Scarlet Letter | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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

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

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Reviews by beerwolf77:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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 fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Bright red body. Smells of oak, acidity, and cranberry. Tastes of strong cranberry also. Other sweet berries. Kinda jammy. Lots of oak in the back end with a bit of mustiness. Medium body. This is really delicious.

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Photo of richj1970
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Ruby red with 1-2 finger light pink head. Lasting retention but leaving little lacing.

S: Tart cranberry and lemon zest.

T: Nice punch of tart fruit with cranberry leading the way.

M: Medium to light body with average carbonation.

O: Outstanding sour. Very nicely executed.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Nick for providing this one :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Really nice color, bright red with pink foam, spotty foam and irregular arcs of lace in the glass. Clarity is sharp and the color is very saturated.

Cranberries are noticeable in the nose, slightly farmy with a Brett note of sterile gauze that I'm not fond of, but it wasn't distracting.

Bright and tart cranberries in the taste, moderate lactic sourness. Pretty simple and straightforward, maybe to a fault somewhat. Seems very dry and attenuated already. Crisp feel with an almost nonexistent finish. Overall it was very drinkable with plenty of cranberry sourness as advertised. Hopefully more depth with the next batch.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into an O'so tulip.
5.5% ABV

A - Scarlet Letter pours a shocking vibrant crimson red color with a short-lived pink head that leaves wisps of delicate lace on the tulip before disappearing to a small halo of tight foam.

S - Big bold funk is all over this beer like the crimson brand on the chest, thrusting classic wild lambic characteristics into the olfactory with fresh cranberry skin in tow. Aromatically orgasmic!

T - While the nose is funky, ripe with acidic bacteria and tart cranberry skin tannins, the flavor is mild at best, focusing almost exclusively on fresh, crushed cranberry pulp. With that said, my presumption that the beer's taste is mild is not to be misconstrued with it's mouthfeel - see below.

M - Scarlet Letter is an ale rooted in sourness but this crisp, light-bodied beer isn't really sour, it's insanely tart. It's by far one of the most tart things ever to hit my tongue, and I love it!

O - Hats off to O'so and Funk Factory on a phenomenal Wisconsin beer. Forgetting for the moment the overall scope of the work these two are doing together, Scarlet Letter in and of itself is straight magic. The two pounds of cranberries per gallon Scarlet Letter contains doesn't completely overshadow the otherwise wonderful wild funk beneath but it's cranberry flavor and over-the-top tartness make it a rare beer to behold!

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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mwilbur
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear orange-amber hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch fizzy, bubbly white head that fairly quickly settles to a thin skim that continues to be fueled by the active carbonation jets. No lacing.
S: Nose-smacking sour funk, tart cranberries, dry earthy minerals (almost chalky), tart lemon citrus, and a hint of oak tannins.
T: Sour funk (much more restrained here than in the aroma), immediately followed by tart cranberries and lemon. Underneath lies notes of oaky wood, vanilla, red berries, and a hint of cinnamon.
M: Light body. Sour and tart with a touch of fruit sweetness. Strongly sour on the nose with much better balance in the taste. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: Refreshing and complex...always a nice combination! Would pair very nicely with a triple cream cheese. Seek it out!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Scarlet Letter from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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