Brett Liquor | Surly Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86.2%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 65 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style Imperial IPA fermented with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Styrian Goldings.

Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
65
Liked:
56
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
8.8%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at new Republic bar in Uptown in a tulip then a second one in a pint glass.

This brew has an off white head that laces beautifully, after breaking down a quick swirl quickly brings it back to life. Color is an attractive copper with orange highlights. Cloudy.

Aroma has a lot going on. Bready malt, plenty of hops (citrus, earthy, spicy, very aromatic), On top of this estery yeast is also very noticeable and works well here. Just a hint of funk from Brettomyces but it takes a very definite back seat to all the other aromas. Fantastic.

Upfront the taste is bright estery yeast with clean pale and bready malt with plenty of hop bite yet is clean and crisp with minimal lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice juicy hop bite with good body.

Overall this is a very interesting brew that feels like a meshing of many styles and unlike many brews that have tried to do this it totally works. Delicious, made me have to hang around for extra pints because this is such a complex tasty beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Surly's Darkness Day at the brewery. First time this is available. Served in a 8 oz. clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Color is a somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. A solid three fingers of white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with subtle Belgian elements. Big smell of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and tangerine. Some Belgian yeast with a bit of funk, Brett, and hints of cherry wine. A little bit of earthy pine. Some bready malts in the background with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit.

Taste: A good sharply bitter taste with a little Belgian kick. Upfront is a strong taste of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple along with some earthy hops and pine resin. Subtle Belgian yeast along with some Brett. Some sweet cherry wine like flavor underneath the hops. Also some bready malts with notes of caramel, biscuit, and toffee. A pretty solid hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Has a fairly juicy bitter feel that has a drying finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA from Surly. The Brett and Belgian elements add some interesting undertones.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Here's a new one from Surly, draft only, recently released at Darkness Day, with extra kegs finding their way to bars. Like the one I run. So, I'm sitting down with this enticing brew, takin' notes. First off, the real quick skinny on "Brettliquor". "Belgian style Imperial IPA fermented with Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with Styrian Goldings. 8.3% ABV." That's how they put it, that's how it is.

Let's leap in and look at it. Clear, golden, apricottish appearance, large, looming, well-kept head, whitecaps sit prettily atop for quite some time, leaving abundant attractive lacing.

Aroma: sour, funk, and fruit. I recall that in a sales sheet, Surly calls this a "fruit bomb." I hate that term, any which way it's applied, but it's all up in the nose, that's for sure. Brimming with wild Belgian character, a little sweet, a little bitter, and a whole lot funked up. Love it. So unique, so unusual, so inviting.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits up front, followed by hop bitterness, ending dryly. Second sip in, it's very clear we've got a highly hopped-up Imperial IPA of some sort, but the Belgian quality never leaves your mind or your senses. It's a brilliant combination, with a flavor unheard of, reminding me at times of other Belgian IPAs, particularly American-brewed versions, like Flying Dog Raging Bitch or Harriet's West Side. But there's something quite extra at play here, and it's utterly delicious. Fruit continues in the taste, always matched with bitterness, and accompanied by that funkification.

Here's more information from Surly:

Style: Belgian Imperial Brett IPA. (You know, one of those!)
Malt: 2 Row, Aromatic, Crystal
Hops: Styrian Goldings, Chinook, Simcoe
Yeast: Brettanomyces
OG: 17.2% Plato
ABV: 8.3%
Color: 11 SRM.
IBU: 70

This has incredible balance, among such disparate components, and is ridiculously consumable, despite the high alcohol content. Taste-wise, it's genius, and it's definitely one of my favorite Surly beers ever, if not one of the best beers I've ever had. Really. When you get right down to it.

I remember liking this at Darkness Day, in a plastic cup, outside, among a noisy crowd on a cold day.

Right now, I'm practically in love with it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Had this on tap at the Bryant lake Bowl. L: A brilliant amber gold pour. S: Not a huge amount of aroma, some citrus. T: Starts soft and fruity with grapefruit rind, citrus and a faint hint of vegetable. Slightly sweet balanced with a nice treatment of hops. F: Medium light with a soft, Brett texture. O: Kind of an in between Brett with a nice dose of hops. Very approachable.

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Brett Liquor from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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