Brown Recluse | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brown RecluseBrown Recluse

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brew3crew on 04-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Gtreid
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty simple, it was brown. I had to force a head from an aggressive pour, and that quickly faded and left no remenats of it's existance.

A: Chocolate, caramel, and tartness. Lots of tartness. Oak barrels with tart cherries, and sour red grapes.

T: Sweet and sour. Sour cherries and grapes lead to a subtle sweetness from the syrup and oak barrels. Finishes very sour, very dry (I'm guessing that the syrup was fully fermentable and lead to the unusally dry finish) and light. No hint of alcohol in this one.

M: Carbonation was on the lower side which made it rather oily.

O: Good, not great IMO. The sourness was a little over the top for me. I wish there would have been a little more sweetness from the syrup to balance it out. But, a good offering. Skal.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this one. poured into a snifter and started out my night on 6/29 it was wonderfully sessionable and a nice change from the normal heavy abv offerings

nice dark brown pour yields a small but intact head that does its job of settling in and rounding out the glass quite well, in fact it does not seem to fade at all

Aroma is tart cherries, nice notes here. I love that aroma, not that huge horse funk, but the nice cherry and oak notes that still offer touches of sweetness in them. Really rounds it out nicely and makes for a tremendously pleasing aroma. nice sweet notes tucked around inside of the deep tartness. Really nice light spices in here now. Currant maybe with touches of grape skins and a rich, subtle tone that is simply to die for. Really well done I have to say. Each sip became easier and easier to drink and I watched the bottle vanish in no time flat.

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Photo of abecall98
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again Adam (Loki83) for sharing this beer.

A - pours dark brown. Head is little, if any, and the beer is not viscous. A little underwhelming compared to other sours.

S - dark fruits. Sweet and sour dark fruits. I get hints of figs, plum, and some grape. Sweet maple is also present. Very pleasing.

T - the beer starts off very sour. The dark fruits come through and a nice carbonation helps bring the flavor all over. The beer finishes with sweet maple. Very nice.

M - the beer pours ugly with no head, but carbonation exists. Though minor, the carbonation helps the beer foam up and deliver the flavors to all taste buds. The beer finishes bubbly and sweet. Very good.

O - I enjoyed this beer a lot. A different sour, with a play on sweet and spur I guess.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with tsatem on 6/13/2011

from notes.

A - medium brown body, red light through the edges, no foam to speak of.

S - sour, maple, light vegetal nose.

T - Tart, light earthy sweetness, light oak.

M - light, somewhat thin, lively

O (D) - Great! it's really tasty, very drinkable, nicely complex, and still quite approachable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for the share. I am not the hugest fan of dark sours, by and large, so I do not have high hopes here. The brew pours a dark, murky brown, and is tinged with red glints. The tan head is short-lived, and recedes into a wispy film. I'm getting some vinegar and oak, and some dark berry melange from the nose. The flavor adds a good deal of sweetness, black cherry, currant, and some toastiness to the mix. Thinner feel. Overall I don't mind it, but don't love it.

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Photo of Spider889
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer I was looking forward to the most at the last Jackie O's release. It had the most extreme description and sounded like it would prove to be the most sour. I think it delivered on both accounts.

Served in a tulip, the beer is a flat looking black cherry color. No head on it, just a small ring of bubbles around the edges. Left no lace.

Smelled pretty damn sourific. Lots of funk in here - damp basement and mildewy mustiness. Sour cherry and acidic brett as well.

Tart brett up front on the flavor. Then comes sweet but biting sourness like the first seconds of an atomic warhead. Cherry and apple lead into an even deeper level of mouth watering sourness. You can tell that all the various bacteria has worked its magic on the Recluse. Some tobacco and maple is on the finish.

Dry. Not as oaky as I had wished, but this keeps it from being even more dry.

Overall I really liked this. As far as the Jackie O's sours go, I honestly think I still preferred Quincedence. But this is a close second. I believe that age will likely be kind to Brown Recluse.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 144/372

Pours a beige fizzy head. Color is a dark copper amber brown.

Aroma: Sour and tart. Cherries, spice, and oak. The maple syrup shows very lightly. Pretty nice aroma. A clean, tart sour.

Taste: Huge sour profile. Mouth puckering goodness. Cherries, oak, and vanilla. Vinegar flavors. The maple syrup shows a bit more. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends really clean for the level of sourness it has.

Overall, this was very sour and something I really enjoyed. Easy drinking and definitely a big surprise.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Bottle 144/372

Looks like a leather colored liquid with an off white head. Oh goodie another boring brown ale by the looks of it. Hold the phone here. This smells sour and I mean tart sour. Crap. I really don't dig sours at all. Brown ale and sour. What did I do to deserve this seventh circle of hell? I decided to man up and have a sip. Close my eyes and open up. Hmmm. Is this possible? This is pretty good. It's tart but not nicely not too over the top. Carbonation is rather low but it works very well for everything else that was going on.

On paper I would say no thanks, but thankfully I went ahead with it. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Veldrid for this one. Poured from a 22oz. (#33/372) bomber into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303

A: Standard pour yields an almost completely flat beer. No head. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. No lacing with poor legs. Doesn't really get much worse. Clarity saves it from being a 1.

S: Nose is a slightly tart grape along with some raspberry. Moerately aromatic with a nice tart funk. Vanilla from the barrels also. Decent.

T: Opens tart prunes and raspberry. Kind of like a Flanders Oud Bruin. Woody and puckering towards the middle where the sour really kicks in. Robust with notes of tea leaves at the end, creating a slightly accented bitterness right before a filmy, puckering, tart, dry tea leaf finish. Really unique and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively and puckering in the mouth. Goes down abrasive with some small bubbles on the side with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate and real nice body.

