Eleven (Anniversary Beer)
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Ratings:
84
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 21, 2020
Added:
Mar 08, 2017
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  26
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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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3.5 by Grinky from Illinois on Jan 21, 2020
 
3.94 by TylerJ from Iowa on Aug 24, 2019
 
3.87 by jakea from Wisconsin on Jul 07, 2019
 
3.94 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota on May 19, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

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
 
3.66 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Dec 31, 2018
 
4.29 by skrabbenhoft from Wisconsin on Sep 16, 2018
 
4.24 by sallymckoobalube from Minnesota on May 26, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

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
 
4.51 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Jan 29, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bstoeckel from Wisconsin

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
 
4.08 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2018
 
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2018
 
3.75 by Kevinpitts from Illinois on Jan 21, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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
 
4.17 by Steveskk83 from Illinois on Jan 15, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mynie from Maryland

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
 
4.47 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota on Dec 20, 2017
 
3.97 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Dec 05, 2017
 
4.09 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2017
 
3.79 by Hopzilla_MN from Minnesota on Nov 12, 2017
 
3.95 by s_minette from New Hampshire on Nov 12, 2017
 
3.54 by Eziel from Ohio on Nov 02, 2017
 
4.25 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Nov 02, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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
 
3.71 by Beerhemoth from Illinois on Oct 29, 2017
 
4 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Oct 26, 2017
 
3.77 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 13, 2017
 
3.88 by leinie13 from Ohio on Oct 10, 2017
 
3.81 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 10, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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
 
4.19 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Sep 24, 2017
 
4.02 by RAFH from Michigan on Sep 17, 2017
 
3.95 by moundbz from North Dakota on Sep 17, 2017
 
4 by baklo from North Carolina on Sep 17, 2017
 
4.58 by Jcooper0027 from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2017
 
3.94 by craigbelly from Iowa on Aug 29, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
 
3.89 by REVZEB from Illinois on Aug 19, 2017
Eleven (Anniversary Beer) from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 84 ratings