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Twisted Spoke 15th AnniversaryTwisted Spoke 15th Anniversary

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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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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Endless thanks to Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. Distillery for this amazing treat!

Pour is hazy strawberry/amber with an incredible effervescence. Even though the bottle rested for almost 24 hours before I removed the cork very slowly, it still shot out, and, unfortunately I lost a bit this precious nectar when it overflowed.

The nose and flavor mirrored each other, and were very complex. Featured were esters of barnyard funk, horse blanket, apples, grapes, cherries, limes, currants, figs, and dates all overlayed with a remarkable sour tartness.

The finish is very dry which allows the aforementioned flavors to continue to bloom in the mouth for quite awhile, and also makes the next sip irresistibly compelling.

Overall, this is very reminiscent of RR's Consecration, if it had been blended with Compunction, although I love it even more than either of those.

Wow squared, New Belgium, you knocked this one right out of the Park!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
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 jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my Narke glass...Light brown with a nice off white head...Unique aroma dominated by spiced apples, hint of alcohol, vinegar, tart cherries...The taste captures sweet apple whiskey perfectly, almost candy apple that are a little sour. Light caramel note to it. Reminds me of fall.

This is awesome and you should get it.

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Photo of nkersten
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, opened at Twisted Spoke, split with the g/f. They are all hand-numbered (to 840, I think) but I forgot to take it down. Anyway...

A - Pours a ruby red, some brown hue in there, a couple fingers of off-white/tan head, good lacing and a nice cap on top after the head settles down. After a while, the head vanishes and all that's left is a ruby red body.

S - Sour cherries, strong dark oak tartness, nice alcohol profile. The apple whiskey barrels add another dimension to this beer. It doesn't overpower the sour/tart notes like I was expecting, instead, it adds to the complexity of the nose.

T - Very similar to the nose. Cherries, sour/tart, dark oak funk, apple whiskey. The combo of all these are blended wonderfully. The apple whiskey isn't a "hot" note, but rather, adds complexity to the sour cherries and tart oak. A nice oak/cherry finish.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - My g/f and I were fighting over pours because it was going down so easily. Comparable to Bottleworks X young with wonderful aging potential. This one has some room to become even more complex then it is now. Outstanding! If you get a chance to trade/buy/drink one of the 840 bottles made, consider yourself lucky.

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pour is a reddish-amber-bronze; good head and lacing

Smell: Extremely complex and inviting; Nice sour notes along with cherries and apples with caramel and touches of brandy; a much more refined la folie.

Taste: Every sip demands another; lots of flavors here. Nice sourness overall with tart cherries and caramel-dipped apples; touches of brandy, good balsamic vinegar, vanilla and oak in the back. Very vinous with lots of red wine notes, probably pinot noir. Really enjoyable with a better funk than the typical new belgium beer.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation; medium-to-full body

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Flavors are complex and well integrated.

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Photo of bgramer
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We opened this on New Years Eve. The cork popped loudly and it gushed just a bit but I was prepared with glasses.

It was a hazy color with a nice light foam, Very tart and apple-y. Nice funk and fruit. It's fantastic for a young sour, and it can only get better with some age. This very drinkable sour should be sought after.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, sharred with many BA's at the Darkness Eve tasting. Thanks Kevin for sharing this gem.

Bottle # 0094

A- Pours a thin bubbly white head that dissipates to nothing, the color is amber red/brown, slight cloudy, nice looking sour.
S- Aroma is fantastic, cherries, sour funk, sour apple, nice oak characteristics, really nice aroma.
T- Wow really tart and sour, nice and puckering on the palate, cherries, sour apple, really nice, some oak, love the different layers that come out, pretty complex, vinegar, lemon.
M- Medium mouth feel, puckering, tart, dry finish.
O- This beer was very impressive, loved the different layers that came out, very complex and delicious.

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Photo of readbaron
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: 6/25/11 - Had another taste of this one last night - Seems like a few months of age have improved this one. It's much more tart than I remember in the first bottle. Still retains its complexity 'though.

Bottle 339, served @ twisted spoke.

Pours a dark, cloudy raspberry amber with plenty of foam that quickly dissipates.

Smells complex. Apple, cherry, vinegar, spice and funk.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Tart, but not overpoweringly so. Some vinegar notes, plenty of fruit - mostly cherry, but a bit of apple as well. Some spice and funk.

Mouthfeel is very crisp - especially since it's medium bodied. Highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


An extremely generous extra received from Masterski, thanks a lot Alex. Poured into a snifter.

A: Cork opens with an energetic pop. The body is transparent reddish orange and the head is a three inch mass of cavernous sea foam. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: Moderately acetic, with light cherries and a big apple aroma. Whiskey integrates with notes of oak and a touch of vanilla. Light wet leather notes and a slight musty character with light tannins. Killer nose.

T: Moderate acetic acidity with evident oak and tannins. Apple is prominent and it accompanies cherry and earth. Moderate lactic sourness with a light tartness. Nice flavor. Finish is dry and acetic with notes of oak, lingering cherry, and apple with a touch of whiskey.

A: Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and moderately acidic.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. A unique and well made sour. Recommended.

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Photo of Kshock
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright ruby red color, but not dark. Still has translucent qualities. nice white lacing with some residual head retention.

S- Smells like lacto and bready yeast. Great nose to it, reminds me of oude tart. Has some good complexity to it with over-doing it.

T- Awesome. sour, tart with a very dry finish. Get a little of apple at the back end. really awesome taste, just like the nose, nothing is over-barring. Drys very quickly but gives a good quick sours tart punch.

M- Very light body, nice and soft on the palate. drys out quick leaving the mouth asking for more.

O- Great beer, stoked i got to try this. Best New belgium beer yet.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at the sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012.

The beer is russet brown with hints of crimson and a white head. The aroma is fantastic, offering cherries, booze, oak, funk, sweet berries, tart fruits. The flavor is equally as complex. Bourbon emerges more in the flavor than in the aroma, gaining strength as the beer warms. A fine balance of tart and sweet, favoring tartness, as it should be. A myriad of tastes linger on the palate, concluding with a light acetic bite. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. I would relish the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper amber with a little head. A touch of mustiness and fruity aroma and flavor...lemon zest, kumquat, light peach-pear, honey, light white wine, apple. Moderate carbonation...very flavorful. Very drinkable with subtle oak and a touch of sweet & sour tartness, perhaps from the Transatlantic Kriek addition.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave for bringing over a bottle. Very excited to try this one.

Poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. A thin, white, head fades to a thin ring. The body reveals a cloudy, amber-brown hue. Almost no lacing.

Sweet cherries, apples and grapes on the nose. Light acidity. Oak barrels come through nicely. Fruity.

Liquid caramel apple flows over the tongue, followed by a wave of sour, acidic, cherries. Grapes, apples, fruity throughout. Good oak presence with a hint of vanilla. I love the caramel apple notes. Quite tasty, but very acidic.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation (lively) and lots of jaw clenching sourness. A really good sour kick all the way through. Not a beer I would drink on a day to day basis due to the sourness level, but tasty once in awhile. Light alcohol presence.

Overall, this is my first C&C beer from New Belgium and I'm pretty impressed. Solid aroma and the flavor is delicious with the sour caramel apple notes. I'd maybe like to see the sour acidity dialed down a bit, but I'm not really complaining. Love the barrel treatment on this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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 AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Weatherdog at our EPIC sour tasting...

Poured into my tulip...

Looks like apple cider. A dark cloudy amber hued brown. Small off white head, not the best retention, no lacing. Doesn't look bad... But doesn't blow my mind.

The smell has some spiced apple, light sweet vinegar, and a dry hay-like funk. Mmmmm. Very very tasty.

Body is medium with low carbonation and a nice acidic bite.

Very tasty and enjoyable. I would love another bottle of this one!

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Photo of PhunkLover
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Thanks Spence for sharing! Pours a hazy ruby brown with some thick white lace. Great nose of apples, cherries, vinegar, some sweeter funk, oak. Flavor is similar, maybe a little more complex than the regular La Folie or just different. Either way, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle shared at a recent tasting by ehsteve. Thanks!

Pours with a hazy, caramel-amber hue beneath a creamy khaki head. Surprisingly good head retention for the style. Sour crab apple dominates the aroma, very tart and acetic with a delicate background of toffee and floral citrus.

The theme of tartness continues with the flavor, as sour cherry and lemongrass hit the tongue with a puckering burst. Very effervescent beer; fills the palate with a full body and foamy carbonation. Overall, a very tasty Wild Ale from New Belgium. I might prefer La Folie by a scoch, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottle # 0609.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some malty and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is smells and tastes awesome and is super easy to drink.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was courtesy of my boy backfat, thanks Dave! It pours a cloudy dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It smelled of sour.cherries, soured cabernet, oak and soured pinot. Despite the lack of adjectives this one is great. It is very well rounded and isn't too intense in a single facet. It was preceded by an '09 Cascade Vlad and the Vlad was put to shame. It features the ultimate bouquet of sour. It was soft, yet sour and not overly so. I love this one and it was quite the treat.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to the other Matt for this rarity shared recently, poured into a New Belgium glass. I know how to drink a beer.

Beer is brown and hazy with nice head, tan bubbles, some lacing. Moderate retention.

Aroma is lactic, acetic, mild liquor, oaky, interesting.

Beer is light in body, very good overall a strong beer with great body and a nice finish, oaky, alcohol, roast, lactic tartness with a nice creamy body. I'd have it again if that were possible.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy cider-brown with explosive carbonation that initially dominates the glass and then rapidly settles to half-inch of constantly rejuvenating head.

The smell is cherry, lemon peel, just a bit of funk and nice full oak.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light and effervescent.

Flavor is deceptively complex. The beer doesn't club you over the head with mouth-puckering tang. Rather, it has a very adult and patient approach to your taste buds. A deep cherry-tinged sourness develops along with some lightly tart citric tang, apple depth and full wood. None of it is overwhelming which leaves this as a very nice food pairing that can buddy up with heavier fish without dominating while still holding its own with pork sausage and rabbit. A very nice beer. Wish I had more of it.

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