O: Aside from the appearance, Brown recluse is a really well made wild ale. Robust and with a different approach than most other wild ales I've had. The tea leaves accentuate the overall woodiness nicely. Worth trying.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a muddy brown with a thin light tan head.

S-the nose is heavy dry oak, almost sawdusty, a decent sour cherry with notes of dark plums.

T-still a fair bit of oak but the fruit flavors are slightly muffled. lots of sour cherries and some dry leathery brett behind.

M-light body, highly carbonated, grainy on the palate with a fairly dry crisp finish.

D-decent sour, lots of oak to it and the flavor becomes somewhat blurred as the brett is slightly overpowering and has eaten too much of the flavors.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one at DLD.

A - Pretty dark brown colored beer with an off-white head that left a little bit of stick on the sides. Not overly impressive looking, but it looks fine.

S - Tart and sour notes, reminds me a bit of a Flanders Red more than a wild. Some darker funky fruits hit the nose as well.

T - Tastes very good. There is a bit of oak from the barrels that is quite nice along with more of the Flanders Red qualities. The beer has a nice tartness and a good full flavor. Sour with just a touch of maple syrup that adds nicely.

M - Fuller bodied, good carbonation.

O - Pretty good beer, really enjoyed drinking this and got a bottle in a BIF from Thorpe as well that I'll have fun cracking open.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Shared with wdeck9.

2011 vintage, bottle #148/372

A - Dark brown with chestnut highlights. Almost no head at all, just a thin ring. Some scattered lacing, not much. Pretty opaque, a little hazy as well.

S - This thing exudes sourness. Hard to get any one aroma, but there's some oak and faint maple syrup. Some cherries and vinegar.

T - The taste is interesting to say the least. It's mostly all sour in the front end, but I can't say I discern much from it, not exactly complex unfortunately. It's sour and just drops off into some oak and some vague maple. I would've loved to see more maple here, just comes through too weakly unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with good carbonation. Not incredibly sour but leaves a puckering aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Would've loved to see more out of this beer as it was the one I was looking forward to most from this release. Maybe it'll do better with age but as of now it's a let-down.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the One Funky Afternoon Release. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some light sourness--mostly lactic with a bit of light acetic character. Some slight dark malt in the nose along with a bit of cherry and dark fruits. The taste hits some Flanders Red-type notes with a bit of light oak. Mild sourness and low carbonation make for an enjoyable body. Really smooth with a touch of malt sweetness. Love the low ABV on this. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the bottled release and One Funky Afternoon. After reading about this beer I had a high level of anticipation for it. I eagerly ordered this one first and foremost when I sat down at 9:00am. 6oz served in a tulip.

This one is a deep looking beer. Bordering on stout, it is a brown colored beer at its core, but feigns blackness in the thick parts of the glass. There was no head and no lacing.

Some funkiness can be picked up but this beer really has an earthy aroma to it. The earthiness shares some semblance to Raccoon Dubbel I had the night before. Perhaps the maple syrup used in both has something to do with it, or perhaps its all in my head.

There is a nondescript sourness up front. This sourness doesn't seem to carry with it any nameable flavors like fruits or lemon or any of the typical notes. Its odd, its just a plain sourness. This sourness isn't very powerful and it quickly fades into a more earthy funk. This funk, old wood and bark carries the flavor profile to the finish. Buried deep inside you will find some nuttiness and a buckwheat earthiness. The maple, thankfully, comes out pretty nicely in the finish and is sustained into the aftertaste. For the record, I'm a fan of maple flavors in beer.

Pretty much full bodied, especially in the world of sours. My notes say "micro carbonation". The carbonation manifests itself as a collection of busy, microscopic feeling bubbles that buzz and pop. The bubbles are too small to inflict any stabbing or prickly sensations, they just provide a nice fizziness. The finish is dry and has a noticeable alcohol heat.

The one I looked forward to the most, and I could tell that Brad looked forward to selling this one the most. I cant wait to crack my bottle of this.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Syrup brown color with minimal head, smell is of tart fruit, brownies, and oak. The taste is delightfully tart with the perfect sweet pancake undertone. Light bodied and full flavored, the finish lasts forever with loads of sour fruit. Awesome beer, will be nice to see this one age.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon."
A: Mahogany with a thin white collar.
S: "Standard" oud bruin with caramel and maple syrup, cranberry and raisin, brown sugar, and earthy. Good.
T: Almost salame casing... almost... with a good musty cranberry and red wine caramel mix, along with some cherry fruitiness. This is a very simple, solid beer.
M: Thinner, but frothy.
O: Good. This was one of my favorites of the day.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this beer is a sour beefed up English mild, so let's see how that turns out.

Ok the brew is a dark brown with red highlights; head is tan and leaves some lines of lace in the glass. The nose is of bourbon, funk, brown sugar, and a dash of malt. Ok the taste is like the nose but a little stronger. The body is thin and the beer is smooth.

Ok I put this little spider off too the side so it would warm up a bit and what a difference it made. The sour level really jumped up as this beer got warmer. This little spider has quite a bite, if you give it time to get warmed up.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a touch of reddish tint. Minimal head. Vry nice sour nose with a slightly roasted malt aroma. The nose is very nice on the tongue it's lacking quite a bit. Thin and weak on the tongue. The flavours need more umph. The mouthfeel is pretty good anid overall it's very nice but the difference between the nose and the tongue is disappointing

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with a light tan head around the edges
S-very tart and sour
T-starts off strong like wine barrels and finished like a nice beer. Sour upfront with a sweet finish
M- medium bodied and a tart aftetaste
O-great beer! Very complex and different. Glad I have a bottle of it so I can see what some age will do to it

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Brown Recluse from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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