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Askew - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 48
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Saccharomyces cerevisae and Brettanomyces. Transferred to oak foudre after initial fermentation. Foudre has previously gone through a spontaneous fermentation.

(Beer added by: ChugginOil on 05-16-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The beer pours an amber-orange color with a fizzy off-white head that is not retained very well.

S: A very intense aroma. Lots of grass and lemon which provides a ton of sourness. Fairly heavy on the oak, and a little bit on the musty side. A mild fruitiness as well as a surprising amount of vinegar.

T: The vinegar flavor is quite strong, as is the lactic/lemony sourness. This results in an intensely sour beer. Very, very heavy on the oak as well. A mild cherry flavor provides a bit of fruit. Surprisingly, a little bit of malt on the back end.

M: This is medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The vinegar character was just a bit too much, and the oak was too strong as well.

womencantsail, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally, a use for those damn foudres. This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white grapes (very vinous), brett, tart strawberry, tart raspberry, lemon zest, light lime zest, maple syrup, and light cranberry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, raspberries, brett, lemon zest, blood orange, red wine, and currants. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable wild. It focuses on the sour fruit, but doesn't overdo it (you get to keep your enamel).

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, straight down the middle. Half an inch of crackling white foam rose up and receded after a few minutes, soon resembling filtered cider in the glass. Some irregular bits of spotty lace clung to the sides here and there. Sunset orange tone, good clarity with a very slight haze. It glints gold when it catches the light.

Lightly acetic cider nose, white wine vinegar, funky apple orchard, lemon and lime zest. Fruit forward and with a sharp hint of acidity.

Fruity taste with a moderately sour, acetic bite. Juicy apple, lemon, sour grape, some crabapple sharpness. Clean and effervescent, it dries up quickly, with a hint of Brett, crackery malt, and wet barrel oak in the dry aftertaste. Flavor is fruity and fairly complex, the woody hint in the aftertaste is pleasant too. Carbonation is light, and it has a fairly vinous character to it. Quenching and tasty.

Great to finally see Two Brothers bottle a sour ale from their foudres. Askew was even more enjoyable than previous wild ales Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone (though all were different stylistically). Hope this is a sign of more sour things to come...

emerge077, May 26, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Askew pours a largely clear peach skin hue, capped by a small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

A lot of fruity lacto on the nose, with balsamic vinegar and slight acetone behind. Ripe stone fruit, strawberries, mild barnyard and nail polish. Pretty decent.

Tastes better than it smells. Quite sour and fruity, there are some nice strawberry, peach and pineapple flavors going on here. Very lactic and slightly stomach churning, though it narrowly avoids coming off as harsh.

Carbonation is on the lower end of medium, it could probably use a touch more, but it's not a large detraction. The finish is mild, lactic and fruity again, pretty mouth watering from the acidity.

Surprisingly good on the whole. Not in the upper tier of American sours, but better than I was expecting.

largadeer, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). I skipped this one after being burned by too many mediocre Two Brothers offerings, and by the time I saw the positive reviews it was too late. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar showing solid retention, some wisps and negligible lace. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Huge grape and red wine vinegar flavors mingle with massive acetobacter, and a touch of light oak. As the beer warms up there's a light plastic note, but on the whole this is pretty good, if not nostril-singing.

T - Again, very grape-heavy with vinous oak, dry oak, and some light funk in the finish. There's a vague popcorn note that I get from some of the Santa Fe wild ales, but it's not as intense as those. Not as impressive as the aroma unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied, moderate-to-low carbonation level, and an extremely dry and tannic texture. No obvious alcohol, but I wasn't really expecting any.

D - This was pretty decent, albeit too pricey at $10 for a 375ml bottle. Still it's another step in the right direction for Two Brothers' sour program - I think I liked Hoodwinked a little better but this was enjoyable as well.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, beer is amber and clear with a lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention though.

Aroma is lactic and bright, succinic acid maybe.

Beer is flavorful with a nice finish, light and effervescent on the palate, a good finish. Overall I did enjoy this beer and I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a light fizzy head dark orange peach hazy color.

Nose has a nice sour malt, tart cherries and fruit, great sour tart malts, hint of lacto, great fruit, hint of wild funk.

