Eleven (Anniversary Beer)
Surly Brewing Company

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Quadrupel (Quad)
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Eleven  (Anniversary Beer)Eleven  (Anniversary Beer)
Notes: Eleven! I guess that makes us old, in “Minnesota Brewing Years”.

We brewed this beer in honor of two-faced Janus who peers both ahead and behind. A Belgian-style Quad Ale honors the past while 100% Brett-fermented wheat beer looks towards the future. Blended together, Eleven exists in a purely liminal space.
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stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 5/11/17, had 7/24/18.

Well, it didn’t gush, but kept on coming out slowly, like a volcano- for quite a while. Otherwise, pours a dark amber, cloudy, with a one and a half inch foamy head with nice retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of plums, some Belgian yeast, wheat, Brett, cherries, malt, grapes, some wine and chocolate, black pepper when warm. A little bit of a tart aroma. Flavors of malt, figs, plums, grain, bread, chocolate, grapes, some cherries, light chocolate. Tastes of light Brett and tartness, some bitterness throughout, has a spicy finish. Smooth, a little creamy, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated- and amazingly not fizzy feeling.

The blend of styles is very successful, it’s really complex. Grew on me as I worked through the bottle. If they made it again. I would buy it again. Very enjoyable.

Mar 09, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with very little light penetration. There's a fingernail of dark beige covering the top. The nose is a very unique blend of dark Belgian malt and funky Brettanomyces. There's a sweetness from the wheat in the mix, too. I'm tasting more of the dark Belgiant malt in the forefront along with alcohol, dates, and figs. The back of the palate offers some wheat and a touch of sourness from the Brettanomyces. The mouth is thick, chewy, and offers a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

Apr 07, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent dark amber with as much head as you want it to have, a very fine foam, with extensive residual lacing. The wheatwine dominates the nose, with a light tartness from the brett. The quad shows up more prominently on the mid-palate and as the beer warms, with good Belgian esters, plum, and caramel. Overall, delicately balanced and well-executed. Enjoyable for fans of either style.

Mar 24, 2018
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Bstoeckel from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really interesting beer. Pours lighter than I expected with the quad included, had more of a see through caramel color with a small head. The sour comes through heavily on the nose. Taste is a really interesting balance with a strong sour taste to start but a more typical quad flavor in the finish. I wouldn’t have thought of a sour quad but it makes it pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

Jan 28, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a mahogany-tinged brown with a tan head. The nose is quad-forward, with stone fruit, banana, and clove prominent, but there’s a funky note from the Brett that mixes well with the quad components.

The taste is a rich amalgamation of flavors: stone fruit, banana, clove, Belgian yeast esters, the Brett. Another Surly anniversary beer that stretches boundaries in a most excellent way.

Jan 18, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says its a Belgian Quad and it looks okay but OH MY GOD it blasts out like a grade school science project volcano the second the cap is removed.

When it settles down it pours dark brown with a wispy cream-colored head, like a regular quad. So maybe this is okay but the carb is off. Whatever.

Smells very malty and chocolatey, with nodes of grain and ripe fruit. Not really to style, but interesting enough to keep me engaged throughout the bomber.

Tastes... great. I think. Very good, at least. The very front is like a medium-hopped chocolatey brown ale from the late 90s, the middle is yeasty and pleasantly alcoholic, the end is ripe fruit and unplaceable sweetness and light wheatmalt bitterness.

This is a really good beer. It's nice, it's different, it's unusual, and that's what Surly's always done best.

Jan 03, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice shade of brown. The head is off white, 2 finger, and somewhat frothy. Retention was average. No real lacing on the glass.
The nose is somewhat earthy. I get a grape aroma.
Taste - Quite complex. Up front I get the earthy taste, raisin. On the backside I do get a burn from the 10% ABV that does linger.
Fairly full bodied. Some burn from the alcohol, but not as strong as expected. Some carbonation bubbles.
Interesting beer. Unique. Complex.

Oct 30, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eleven pours a dark brown color, with a small, lacing head. Rich oakey aroma, with hints of earth, and sour notes. Flavor is dark and dry. Raisin flavors, lots of wood and earth, with a slightly tart finish. Good body and feel. Overall, an earthy beer, with lots of complex flavors.

Sep 25, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Another surly anniversary beer, another $20 out of my pocket. A dark amber brown with almost no head, just a smattering of bubbles. It smells like fake banana flavoring, circus peanuts and Dad's cologne. The taste is a bitter, oily mix of candied fruit, grasses, resin and wort. There isn't much taste I'd associate with the Brett, other than a musty aftertaste.

Good and boozy, like most of their yearly experiments have been. But while unique, it's not overly impressive.

Aug 27, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rust colour. Smells like caramel malts, earth hops, Belgian yeasts, banana, cloves, spices, and biscuits. Tastes slightly heavy, creamy body, can taste the alcohol, spicy clove throughout, earthy hops, and a little bitter throughout, the Belgian yeast and spice dominate the flavour. Robust, balanced, slightly sweet, and caramel-y.

