Pentagram | Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,033 Ratings
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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:
#1,468
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
1,033
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
389
Trade:
45
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1/5  rDev -76%

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1.84/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of fishermanrobb
2.47/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of rderedin
2.55/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I still find it offensive-I don't care if it was intentional.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.77/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From my notes at a 2014 Craft Beer Expo. Not a fan of the name or the ominous ABV.

Look : 2 finger head, 80% opacity, honey brown color.

Smell : Medium strength bouquet. A soy sauce/sour aroma - like rotted watermelon and discarded fruits, light hop.

Taste : Sour melon flavors, a bit of rose, high alcohol presence. Very tart like a Mead.

Feel : Semi dry, light to medium bodied, wet.

Overall : Not bad but not great. I'd probably skip it next time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.81/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Was excited for this beer to challenge Tart of Darkness for the throne. Total squash job unfortunately. Pours a ruddy dark brown with notes of dark red through it, doesn't amass much of a head on it, 1/6" lighter brown. Aroma was earthy sour tobacco grits.

Taste was a lot of brown and darker malts, brett, wine barrel like vinegarness dominates the taste profile. Not impressed. So much dirt, vinegar, wood and tobacco to this one. And its expensive too? I just don't get the market for this, other than sub genre alterno metal guys I guess who are into the artwork.

As a beer, it is below average.

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Photo of Raziel313
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes watered down. I did have batch one but thought that would bring more tart

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Chrinst
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AirZombie
3.09/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

third sour ive tried and not a fan of the style except ng oud bruin

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clearly not for me. I wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a wax-sealed 750mL bottle cola brown with a very transient dark foam head. Quite effervescent, after 15 seconds the head is completely gone but for a thin rim around the glass. So it's not much in appearance, although the bottle is hellishly cool looking. Pervasive smell is of a high quality red wine vinegar, perhaps a hint of Worcestershire sweetness, balsamic, oak and tart cherries. Certainly it smells good, like something I'd want to use for cooking a fine roast shoulder in a reduction with mushrooms and rosemary. Now the taste is immediately far less pungent than the nose suggests, which is a bit disappointing. It's pretty zippy, high carbonation and quite watery on the palate. Back to the taste..it's lightly tart cherries washed with a weak solution of Heinz white vinegar, there is some sense of balsamic sweetness as well. So sweet and sour, medium dry, again watery, and strong carbonation, all sitting on a sort of thinnish brown ale like underpinning. Well then. 6.66% ABV

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,033 ratings
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