Lover's Greed
Alewerks Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #448
Ranked #3,581
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a hazy reddish orange with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is vineous with red wine and slightly sour notes.

Taste is tart and refreshing like a light carbonated red wine blend.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a chalice. 2017 edition, bottled 5/2/17, had 4/30/18. Aged 36 months in French red wine barrels, which I believe is different than earlier years.

Pours a hazy apricot, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some slippery, foamy lacing. Smells lightly sour and tart. Aromas of wine, oak, yeast, some apricot and apple, light lemon, light cherries when warm. The taste is somewhat sour and lightly tart. Flavors of wine- less than the nose, oak, yeast, some lemon, light apricot and apple, some malt, light cherries when warm, a light sweetness on the finish. Smooth, a good light to medium body, well carbonated.

There’s a lot going on here, but there’s not a lot of intensity in the flavor. The wine barrels are good, but have a light influence on the flavor for 36 months. It’s certainly good overall, but not very complex. Has a pretty high price point for what you get, so buyer beware.

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Photo of Allie1980
1.37/5  rDev -67%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Sadly I don’t understand the hype. Have loved all of the Alewerks line, but this one tasted like straight vinegar. Was not pleasant at all and disappointed at price point that this was the product I was told was the it product to try. It had a much better finish, but I had to force myself to get there, and I only did that based on the other excellent beers from this brewery. I still have a vinegar after taste here ten minutes later and am left wondering if I got a bad bottle, but other reviews claiming sour and vinegar taste dissuade me from blaming it on that sadly.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is nice to see with a clear, yet hazy, orangish color to it. It's a decent look but not as overly impressive as other wild ales.

The smell and taste are decent. It has a nice soft tart notes with a moderate vinegar. The other notes are a raspberry fruit like quality that mixes with a nice vanilla and oak note. Both the smell and taste have the same notes but the smell is a bit more vinegar while the taste has a more oaky note.

The feel is pretty good. It's a medium body beer with a a more syrup jam like feel to it. The carbonation is a bit tingly but barely there.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer even though it's fairly mild compared to other ones. However, it seems both accessible and looks like it can improve with age.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to a Flanders Brown, light reddish brown with a moderately frothy, off-white head that dies off fairly quickly.

I get a lot of rose, oaky vinegar, and strawberries on the nose, with more of a smoothing lactic feel on the tongue, keeping it from becoming as acetic as the nose hinted at.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this again at a beer fest yesterday. I do not remember this being as good when I had it first. I think the extra year in the bottle did something extra special here.

The appearance was just like I remembered, pink blush and little fizz of head that disappears quickly.

The nose and flavor was more pronounced - sour came through much more than I remembered and lots of bright sour fruits. I had this while eating some brisket and I was amazed how well it stood up.

The only reason I didn't buy more of this when it was readily available was it was about $15/bottle. I'd pay that for what I had yesterday so next time I'll grab a couple and stash them away for a year or so.

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Photo of teromous
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch Code: 2014

Appearance: The body is a very nice shade of orange that has gold and red-orange hues. It really looks nice in the glass. It's dark but not hazy. There is a short fizzy head that goes away very quickly but I can see quite a few bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: It has a sour fruit smell to it. There's a bit of a lime aroma to it.

Taste: There is a sourness right up front with a lemon quality to it. Not much else going on here. It is a very uncomplicated but sour beer. I don't get any malt character or anything else.

Mouthfeel: It is sour but not overpowering or puckering. It is like drinking a strong lemonade. It feels a bit watered down, but the feeling overall is fairly average.

Overall: I wasn't very impressed with it. For a wild ale it brought average character to the table and there was nothing unique about it. It was very monotone and nondescript. It reminded me of a bland Flanders Red. I was not impressed with this batch but I'm willing to try it again to see if there is any improvement or variation in batches.

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Photo of Resuin
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemmed glass. This is a 2014 version.

Appearance: Pours a red/orange deep honey color and leaves a finger of slightly off white head that slowly fades to a white layer atop the beer. (3.75)

Smell: Funky apple skins, musty grapes, slight lemon tartness, pleasant oak. Really pleasant smell. (4.5)

Taste: Apple skins, vinegar, grape skins, green apple, tart lemon, light oak presence, perhaps some plum. Pretty well balanced with a mild sourness. Nice flavors from beginning to end. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Medium body with low carb and medium to high acidity. (4)

Overall: This is a really nice wild ale, with some delicious flavors and not too much sour or acidity. Well crafted - this brewery knows what they're doing. (4.25)

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

The best sour I've had from VA. Nice tartness and a solid oak presence. The cherries are coming through also. I thought it was a very enjoyable wild ale.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body without much of a head.

