Horse Tongue Wheat | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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:
54
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with wheat, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there is an odd acidic quality in the flavor that diminishes the drinkability.

Serving type: on tap.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution's sourfest.

This beer appears a foggy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of frothy, loosely foamy, and weakly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky island group lace around the glass as things evenly fade away.

It smells of musty, faintly sour cherries and red apples, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, generic menthol lozenges, and a bit of mild white Italian cheese. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale and wheat malt, vaguely tart red orchard fruit, still tame earthy white cheese, a soft barnyard funkiness, and further well-aged lemon vinegar.

The carbonation is actually active and involved in probing my various palates, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy wheatiness well contained by the affable, if persistent funk.

Now we're starting to talk turkey - the funk supercedes the sour in this one, which is all right by me at this point in time. I do indeed like this one, and not just because it reminds me so much of my favorite cheese.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap the lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, clove, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, clove, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light yeast/tannic oak spiciness and lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an awesome sour wheat ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Pleasant levels of Brett funk and lacto, with great white wine barrel presence and malt balance. Plenty of oaken vanilla notes. Solid Belgian yeast presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barleywinefiend
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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