Green Man Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #21
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4.5 | pDev: 7.11%
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Notes: This tradition Lambic style wheat beer has been wild fermented and aged for a full year in oak barrels. The addition of special “Snozzberries” gives the beer its beautiful color, fruity aroma and complex flavor. Like a Golden Ticket, this is a Special Limited Release.
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
Pours with a hazy maroon body topped by a weak white head.
Very tart and moderately fruity with minimal funk.
Overall. Bold and tart!

Jul 04, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours hazy, with a rusted cherry color; the head froths and fades to a ringlet, while draping a nice pattern of splashy lace

Smell: Tart raspberry, Maraschino cherry and oak, with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Lactic tart fruit flavors of raspberry and Maraschino cherry with the fruit also bringing a layer of sweet tones that complement the sour; the oak, vanilla and wheat tang emerge, in the middle; the finish is moderately tart but very fruity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat prickly

Overall: Don't know how this one languished in my cellar for five years and I was concerned that it might not hold up over that time; I was pleased that while the carbonation may have faded a bit, the rest of the profile was fine

Jan 11, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL into a snifter. 2016 vintage shared with Ryan.

Pours a hazy, maroon body, pretty dark. Little to no head or lacing.

Aromas are heavy berries, lactic acid, very fruity and berry-forward. On the tongue is tart, sour berries with a clean aftertaste, oak and funkyness included. What a great beer.

Sep 16, 2017
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Beautiful reddish color with a thin white head. Smells of wild funky tart beer. Taste is very thick mouthfeel. Acidic tart bright flavor with a pungent tart finish.

Jul 04, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best sours I have had! Almost reminded me of Cantillon Kriek but obviously quite a bit more tart. Shared my b1 bottle with friends at a small share recently and everyone was impressed!

Jun 24, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy looking sour with little head. Smelt jammy and berry filled. Tasted really sour. I liked it but it took a little bit away from the fruit still some diffrent things coming through as it warmed. Thicker darker sour, decent feel.

May 02, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

snozzberry was really fantastic.
look was a nice red hue like a raspberry
smell is amazing sour fruit funk. delicious.
taste goes right with the nose. sour and fruit raspberry cranberry and funk
feel nice crisp smooth feel. very refreshing.

May 02, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark, cloudy ruby and cranberry hues with an ample white head
S: Raspberries and cherries with a minimal amount of funk
T: Decadent raspberries, cranberries, and tart fruits with a clean finish
F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
O: Very well executed sour - the berries shine in this one and overall is very drinkable. Not quite as much funk as a lambic, but overall very enjoyable and probably the best sour in North Carolina at the moment

Jul 22, 2016
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cardsfan from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Completely surprised by this. Was not expecting much but after I saw the color I knew this was going to be special. Beautiful purple hue with tiny bubbles after pour. Smell is tart with snozzberries! Taste starts with a good but mild tartness but is then overwhelmed by whatever snozzberries are and closes with a clean finish. Feel is perfect...not heavy or light just spot on. Again didn't expect anything and probably now in my top three beers!

May 17, 2016
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Teddy_Hopper from South Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This and bootsy really stand apart from the rest of the Green Man lineup. Great carbonation but it's the nose and taste of this beer that elevate it. Tons of berry fruit up front with a nice sour finish. Not quite sure the exact berries but the blend is perfect. Well done, Green Man.

May 03, 2016
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rose or raspberry shade of red that is captivating. The smell is light oak with nice fruity funk. The taste is a jammy fruity delight with raspberries and strawberries. Medium carbonation with a crisp tart finish. Absolutely delicious.

Feb 01, 2016
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KingEdward from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity and tart, awesome color, great mouth feel, i wish this was a year round release or that green man would release more sours through out the year.

Dec 04, 2015
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danh53 from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark pink with active bubbles that never really form into a substantial foam. Aroma is raspberries, cherries, and watermelon. Smells tart and sweet. Taste is excellent. Huge berry and fruit flavor hits right at the front of the tong, then finish with puckering tart sweetness and some dry oak tannin. The barrel is not the main thing here, but it is present. Mouth feel is medium and the carb is on point. Love the balance in this one. Hard to find too much wrong with it, maybe a little more barrel and a little less sweetness but overall its a great beer.

Nov 16, 2015
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mattsmith413 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry and cherry funk is the best way I can explain the taste... Crisp tart fruit meld of cherries, apple, and raspberries (w/ a little barrel) blend nicely to make this a very well balanced ale.

Aug 28, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Celebrating my 1400th review with this whale of a beer.

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a maroon red color with a 1/4 inch purplish pink head that doesn't retain long before becoming not much of anything on the surface of the beer. No lacing but some slight alcohol legs.

S- Bright raspberry/cherry aroma with a nice amount of funk and acidity that makes my tongue salivate.

T- Such a complex array of raspberry/cherry/crab apple sweetness that melds with the finessed tartness in such a seamless fashion.

M- Tart, not fully sour with a slight dryness. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Believe the hype; the Snozzberries really do taste like snozzberries. In particular, the flavor is impeccable. Everything you could want in a fruited sour. I would prefer just a tad more carbonation but, other than that, this beer is damn near perfect. Pairs well with Nerds candy.

Aug 21, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a 4th of July bottle share. Taste is very berry. Almost like a berry sweet tart, but not cloying. Great body. Nose was fantastic...berries. Good amount of carbonation. I get the hype. Glad I was able to try this one, finally.

Jul 05, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with greatgazoo, thanks man!