Aug 18, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a fascinating blend of a belgian quad and a german brett wheat beer, as far as i know, something like this has never been done. deep bronze to mahogany colored brew, dense looking, with a short but thick off white head, some carbonation is visible. the aroma here is peculiar, i get the belgian yeast and its dried fruitiness right up front, i also get a molasses malt element, and some real funky brett too. wheat is not obvious to me on the nose, and it almost smells like whiskey, really strong and very sweet. the flavor is cool, but i get quite a bit more of the quad than the brett wheat. there is a lot of the belgian yeast all the way through, fruity, with a candy sugar and raisin malt base, sturdy for sure, probably an excellent beer on its own. the brett wheat is much less of a contributor from what i can tell, the brett is mild, way more mild than it smells, and does serve to dry this out a little, add a neat yeast nuance, but its not as wild and funky as i thought it would be. these guys havent wowed me with the brett stuff at all. that unbridled they did was straight bubblegum, and this has some of that going on too, exacerbated by the sweetness. the heft from all the wheat in both beers is substantial. residual sugar is a bit high, so i bet some cellar time would both dry it out and develop the brett a little more, but i liked this a lot as something really unconventional. great concept from label to final beer, and the execution is there, i might just ramp up the german wheat a bit more in the blend. hard to balance or cover parts of a big quad like this. smooth and strong, dont need much of this, but i remain intrigued by it. these anniversary beers from surly have been a blast.

Aug 07, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on August 1, 2017. Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 22 fl oz bottle on December 31, 2018. Brewed in honor of two-faced Janus who peers both ahead and behind. This Belgian style quad ale honors the past while 100% Brett-fermented wheat beer looks towards the future. Blended together, Eleven exists in a purely liminal space.

Aug 02, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark rum color with a thin off white head. smell is good notes of leather and dark fruit,brett and wood. Taste mostly follows nose had spices and dark fruit with wood and brett. Medium carbonation with a sweet candi and fruit finish. Not a fan of this one or most of the Anniversary brews from Surly, very happy a i did not buy a bomber, it is worth a try just have it on tap.

Jul 29, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tan head. Copper color.

After having parts A and B, this tastes identical to the two parts. Unfortunately the Brett takes over and dominates this beer. The quad shows a little in the background. Not a fan of 11. The quad was okay, but I didn't like the rest of the flight.

Jul 26, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear deep brown. The aroma features walnuts, raisin, black cherry, butter, banana bread, candied fruit, and a whiff of brett. The flavor has notes of sour dark cherry, barnyard, black currant, blackberry, mapl.e walnut, black licorice, clove, nutmeg, and a woody bitterness, The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall this has some interesting flavors, but they do not seem to have quite meshed - and the brett is pleasant, but could be more distinctive. This will likely be better with a bit more age.

Jul 20, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery.

Poured a hazy, burgundy color with a thick, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of oak, vanilla, dark dried fruits and toffee. Sweet and boozy with a lot of dark dried fruit flavor.

Jul 09, 2017
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Vixie from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is spot on for the style. Pours a deep dark brown with a full creamy looking tan head.

Nice smell to it. Toasty malt, fruit, and spices of the pungent variety, like clove and pepper. There is also a bit of Belgian yeast with it.

Starts out a bit sweet and fruity, bit of candy sugar, and under it all is the funk from the brett. It finishes with a dry lingering bitterness that lingers for some time.

The feel is solid, just a bit more tingling on the tongue than usual for the style.

An interesting beer overall. They really succeeded in blending two styles, and they are distinct, yet seem to work well together. I think how much you like this one depends on how well you like brett. I tend to like it, so found this beer a nie change of pace, and an interesting variation on a quad.

Jul 04, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Eleven Belgian tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of beige head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and fruity Belgian Quad style aroma with a scent of spice, brett, and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and slight cinnamon spicing. Funky hints of brett. Malt scent of wheat, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, toast, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana, apple, pear, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Some sweet hints of candied sugar. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, fruity, and funky Belgian Quad taste with notes of spice, fruit, and brett. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and slight cinnamon. Some solid notes of brett funk. Malt notes of biscuit, toast, wheat, grains, toffee, caramel, and cracker. Fruit notes of apple, banana, pear, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Sweet undertones of candied sugar. Also some earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth for 10%.

Overall: A very good take on a Quad. Good blend of Belgian yeast, fruit, spice, and brett notes.

Jun 18, 2017
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BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with two fingers of dense off white head that disappears quickly. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The smell when cold reminds me very much of an oud bruin. As it warms the sourness goes away and the bret funk makes an appearance.
Taste starts as muddled maltiness, quickly changing to bitterness mid sip. There is some sweetness and bret funk on the swallow. The bitterness turns what could have been a good beer into one that is just ok.
Mouthfeel is decent, as would be expected with a bret fermented beer.
Overall, this beer is just ok. Not great, but not horrible. That bitterness is to much of a distraction from the dark fruits that should be present in a quad. The bret funk isn't strong enough. Hopefully with time both of those factors will improve.

Jun 09, 2017
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Lorgeous from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich amber. Smells of sweet raisen and wheat. The taste is of raisen with a nutty acorn leftover. This beer goes down extremely smooth for 10% abv.

= An amazing offering by surly. Congrats on Eleven years and too many more. You don't wanna miss this one!

Jun 07, 2017
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