeasty bits. There's a creamy layer of light almost mocha head.

The nose is pretty funky with notes of cheese rind, soggy wood, horse, rotten cherries, buttery oak, and spicy yeast.

The taste is rather muted compared to the nose. Not as tart as I had hoped either. Mellow cherry skins mix with oak and horsey wild yeast. It's fairly tame and nothing is jumping out at me. It's losing some ground as it warms and the flavors become more muddled together, which I find a little odd. It's finishes oaky and dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft low level of carbonation.

This beer was by no means a drain pour, but I have no interest in trying it again. With that being said I had no problem drinking my share and it was fun trying to pick apart it's flavors. Two Brothers was on the right track with this series. I wonder what happened to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 04:03:36 | More by beertooth
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours mostly brown with tones of amber showing through. Nice tall foamy head that does leave behind a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of bold oak, cherry cough syrup, cheese, and leather.

T: Nice oak for sure. tart cherries and lactic acid up front. Hints of yogurt, and dark fruit. Mild enjoyable tartness from start to finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good. Solid, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:39:16 | More by tpd975
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this one about a year ago from imperialking.. big props Jeff on a great trade. Shared a while back with a few friends.. reviewed from notes.

Descent head.. deep brown with deep red highlites.

Nose is a bit acetic with a bunch of cherry and some dusty brett... woody and tart.

Flavor is only mildly funky with a thick cherry base beer.. almond? wet leather .. a tad sweet but the beginnings of a fine sour are certainly present.. good body, but the carbonation is on the shy side.. vinegar builds as it warms.

Thanks again Jeff.. this was one of my whales for a long time... Great trade.

All 4's

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 09:46:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 oz green wine bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2007 date on the back.

A - Pours out as a tawny brown clear color but it's black, yes, black in the glass. Holding it up to the light only shows a teeny fragment of color. The head is light tan and fizzy-effervescent with decent retention for starting at three fingers. Bits of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells more like a funky wine than a Kreik. Almost no cherries in the nose but what it does have is an abundance of oaky wood notes and a vinegar spike to the grape-like fruit aspect. Definitely has a heavy barn funk to it too.

T - I'm actually a bit scared of this first sip...
No where near as terrifying as I was expecting it to be. It's a sour, super woody (think sucking on oak wood-chips), funky beer. A light fruitiness is present in the background but only as a small afterthought. Complex in a very weird way.

M - Sharply carbonated and uber-sour with tons of wood, it's a weird feeling beer. Also pretty tart. Medium in body.

D - I really can't finish this. The age is too much and I'm a little upset with myself for not having it sooner (although I bought it about six months ago). The black color scared the crap outta me too. I wish I was experiencing it fresh but for it's age, it's pretty interesting at least.

I don't expect this review to reflect properly on the beer but rather reflect it's age and a warning to NOT keep it long.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:12:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a small, off white head. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, vanilla, wine, and funky leather.
Taste is of the aromas with obvious cherries, along with oaky vanilla tannins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and well balanced for a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:15:33 | More by weeare138
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle thanks to JB175. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of lactic acid, yogurt, sweet malt, and cheese. Flavor of oak, malt, and lots of funk. Definitely on the lactic side, but enjoyable. I don't get a distinct cherry taste nor do I get a real lambic feel from this one--more of a sour ale, really. Kind of odd overall, but I still liked it!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:46:36 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml

2007 Bottling

A big thank you goes out to emerge077 for sharing this a couple days ago, thanks Matt! 10 flows into my glass a murky, nearly muddy, maroon with lighter highlights along the edges of the glass. The beige head slowly grew to thick cap that stayed tight throughout the drink and left some drink lines after each sip.

The nose is something to behold. There are a lot of leathery, earthy, mineral qualities running throughout this brew. Bing cherries and the pits make an appearance along with wet rock. The earthy characteristics bring some chalkiness that's really unique and welcomed. Mild caramel and oak bring up the rear. The nose draws me right in.

Everything the nose suggested was found in the aroma with no exceptions. A lot of tanned leather leads the way with the chalky, rocky mineral qualities I've become to thoroughly enjoy. The malt backing comes across and balances out the earthy qualities to perfection. Caramel and toasted white bread backing brings up the rear. Bing cherry pits run throughout this brew in the most delicate of ways. My only, small, quibble is that I'd like a little more tartness.

Two Brothers nailed the mouthfeel on this brew. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is active and lively. While this is generously carbonated the bubbles are soft and airy. 10 reaches the hard to get mouthfeel of some of the best Belgians out there.

I would like a bottle of this to myself. It would go down with no problem. The supreme balance and near perfect mouthfeel make it hard to not drink this beer fast.

I missed 10 when it was first released. I'm glad I finally got the chance to try some; it's a gem of a beer. So, again, thanks for sharing Matt, you brought along two stellar Two Brother's offerings!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 18:11:30 | More by joe1510
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Floydster

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle brought by rallison to the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks a lot Ryan for this treat, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Dark reddish brown color, thick one inch off white head, good retention, some lacing
S-Cherries, other berries, caramel, biscuit malt, oak, caramel, Brettanomyces, and sweetness
T-Starts off with a big cherry flavor, toasted malt and other darker fruits in the middle, finish is a little tarty with some lingering cherries, caramel and oak come out more as it warms, not tarty enough but not overy sweet either
M-Sweet, slightly sour, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, could probably use some more carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could drink this bottle and that is probably about it, seemed high alcohol for its style, kind of heavy with sweet accents, slightly tart finish helps though

I think this one is two years old now and it is a great anniversary beer for this brewery, look forward to seeing what other lambics they produce in their new Project Opus series, would like to have this gain, recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:42:06 | More by Floydster
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seaoflament

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I was looking forward to trying this beer.

Poured a dark brown with an inch of head, some great retention and lacing as well.

Nice funky fruit aroma at first with some berries, caramel, and toast. Some powdery sweetness in the background and oak.

Toast and tart fruits upfront with a semi-dry finish. Some black cherry and raisins as well. Medium-high carbonation. Very tasty beer. Hope I get to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:10:07 | More by seaoflament
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BgThang

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thx to peanutski at the dilly deli for having this available and allowing me to buy it.

I got the three last bottles on the shelf. Do not know if it was the last of them or not. I have been wanting to try this for awhile now.

Appearance this has the look of puree cherries its dingy maroon brownish color'

Nose icherry comes through with some funk on it but very slight. has other sour notes and that of some astringent stuff in a good way

Drinkability this is a nice beer that gives you the fruit taste without the sweet syruoy mouthfeel like some lambics.

I am glad I got to try this and I have two bottles left. I will be cellaring them and will try them again in a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 06:04:05 | More by BgThang
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Project Opus 10 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.