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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 DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Dan!

Beautiful copper/garnet with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. My first olfactory sensation is that of my nose hairs singeing. Next, I'm hit by the coriander. With time, the acetic acid and apple whisky grow, and it's a lot more apple-like than whiskey-like. Mild berry character is present, more fruity with some stone fruit - nectarine and peach, maybe?

The palate opens sour and acetic (duh, it's NB) and again, with some berry and coriander . I can't say I taste the apple whiskey, though with time, I can pick out some apple. Moderately spicy along with coriander, there's a general spiciness present. Drying on the finish, this aspect is particularly disappointing as the flavors just don't linger. Mildly spicy, the flavors fizzle out leaving nothing. The high carbonation doesn't help either. Decent stuff, this.

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Photo of BucketBoy
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a huge khaki head.

S: The nose opens up with tart fruits, particularly lemons and a bit of cherries. There is quite a bit of apple, which I presume is from the apple whiskey barrels. A surprisingly mild vinegar aroma. Also, a bit of wood and vanilla.

T: Both tart and sweet apples really make up a lot of the flavor. There is a moderate vinegar note but still a fair bit of lactic acid and lemon. A light funk in the form of grass and quite a bit of oak and whiskey. There is a bit of vanilla, too.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is toward the high side.

O: A very different kind of wild ale. Sour, nowhere near as much as La Folie (or some of the variants). Certainly good, though.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

Pours a beige head. Color is an amber gold.

Aroma: A lot of sweetness and spices. Very oaky. Peach and cherry. Hard time picking out the brandy flavors. A bit of vanilla. Pie crust and bready malts.

Taste: A lot of sour and acidity with vinegar. Cherry tartness. Vanilla and wood. Again, no brandy notes, but I do get a sweetness that may be coming from the -bals. Grape skins.

Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation even though the bottle popped nicely. Ends really dry.

Overall, a really solid beer, but a little over hyped. It was tasty and I definitely enjoyed my glass. Solid flavors all around.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of kbutler1
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. #94. Popp loudly but doesn’t gush at all. Pours a copper red color with a light tan head. Great head retention. Sour apple, pear, white grape, and some sour acetone notes in the nose. Some oak as well. Apple cider, caramel, with a nice sourness that builds up nicely. The malt backbone is really nice as it stands up to the sour flavors. Some lemon notes as well. Overall, a very tasty beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brick red, huge pop, bit of a gusher. Nose is red fruits, fairly mild and nicely balanced with something reminiscent of classic Jolly Pumpkin funk. Mouth is red berry, apple, pleasant sourness, funk. Highly acidic going down, burning even, but doesn't really impact the flavor. As I expected this was too acidic, but not yet to the level of the old La Folie bottles. That will be the death of these c&c New Belgium bottles. Still, very nicely balanced a pleasant apple and spice quality, well rounded.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by one of the many Mikes (AgentZero in this case) at our post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings forth a reddish-bronze liquid with a decent head and some moderate lacing going down. The nose is really nice and complex. I love what the barrel has done to this. All throughout there are nice vinous notes and plenty of bold, ripe fruit. The taste isn't quite as complex but offers a nice sourness that melds well with the mouthfeel. Really wish I could have picked up some bottles the following morning, but at least I got to give it a shot. Thanks again, Mike.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a post-Christmas tasting, courtesy of AgentZero (thanks Mike!). A quick disclaimer: This followed Victor Francenstein and Veritas 002, as well as a few really nice bourbon barrel stouts. On its own Twisted Spoke may present even more strongly (but it was still really good even in this field).

It poured a reddish copper color, light tan foam which rapidly shrank despite adequate carbonation. It smells tart and apple-y, in fact after someone mentioned apple brandy I couldn't get it out of my head, a bullseye description.

On tasting I get wild funk and light fruit, berries and apples. Very nice, a little bitterness in the aftertaste but nothing objectionable.

Dry in the mouth, not really puckering but just pleasantly tart. I liked it enough to make a run past Lush for one to take home, but it was sold out at each location. Boo.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BearsOnAcid
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah
for sharing this one; thanks Matt!

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber red color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, bourbon, and some roasted notes. Really nice mix of sweet and sour fruits, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, fruity malts, oak, roasted notes, toasted notes. A lot more bourbon than the nose, which takes away from some of the fruit. A step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. I loved the nose and the sweet/sour mix, though I wish the bourbon hadn't dominated the taste as much. Still a great beer and glad I got to try it; worth seeking out.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with friends at Twisted Spoke. Apparently this was from the last case available for on-premise consumption? Served in a tulip. Bottle #612.

A - Slow gusher. Warn your server. Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and leaves some patches of film on top, but no lace on the sides of the glass. Hazy red-brown cider color.

S - There is the distinct New Belgium funk and acetobacter for sure, unsurprising as all of New Belgium's wild ales come from the same base. Plenty of red wine vinegar, rotten fruit funk, and in this case some apple character from what I'm guessing are Apple Jack barrels. There's surprisingly small amounts of booze, whiskey, or overt oak. If you like Le Terroir or Love, you'll like this.

T - Taste is very tart and acetic, with much less apple flavor and more in the way of grapeskin and sour cherries. There's an odd burnt popcorn note in the finish that is reminiscent of the Santa Fe Wild Ales, and maybe a kiss of whiskey. It's more malt-heavy than most beers of this style, but in a fairly neutral way (if that makes any sense at all).

M - Nice soft but active carbonation, and a medium, smooth body that is plenty big for 7%. Very dry in the finish and no obvious alcohol heat. This is a bit heavier than I was expecting, but it never becomes a chore to drink.

D - Very easy to drink, and one of the few wild ales I've tried that uses apple flavors successfully. There's some typical New Belgium induced stomach-churning, but this is actually less acetobacter heavy than some of their other wilds (perhaps due to the blending). It isn't revelatory, but it's a very good and fairly unique dark American Wild that's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at our post-Christmas Chicago tasting. Bottle provided by yours truly, although Sean is somehow stealing all the credit!

A - Little bit of a gusher, a brownish red color with an off white head that left moderate lacing. Good retention that went to a cap, then ring.

S - Smells of tartness and apples, pretty sweet, with a hint of brandy. It is a bit unique in how strongly the apples come through on the nose, but it is not a bad thing. More fruit, light berry smell in particular, comes through with a little bit of funk.

T - Tart and funk, with the apples giving it a distinct taste and adding to a very rich flavor. A little sugar, oak, vanilla and berry taste comes in. Quite large and full tasting for an american wild, although much sweeter, the depth of flavors and breadth of this one reminds me a little of T20.

M - Pretty big for an american wild, with sufficent carbonation and an acetic finish.

D - This is a 7% beer, that drinks a bit bigger. I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet stuff, so I find the drinkability slightly lower than some of my fellow BAs. It is a great beer though, with good taste that keeps it at a good level in this category.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Adam and Anna!

A: Pours a clear maroon body with quickly-vanishing off-white foam. The bottle gushes slowly.

S: Cherry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, apple cider -- this is evidently closer to the Flanders Red end of the sour spectrum.

T: Tastes much like the nose suggests. It has a sweet-and-sour interplay of cherry and assorted skins, vanilla, brown sugar, apples, and oak with a lactic finish that gradually segues into a mild acetic burn, which is thankfully undercut by the sweetness. This reminds me of Wanderer without as much bourbon.

M: Good body; medium heft, appropriate carbonation.

O: I'd trade it for a Partridge.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
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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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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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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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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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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