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Bottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild AleBottleworks 10th Anniversary Wild Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of John_M
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer previously on tap at Brouwer's. The bottled version struck me as a bit more intense and sour then the draft version, which may simply be the result of additional aging.

The beer pours an orange copper color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The nose on this beer is just wild, with a huge aroma of lemon, vinegar and apple peel. Welcome to sour funkville boys and girls. On the palate, I felt as if I'd been slapped. This beer is bracingly sour, with an intense lemon/lime flavor that dominate everything else. Mouthfeel is very light and zippy, with the beer showing plenty of flavor. However, the sour component is really over the top in this beer, which at least for me, hurts its drinkability.

Definitely for sour funk lovers only...

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Photo of largadeer
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dyan shared this one last Friday. Thanks, dogg.

A hazy pinkish-red beer topped by a finger of white foam. The head dies down pretty quickly, reducing to a small ring. The aroma is acetic with a ton of strawberry-like fruitiness. Light barnyard funk and sweet fruits dominate the aroma, not a ton of complexity, but it's pleasant. The taste opens with sweet and tart fruit flavors (strawberry, cherry) and a kick of acetic acid. Vinegary, fruity, and hard on the stomach. Spritzy light body, but heavy on the palate. Finishes with intense vinegary acidity and sourness. I enjoyed this, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of many rare wild/sour/lambic/gueuze I drank over the weekend and while this was not the best it was one of the most sour. The color seemed a lot lighter than La Folie and a little closer to Le Terroir. It smells super sour but without the hint of glue and lemons I get from la Folie. The flavor is puckery green apples and gives me sour gueuze face. I prefer Le Terroir but this was a nice blend and certainly quite sour.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 at brouwer's (they don't let you take any bottles to go) poured into a small snifter. Reviewed 12/26.

Ar: Fruit, raspberry, mild cherry, clean classic new belgium sour character, lactic acid, lemon, very fruity, tropical fruit hints, caramel hints, milt acetic acid

Ap: Medium white head, fair retention, clear pale ruby, this is a pretty beer

T: Lactic acid, cherry, very mild acetic, classic new belgium sour, but much better than in la folie and others, light lemon, minimal brett character, light caramel, blackberry, strong berry character, lacking funk but good.

M: mild acetic, mid/high carbonation, other than the mild acetic character very good sour balance.

O: very good, new belgium sour character but much better than any of their other sours, mildly acetic.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for sharing this one. Poured into Jackie O’s snifter.

A: Pours a dark woody mahogany red without much of a head.
S: Super tart notes of raspberries and cherries, tart red fruit skins, dry oak and old attic must.
T: There is just an obscene amount of sour to this beer. The flavor is full of acidic tart fruits, cherry pits and skins, and oak and dry, chalky tannins.
M: Super dry with a medium body and clean mouhtfeel. It’s actually not as hard to drink as I make it sound.
O: Definitely La Follie-ish, and perhaps a bit more polished (than the caged and corked version at least as recent vintages have been pretty tame in comparison). This had a really good flavor but damn was it sour. Thanks again for opening your bottle, Jeff.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a loud pop and instant foam, I almost shattered my glass as I tried to quickly put the bottle close to the glass. I'm glad that didn't happen.

A- The beer is an amber coppery orange color. There was a great deal of head that has subsided to almost nothing. There is lots of carbination in the glass itself. Looks tasty, I can't wait.

S- The sourness is very present in the nose, it makes my mouth water. I'm getting a nice touch of honey with a hit of cranberry too. There is a nice fruit smell, but the sourness is keeping me from picking it out easily.

T- This has a healthy sour factor in the taste of lemons. I would relate the taste to that of lemon soaked raw cranberries, both in taste and sourness. But it isn't a bitter sour which is nice. I'm getting no funky taste at all. Unlike some other sours I've had this does not have the sweetness that others have, which leaves your taste buds out in no mans land for an acid bath.

M- The mouthfeel is slightly thin, with nice carbination to go with it.

D- Easy to drink, but the sourness is something that is slowing me down.

This will even pucker you butt, its pretty sour and I like it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Joe for sharing this at a sour tasting. Pours into my glass a brilliant orange red akin to a fall sunset with some bubbles on top. Aromas start out with an acidic funkiness upfront alongside light fruitiness and some crisp grain malts.

