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Woodicus | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Witicus Double Rye Ale aged in a retired wine barrel from Llano Estacado and the natural flora from their West Texas vineyards

Added by Mora2000 on 05-22-2011

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3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-peach pour with a small white head

Smell: Very faintly tart with some wheat, honey and hay, light malt

Taste: Slightly sour, touches of pears and apples, honey and sweet malt. WIth a name like woodicus I was expecting some oak, there is perhaps a touch but not much

Mouthfeel: Well executed, medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Fairly standard, could be much more sour and could use a bit more complexity or some fruit.

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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Bobby at Sour Fest 2011, thanks.

A: Pellucid straw blond with a one finger of white sea foam.

S: Tart lemon with an evident lactic presence and a little sugary sweetness. I detect a buttery oak character, redolent of Chardonnay, with a little vanilla. Some grass and earth as well.

T: Lightly sweet apple and lemon with a light citric acidity with some oak and vanilla. I get some wheat or perhaps hay. Finish is mildly lactic.

M: Upper light in body with moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer. Refreshing.

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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to Caleb. Pours a light wheat golden color with a collared white head. Sweet aroma of pineapple, pear, apple, and "what’s this?" toasted coconut?! As we all sampled this we all looked at each other and thought it smelled like a pina colada, but in a good way. Light/medium mouthfeel. Sweet and dry with the aforementioned flavors. Dry finish. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it was good. No real hardcore sourness.

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3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite sour, especially in the taste.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tjmodica from a trade sometime last year. Thank you Thomas!
2011 and one of one hundred bottles.

Pours a hazy juicy orange with a whipped up froth and some skim. Really an appetizing looking beer.

Vanilla, light and musty, some Brett, and light stone fruit. There also something intriguing and exotic that lies just outside my grasp. I continued returning in an effort to try and get a hold on it. If something pops, I will add it at the end of the review. If pressed to hazard a guess, I would say the buttery white wine notes of a Chardonnay barrel.

There are a multitude of happenings here....not to be confused with "The Happening" an absolutely atrocious mess with some of the worst acting ever recorded. Oh Mr. shamalamadingdong! to think how much I enjoyed Signs and Unbreakable.What the hell happened? But, I digress. Crisp tartness..think green apples but not in an off flavor way followed by hay, light malts, and a big floral component. The bottle notes chamomile...perhaps that is what I am tasting. Acidity is strongest on the back end in the form of pineapple juice along with a metallic twang. Oddly it tastes like canned pineapple towards the finish. Oak leaves a drying tannic finish. Again the light buttery citrus leads me to believe this was aged in white wine barrels.

Overall this is an interesting beer with a lot going on. Considering the low bottle count, I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity. Having had multiple Freetail sours to this point, I can't say there have been any I have not enjoyed.

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

Thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for sharing this super-rare release. Served in a plastic cup at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind tons o' lace. Hazy peach body.

S - White wine, buttery oak, dusty bretty, some medicinal notes, toasted grains, and a hint of acetic acid.

T - The flavor reveals a bit more of the rye malt base, but with hints of dry, musty, brett, light pineapple, and a touch of apple cider.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly dry and tannic, with a hint of warming alcohol.

D - A fairly subtle beer, but largely enjoyable. If you're expecting something really sour then you'll be disappointed, but this is a solid wine barrel-aged wild beer. Not mind-blowing, and probably more rare than it is great.

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Woodicus from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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