Scarlet Letter | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light bodied, tart and refreshing sour blonde ale refermented in French oak barrels and aged on plenty of Wisconsin cranberries. Central Wisconsin is cranberry country, so it was easy to fall in love with the idea of aging our insanely tart sour ale on this beloved super fruit. We used two pounds of cranberries per gallon for maximum pucker factor. This is what taking chances is all about.... Going all out and ending up with something this wonderful.

Added by thebigredone on 01-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
28
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Dharmelink
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a reddish, goldfish pink. A good amount of visible carbonation and moderate haziness. Forms a finger's worth of very light pink head that fails before I sit back down.

S: Tart up front – lactic and funky and feet. Tart cranberries and lemony citric acid. Light cracker malts in the background, but the sour flavors are certainly running the show here.

T: Tart cranberries. Lactic, funky, citric and acidic. Cracker malts still lurk in the background. Lactobacillus funk with feet and cheese in moderation. Lemony citric acid as well. Dry cranberries and underripe raspberries with lingering tartness in the hang – but not overly acidic. There's definitely some tart tang with a cranberry juice burn.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and no alcohol to speak of.

O: A nice tart cranberry beer. This strikes an enjoyable balance between tart and acid and fruit and dryness and funk. Maybe not the fruitiness and depth of funk that the best fruited sours have, but still pretty damn solid.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Great bright pink color. Nose is deep. Hints of plastic, vinegar, cranberry and an aggressive, sparkling tartness. Rather muted with some tickling accents. Beer opens tart cranberry. Hints of plastic, virgin oak, cobwebs, vinegar, cranberry and other red fruit. Loads and loads of Brett funk balanced out by a big, juicy, pulpy fruit presence. Very good. Body is light with ample carbonation. Sparkling and aggressive on the palate. Almost champagne-like.

This one's very good. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant ruby red with white head. On tap at the source.

The cranberries show, but it is fairly funky and medicinal. Lemon acidity. Some oak.

Light bodied. Lovely carbonation.

Okay sour, but too medicinal. I'd like to taste more fruit here.

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Photo of d5001986
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tertullian007
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scooter1027
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a Central Waters snifter. Beautiful deep crimson color with white lacing, minimal head. Aroma is all sour cranberry and oak. Taste is almost all sour cranberry. Jammy. A little oaky. Tart, without being puckering. It's not crazy complex, but it's executed really well and shows off the central Wisconsin cranberry. Nice light feel with some effervescence. O'so gets the sour game right again.

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Photo of wcu80
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SixPack6
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks dude.

This one pours a nice dark reddish color, with a small head and a bit of lacing.

Smells like very sour cranberry, with some nice acidity on the nose.

This is fairly simple in taste and execution, but it's still a very delicious expression of sour cranberry. There's a tiny bit of funk, but I certainly wish there a bit more here.

This is lighter bodied, with a very juicy mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

A pretty nice but simple sour here.

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Scarlet Letter from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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