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Askew - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 47
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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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-27-2011 21:40:55 | More by kscaldef
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-25-2011 16:49:11 | More by nmann08
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MammothBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-25-2011 04:26:56 | More by MammothBrew
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for sharing this one. Getting local beers around here is getting more and more annoying.

A - Golden-orange beer that has a bit of a haze. Finger of white foam that left some random spots and lace on the glass.

S - Lots of acetobacter on the nose with this one. Pretty sharp, almost hurt the nose a bit but it smells nice with some grapes.

T - A very nice tartness here. It's quite sharp, with a touch of fruity sweetness. I'm surprised at how good this is, it's a very solid tasting American Wild Ale. Bit of wood.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very dry and tannic.

O - Very nice beer, it's a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it. Unfortunately can't find any anywhere, so odds of me getting more are slim.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:38:29 | More by AgentZero
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-22-2011 22:20:53 | More by brandoman63
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drewd0g

New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-22-2011 03:53:56 | More by drewd0g
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-21-2011 19:41:44 | More by thewimperoo
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2011 04:05:30 | More by hannydawg
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:30:29 | More by MasterSki
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 17:44:40 | More by sgoro
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 14:29:48 | More by bauermj
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 05:46:16 | More by spycow
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markrmoser

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 03:40:15 | More by markrmoser
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schultzi22

Indiana

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-15-2011 01:42:28 | More by schultzi22
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 16:38:13 | More by brydeen
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 15:48:19 | More by sbricker
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KDawg

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a light golden color with a 1" head

Very funky and complex with aromas of bruised apples, pears, funky aromas and some spice with a bit of tart citrus aromas as well

really good feel and medium bodied with a good amount of sour apple and funk flavors

this was a lot more funky than I remembered it to be. if I didn't see this, I'd actually thought it was a flemish red. This is a real quality sour and another real great job from two brothers

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:46:56 | More by KDawg
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light peach, mildly clear, and bulbous. There is good carbonation flowing and a line of white head.
Great sour smell of salt, earth, honey notes, and aged cheese rind.
Smooth and creamy with less bite than the smell. Quite good saltiness, sour honey hints with the sour candied lemon peel.
This has a solid tang and zest with excellent flavor that is not mouth puckering and not too creamy. Askew shows a nice body and is really quality work on the wild/sours style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 12:33:37 | More by ManVersusBeer
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osusullins

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have this on draft during craft beer week in chicago. I have since had it several times from a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The fact that it took three years to brew this opus shows the amount of craftsmanship the brothers put into their beers. Much respect.

This beer is one of the best sours I have ever had. Pours a golden haze. Very little head.

The aroma is vinegar/sour with hints of funk and vanilla. Very subtle notes of white grape.

High level of astringency. Very sour. Not much carbonation. The vanilla and grape come through nicely. There is alot going on with this beer. It really plays on the tongue. My palate grabs something different each time I drink this. I find it very enjoyable. I love this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 04:14:51 | More by osusullins
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.    

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:21:37 | More by corby112
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crossovert

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle green corked and caged bottle.

It pours a nice color, a clear amber-orange with a nice head that quickly dissipates with some lacing.

My nose is clogged for some reason, but one nostril works, all I can say it is is very wine-like with a lot of oak.

Flavor is nice. Has a good cherry tartness, some funk, a lot of oak, and some grains.

I wish my nose didn't suddenly plug up right when I went to drink this one, oh well.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:12:36 | More by crossovert
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Keffa

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

Cork and caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a light amber/goldish orange with a decent off white head, head settles to a small cap and leaves decent lacing. Nice.

S: Lemon, acidity, vinegar, slight cherry, white pepper, and and a lightly funky, oaky, wine like character.

T: Starts out very tart and acidic, lemon, white grape, a little musty funk, lightly sweet, and very dry, especially going into the finish. Acidity and Brett suck the moisture out of your mouth and pucker you up at the same time. Slight funky cheese notes every once in a while. Doesn't detract, but still noteworthy. Not something I've encountered outside an older Cantillon. Alcohol is non existant.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, slick on the palate, dry from the Brett.

O: Very nice. This is the second bottle I have drank, the first was a bit fruitier and not nearly as acidic or dry. The extra time has made a huge difference. If I see that last bottle hanging around the next time I'm at the store I bought this one from, I will snag it up. Very solid and under the radars. Probably a good thing for those able to get it. Try one, no disappointments here.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:47:33 | More by Keffa
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warnerry

Michigan

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

Bottle into a tulip.

A -- Nice pop when the cork js removed. Pours light copper in color with almost two fingers of off-white head. Head fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Initially a big stream of carbonation slows down after a few minutes.

S -- White grapes and a bit of lemon tartness with a mild yeast funk. Some tart apple as well.

T -- Nice tart of tart white grapes and sour apple up front. Not much earthy funk really, but a small yeast presence. Faint oak notes. Middle seems to fall a bit flat. Finish is tart with a bit more funk coming through.

M -- Medium crisp mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant but not overwhelming dryness.

O -- This definitely has a white wine character to it. More earthy funk would be welcome, but still a pretty good sour. Just lacking some complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 20:56:14 | More by warnerry
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a heavy 375 mL caged and corked green bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Askew is quite hazy out of the bottle, with a dark orange peach hue and a small fizzy off-white cap.

Smell: The aroma has a strong acidity with acetic undertones. Tart cherry and citrus are more prominant than the hidden brown malts. Some oak and tannic notes in the back. Slightly funky.

Taste: The flavor already has very little sweetness in either fruit or malt form. Light cherry and malt notes are barely noticeable before a very strong tartness comes over the tongue. Tart cherries and even more sour lemon, orange, and grapefruit flavors dominate. A tannic oakiness and a bit of biting pure acidity come in at the end along with a little bit of Bretty funk, eventually leaving my mouth with a fairly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is crisp yet stays out of the way. Much more noticeable is the acetic acid feel and the pungent funkiness that makes this two parts sour, one part wild.

Overall: Based on my recollection of this beer from when it first came out, it seems like it is already beginning to develop nicely. The fruit and malt are fading into the sour and the effects of the Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces are growing. This is a very nice sour that seems to be flying under the radar right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 18:11:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Arbitrator

California

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Cork kind of, um, slips out more than anything. I'm apprehensive; perhaps this beer isn't carbonated. At least we didn't have to fight the cork like the infamous Koopa's Birthday Blend tasting of 2009, where we blended several fine Flat Abbey beverages. But I digress. The pour allays my fears; it is lightly carbed, producing a small film of beige bubbles on top of the beer. The body itself is a golden amber color, slightly hazy upon pouring, but becoming a bit clearer later.

S: White grape, tannins (oak) -- my initial impression is that this is strongly reminiscent of Russian River Temptation. But it's a bit sweeter on the nose, with more pronounced vanilla and apricot. It is also more pronounced on the acetic acid (vinegar) side with an element of moldy mushroom that RR's wild ales have never captured.

T: White grape leads the flavor, segueing into a strong presence of sweet vanilla, tart apricot, green apple, and a touch of lemon. The beer becomes unabashedly sour (vinegar) afterward; it's not irredeemable, but it is a bit out of balance and I find that a flaw. Tannins give the beer a very light astringency.

M: More sour than tannic in the finish, with an after-burn that betrays the imbalanced sourness of the beer. Good carbonation and heft.

O: This is a solid beer; there are some better examples of the style, and quite a few worse ones, but it delivered all the basic expectations for a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:56:31 | More by Arbitrator
Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.