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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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Photo of iLovehops23
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate in the aroma with just the faintest bit of vinegar/sour character. The fruit consists of charred cherries and perhaps raisins. Interesting, though not particularly pronounced, vibrant, or aromatic.

The flavor is an interesting combination of roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisin, cherry, and a mild sourness underneath it all. While all that sounds good on paper, the flavors don't truly combine for all that pleasurable of a drinking experience. The roast and chocolate are dominant and the flavors are very muddied. I would prefer less roast and chocolate and more fruit and sour.

Thin to medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 finger head. Color is dark brown with some reddish hues. Moderate retention. Not much lacing.

S. Complex aroma. Definitely sour smell. Some tart cherries. Some funkiness/yeast as it warms.

T. Cold this beer is very sour, with a lart of tart cherry. Has a wine quality to it. Get some oakiness as it warms along with a more pronounced Brett flavor. Also get more of the malty base as it warms that lends some raisins, fig, prune flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering sourness, but overall finishes pretty dry.

O. Its a sour. In my opinion a pretty approachable one. Shame on me for not letting the entire bottle warm up before drinking it, but I did get a nice range of flavor from cold to warm. Interesting beer. Nice job by Surly, which comes as no surprise.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks goes out to translucent.

A very small tan and foamy head that disappears fairly quickly. giving off lots of snapping carbonation. Not a collar left. Body however is incredibly dark with a classic dark walnut brown/black body. Impressive to see that color on such a wild like beer.

Nose is an interesting sweet green apple, and hint of tartness. Great balance and a sense of almost baked apple pie. Very nice nose on this. Mild brett sense, but a nice apple angle on this.

Very fleeting taste. A sense of oud bruin malt and sour, but falls quickly. Apple sour comes through and vanishes after a swallow but there are other flavors that seem to follow. Mild cherry, definitely sour fruit, but a very fast finishing beer. Mouthfeel goes toward extremely light bodied without much viscosity. Some nice noticeable tight carbonation which is enjoyable and not distracting.

Overall nice tasting but also very fleeting. Enjoyable to drink no major complaints.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- A deep garnet / brown brew that pours to a two finger khaki head and settles to a fine skim leaving no lacing.

S -- Sour cherry, fig, hints of banana and wood.

T -- Acid and earth upfront; sour cherry and malty goodness in the forms of raisins and fig, lightly tannic like red wine and funky as all get out.

M -- The acid dominates but doesn't completely overwhelm. Leaves a good pucker and lingers around a while, slightly resinous.

D -- Reminiscent of a Flanders in many ways, a very nice entry for Surly in the sour category. Worth a pickup and a revisit.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into oversized wine glass at Black Sheep in downtown St. Paul.

Pours a dark amber root beer color - almost completely opaque except for hints of color around the edges. 1F light mocha head with tiny bubbles. No lacing.

Nose is definitely sour with notes of cranberry, toasty vanilla and oak.

Raw cranberry bitterness with almond creaminess and vanilla and oak tones.

Moderate carbonation - tiny bubbles, tight, crisp.

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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to 46and2 for the hookup! This one was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Surly Five pours surprisingly dark, it's almost black. There's just a little bit of red peeking through when the beer's backlit. There are between one and two fingers of khaki colored foam churned up from each of the two pours. Head retention is just alright, and lacing is nonexistent. The nose is both enticing and varied. A definite funk aroma is what first grabs my attention, but there's also a solid tannic oak note, as well as some dark fruits. The flavor is again dominated by earthy, tobacco tinged brett funk. Some slight chewy biscuit and caramel sweetness join the oak, the tannic quality of which really lends a tart edge to the beer, and the fruitiness from the red wine barrels, and really rounds out the flavor profile nicely. The body has a little bit of heft to it, but all in all is still fairly well on the dry side of things. The carbonation is just a tad dull though, it leaves the beer a little bit syrupy. Surly Five's a very good beer, one that was worth the effort to trade for, and has me looking forward to any future wild releases from Surly

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to skinnyguy for sending a bottle of this out my way. Served in a wine glass the other night. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate rusty brown with a decent-sized off-white head and a spattering of lacing on the way down. The nos is really quite mellow with a bit of red wine. Faint Brett presence as well alongside some light earthiness. Slight tannin and acidity come through in the nose. Medium body elevates the flavor and is one of the better aspects of this brew. Overall, I think this could be good, it just needs a little something extra and perhaps a bit more time.

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace.

funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base

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Five from Surly Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 508 ratings.
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