Five | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the Surly brewhouse, brewing our Anniversary beers mean one thing: forget what ya know and try something different. In honor of FIVE glorious years we bring you a 100% Brettanomyces fermented dark ale aged in red wine barrels. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic "brett" barnyard funk balanced by dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

Added by sarro on 08-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Getting amped up for my 32 can surly delivery from France44 next week, I felt this brew would be a great kick off. I love Surly and I'm kind of glad that its tough to get Surly brews. I would go through cases of the stuff! So on this this cold and wet spring, its time to get Surly!

A- five pours a look of the darkest ruby color you can imagine. A massive head of tan foam with red tints blasts to the top of my Hill Farmstead wine glass. Even in the darkness, shades of red ruby show through, as well as spotty floaties of sediment. No lacing on the edges, but plenty of character with the appearance

S- delicious sweet red wine, Brett, barnyard funk, darkened... But ripe black cherries, tasty apples, and hearty malt. This may be off the chart enhanced due to cellar time. I have never sampled a scent of such a dark, yet flavorful American wild ale. The Brett has slept nicely in this bottle. What a balanced scent profile!

T- massive funky tart flavors are almost "candy coated" with a red wine shell. Cherry and apple flavors are almost chewy and in harmony with the aforementioned taste. I am confident that cell wrong this not only mellowed it out, but also brought out some great qualities of balance and enhanced flavor. Tart and tasty. I have had some poor examples of red wine barrel brews, and this not one of them at all

M- good carbonation and slashing flavors all over the mouth. This is very tasty

O- best American wild ale that bundles red wine barrels and darkened ale properties. What ever has happened in this bottle is amazing. The tart fruit flavors mesh perfectly with the funkiness of a wild ale. What character and enhancement of the Brett and red wine barrels. I wish I could find this again!!!

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Photo of MNPikey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Anonymous1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beerpirates
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

A - Dark brown, minimal 1/2 finger head that fades fast

S - Cherries, flanders red aroma, oak and oranges.

T - Very oaky, slightly sweet, hint of funk and a nice tart finish. Cherries are throughout but not getting the "wine barrel" aspect noted on the label , it tastes like a " soft/light version " of a good rodenbach grand cru "

M - Light body, dry and sweet with light carbonation

O - Decent beer but not something I’d seek out.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Lucho
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pk18
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StPaulSuds
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine, other dark fruits, some dark malts, funky Brett, and some tart green fruits.

T - Sour cherries, funky Brett, oak, vanilla, red wine, dark fruits, dark malts, tart green apple and other green fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Nice wild ale. Good overall balance and complexity.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of roostor07
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NathanFink
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Rutager.

A: Black liquid with a slight tan head around the edges of the glass.

S: Smells like an oud bruin. Caramel malt and sourness.

T: Pears, white wine, red wine, oak, chocolate, hazelnut and caramel.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Interesting wild ale reminiscent of an oud bruin.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Steasy66 and Mikesgroove for each getting me a bottle of this!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with half a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Malt vinegar and sweet dark malts, a little cherry and dark fruit. Yum!

Taste. Sour, cocoa, red berry tartness, old dank barrel, a little dry funky brett.

Mouthfeel. Lighter than medium body, lowish carbonation.

Overall. Interesting, different and very tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of freemanj
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Five from Surly Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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