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

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1,024
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrsockless
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of Minnesota's best widely available sours, and all part of the growing trend in making sour beers, Pentagram is an excellent exhibition of what exciting stuff U.S. Brewers are doing.

Unfortunately, recent efforts from Schells and Fulton have set the bar very high for this category; not to mention the longstanding excellence from Niko Tonks at Fair State - especially now that Roselle is widely available and in cans.

Still a strong favorite - just a bit overpriced and over-appreciated in a crowded market.

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

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

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brob245
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost still dark burgundy except for a thin tan ring.

I get just a ton of tart red apple on the nose, and in flavor it's a lot like a Flanders Red with dry red wine, cherry, cracker, and apple butter.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of atone315
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany in color with a small amount of an off-white color head. Medium thickness and prickly carbonation.

Aroma is very fruit-forward. Tart cherries, a bit of raspberry, and lemon dominate the nose. Tons of red wine character. A little bit of funk, but it is not overly assertive.

Taste is mildly-moderately sour. Some tart cherries, blackberries, and a bit of dark fruit character. Lactic acid and much more funk is present than on the nose. Red wine character with a touch of earthy hops.

Overall, I love the use of red wine barrels for aging sours. This has a nice balance of sweetness and sourness. However, the flavor profile and overall feel of the beer is just good not great. I see this pairing well with a thick roasted pork chop with a fruited preserves. It gets a 89.5/100.

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

Surly Pentagram
First off this was my first attempt at opening one of these waxed bottles, seems like it's a brewer's method of childproofing. Finally got into it and was assaulted with a blast of yummy funkiness. Brett, oak, plums maybe. Pours a brownish red with minimal head. Taste follows but not quite as tart as I had imagined (good in my book), some tartness but more of the wine barrel and musty oak flavor, as it warms it gets a little more tartness. Really enjoyed this one and thankful for the chance to drink it.

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Photo of n2185
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,024 ratings.
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