This one pours a dark pinkish red, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells great, not sure what "Snozzberries" are in this case, but I smell some raspberry, watermelon, and blackberry, with a moderately sour aroma, maybe 5/10.

This is really, really delicious, one of the better sours I've ever had. Seems like Green Man just jumped on the scene all of a sudden, but they seem to be the real deal. Huge fruit character to this, but not too sweet all. I get the Snozzberry as raspberry, blackberry, and watermelon, who knows what actual fruit they used to make this one. There's a little bit of lemon character, and a moderate level of sourness. No oak or barrel character, but the fruit character is delicious enough that it doesn't really matter.

This is light bodied, with a fairly juicy and tart mouthfeel. The carbonation level is moderate to slightly high, keeping it pretty lively.

This was as delicious as I was hoping, and I was very sad to see the end of the glass.

Jun 01, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark reddish-pueple body, half finger pink head, good retention time, lower lacing.

S- Smells like watermelon jolly ranchers. Though I do not know what snozzberries are supposed to smell like. But this beer has a decent bit of lactic acid tartness, citrus and again, that watermelon/raspberry jolly rancher sweetness mixed in with tartness. Very good.

F- Very tart berry flavour accompanied by a mild sugary sweetness. Reminds me of a jolly rancher, as above. Decent complexity, strong lactate presence, a little bit of citrus.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, very easy to drink. Finish is a mild lactic acid presence with some citrus. Great stuff.

O- The hype is a bit too much for this one but it's still an excellent AWA as far as I'm concerned. It feels like a De Garde Bu with more depth to it.

Mar 31, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Pours a dark pink color. Smells of tart berries. An unripe berry blend of sorts. Some sweet berry fruit as well. All about the berry tartness here and it is definitely pleasing to sniff. The flavor is a treat to say the least.tart raspberries zap the tongue. Just a light oakiness. Lacto tartness. Blackberry, too. Raspberry pastry. Light bodied. Effervescent. This one lived up to the hype for me. Love me some berries. This quenched the craving.

Mar 22, 2015
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best sour ale I have ever had in my entire life, their secret?, a wheat based beer brewed with souring yeast such as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. This beer even rivals Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge in my opinion.

Mar 19, 2015
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle shared by my good friend, Joe. Cheers, bud. Poured from the bottle into a Bullfrog Le Roar snifter.

A- Beautiful red color with orangeish and pinkish hues. Lightly pink finger of head fades pretty quickly.

S- Berry pie. Wow, this smells amazing. Blackberries and raspberries that have been allowed to sweeten mixed in with some faint tart berry aromas.

T- Some bold sour right of the bat, then mid-palate is just sweet berry juice, washed down with some lingering tartness. Flecks of oak here and there.

M- Phenomenal body on this beer. Medium carbonation, and a smooth, full mouthfeel brings the flavors together beautifully.

O- This is one of the best sours I've been able to drink. Really hope they do it again, cause I'll be all over this beer. Well, done Green Man. Well done.

Aug 29, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle as the third in a Snozzberry tasting, also into a Jester King wine glass.

Appearance: Dark crimson, hints of orange. Very hazy. A pale pale pinkish-white crown around the edge. No real head though.

Smell: Loads of raspberry and blackberry. Some vinous, Tempranillo grape notes in there too. Somewhat creamy, a slight oak presence, and a definite sourness to it. This smells delicious.

Taste: Very berry heavy, reminds me of Atrial in that sense. Lots of raspberry seeds. Mouth-puckering, the sourness really hits me in the jaw. Not sure I can separate the blackberry notes from the raspberry notes in this one though. Some funk, and a crackery malt. Oak flavors get more prominent as it sits, which is just gorgeous. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation than I expected, but that’s fine because the other beers I had tonight had enough carbonation for the whole tasting. Nice and dry.

Overall: Definitely a highlight from the Snozzberry tasting tonight. Would love to try more Green Man stuff.

Jun 15, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Oline73. Thanks Steve! Review from notes.

The beer is pink to ruby colored with a small head that fades rapidly with a hiss. Aromas of tart berries, maybe raspberry or cherry, oak, wild yeast. Similar flavor. Acetic finish with berry and brett notes. Moderate lactic presence. More sour than funky. Good stuff.

Apr 01, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some raspberry red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring around most of the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberry and cherries with light aromas of oak and moderate aromas lactic tartness. Overall there is a light amount of sourness to the smell.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of tart cherries and tart raspberries with a light amount of oak woodiness. Overall this beer is sour with a generous amount of tartness but not so sour as to cause any puckering.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry and with a moderate to significant amount of acidic prickliness.

O: As the first sour that I have tried from Green Man I am impressed - not sweet at all but not overly sour/tart either. Enjoyable and easy to drink, my father-in-law who is not a beer aficionado nor a huge fan of sour things also enjoyed this beer - it went really well with brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and salmon. I definitely recommend grabbing this one when you see in NC.

Jan 14, 2014
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ChiSox_Stout_Drinker from Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep cherry red in colour with one finger of cherry-white coloured head.

S - Big sour cherry aroma with some sweet oak notes and a big oak barrel presence.

T - A nice tartness up front (not sour) with ripe sour cherries. A sweet breadiness comes through mid-palate along with toasted oak. No pucker at all in this one, just a nice, inviting tartness with a big sour cherry presence.

M - Medium body with some chew. Dry. Light carbonation.

O - Great brew, would have again if not so limited. Less than 500 bottles I think?

Jan 10, 2014
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