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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Ratings:
1,027
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MiamiWeiss
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Desimoaj
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cantal
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrUse
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jho3325
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmiah22
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mgcarney
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TitoLounge
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sazarac
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M-Jez84
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaypaul522
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle - once the wax is broken and the cap off, the aroma hits right away. Pours murky, with medium head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of fruit - heavily cherry. Taste is complex, with a smooth fruity finish. The body is medium. This beer was surprising good - highly recommend it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
A: Murky brown with a thin head
S: Sour cherry, lemon, red wine, brett
T: Sour cherry, sour green apple, red wine, Brett funk. Sounds weird but it works
M: Medium-bodied, sour & crisp
O: Not the most puckering or most complex sour I've had but certainly solid/enjoyable

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Photo of MinnesotaIPAGuy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 opened in April 2016

A- Redish brown with think head
S- Cherry, apple, leather, wood
T- Tart cherry and green apple up front then fades to plum and then nearly nothing... where did the aftertaste go?
F- Thin
O- Interesting. Not too funky. Love the cherry notes.

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Photo of tkrane
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling

Appearance: Pours tawny verging on ruby, with a two inch rocky head; spotty lacing lingers

Smell: Quite vinous, with red wine grape, cherry, rhubarb and pomegranate tones; barnyard funk creates complexity

Taste: Caramel, Munich malt base, with the fruit elements coming on strong, bringing red wine grape and cherry, with subtle undertones of rhubarb and pomegranate; lactic sourness builds, through the middle, with the barnyard funk and tobacco tones bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: The more I tasted the more I liked; a little age on this beer really makes it astonishingly good

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Photo of AdrianC31
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red brown with an active finger of purplish-red foam that dissipates quickly.

Subtle oak/earthy undertones are dominated by cherry, wet hay funkiness, and vinous notes.

Cherry, red wine, oak, subtle vinegary acidity, and surprisingly muted Bretty funk.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, subtle funk, dry, tart, and pretty refreshing.

Overall, I expected a great deal more from this considering it's price point, but it's actually rather good. It's not outstanding and I probably won't purchase again but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of zapjones
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Satisfying sour. Very fruit forward.

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Pentagram from Surly Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,027 ratings.
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