Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by Sean9689 on 12-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by RodneyX:
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4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really hearty sour with a lot of meat on it. The apple brandy is a surprise and readiliy present in the nose and taste. Color is a red with a small head that did some lace. Very drinkable, wish I had more bottles and that they would make this again.

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4.67/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bmann1113vr for sharing this bottle. Labeled as bottle No. 16.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart green apples, brown sugar, toffee and brettanomyces. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very sour and has a lot of great apple, lemon and cherry notes. I also get some nice caramel and wood notes, as well as some brett and vinegar notes. There is also some light pepper notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer, one of the better ones I have tried. Thanks again to Andrew for sharing it.

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Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of nkersten
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank at Twisted Spoke. Poured from hand labeled bottle with really cool label (I wish NB still did more 750ml, they look so nice) into small tulip, reddish brown in color with a one finger head that fades to a collar with a bit clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is complex and really interesting, very funky, barnyard, sweet red apples, lemons, some vanilla, oak, sour berries. Taste is really sour at first but as my taste buds start to adjust there is a slightly bitter flavor, unripened raspberries, sweet fruits, a bit of bourbon, sweet red apples and oak with a slightly metallic sour finish. This is a lot like a blend of an aged La Folie and the fruitier Bottleworks X, a really great beer. Medium bodied and medium carbonation with an acidic sour mouthfeel. This is really a great American Wild. New Belgium has impressed me with every corked and caged beer I have tried. I shared this bottle but I think I could have easily finished this one off by myself. The apple whiskey barrels were really interesting - I expected a sour apple flavor but it ended up being much sweeter. Cant wait to see how this ages.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to cory for this one

pour was a dark brown, hints of reddish cherry. some white head that i can barely remember, must have dissipated quickly.

sour brown ale, ripe cherry, and some sweet malt. very flanders or oud bruin

bit more complex flavor. still had that sour brown dominating base but there was a legit presence of cherry and a distinct barrel aging characteristic. seeing that this was aged in apple whiskey barrels, it makes sense. never picked up the coriander though.

pretty full body, tart, and dry

this was good, probably one of the best NB beers i have had.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*BANG* Explosive cork discharge. After about 3 seconds, the bottle gushed and I ran over to the nearest glass. It poured a murky, ruddy chestnut color, with about a finger of foam that only stayed momentarily. A thin ring receded to the edge, leaving the center glassy and still.

Softly acetic nose, cherry pits, apple skins, slightly reminiscent of Le Terroir's fruitiness, and possibly a more subdued relation of La Folie. The acetic quality comes out more sharply in the flavor, giving way to a slightly boozy fusel element from the whiskey barrel. Moderately sour, tart wine grape and cherry pit, minor apple fruitiness. Warming after going down, with a mildly dry oaky aftertaste. Tangy, dry finish with a rapidly fading intensity.

Overall enjoyable, but somewhat muddled from the blending. It seemed to lack complexity, the boozy/sour elements competed more than they coalesced. The bright fruit flavors were nice. Le Terroir is being bottled soon, so i'll save some money for that instead.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KickInTheChalice made this tasting possible.... Blake is a badass... You can always consider me an "anytime trader". Shared with some folks at a Whale tasting in SLC. Pours a clear orange/red with a fantastic white head... crusty lacing for the entire glass.

The nose is a bit fruity with some cherries and a distinct vanilla component... apple?... mild funk and only hints of the coming acidity.

Flavor again only shows a bit of funk... but it is pretty damn sour... still it seem sweet at times.. oaky cherry vanilla... the finish lingers with apple and whiskey... the cherries just hang on forever... a bit acetic, but no where near La Folie territory... warmer temperatures help blend the massive complexities...

Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Very nice brew for sure.... I wish NB would do something like this as a Lips of Faith ;-)

Thanks again Blake for an incredible trade.


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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cannot thank mike enough this one with me. one i never thought i would get ahold of finally finds its way into my hands. split and poured into a tasting glass. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

golden yellow color. A little white head on top, maybe a quarter of an inch but it stayed on top for damn near the entire session, really looked quite nice I have to admit. Light rings of lace on the side of the glass and a really nice and very bright color to it.