Smell - Caramel malt. Vanilla. Oak. Some red wine. Lightly vinegary aroma.

Taste - And it falls flat. Caramel malt. Oak. Mild sourness. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Very promising aroma. And then blah.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet in color. Cloudy in appearance. Sour, but not incredibly so. Lemon, oak, tart berries. Short and crisp finish that really makes you want to keep drinking.

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Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dull weathered copper under normal light, but a tropical orange red when held up to my brightest light. A 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Sweet tart in the aroma. Fruity with some nice earthy/oaky funk. A bit chalky or musty. Sour green grapes and a whiff of cherry.

Sour, barely a hint of sweet. Sourness of lemon or green apple, with spicy funk to back it up. You can taste the barrel in it.

Fairly crisp, yet creamy and astringent to the verge of being puckering/drying. Medium bodied.

I liked this. I think this would be a good summer beer, a lemony/fruity brew with teeth.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. (500 mL) bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Hibah M.), most recent (only?) vintage most likely, poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Cooper peach opacity for color. A short, fizzy beige head forms and quickly falls. No real lacing left.

4.5 S: Really nice nose on this. Funky and fruity - the best of both. Big peach, plenty of plum next, and mixed berry underneath. The funk is intertwined in the fruitiness giving a lactic acid type aroma. There's a little barnyard funk, but it's complementary rather than dominant. There's also so outdoor apple orchard funk in there too. Sweet toasty malts underneath. Very nice.

4.0 T: The taste is good as well, but it lacks the punch found in the nose. Again peach, plum, and berry fruits. Tangy lactic acid funk without much acetic acid at all. Apple orchard funk predominates with slight barnyard and many a hint of a sweatsock.

4.75 M: Awesome MF on this. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a silky creaminess to it. Supremely smooth.

4.75 D: Because this isn't too intense in terms of acidity, this is supremely drinkable. It's too bad they put this in a 500ml instead of 750. Great flavors (especially for people like me to value funk over sourness), great nose, awesome mouthfeel. Really good overall brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Darrell for sharing.

Dark golden body, slightly hazy, with a thin cap. Aromas of earth, green apple, tart fruit, pie crust, white grape. Nice flavor. Mild acidity with some nice funk notes. Prickly carbonation with some funky white wine tannins in the finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Kind of like this one girl Raul dated, its a bit too thin, but at least it's not off-putting. Faint oak/wine essence aromas that pretty much stay par with the taste. Again, it's not bad, but take tbis bad boy home to mom on Christmas? Raul don't think so.

Think diet Consecration.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a gold tinted copper body with minimal head and an aroma that is akin to tart or sour cherries and apple but yet has some sweet grape notes and the oaky wine-like aromas burst through.
Smooth beer and easy to drink thanks to large oaky/woody presence and this is despite at times a puckering tartness that resembled cherry and sharp, sour, earthy acidic notes that lend the beer a very crisp, sour (even funky at times) finish.
There is also this grape/"sweet wine" like sweetness that is noticeable and helps keep the beer balanced and from getting too sour/acidic.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark copper color. The head is less than a finger high, and the shading is white. Naturally for a sour ale, retention is bad. Neither is any lacing left on the glass. About what I expect from the style aesthetically - not much. (2.75)

Smell: There are a lot of things going on here. Upon first whiff, I pick up a combination of mild tartness and earthy funk. It's somewhat barnyard-y and phenolic, but I like that. Allowing it to open up some reveals plenty of buttery, wine-like oak tones. Alewerks went for the 'sophisticated' approach instead of the 'balls-out sour' one, and it's all the better for it. Though, at times, it could stand to be a little beefier smelling. (4)

