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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

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Avg:
4.27
pDev:
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Photo of rawfish
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty orange gold hue with a white 2 finger head. Slightly hazy and very effervescent.

Rather incredible aroma slowly fills the room with the pour, floral, primarily of sour cherries but with a pineapple and guava backing. The smell makes me brace a little for the tartness to follow in the drink but I could bask in this one all day.

Malts are a little more heavy and sweet than I expected, no hop character but a fruitiness that permeates throughout the drink. Pineapples, citrus and very tart cherries on the finish. Sour flashes followed by dryness. Would have preferred that the malts be less heavy as it brings down the sour shock factor a little.

Residue is a bit sticky but over all good body. Actively carbonated and pleasantly drying.

Unique sour something unexpected but enjoyable to the last drop. I've tasted this one on tap at the brewery before and it's markedly more bright and carbonated on tap. Some of the hoppy dynamics have started to fade with age. Still a great offering.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Almost completely clear amber body with a finger of coarse white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pungently sour, with lemon and white grape floating above a solid foundation of lactic sourness. I'm not getting any hops, but I'm fine with the serious sourness.

T: Nowhere near as sour as the nose promised, but still amazing. Peach, pineapple, lemon, and zesty citric tartness. Funking awesome.

M: Smooth, light body; almost no carbonation. The sourness really shines, but I'd still like some more life.

O: Terrific sour, especially for the money. I'll be drinking it again for sure.

Cheers!

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Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty, toasted golden bodied with a skim of off-white suds. Retention is modest, lacing a bit better.
The first few whiffs bring a toasted grain and mango-citric hopping. An earthiness quickly seeps in, adding woody notes. Then the sour tones arrive in full, with vinegar, pineapple juice, apple cider, Chardonnay, and tart mixed berries. Further on, it seems to shape-shift between its hoppy and sour persona each time the nose nears the glass. It's a varied and interesting nose, but it could be more explosive.
Sour grabs hold of the cheeks right away. Tart cherries, raspberries, and pineapple. Toasty malt act as a canvas, and collects the barrel notes as it goes along. The sourness dives into balsamic vinegar and iron-rich blood, then brightens towards under-ripe mangoes and papaya, as the hops enter the fray. They also bring pine and lemon peel, before being reabsorbed by the prevailing tartness.
Medium-full bodied, given spark by the tiny, persistent buzz of CO2. This, along with the kaleidoscopic array of flavors keeps it hugely drinkable and involving.
The Lips of Faith series is wildly inconsistant, but offerings like this keep me eagerly awaiting the next one.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10/29/13 Re-Review:
First reviewed this back in 2011. Had it on the same day as my first Pliny the Younger and Exponential Hoppiness. Maybe one of the best days of my life. It kind of got overshadowed by the others though, so I'm glad it's back.

A: A raw honey color with a slight haze to it. A half finger cream colored head forms and leaves some lazy streaks of lace after each sip.

S: The smell is pretty incredible. A deep, musty smell with bright tropical notes of mango, pear, lychee and a good amount of lacto. Some slightly bready malt and light yeast notes begin to emerge as it warms. Develops a bit of umami as well. Interesting.

T: Has a great sourness to it right off the bat. It doesn't wallop you with it, but it grows and lingers on the sides of your tongue. Underripe white peach, green apple, lacto and some light apricot. The finish brings some mango, soft bready malt and a touch of wood. Some brett emerges as the beer warms. Really great stuff.

4/5/11

A: Hazy, honey color with a frothy looking white head that holds up pretty well. Eventually, the head settles to a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S: There's a lot of funk to the smell with a lot of tart cherries and apple cider vinegar in the nose.

T: There is a ton going on here. I picked up apple cider vinegar, black cherries, a little spiciness, apricot and a little white wine as well. The sourness is big (though not as big as some of RR's sours) and the prickly carbonation really does well to enhance the sourness. There's a bit of bready malts in the background that hold the tartness in check a bit. Overall, this is a really well done sour. It reminded me a lot of Compunction and it may be better. I'll definitely be trying this one again.

