Horse Tongue Wheat | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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85
very good
53 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottfrie on 12-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this recently. Poured into my oversized wine glass, this beer is a fairly cloudy, hazy, medium amber/copper color with a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that about an inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with big film layer cluster swirls of foam that covers most of the beer's surface. Not too much lacing though. Strong aromas of a definite, pungent funk with sour apple and lemon along with some grainy malts and certainly some wheat. The wheat in particular I feels extenuates the funkiness and vice versa. The taste is pretty much the same, with some grainy malts and a definite wheat that gives way to a barnyard funkiness that's followed by some nice apple tart sourness, a bit of cherry, and some woodiness here too. A fairly complex flavor profile here and an interesting one for this style. The wheat really adds something I like that I've not yet experienced before in other beers of this style that I've had. Has a crisp and somewhat prickly, yet also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a definite dry aftertaste. I quite enjoyed this one.

Eric

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Photo of AngusOg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Sarmartay
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's

13oz tulip, poured w/out much head, and a little too cold.

Very cloudy, dull yellow body. Great lacing.

Inviting but not very strong aromas of tree fruits (mostly apple), light sweet spice, and touch of Belgian yeast. The funk comes thru much better as it warms and with a swirl.

Flavors pack a punch, given the low ABV. Lots of golden delicious apple, pear, lemon, yeast, bubble gum sweetness, and healthy dose of sweet spice.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tight. Light on the palate. Light tart bite.

Not one of the best in the Wild Ale category, but very well done given the low ABV (menu says 4.3%, and their brewer was just here this week, so I'm assuming that's correct).

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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ironchefkook
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Belgian wheat barrel aged with brettanomyces."

Had on tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear golden color with a thin white head that left no lacing.
S: Brett, brett and more brett. Pretty funky. Notes of citrus as well.
T: Lightly sour brett as expected. The wheat really amplifies its baryard-like qualities. I get hints of citrus, lemon and golden fruits as well. The aftertaste has notes of Belgian yeast and crackery wheat.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel, and an aftertaste that coats my mouth and lingers.
D: The wheat went very well with the brett and made for a really refreshing brew.

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Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a sniffer at Bauley's Taproom during the AV tap takeover night. Body is a cloudy golden color with a small creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of a mild wheat base, a touch of sweet pale malt, and a good dose of lactobacillus sourness.
Palate is big on fruity flavors, citrus, pear, and apple all popping up amidst the sour lacto backdrop. Mild pale malt and lends a touch of sweetness, but the finish is big on sour power. The body has a slightly silky character from the wheat, nice and smooth. I haven't really had anything inventive like this from AV before; it's nice to see them stepping out of their hoppy comfort zone a little.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a yellowish-straw color as it should with a small white fizzy head with a small dose of bubbles and faint traces of lacing

S: Plenty of barnyard on this with a nice wheat meets lemon smell. A nice sourness as you can expect.

T: Initial lemon tartness meets barnyard, like a horse stall would taste indeed. The wheat, brett and citrus, mainly lemon, really provide a good puckering sour experience but not overly tart and annoying. The finish is dry, sour and really lingers.

M: Light-medium bodied, well carbonated. The brett shines with the citrus as it rolls across the tongue giving me horse tongue. Pretty clean, crisp and refreshing even.... and easy to drink considering its a sour/wild.

O: Great beer, great name.

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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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