Pentagram | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Arcane Seal guards an enigmatic brew that is FUNKY, DARK, and SOUR. If you choose to break the seal, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

100% Brettanomyces Dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in red wine barrels. "Brett" is a unique yeast strain that produces flavors that would be considered offensive if they were not intentional. 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 MasterSki on 02-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,694
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
1,048
pDev:
9.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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227
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391
Trade:
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2017 edition bottled 3/20/17, had 4/27/18.

Pours a very dark ruby color, semi opaque, with a two inch foamy head with decent retention and some foamy lacing. Smells sour, somewhat tart. Aromas of cherries, strong funk, oak, wine, light yeast, malt, a little lemon, wet hay, brett, some tobacco, plums when warm. Really smells great. The taste is lightly sour and tart, and not very acidic. Flavors of cherries, funk, brett, oak, malt, yeast, apples, wine, light lemon and tobacco. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

One of the funkiest beers I’ve had. It’s not all that sour, and overall it’s a little more straightforward than I expected, yet it’s really complex. Very different and interesting. Well worth a purchase, but at a fairly high (but less than it used to be) price point.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevinMc
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Commandophile
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kds2437
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_botski
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy rust color on the pour that turned cola brown in the glass. A large menacing tan head formed but quickly settled leaving a small cap. A funky nose with wed wine, oak barrels, cherries, and leather. Mouth-puckering tartness featuring sour cherries and red wine. The funk was there but was somewhat hidden behind the tartness. The Munich malt provided some bready notes with a bit of tobacco. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The sourness lingered after the last sip, gradually fading into oblivion.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 wax dipped bottle, thanks bro- Pours extremely hazy brown to red with a small light tan head that reduces to a thin collar and blanket. Aroma is tart, cherries, plums, figs, a tad nutty, toffee, caramel, chocolate. The taste is similar, a bit more well rounded than the aroma, tart, cherries and other dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, oak, nice barrel influences. Good sour.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brydeen
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keistler
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 release. A layered, complex beer that is much more subtle than I would have expected from the marketing text. Reminds me of a tart, red apple with a bit more sourness. The red wine barrels come through in spades, providing some tannic astringency on the mid-palate, after a very soft initial impression. Repeated sips are really rewarding, revealing some biscuit, pastry, and apple cider, a real depth of flavor. Brett funk blankets the entire experience but is never overwhelming; it somehow seems to keep the rest of the flavors in check. I'm glad I sprang for it and would be interested in trying some older vintages.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,048 ratings