Winds Of Change Brett Pale Ale | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Winds Of Change Brett Pale AleWinds Of Change Brett Pale Ale

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
50% hoppy ale primary fermented with Brett Brux, 50% hoppy ale secondary fermented with Brett Brux and aged 6 months in oak barrels.

Added by Gonzoillini on 01-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Flounder57:
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy orange amber color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Hay, funk, barnyard, cracker, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice Brett funk flavor, bready, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts. Tart, chewy, and bitterness notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little tart, a little chewy, funky, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: A nice slightly funky wild ale. Will have to say that the oak barrels mellowed it out a bit too.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Nick for this one, quick review from written notes.

It pours a dark saturated orange tone, showing bright clarity with a finger or two of off white foam. Lots of residual suds and lacing in the glass, looks good.

Aroma is pungent with Brett yeast right off the bat, minor wet hay and horseblanket notes, no indication of hops really aside from a nebulous fruitiness.

Taste also combines a fruity pineapple element with the dry farmy Brett character, possibly a couple different strains, I have no idea, but the fruity/tart and dry/funky combination would suggest as much. There is no traditional hop character to be found, and bitterness is minimal. It's lightly tart and fruity up front with a dry and funky residual Brett yeast impression. Body has fortitude, yet it's pretty drinkable. Had a second pour of this, shared 3 ways. Enjoyed this more than Saison Brett which seems more and more one dimensional lately. Recommend aging short term until summer months.

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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI

Winds of Change has that highly saturated sunrise orange body, it glows and borders on red but doesn't quite get there. The head is impressive and could rival some of the best looking Belgian saisons. It's dense enough that it rises an inch higher than the rim without spilling over, meringue-like. The lace will be a nightmare to remove, it's that sticky.

As I popped the cap brett funk hit me immediately. This one must have been maturing a little while now. It's medicinal, floral and barnyard funky. Band Aids, wildflower pollen, and horse blanket brett characteristics are the highlight but they're well balanced. Whispers of the dry hopping remain with orange marmalade and grapefruit pith all over a doughy malt base.

Interesting, the flavor doesn't have near the same wild intensity as the nose and actually leans more toward pale ale. Of course the funk is still present but it's much softer. Doughy malt with a drizzle of caramel lay down the base for a jammy orange and grapefruit hop profile. Undercurrents of brett run throughout, a little horsey up front followed by floral and ending with that medicinal Band Aid quality. I like this beer.

The body is light and effervescent with an active carbonation that scrubs the tongue with each drink. A soft candy-like sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue while the throat dries out. The overall feel is bright and refreshing. Certainly an easy beer to put away.

O'so is hit or miss in my book. They did a good job with this beer. It seems bretted, hoppy pale ales are all over these days, most not being very well done. In this case O'so has done a good job allowing both aspects to shine, the brett characteristics and the dry hopping, they play well together. The price was a little steep but I've seen some bottles lately for much cheaper, those will be purchased by myself next time.

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, fluffy 2 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent cling. Beer is a slightly cloudy copper. Very nice.

Big Brett presence on the nose. Hints of pineapple, lemon, zest, cane sugar, and Brett cobweb funk. Pretty appetizing.

Opens slightly tart pineapple and lemon zest. Flavors of wood, moss, citrus and cane sugar in the middle. Ends funky and foamy with just the slightest hint of yeasty bitterness. Light and refreshing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and clean. Light finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

A pretty solid beer that's certainly not been given its due. Real drinkable with decent complexity. Worth trying!

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Orange body. Big white head. Smells of orange and then brett. Fruity and grape-like brett. Tastes of orange and brett. Just like the nose. Fruity brett flavors, again like grape. Medium body. High carbonation. I suspect I drank this after the hops had faded and before the brett had fully developed. Nice either way.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.36/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml capped bottle poured into an O'so tulip.
5.5% ABV

A - Clear golden honey-colored, Winds of Change retains it's loose off-white head nicely, draping plenty of lace on the glass for a beautiful looking beer!

S - Hopped and dry hopped, Winds of Change has a nice citrusy, slightly earthy hop character but the beer, fermented with Brett Brux is decidedly funky. Wild yeast gives the aroma of Winds of Change an animal-like characteristic akin to horse blanket or "goaty" but this barnyard beer doesn't straight smack you in the face.

T - Funky Brett Brux masks the hoppy aroma quite a bit but that overlap is exponentially multiplied in the beer's flavor where it's almost entirely comprised of barnyard funkiness. Citrus undertones manage to escape slightly which work wonderfully with the earthy oak imparted by the beer's time in barrels.

M - A slight tartness washes over the tongue after this fully carbonated, light bodied beer is swallowed and, while the hops are minimal through the rest of the beer, bitterness and a lingering dryness finishes out.

O - O'so's Winds of Change is, as the label describes, a transitionary beer that signals more funky beers to come! While I admire the funky characteristics of Brett, it doesn't seem the yeast has reached it's full potential in this beer, nor does the overshadowed hop profile. Used in conjunction, both don't quite come to fruition. With that said, this is not only a good beer (just not a great one) but an introduction to what's to come from O'so and Funk Factory; a total win for Wisconsin.

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Photo of Nivek43
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jegross2
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Winds of Change, a bretted pale ale from O'so Brewing Company out of Plover, Wisconsin.

Score: 91

January 2014 vintage bottle served in a Toppling Goliath chalice and enjoyed on 02/02/14.

Appearance: Pours an opaque orange color with two fingers of off-white head that settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention, crazy cling factor. 4.5/5

Smell: Bretty peaches, mango, tangerine, pineapple, straw and grassy hops. Lots of tropical character mixed with a heavy hand of Brett and straw. 4/5

Taste: Light tartness upfront, bitter on the finish. Bretty peaches, tropical fruit and straw. Nice lasting hop flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodies, good carbonation. Nice hop bitterness, very juicy with a little dryness to the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: This is the beer that that I expected Hop Savant to be. The price is right, and I would definitely pick up another bottle if I saw it at the store.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

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