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Photo of wedge
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013

Hazy, rusty orange with a small white head that amounts to a loose collection of frothy bubbles. Tart, fruity aroma with some acetic notes coming through to join a touch of wood, while citrusy hops and grass waft above. Peaches, flowers, bergamot, and lime, getting better as it warms, adding a subtle tea-like smell to the equation. Sour flavor with a definite peachy, fruity hop element. Lots of stone fruit, grapefruit, and lingering sour lemon. Such a smooth melding of hops and sourness. Refreshing and drinkable, but not super acetic, which is pleasant. Very smooth and well rounded. Dry and slightly puckering, leading to some dryness on the gums. I could drink a lot of this if given the opportunity. I had to keep restraining myself from taking huge gulps. Seems less super dry and funky than Felix on its own, thanks to the lovely fruity and floral integration of hoppy goodness. Good stuff!

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in appropriate glassware, the beer is a clear golden in color with a light, wispy layer of carbonation on the surface

s: a subtle, cleanly grainy base sits under a strong wild presence, lots of sour-tart cherries, nice oak, musty fruits, some lemon rind, lots of funky-fruity complexity here, the hops come through really well - appropriate level for the style with a great citrus note

m: carbonation lively, on the high moderate range, with a light-medium body

t: clean pale grain body with overriding currents of tartness and funk, hugely sour, musty tart cherry, light oak, lemon peel, drying in the finish with sour crabapple, just a dash of juicy citrus hop, very nice stuff but unfortunately not quite as complex as the aroma profile

o: a quality wild ale no doubt, plenty of interesting funk and fruit while not sacrificing drinkability, the aroma is huge and really lifts my opinion of this one

draft at Falling Rock, Denver

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

429th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
650 ml

App- Hazy, fuzzy orange with a very nice two finger head. Some dots and a line of lace is all that lingers and a little bit of bubbles on top of the beer as it goes down each sip.

Smell- A very tart aciditic with both the dryness and oak coming through. It took a long time for scents to develop and reveal themselves.

Taste- This is damn near the best into sour I have seen. It's very pleasant with the cutting dryness against the wetter tart citric acids. Well balanced with the dry hops flavors. The taste was so sour to drive people away en mass but was so mind blowing to bring them in en mass either.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation. A dry peach aciditic taste lingers.

Drink- Great craft intro sour. This was balanced, tart, crisp, aciditic and dry all at the same time but it all worked. I would like to have this one again.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is faint fruity hops, a bit of funk and acid. Faint hint of oak. Smells a bit like a dry hopped Brett saison, but with a bit more acidity. Flavor is a well integrated citrus hop blast with lemony acidity. Barrel and funk mesh with some sweetness to help bring everything together. A much more cohesive effort than some other beers in a similar vein.

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into NB Globe glass

A - Light straw, solid head retention and lacing

S - Lemon/lime tartness that stings the nostrils. But it hurts so good. Grapefruit citrus notes peak through as well.

T - Like nothing else. Grapefruit and lime juice tartness with a touch of grass.

M - Light, well carbonated, just a slight touch of stickyness.

O - One of my favorite sours, love the hopped up twist on the style!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: sunny, hazy yellow, with a bone white finger of quickly dissipating head. No lace.

Aroma: lemons, tart green apple, fruity, citrus hops, light biscuits.

Taste: sour upfront, puckering, lightly bitter, citrus and lemon peel and a start acidity.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: wish it wasn't $15 here because it's damn delicious!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear golden yellow with a thin wet head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of sour apple, white wine, yeast and barnyard funk. A tropical fruit note appears as it warms.

Agressive sour apple taste with white wine and cider vinegar notes. Finishes with a bitter tinge.