Taste is great, tart sour funk, sour fruit, tangy lacto and bit acidic, sour cherry and light lemon and other fruits, a bit sticky, a light oak and vanilla round the flavors off. A long sticky finish with sour tart fruit and a little malt lingers.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little carbonation but decent.

Overall great, nice tart sour fruit flavors, light lacto and funk, acidity is balanced well, nice light oak and vanilla rounded flavors.

jlindros, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to funkyaudio for including this as an extra.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with just under a finger of off white head. The head fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Quite sour. Vinegar and tart citrus. Mild sweet and fruit notes.

Taste: Tart up front, again I'm reminded of citrus and vinegar. The sourness fades during the sip and there is a very mild malt sweetness as well as some oak. The finish is mildly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good sour ale. Much better than the last sour I had from Two Brothers. I would definitely have another.

oline73, Sep 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, brett, light oak or wood, and some light vinegar. Definitely a lot of funk and sour fruits in the nose; really great.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, vinegar and acedic notes. Again, very nice, but not quite as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but still pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was one of my favorites of the tasting and the biggest surprise. Loads of funky brett and sour fruits; a really great sour. If I could buy this on the shelf I'd definitely buy a few of them. Would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Aug 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

oriolesfan4, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this to me recently.

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.  

Slightly funky aroma with lots of earthy oak and barnyard character.  Vinous with some lactic funk, acetic vinegar and tart dark fruits.  Hints of grape, dark cherry, etc.

Medium bodied with a tart, dry/funky presence that lingers over the sweeter vinous notes into a tart dry finish.  Puckering and sour without being harsh or acidic.  Lots of earthy oak and dry musty funk up front with brett and other bugs.  This is countered by the sweet vinous fruit notes, mostly dark cherry, grape and plun.  lingering acetic vinegar presence that makes me thirst for more.  Well balanced and pretty sour/funky without being overdone.  Pretty complex and easy to drink.    

corby112, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml gueuze-style green bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a slightly hazed and chunkily sediment-disturbed orange-gold, very similar to a gueuze in this regard, with a crackling and alive head of fine white bubbles. Lacing is stretchy and patchy. Decent body, but almost no visible carbonation, which is surprising.

Nose is sharp and astringent, with big bold acidic tartness. It's slightly like very acidic fruit juice, and less of the robust, funky, rubbery characters you get off a good gueuze, but it really reminds me more of the Belgian style sour beers than the duskier, fuller American Wilds.

Taste is actually very pleasant, without a big spike of acidity, but without the too-full slightly sweet body that can sometimes come from a half-assed AWA. Here we have a pleasantly tart fruit character, with a crisp finish and lovely light mouthfeel that sharpens and directs the flavour into all the right zones. Exceptionally smooth for the sharpness and tartness; it softens the palate while staying exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

Awesome American Wild: probably fair to say the best I've had that didn't come from Russian River. The crisp drinkability and the directness of the acidity really hark back to the canonical Belgian lambics, but the smoothness on the palate gives it that vault into the new world.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

duceswild, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer has a deep dried orange body with a slight hazy and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a bubble off-white head that last as a thick ring around the glass.

S- The very soft brett white cheese mold note has a cedar quality that comes through as it warms and an aged vinegar note in the finish.

T- The nice polite tartness blends with some old wood character and a soft fruit taste finishes with a bit of a tart bite.

M- The light mouthfeel as a soft astringency but no alcohol heat and a velvety fizz.

O- This beer has a nice subtle taste of a young wild ale. The tartness is soft but balances the flavor and the aroma is a bit softer.

rhoadsrage, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date, but picked this up when it was released in 2011. Pours slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, cherry, cider vinegar, spiciness, hay, grape, lemon, oak, and funk. Very nice aromas with great balance of everything. Nothing is too overpowering. Taste of big tart apple, cherry, grape, lemon, pear, spiciness, grass, earthiness, light vinegar, and oak. Nice tart and sour finish; with some lingering notes of apple, grape, vinegar, spiciness, and earthiness. Very nice balance of sweetness with the acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected from the style. Overall this is an outstanding and well balanced American wild ale. Very complex and smooth drinking despite the acidity.

superspak, Feb 15, 2012
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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.