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Twisted Spoke 15th Anniversary | New Belgium Brewing

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Twisted Spoke 15th AnniversaryTwisted Spoke 15th Anniversary

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 orange.red 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 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 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 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 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 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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