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:
#3,099
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
1,056
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ppierce83
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JesseLara
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tomloops
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the cornerstone brett offerings available. Surly has mastered a balanced approach to serving up funk, flavor and feel – this one is proof of that.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deereless
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Sam K.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 28, 2017
Consumed: May 2, 2018
Reviewed as: American Wild Ale
Misc.: 2017 release; Bottled on March 20, 2017

Got this from Sam in a haul on Nov. 28, 2017. Decided to open it May 2, 2018 to share with Rachel. Had given a version of this (2014 I think) a 4.00 on Untappd back on Feb. 1, 2015. Bottled description read, “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.”

Poured a reddish brown murky color with two fingers of dark khaki frothy head. Lots of bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled cherry, dark fruit, red wine barrels (Rachel says Cabernet), chewy cherry candy, oak, Brett, barnyard funk, cherry tart, cherry skin and hints of sugary caramel. Had me really looking forward to tasting it. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose, but not quite as good. Got chewy cherry candy, dark fruit, red wine barrel (Rachel says Cabernet), dry oak, tart, Brett, barnyard funk, cherry skin, sugary caramel, wood and berry. Seemed stronger than the 6.66 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Astringent finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was just a really good sour. Really hit the spot. (Overall - 4.25)

4.29 | 95 | A

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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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Photo of VashonGuy
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

Photo of kbschi23
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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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

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings