Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
58
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 14, 2015
Added:
Dec 12, 2010
Wants:
  349
Gots:
  24
SCORE
97
World-Class
Twisted Spoke 15th AnniversaryTwisted Spoke 15th Anniversary
Notes: "65% Ale aged in a wood barrel, 14% ale with cherries added and ale, 21% ale brewed with Coriander and 100% Aged in apple flavored whiskey barrels." The beer was hand-bottled August 26, 2010.
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Rated by cultclassic89 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
La Folie on steroids. Incredible balance and complexity with great oak and vanilla notes.
Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

Mar 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by akang from California

Dec 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.53 by SocalKicks from California

Dec 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4.45 by wethorseblanket from California

Nov 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by spycow from Illinois

Nov 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Oct 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Sep 23, 2014
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Reviewed by HIGHPA from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Written from memory years after I rates this beer...
I consumed this after it was aged for about 2 years. It was a perfect sour all around. What brewers attempt and some accomplish is making a great beer. It took multiple great beers to make this bottle. And the blending was spot on to make it everything you want for this style. I think aging the entire blend in apple flavored whiskey barrels had a lot to do with it. Nice apple pucker. But not a Jolly Rancher. More of an actual tart apple sitting in some good whiskey. The most flavorful sour I have had to date.
Sep 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.67 by tectactoe from Michigan

Aug 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Aug 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by Zimm from New Jersey

Jun 30, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by ltdantheman from Georgia

Jun 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by drewone from California

Jun 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Wowcoolman from California

Jun 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rado from California

Jun 15, 2014
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown body. Nice white head.

Smell - Malty aroma. Musty red wine aroma. A little bit of cherry. Oak.

Taste - Lots of dark fruit. Oak is strong. Cherry. Red wine sourness. Musty finish. A little bit of that whiskey flavor back there.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not all that sour. Medium body, but carbonation makes it seem lighter.

Overall - I wasn't enthused at first, but it improved as I drank it.
May 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by afsdan from Colorado

Apr 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by sirsteve42 from New York

Mar 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by xnicknj from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by vinny21bal from Illinois

Jan 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Holland from Illinois

Jan 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Flabbyjandro from Illinois

Jan 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by PHBoiler from Illinois

Oct 25, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Mopps from Virginia

Oct 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Sep 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Sep 16, 2013
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Reviewed by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Review from notes. Consumed 3-26-11 at my first epic Philly tasting side-by-side with NB Falling Rock 10th and Bottleworks 10th. Thank you, Dan! This was #3 of the three for me (by a fair margin).

L - Little bit of a gusher but not much. Rich mahogany that is nearly clear - looks supple and rich.

S - Light and a bit hard to pull out of the glass. Not too acetic, the brown beer base has light cherry, a dusting of coriander, a small scoop of red cherries, perhaps some peach pie, and ethanol whiffs that are presumably reminiscent of apple whiskey.

T - Acetic acid, light cherries, brown oak, like vanilla, stone fruit. Coriander is noticeable, yet the apple whiskey seems to make the otherwise nice finish just fall off.

M - Smooth, silky, and soft, the beer is properly full to yield a palate that is completely covered in flavor, yet the carbonation is a bit lacking (perhaps because of the slight gushing).

O - Not bad, but I find the small amount of apple whiskey to clash with the base beer and bring down the experience. It also had a tough time competing against the other beautiful NB wales. I am very curious to try this again to see if it has come together more nicely, as I drank this very shortly after it was first released.
Jun 30, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Mbrown44 from Delaware

Jun 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by VAbdoyan from California

Jun 25, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by vissai from California

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by NCBeerFan from North Carolina

Jun 02, 2013
 
Rated: 5 by Photekut from Tennessee

May 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by CaptainNomihodai from Illinois

Apr 26, 2013
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Reviewed by AlexFields from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing this, been wanting to try it for years.

Pours a ruby red color, very pretty, small head that fades pretty quickly.

Smells pretty tart, some ketchup and apple, maybe other fruit, brown sugar mixed with acidity.

Taste is more tart, really pretty sharp, apples again but also raspberry/cherry and other fruit come out more than in the nose. Some ketchupy character again, pretty acidic...not so far off stylistically from a Flanders red.

Great mouthfeel, good carb and also smooth and creamy, pretty sharp bite from acidity but that doesn't bother me, reminiscent of c&c la folie.

Great beer but no better than c&c la Folie and probably not quite as good, not worth the extra effort to trade for probably.

8.8/10
Mar 17, 2013
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Snifter, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Russ.

Pours a clean amber color with a small near white head that quickly faded into a thin collar. The nose is more sugary than I was expecting and reminds me of Pez candy – in a good way. I get notes of sugary sweet red fruits and peaches on the nose. The taste is sugary as well with notes of red fruits, fruit punch, apple juice, cranberry juice, and a hint of caramel and spice. Overall the flavors are very acid and tart, with a good dose of lemony citrus as well. Booze is low and lends a touch of woody barrel quality. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonation is frothy and bubbles up on my palate, and the body is just on the full side of medium. Overall enjoyable albeit unique. A real treat, thanks again Russ.
Feb 03, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by jbuddle from New York

Jan 22, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Jan 14, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 09, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Nov 23, 2012
Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 104 ratings