First sip brings a flow of super complex flavors with sour and bright acidic vinegar notes making their way across the palate. Barnyard accents along with a mellow fruit flavor throughout. There's a biting deep tart finish to the brew. Immense in flavor and very enjoyable. Oaky accents with a dry, acidic vinegar finish.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent with a medium body. Quite a tasty brew here that I have no problem drinking. Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways

A: Nice dark copper/amber color with thick white head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Nice beery aroma mixed with some funk. Almost a caramel smell. Come nice wine and grape aroma as well.

T: Lots of sourness! Nice Citrus and berry flavor. Sourness lingers in the throat and really makes the mouth water.

M: Very smooth beer. Low carbonation.

D: Very acidic, but very drinkable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 (RB), I managed to get a bottle that I shared with Chris and Shane this past weekend

Light cherry red with a dense white head with great retention and some lace. The head recedes to a disk, and this extremely clear beer is quite attractive. The nose is chock-full of cherries with bright acidity. Sour fruits and berries, with strawberries and cherries dominate the palate. Acetic character increases as it warms up. The combination of sweetness and tartness is excellent, and reminiscent of the Le Terroir that I drank nary 6 hours ago. The palate opens with plenty of acetic character with a lot of strawberry vinaigrette. Probably the not the most complex of flavors, but still very good. Acetic and drying on the finish, with an intense fruity, acetic character (have I said that enough already), this beer is great. Medium light in body with a rather high level of carbonation, I find the acetic character a bit much, and for that reason, I don't see myself drinking too much of this.

** 26 March 2011**
Thanks again, Joe.

Completely unlike I remember it being, this is an earthy, mineraly and surprisingly lemony sour. Yes, the re's an acetic acid, but it's not as fruity. Some caramel, some brown sugar and a little vanilla are present. The palate's sour and acetic, but different, less fruity and more vinous. Drying and acetic on the finish, this is one intense beast. I like this more than the Falling Rock 10th.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another La Folie Anniversary Beer from New Belgium that was provided by Joe. Thanks for this!

The body is a crystal clear caramel color, and it has much better head retention than the Falling Rock 10th Anniversary Ale. It is creamy, full, and fine. There is slight lacing; I'm only able to characterize it as thin and irregular wisps of lace that form a parabolic shape on the glass as I drink.

The acetic sourness that was so evident in the nose of the Falling Rock is much more subdued here. Instead, the aroma is predominantly tart berries, some vinous notes, and hints of tannins. The palate opens similarly, with white vinous notes in the front that give way to sweet and tart cherries. These all gather in front of a mildly acetic sourness that dominates the finish. The acetic sourness is well balanced by lactic notes.

mouth-puckeringly acidic, but well balanced sourness in the mid-palate giving way to a dry finish. There is high carbonation that does a great job of bringing out the flavors in the beer. Very well done, and this was by far my favorite of the NBBC La Folie Anniversary Beers.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ON tap at Bottleworks in Seattle. Apparently this is a custom blend of the 2nd, 3rd, and 13th foeder in the New Belgium brewery, custom blended by the Bottleworks guys and spiked with brett on bottling. Reviewed from notes.

A - Rich copper orange. Thick, dense white head. Medium retention. Thick collar & spotty lacing.

S - Vinegar & funk. Tangerine & lemon peel. Some subtle breadiness. Very citrusy.

T - Big citrus flavors. Tangerine, orange, and lemon. Mild brett funk. Slightly sweet. More tangy than sour.

M - Light and soft. Fluffy carbonation. Dry, quick finish.

D - Very high. More drinkable than La Folie, even.

It was a real surprise that they had this on tap, and I'm very glad I tried it. A fine wild ale for sure.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great sour for our graduation tasting. Split the 750 mL bottle four ways. Poured into tulip glasses.

A- Pours a clear amber color. Produced two fingers width of white head. Produced some thick lacing, eventually reduced to a thick ring throughout consumption.

S- Pleasant mix of cherry / raspberry fruit with a bit of lemon and mild barnyard funk presence. Definite oak presence.

T- Off the bat picking up sour lemons and cherry / raspberry fruit. Like the aroma, there is a slight amount of barnyard funk. The sourness really builds in this one. Very acidic.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Felt rather refreshing on the palate. Finishes semi-dry.

D- This one really tested my stomach. As stated above, very acidic, but still manageable.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. Intense, but just enough complexity to give it some depth. Well done.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to brother treyrab for pulling this off the old dusty shelf.

This beer looks stunning. A beautiful hazy copper with a finger full of light corn yellow head. This beer is goddess like, I just want to taste it...

