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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:
#1,500
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
1,038
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
389
Trade:
43
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbschi23
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brydeen
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keistler
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pbarg
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrsockless
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,038 ratings
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