Taste: It starts off slightly tart, with kisses of barnyard helping to flesh out the sourness some. Afterwards, it becomes very wine-like as grapes, raspberries, and cherries coalesce with flavors of butter, oak, and banana. This beer's balance is commendable. As much as I dig complexity, I also dig that this beer chooses to perfectly balance a handful of notes instead of presenting a billion different flavors that continuously butt heads. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Quite full and creamy for the style. Despite the barrel presence in the flavor profile, the tannins are wonderfully restrained on the palate, leaving this beer to feel wondrously decadent. The powerful carbonation seems to fuel its silky, cake-like feel. And yet, it's still clean and drinkable (certainly, it isn't overly thick as to make this beer seem flabby). I can't believe how this is both easy to drink and easy to savor at the same time. (5)

Overall: Now THIS is how you intertwine the wine and beer worlds together! At times, it more closely resembles a good pinot noir than it does a sour ale - like that's a bad thing, however. What makes it truly work is how cohesive and refined this is (dare I say, like a Cantillon/3F sour almost) I love it when breweries branch off into wild ales, and I love it even more when the aforementioned wild ales said breweries make end up being so tasty. (4.5)

4.36/5: Fantastic sour ale meets a fantastic wine, and the end result is...well, guess

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Photo of grover37
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml picked up from D'Vines for $15. Poured into two Atlas tulips.

Appearance (4.5): Aggressive pour gives two fingers of beige, thick head that sticks around but eventually reduces to a thick ring and a small patch. A few swaths of lacing. Color is opaque orange-ish red - maybe some pink highlights.

Aroma (4.75): Love the smell. Big funk with melon, under-ripe strawberries, and bready malt. Sour fruity funk reminds of Cantillon's less intense fruit lambics (eg Rose de Gambrinus).

Taste (4.75): Hits with aggressive sour tartness up front - almost puckering but still balanced - which gives way quickly to a nice sweetness then finishes quickly with only a slight lingering fruit. Tart cherries and sweet tarts up front with a sourness that quickly grows then fades, then breadiness and sweet, fleshy strawberries in the middle, finishing with a slight funk and lingering acidity.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Medium to full bodied (surprisingly full in fact) and only moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy aside from the acidity in the back of the mouth. Acid coats the mouth and lingers softly. Could be a bit more carbonated and punchy but will probably develop over time to thin out and become more effervescent - already looking forward to cracking my second bottle in a couple years.

Overall (4.75): Really what I'm looking for in a sour - will probably get slightly more acidic and less sweet/fruity over time without getting to be too much. Great balance hitting all the right notes. Really happy to have randomly grabbed two bottles of this without ever having heard of it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A reasonably hard pour produces a cloudy burnt orange liquid capped by a couple of inches of foam; while the head fades faster than I would like, it leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Berries, vinous red wine and oak tones....and more oak

Taste: Fruity, up front, with strawberry and tart raspberry tones; in the middle, the acetic tartness builds, bringing an oaky vinous character; the tartness lingers through the finish, but the fruit remains underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; modest puckering

Overall: This is the closest thing to a marriage between red wine and beer that I have encountered; its almost like a Pinot Noir in its delicate fruit flavors and oaky complexity; while not overly sour, the tartness adds a nice dimension that brings the beer back into the American Wild territory

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Photo of Jack_Malts
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm gonna go ahead and give this a 5, despite all my natural instincts against it. If there's one thing I love more than a legit east coast wild it's a legit east coast wild from my home state, VA. This brew does not disappoint. Alewerks has been, for the most part, the best va brewery these last couple of years, and their first bottled wild only reinforces that fact.

These cats have created great after great barrel aged beers, and lovers greed officially joins them as another example of what this brewery can do.

Alewerks! Keep the flavor coming! 18 months in red wine barrels? That's 6 more months than most breweries are willing to commit to.

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with next!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown almost leather colored. a finger or more of an off white head that fades slowly and leaves a strong lacing along the sides of the glass. completely hazy and opaque along with a few yeast concretions floating around.

Smell: red wine, very strong woodsy aroma, earth, vinegar, lemon like acidity.

Taste: opens with barrel character, a dash of vinous flavor followed by a whole lot of oak wood flavor. transforms into a leather, earthy taste. backend becomes acidic, full of lemons and light vinegar. shows some of the alcohol strength.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, vinegar, acid and tartness. some stickiness and a slight warmth.

Overall: very well balanced for a wild. the oaky and earthy qualities balance perfectly the acid and vinegar. it will be interesting to see this as it tips the balance off over time.

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