The smell is superb. Great funky characteristics. A really nice horse hair, straw like scent that really pulls the nose in. There's a stinky cheese scent that I find in some of my favorite wild ales. A light sweetness falls behind all of this, and really makes for a nice well rounded scent.

The taste starts off as a disappointment, but I grow more and more fond of it as it warms. The taste is short but, the sourness is all there. As it nears room temperature the sweetness starts to turn and a nice cherry flavor rises out. The cheesy funk that was present in the smell is also here in the taste. I'm really enjoying the sharp dryness, and could drink this all night. If only it were possible...

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a vibrant amber gold.

Aroma: I get some cinnamon and spice in the nose. Very oaky. Cherry tartness. Acidic with vinegar notes. Very nice.

Taste: Vanilla, cinnamon, and spice. Cherries and caramel malt. Vinegar and acidic flavors. Green apples. Kind of fruity. Mouth puckering. Oaky.

Mouthfeel: Tart and acidic. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more tartness.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. More sour and tart than the twisted spoke. Similar but it shows age. It is more rounded out and smooth. The TS is more malty and less sour than this one. A very well rounded complex sour.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An amazing extra throw in by a very generous WA BA.

pours burnt orange, copper, with 1/2 " of khaki head that recedes to thin sheet. Lactic vinegar with green apple oak. Strong cherry vinegar initial taste with light funk and oak finish. dry with good carbonation. Like a La Folie blend on steroids. This is damn good stuff, but could destroy a palate at more than 12oz a serving.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So it is my understanding that this specific blend is a mix of young La Folie, Erics Ale, and Le Terrior with a special blend of wild yeast. No matter what is in the blend, it is delicious.

So it pours out of the bottle a little darker than blond, and since I got the first few pours of it I received a glass with great clarity. I poured it fairly hard and it produced a very strongly carbonated head that didn't stay for long. A medium bodied beer, it was not outstanding in appearance.

The smell was fairly complex, and with the first tastes got interesting. It has smells lemon, tart cherry, vinegar and wet sock, with Le Terrior being the strongest and most similar beer I can think of. Very sour and tart in the nose as well as in the tastes.

Whoa, its getting really sour. It has a one two punch of sour and tart. Its got the flemish red type vinegar sour, paired with a lactic lemon geuze sour. Its a little chalky on the palate with an oak character that is a force to be reckoned with. Very good and really starts the salivating.

A great sour mouthfeel with some great carbonation, this was actually really surprising for me. This is a delicious beer, and I think deserves to be up there with Deviation on the top Bottleworks Anniversary beers. Its very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. Tried it the night before Stone Sour Fest, this review is from notes.

A: The pour is a dark copper color with plenty of red accents. The head is towering and off-white.

S: Lots of acidity in the nose. Mostly lactic sourness, but a fair amount of vinegar as well, along with sour cherries, lemons, and oak.

T: The flavor is almost like a more intense La Folie (if that's possible). Lots of sour cherries, lemons, and green apples. The vinegar is quite noticeable as is a musty funk and tannic oak quality.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a very puckering and dry finish.

D: This is one of the more sour beers I've ever had, and I enjoyed it. Lots of great cherry and wood notes, and the vinegar was potent but not over the top.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bottle:
Pours a medium orange with a huge and frothy white head. The retention is good and there is a little lacing on my tulip.

The aroma has a strong Brett profile, which imparts some nice funky notes to it, such as horse stable. There are some apricot and lemon notes, as well as some vinegar. No alcohol is noticeable and there is a very low level of sweetness. The flavor has a nice medium level of sourness to it, as well as a medium level of tartness. Flavors of apricot, lemon, oak, and musty barnyard are present. There's some acidity and vinegar as well. The finish is fruity, dry, tart, and puckering.

The beer is light bodied with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I'm eager to see what this will taste like in six months to a year, after the Brett has had some time to work.

Second Bottle:
Consumed on 11/06/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks Dyan! The nose has increased acetic notes and strawberry. The flavor is great, so I bumped it up from a 4.0 to a 4.5. A nice level of dry tartness has developed. Acidity has increased a bit and notes of strawberry are evident in the flavor, as well as vinegar. The acetic character is very powerful, and ultimately brings down the drinkability from 4.5 to 4.0 for me.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not that there was anything wrong with the beers on tap at Big Wood, but a compadre and I wondered about the price on this and at $25, it sounded like a steal. Out came the sexy bottle. Out came the cork. Out went reasonability.