Beautiful. Like a funky masterpiece. Loads of tart apple notes, hints of sour grapes, lots of fruit all over the place. Bright, with a touch of light citrus notes bouncing around as well. Very well put together I have to admit. Really am like where this one is going. As I let it warm it opens up even more. So bright and complex, yet simple. Huge tart and sour notes just pucker your lips and leave you in amazement of the flavor you are experiencing. It was like that times ten. I was floored. Clean, crisp, super funky and tart, I was beyond impressed here. One of the best tasting beers, let alone sour beers that I have ever come across. It was really that damn good. Say what you will, but wow. Nice long drawn out close to it really lets that flavors absorb on the palate and that taste, which wonderful sour taste just will not fade and hangs in your mouth forever. Not much else I can say, but wow.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dabecassis opened this. Thanks!

Hazy reddish-amber. Pours with a tall slightly off white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is about what I'd expect from a New Belgium sour:  strawberry jam, green apples, balsamic vinegar; heavy on the acetic acid. Aging in apple whiskey barrels sets it apart slightly, lending a note of caramel apple. Pretty light on the funk.

The palate is very fruity, both from barrel and bacteria. Mouthwatering acetic sourness, green apple, raspberry, faint caramel apple, presumably from the barrel. There's a small remnant of malty sweetness, too. A little stomach churning acetic acid in the finish, but not as bad as many of New Belgium's sours.

I'm not often impressed with this brewery's sour beers, but this one is a winner.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcnd9803 for this bottle! Shared at the recent tasting, we capped our La Folie Anniversary Diagonal off with this bottle, #540.

Hazy dark brown amber in color, this brew is impregnated with a ton of carbonation, which, when the bottle is first uncorked, causes a thick and impressive gunsmoke that streams out of the mouth of the bottle. Surprisingly, even with all the activity of the carbonation, this doesn't gush one drop. The ample carbonation gives a fluffy 3-finger head that is more reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale than it is an American Wild. Sticky lacing remains on the glass.

Spicy aromas of coriander and light clove couple with stonefruit esters of peach and apricot. There is a surprisingly low level of sourness, despite the acetic character that La Folie variations usually have. On to the flavor...sour acetobacter make an appearance up front, and they give way to coriander and phenolic clove in the mid-palate. This falls off and gives way to a touch of whiskey in the finish, though I would be lying if I told you that I would have known it was apple whiskey had I been ignorant of that fact going in. Some time spent with this beer does give a touch of jolly rancher sour apple, but only a hint. The flavor doesn't leave much on the palate after the finish, as the high carbonation whisks away pretty much any flavors that would be left.

Far less sour than the other La Folie Anniversary Beers, this could probably use some time to develop.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by therealnomayo on New Years Eve with him and cmurren25. Holy shit here it is, speechless...

A- Pours a pristine deep brow/mahogany color with a light brown/ruby hue. Such appeal from a wild ale. Tons of carb visible by the constant stream of bubbles leading to the light tan/off-white fluffy head.

S- Holy shit! A barrage of tart cherries, earthy mustiness and the succulent smell of apple brandy. As it warms the apple brandy subsides and mellows in with the crisp sour apples, tart cherries, subtle oak/woodiness and light vanilla undertones. It's crazily complex yet identifiable if you let it mellow out and mix up all that is there.

T- A tear to my eye! It's an onslaught of sour cherries, sour apples and lactic sourness. As it warms the oak divides the flavors with a little help from vanilla and I pick up the clear and crisp flavor dimensions. Sour cherry, sour apple, earthy wood, lactic sourness and a simple and clean apple tartness. I love the depth of complexity.

M- A nice light and fluffy body with a crazy carb tingle to push all the flavors around. It's refreshing, slightly drying and oh so delicious. The use of different barrels and percentages balances everything to provide a complex, but simple and clean experience. A slightly dry finish, but more of a refreshing sweetness.

D- Hell Yes! I love/hate when the bottles are so limited. This one is right up there with the big boys. Complex, smooth, dry, sweet, and so fulfilling. Although I can see how the warming of the apple brandy could trouble some after a high volume. This proves that New Belgium can get past there red-headed step child cough, cough (fat tire) and actually brew some bad ass beers.


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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with an off-white head.

Nose had an abundance of coconut and was vinous. Acetic acid, tart apples and ketchup with vanilla. Very reminiscent of La Folie with a bit of a whiskey barrel influence.

Sharp acidic flavor envelops the tongue. Cheesy with some soft apple flavor and whiskey. More of that La Folie influence with sour cherries and a sweet and sour aftertaste. Very nice to drink. I was afraid the barreling might over-power the beer but it was beautifully blended. It carries a little bit of that stomach churning vinegar that you'd find in La Folie.

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