Wild Oats Series No. 25 - Koru | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 25 - KoruWild Oats Series No. 25 - Koru

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Koru Belgian Pale Ale boasts interesting spicy, peppery yeast notes, with tropical fruit inflections from New Zealand Nelson-Sauvin and Rakau hops. Complex and tasty, with a dry finish.

Added by Sammy on 10-19-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjyost
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired as part of the Oktoberfest mixed pack from the brewery.

Pours a sunset orange and fairly clear with a nice light white head that has quite a cap atop it. Some spicy yeast notes behind banana and vinous notes. A ton of character going on in the viscous body of the beer. Spicy pepper, melon, finishes with a lingering light banana / hefeweizen character. Feels heavy and prickly on the palate. Very much like a fruity peppery hefeweizen. Another rock-solid effort by Beau's.

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Photo of Mack
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, banana and a light grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready yeast, peppery spices, some citrus and banana and a grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Very refreshing! Another great beer from Beau's.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Feb 11 2016 and served barely chilled.

Pours a hazy golden colour, capped off by a generous proportion of foamy white head. It starts off about two fingers high, and requires the passage of more than 5 minutes to recede into a dense, creamy cap about a centimetre thick. Wide, foamy collar with a modest ring of lacing adjacent; visually this is a reasonably impressive beer. 'Fruity' would probably be the most succinct way to describe the aroma, but one could easily go into more depth than that. There's lots of citrus, with juicy sweet mandarin orange complemented by notes of peach, marmalade, pineapple and pear. Off in the background there's some much subtler hints of grassy straw, as well as a spicy, yeasty quality whose exact nature is hard to nail down.

Interesting; the fruit-forward leanings of the bouquet carry over into the flavour profile, and complement the base Belgian ale nicely. Pale malts provide a crackery, lightly grainy background sweetness, while flavours of stone fruit, cantaloupe, pear, mango and banana provide added layers of complexity. The citrusy facets become more noticeable toward the back end, with juicy mandarin orange soon giving way to pithier, oilier notes of grapefruit and some floral astringency. Peppery finish, followed by a mostly dry aftertaste. Roughly medium in body, with gentle carbonation levels that are lower than I prefer from my Belgian pales. Feels smooth in the mouth, and maybe a tad watery; still, it's very refreshing and I'm finding it difficult to muster up any further complaints.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-. Koru takes what would otherwise be a relatively mundane Belgian pale ale, and then infuses new life into it by employing two relatively exotic and exciting Kiwi hop strains. Beau's takes a lot of flak from certain segments of the beer geek population in this province, not all of it undeserved - but quality releases such as Koru will eventually wear away at those preconceptions... at least, if they're released consistently. I still don't think it's really worth the 8 dollar price tag, but it's a very nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of atsir
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 600ml into a tulip. Wild Oats Series #25.

Darker hazy orange, white head with good retention and a bit of lace. Nose is yeasty, some banana, mild spice and some bright orange citrus. Taste has some bitter citrus character, a spicy yeasty bite and some white pepper. Lighter medium body and good carbonation. Tasty, and having this back in warmer weather would've been great.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Volo. Surprisingly complex pale Belgian. Funky farmhouse nice smooth sweet bitter onion grassy hoppy spicy honey yeasty -bold and comes through even after stronger big beers up first. Sauvin hop may be there but not featured. Decent for he style.

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Photo of bryanzk
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EricVonStein
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cloudy golden honey colour with a two finger head of off white, yellow tinged foam that looks oily and sticky like an IPA.

Smells of tropical fruit like pineapple, a bit of white grape and a sour note that cuts through a subtle yeasty aroma. A little bit of musty hay fills out the background.

taste is more subdued, with mellower fruit notes of apricot and more prominent sourness and rindy bitterness. Yeasty funky notes are more wild sour - as the label suggests - than doughy and wet barn. Still, there is a mild underlying twang of sourdough bread, but very much a background note.

Pretty mildly carbonated though pleasantly tingly, light body and nice dry finish. Touch of warming half way down the glass.

Overall a fruity, exotic, slightly sour ale that is fresh and sharp at the same time. Nicely put together and in itself pretty pleasing but personally missing more of the funky barnyard flavours typically seen in the style. But I feel that wasnt the focus here. One of the better Beau's experiments Ive had, feels like a much more mature approach to a beer than they sometimes exhibit. Hopefully they have this available in quantity when the warmer weather hits - should be a great option for the summer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CanuckRover
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between straw and amber. Pillowy white head filled the top of my Duvel tulip glass. Thick bubbly foam sticks to the sides of the glass all the way down. Spot on appearance-wise.

Great aroma. An interesting focus on tropical fruit, with almost a wit-like orange and bubblegum character.

Peppery yeast right up front makes it pretty clear what style we're going for. Malt is actually kind of difficult to nail down given everything else that's going on. Pale fruit, maybe pear, floating around. I find the Nelson Sauvin really stands out, with a clear winey character mid-palate. Finish is continental bitterness.

A nice Belgian Pale with a welcome something something that you might not have seen elsewhere.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's okay.. overpriced at $8.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $7.95 CDN. Batch 4912, bottled February 12, 2016.

Appearance - clear and rich golden color, topped by a finger of semi-long lasting head and minimal lacing. Light amount of carbonation is visible.

Smell - grainy and somewhat earthy, with a slight sweet aroma of powdery yeast.

Taste - light subtle flavours, a hint of fruit which combines oranges, passion fruit and orchard fruits. Some light grassy flavours and hints of light roasted grain. A subtle earthy note too, makes me think that honey is somehow involved.

Mouthfeel - smooth and light bodied, low carbonation.

Overall - a tasty Belgian ale, but lacks a bit of a punch of some of the others in the style. Just misses the mark to my taste, but if you can spare the change it may be worthy. Shot.

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