With New Belgium kids in the house, we had to do it. Coppery with big white head. It's acidic, lemony, a little funky, cherry, woody. Astringent, yes, that too. It is one badass beer. We split the bottle four ways and had the pleasure of enjoying it over some hours. Just a hair of vinegary to it was perhaps the one drawback, but certainly one I can live with and love.

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Photo of BucketBoy
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Shared during my first epic Philly tasting on 3-26-11. Side-by-side with NB Falling Rock 10th and Twisted Spoke 15th, this was #1 of the three for me.

L - Medium caramel syrup-colored brew with a frothy head that holds for a couple minutes. Crystal clear and pristine liquid.

S - Lemon and light lemon zest, creme brulee sugar-topped dark bing cherries, sweet oak and vinous notes. Very clean and precise.

T - Soft, sweet, sour, and really pristine. Fresh brown wood, fresh-picked bing cherries, touch of lemon and pith, dialed back, perfectly restrained acetic acid, nice vinousness that really finishes it perfectly.

M - Coats the palate nicely and fully; ig enough to give the flavor a full ride yet comes off the finish effortlessly.

O - Delightful and delicious - a real treat!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a nice volume of foam that settles to a thick ring and hazy film, leaving minimal lace. It's a hazy golden brown color.

S - This reminds me a lot of Le Terroir, with the signature big New Belgium acetobacter mixed with barnyard an diaper funk. Displays some similarities to 50N 4E, which is a high compliment from me.

T - The taste is almost identical to the nose on this one. Love-esque acetobacter, sour lemons and vinous acids, and some funky horse for good measure.

M - This is the only weak spot in my book. Zesty carbonation that burns a little. Medium bodied, and very dry.

D - This is an excellent beer. Other than the slightly offputting carbonation and potential for intestinal distress this is fantastically drinkable. Really glad I have a bottle of this one on the shelf.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for opening this and the other later Bottleworks beers.

Pours a complex sunny amber color with hints of red/pink.

Smells super tart, cherries and other fruit, hints of ketchup and sweet malt like I get from most New Belgium sours. I am fully expecting this to be stomach shreddingly acidic.

And it is! Super sour, apple and cherry fruitiness, hints of that Flanders Red type maltiness but they're mostly covered by the pure acidity. This is awesome.

Drinkability is really pretty good considering the crazy acidity.

Up there with the most sour beers I've had, I love this. Our official geek of the tasting, Brandon, was measuring the ph of all the sours we drank and this was easily the lowest at 3.04 if I remember correctly.


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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jay and Joe for the opportunity to try this very special bottle! Review is from notes... Attractive dark orange body with lots of visible carbonation. Maybe an inch of foam that remains for a little while. Unique and wild nose, horsey, underripe peaches, sandalwood and rotting fruits in the sun. First sips bring a sharp acidity that stimulates the salivary glands, some grape, peach pit, and a moderate level of palate-scrubbing bubbles in it's dry finish. Puckering, piercing tartness, yet also savory and quenching. The acidity is well in check, and it's reminiscent of La Folie, though a distant relation.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle this evening

a - pours a deep rust/copper color, one-finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing, fairly clear with only light haze

s - lots of sour cherry, vinegar and leather, light barnyard funk and oak

t - big tart cherry flavor up front with some lightly sweet and sour green apple notes, lots of lemony citrus and very acidic, vinegar and some barnyard funk flavors on the midpalate and into the finish, light oak, leather and lingering tartness on the finish, alcohol is almost completely hidden, very complex and delicious stuff

m - medium-bodied with very fine carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, not much alcohol warming

d - pretty intense stuff, which limits the drinkability, but the complexity makes up for much of the harshness on the palate

Really, really good stuff. Very glad to see this on the list at Brouwers tonight, as I figured I would never get to try this long-time want.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared at the Brick Store with the usual suspects.

Pours a hazy golden orange that gets cloudier with each incremental pour and sports a small thin beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

The aroma is funky up front with the brett making its presence felt earlier alongside some acidic notes. There is a light tart cherry note with some oak.

Taste has an initial funky kick with a combination of brett funk and acidic tartness. There is plenty of oaky tannins in the background with some orange zest and green apples. The finish is funky but dry and leaves the tongue completely dry after each sip.

The mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation and very dry and acidic in the finish.

We drank quite a few excellent beers tonight and this was one of the best. An excellent sour from New Belgium.

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