Thinner bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This one is a definite acquired taste which I'm still acquiring.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle dated 08/19/14:
Pours a straight golden with a good amount if fluffy white head that dissipates slowly to a gossamer film, with the edges providing good lacing. The beer is quite fact in this pour. The nose, to me, is mostly mango but I get strawberry as well in the fruit side, which is quite pleasant. Underneath I get a farmhouse hay earthiness, which actual ends up seeming kind of funky stale to me.

The taste hits the mouth with a decent dose of sour, but it gives way to the mango-like flavors from the nose. When the beer still has a little chill, the sour fruit flavors are subdued kind of surprisingly quickly by the earthy farmhouse flavors I associate with saison style beers. As the beer warms a bit, the sour lasts a little linger, and the carbonation brings the feel more into the experience adding a nip on the tongue. In the end I get just a hint of forest that is actually interesting.

I am not sure if I like the addition of depth to a sour. There seems to be a regular beer not-too-well hidden behind a dose of fruity tartness. I liked the tropical fruit tastes with the sour. However, adding the more earthy tones that I assume come from larger amounts of more flavorful hops than might otherwise be used in a sour I think detracts from the part I initially enjoyed. I still rated it decently because it is a fine beer, but I think there was potential to be even better.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small sudsy white head that reduces to leave some nice lacing behind

S- mouth watering sour aroma with notes of white wine, white grape skin, mango, cantaloupe, slightly funky yeast, earth & wet hay

T- lots of fruity tartness up front with an emphasis on tangerine marmalade, grapefruit zest, honeydew melon, lemon peel, white grape, vinous white wine tartness, light toasted oak on a dry linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry sour finish

O- very fruit forward sour that drinks pretty easy and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2013 release picked up about four days ago (late October) from a local bottle shop.

The beer pours a golden color with copper hues and produces a two-finger thick head. Considerable lacing forms on all sides of the glass and the head lingers and settles into an 1/8 inch layer atop the liquid.

The smell is immediately hoppy, offering hints of pine and sweet tropical fruit. Then the sour characteristics emerge, first with a funkiness reminiscent of a gueuze and then sour yeastiness. The blend of aromas and the unique hopped up sour profile make this an eloquent smelling sour.

After the unforgettable smell, the taste has a tough act to follow. The sour aspects are much more apparent on the taste, hitting the front palate immediately. The beer bounces between fruity, grape and winelike sweetness, and yeasty funk.

Overall, a splendid sour beer unlike most others I've had. I probably will have to stock up on a few of these.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nice, lots of acidic brett with some sour apple and some musty hops.

The flavor is sweet tart fruity mouth-puckering sourness with some earthy acidic brett and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, one of my favorite sours. A huge amount of sourness with some yummy brett.

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Photo of Moose90
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden copper color into the glass, there is a frothy white head on top that shows some persistence and hands around.

S — Smell is somewhat mild, but there are notes of floral amarillo and citrusy bitter cascade hops. A nice enough melange of aromas.

T — Lightly tart and bubbly initially, notes of lemon juice and bitter melon play with a bit of a floral and slightly piney hop profile.

M — Medium bodied, amply carbonated, refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a very high asking price for this one though.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow orange, small but creamy head.

The dry hopping helps develop a green apple aroma and flavor.

Fussing over trying to find the words for this beer detracts from the enjoyment to be honest. This is a really well balanced, perfectly sour ale. Total home run.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright but hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is ok, lacing is pretty solid.

S - Lots of peach, puckering lemon citrus, lactic acid, grapefruit, hops. There's definitely a candied quality, almost iced tea like aroma. Smells fantastic!

T - Oh that's good! Initially puckering lemon zest, tons of peach, some light grassy/straw flavors, lactic acidity, apples, cherries, and funk. Some cascade type hop flavors come through and give the beer some nice balance. Aftertaste is sweet with a lingering mildly dry hop quality. The aftertaste of the sourness is indescribable but it's fantastic.

M - Medium bodied or less, good carbonation, very refreshing, very easy to drink.

