Surly Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #326
Ranked #2,198
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: 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.
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Haybeerman from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2017
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porter_collie from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. draft at the Surly brewery

A - Mahogany body with a thin off-white head.

S - Sour cherry, cranberry, oak, and a slight doggy funk.

T - Sour cherry and cranberry are the first flavors to hit the palate. These are immediately followed by oak, grape musk, and tobacco. A slight animal funk, too. The malt is similar to dark sourdough rye. Cherry tartness and oak linger.

M - A medium body with a very dry finish.

O - A wonderful, complex Brett beer that spectacularly balances sour, funk, fruit, wood, and malt flavors. If you go to the brewery, a glass of Pentagram and the smoked mushroom and goat cheese pizza are a diabolical combination.

Dec 28, 2014
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OKFine from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this to celebrate the Blackhawks winning The Cup... So it's goddamn perfect right now.

Jun 16, 2015
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joiceed from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a fun beer. Appears like a dark amber. With a very nice head which will continue to lace the glass (or bottle) as you are indulged sip after sip. I drank it on tap, which I feel lucky for. The smell is of crabapple, very pungent pomegranate and even rich coffee. Taste is just as playful. The Brettanomyces present themselves as a wildly bitter component of sourness that one would taste when biting into a grannysmith apple. With that come flavors of cherry, plum, oak, coffee and cranberries. It is a very smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, much like a lager, with the tingling carbonation of a Sprite. Ultimately I would highly recommend this beer to anyone seeking the devilish pleasures of a punky lipsmacker beer that welcomes you to have a glass or two (not more than that though due to the powerful flavor profile!).

May 18, 2015
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Pours a dark fermented plum color with a smoky orange undertone. A creamy white head dissipates with little lacing.

S: Green apple, cherry, red grapes, slight hints of pomegranate, slightly yeasty, oak, overall quite tart.

T: Wow there is a lot going on in this brew. Green apple, cherry, red grapes, rhubarb, pomegranate, cranberry, grapefruit, oak, tobacco, and a undistinguishable tarty funk.

M: Light to mid-bodied, highly carbonated, crisp almost champagne like finish.

O: A truly unique and funky brew. This is the best sour I've had to this point. It's a fantastic ale but not for those without an open mind.

Jun 15, 2015
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma of mostly cherry, with vinegar, light Brett funk and touches of oak. Taste is sharply tart upfront with cherry, vinegar and light roasted characteristics. Some Brett-horseblanket and vinegar, with loads of oak and pepper in the finish. Almost seem to be some tannins as well. Very good Wild Ale.

Dec 12, 2016
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Apr 27, 2013
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 18, 2013
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Tafyob41 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Apr 19, 2015
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popcornlips from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 30, 2015
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elliott1184 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jul 09, 2014
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Yeti1979 from Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Jun 16, 2014
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Hopzilla_MN from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 15, 2015
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kjyost from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Jun 27, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Butcher & The Boar's release party:

Swampy, murky brown body capped with a thin pale khaki head... after a minute I'm left with a nice consistent collar which laces well even on this subzero February day in Minnesota.

Unsurprisingly, I'm immediately reminded of Five. Mellow vinegar, lush red wine, smooth tobacco. So unique - it takes a direction similar to Supplication with a more pronounced barrel presence.

Mirrors the smell in a number of ways - loads of red wine barrel with a vinous kind of red fruit. Although Five clearly demonstrates a greater sense of balance, this stuff makes me think American Wild for sure. Pungent and direct.

Infused with black cherry warheads? It's possible.

Can't wait for the bottle release. This stuff is solid.

Feb 19, 2013
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starshockey9 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Sep 09, 2014
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bikesnbeerFtc from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Apr 15, 2014
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 21, 2013
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SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Sep 23, 2013
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2015
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rowbow from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 10, 2014
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Seefeldt from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Mar 17, 2013
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Holland from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

May 30, 2014
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Lurkerson from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Apr 26, 2013
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LeeW from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Mar 04, 2014
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