Bob's Armpit | Wig And Pen

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Wig And Pen

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dgilks on 04-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne during Good Beer Week 2013. This was part of the ACT's takeover for the Pint of Origin events.

Pours a deep golden colour, almost tending to amber, with a clear body that stays light and fluid. Head forms a solid film and a decent ring of just off-white. Not much lacing forms as it goes down. Carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Very light characters on the nose, in fact almost muted. Searching for them is difficult. Some earthy tones come through, a little ginger spice and a faint sourness like copper. It's not really winning me over with the flavours anyway, but the fact that they're so mild, is the true disappointment.

Light mild entry on the palate too. This develops a little through the centre, with some coppery metal coming through, a little earthiness and some lemon sherbet providing something of a counterpoint. On the back is a fruity sweetness like apple juice: it's not really either funky or sour. There is some earthiness though and a little pepper.

Feel is light and fluffy.

I'm just not sure this beer either hits its stride or knows where its stride wants to be. It's strangely lacking in character, or else its characters are elusive to me.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the pub, one of their specialty higher ABV one-offs available on the back taps. Courtesy of dgilks - cheers David!

This brew is indeed difficult to identify, as it possesses qualities of Oud Bruin, Lambic, and Wild Ale. It's kind of all over the map, but whatever the end result was, I found it to be quite enjoyable.

An amber-brown brew, with a little bit of head.

Nose was lambic yeast, sugar, fruit, some nice Belgian funk.

The taste is somewhere between many different styles, sweet and fruity (lemon, citrus) like a lambic, with some tart musky notes, yet bitter and sharp in places like a Flemish brown. Personally, I think it works, as it seems to take my favorite elements of multiple styles and melds them together, but there is still room for improvement here. An intriguing and enjoyable sipper nevertheless.

Certainly worth a look.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll make this clear. This is an American Wild Ale solely because it isn't really classifiable.

It is a hazy, amber colour (paler than an Oud Bruin but darker than a Gueuze) with a tiny off-white head. No head retention.

Mild tart and funky nose. Lemons and "sweet" funk are the dominant aromas. Hints of cherry.

The flavour is interesting. It seems a little funky with touches of tartness. There is also quite a bit of bitterness. The fruit notes are mostly lemon and there is some sweetness in there too. Interesting but it falls a little flat. There are some nice, fresher fruit notes but the bitterness still cuts through.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This works fine in this beer.

An interesting beer and I'm pleased to see another wild beer coming out of the Wig and Pen. The flavours don't quite seem right for a lambic style beer and the flavours aren't right for an Oud Bruin either. Close but no cigar really.

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Bob's Armpit from Wig And Pen
3.69 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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