O - Love the flavors, their quite unique and a bit difficult to explain.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sheffield's. Poured into NB tulip/snifter.

A - Pours a golden-yellow color with a fingers worth of white head. There's a good amount of retention, and a nice white cap of head remains after the initial pour.

S - Very tart/sour, moreso then I expected, which is very nice! Sour apples, cherries, and other sweet fruit notes. A good amount of funk!

T - Similar to the nose. Lip-puckering sour, some sweet fruit notes. A good amount of tart funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp, nice a fizzy, champage-esk.

D - Really liked this one, glad I was lucky enough to be able to try it. Amongst the top-tier of American Wild Ales I've had.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times in many settings, finally time for a review. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a blanket of white head that retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose starts with fresh hops, the simcoe and amarillo bring some pine, grass, and tropical fruit to the table. This is followed by some toasty malt aroma paired with a nice dose of lactobacillus. The taste is way more tart than the nose lets you believe. Notes of tart cherries, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and tropical fruits are all present on the palate. The sourness is refreshing and plenty puckering, the hops kind of tame down the intensity. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, this is a very unique sour that features the best of both the hoppy and the wild ale world.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear solid gold. The beer smell is pretty complex and delicious. The beer has both a tarty component and a fruity/tropical part. The tart sour (similar to that of grapefruit and Granny Smiths) is pretty strong and dominates the smell but is delightful when the tropical part comes out. The tropical smell is a little bit like watermelon and melon with a bit of sweet papaya. The beer taste is similar but the tart is stronger and the tropical part is harder to make out. The tropical part still comes out and is pretty good but it's hard to keep the beer in your mouth for that long. The tropical portion is generally stronger after the beer has warmed a little and stronger in the aftertaste. The same melon notes from before are present. The tart comes out with the same notes but is amplified by the bitter citrus hops.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy but electric bright yellow with a thin white cap. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet and juicy aroma dominated by the smell of fresh apricots. There's an underlying yet strong aroma of biting sour tartness along with a touch of wood, earth, and more bright citrus: orange, lemon, ?and lime?

More sweet apricot flavor along with a bit of tart and stinging lemon and some earth and grass. The sourness is not overwhelming or dominant but certainly present.

Light to medium bodied.

A delicious and highly drinkable apricot sour. I would love to have a keg of this at home.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good sour beer for those that have trouble with heavy-duty, vinegary sour beers. Purchased last summer at Chip's Beer and Wine on the Outer Banks.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Bright orange color, hazy with a medium sized delicate, bubbly white head. The head fades fst and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is real nice, mostly sour fruit...more acidic citrus sourness rather than vinegary. Tastes good, even better as it warms up. Sour fruit.. a jolly ranchers type of fruit sourness that is more inviting than a blast of vinegar. There is some funk but I have had more with other Wild Ales. A little bitterness at the end and it is overall a very approachable Wild Ale.

Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbonated. The sourness is well within reason and the touch of hops at the end helps too.

Overall a nice beer for sipping. I had no trouble finishing the bottle myself. Nice!

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Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on: unk

A: Pours a light golden ale with near excellent clarity. A single finger of fine off-white head falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same with a collar of central depth. Scattered cobweb lacing.

S: Brett dominates the initial draw. Then subtle tones of the dry hop come out: tropical fruits, citrus fruits. I cannot press how subtle this is - a mere thread. Mostly sour ale with hints of hay, earthy clays. Decent.

T: Ha! Quite tart, love that! Nice citrusy, lemony, sharp sour tones hit me in the forefront. Just what I was hoping for. Now let's see what else is in there.... Okay, a bit of a salt-water flavor underlying, a bit of grain and some sweetness, but nothing in comparison to the sourness. I really dont give a shit about the hops in this, the beer tastes great.

M: Thin body and medium to hi carbonation. Good, dry and mouth-watering finish.

O: This beer exceeded my already slightly inflated expectations. Good beer. Glad I have three more to sit on. Yum!

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