Territorial Reserve Barrel Aged Wild Wheat Wine Honey Ale | COOP Ale Works

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Territorial Reserve Barrel Aged Wild Wheat Wine Honey AleTerritorial Reserve Barrel Aged Wild Wheat Wine Honey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COOP Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States
coopaleworks.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Wild Wheat Wine Honey Ale has floral and rustic flavors that began with a generous foundation of pilsner and wheat malts. Local clover honey, two wild yeast strains and 14 months in red wine and bourbon barrels give this distinctive honey ale an earthy backdrop, notes of sweet tropical fruit and rich tartness. Savor accordingly.

Added by StaveHooks on 05-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
31
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.89%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
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For Trade:
0
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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a thinnish, hazy light orangish yellow with a nice white cap, bubbles and moderate lacing.

S: The nose was a big ol fruit basket; apples, pears, a little citrus with a moderate woody, Earthy and funky nose to it and just a measure of wheat

T: Immediate light lacto and funk with lighter orchard style fruits, some booze and a little wheat. This beer is a wild one but in no way would I have really determined this was a wheat wine. Moreso a wild ale with wheat added. It did not taste bad but I was looking for something else. The finish is a bit boozey, thin and acidic with some funk and light fruitiness


M: Medium bodied, a tad overcarbonated

O: The bugs ran away with this beer leaving only a sample of a wheatwine. While many of the tasting notes common to a wheatwine are opresent the underlying sweet, fluffy and fullness a wheatwine should provide

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Photo of ruzzal
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Urbancaver for this. 2012 vintage, bottle #0159/1492.

3.5 A: Well hazed, but not opaque dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention isn't great, but the ABV is high, so whatever. No lacing.

4.0 S: This smells like a half & half of a regular wheatwine and a funky wild. By this I mean that it manages to keep its wheatwine characteristics quite well, which sometimes isn't the case when wild yeast is in the mix. Apricot, apple, and pear fruitiness. Potent neutral wheat. Mildly sugary. Grassy and hay funkiness with apple orchard and rotting wood undertones. Also a light horsey component. Decently strong herbal component which is probably from the alfalfa. Light honey rounds things out.

3.5 T: While the nose was evenly split between wheatwine and funk, the taste shifts slightly toward the funk. Grass, hay, earthy funk. Apple orchard and wet wood. Honey is more aggressive. The fruitiness is a lot more subtle, but still apricot, apple, and pear. The yeast really dried this out as there's only a soft sweetness remaining. Booze is hidden really well. Moderate herbal component with grassy hoppiness. The label suggests "tropical fruit and rich tartness," but there really isn't any of that aside from hints of pineapple. In any case, tasty, but nothing too special.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is on the lower end, but not bad. Silky, almost slippery feel to it. Smooth enough.

4.0 D: A little something away from the ordinary. This also gets better as you drink it.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand numbered 750ml bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazed gold-orange with a thin mat of white froth on top. The nose is fairly simple with a clean smack of lactic sourness and lemon rind. Complexity picks up on the palate with green apple, lemon juice, musty basement, and fresh leather. More tartness persists into the finish and slightly puckers the cheeks. Alcohol is well-hidden behind the wild character.

Wheat Wine or Wild Ale? The end result is neither. Instead, this comes off as some sort of slightly sour/funky Strong Belgian Golden ale. It's a nice, interesting beer and all, but considering the hype and price I'm not very excited.

P.S. Whoever had the idea to print "Savor the rarity!" on the label should be backhanded.

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3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. Head dissapates to nothing quickly. Deep orange and hazy. Smells tart and the honey shines thru here. Red wine and vanilla from oak comes thru. Tartness is there but balanced. Carbonation brightens in absence of head retention. Tiny bubbles still coming up from bottom of snifter. Balanced in most aspects. Got zero bourbon barrel flavor or smell outside of vanilla and slightest of oak. Pretty complex

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Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good-sized, thin and bubbly off-white head clears out quickly, leaving scattered bubbles around the edge. Brass in color with a chill haze and some reddish orange around the edges. Sour fruits (apples, white grapes) are first noticed to the nose, and I must admit, the level of funkiness is bit unexpected, but quite nice. Following are some fresh wheat notes, a bit of lemon and some Belgian yeast. Tastes sweet with an almost cloying aftertaste and bit metallic in parts. Further inspection reveals a fruity, creamy core (banana anyone?), some caramel and grain. The initial sweetness subsides and the beer balances quickly as it warms. The alcohol is distant, and this one is dangerous because it slowly draws you in with a sweet siren song. Before you know it you are deep within its clutches, a fact that is not necessarily bad news, because this beauty comes in a magnum, so there's plenty more funky goodness to be had before the fun is over.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange citrus notes in it, as well as a little bit of tartness. The flavor is similar. The tart and lightly sour orange citrus notes come through first, but they are backed up by a good dose of wheat. There is also a nice amount of funk and leather in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 1487 of 1492

Big thanks to 4balance for sending this one my way! Poured from 750ml to brandy snifter, split with my brother.

Pours a glowing mimosa with a swelling white head. Nice sudsy lacing.

I'm not usually that into big wheat beers because they seem sort of one dimensional to me. This is not one dimensional whatsoever. Yeasty funk, white grapes, sweeter malts. I get a variety of aromas that evolve in time and warmth.

I get a lot of the same notes from the nose in the taste. The hops perk up a bit though. Nice. I think the barnyard side of this would really pop after a little bit of age. I wish I had another to experiment with. Tasty stuff.

Typically, I like my wilds to be a bit more bubbly than this but the high ABV might be too big an obstacle. Certainly doesn't detract from the beer.

Overall I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to taste this extremely limited beer. Thanks Ken!

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml and into a snifter

I reviewed this beer fresh and it was terrible. Seems with almost 2 months on the bottle, The beer has really transformed and meshed well together creating a very solid beer. So, this is a re-review of how it tastes now.

A- Pours a hazy and burned amber color. Small head. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty good!

S- Floral aromas. Hint of some fruit, oak, hops, and citrus. Brown sugar. A slight booziness. Tart and funky aromas like wet earth and hay.

T- Starts tart and slightly funky and a tad bit lactic. Then transitions into a bit of sweetness and booziness. Warm alcohol. Brown sugar, caramel, hints of vanilla. Honey. Spicy comes out of nowhere. Then the finish is tart and funky again and lactic again. A balanced rollercoaster, if you will.

M- Very smooth. A little lactic. Decent carbonation.

O- Seems more a wild ale then anything. The beer is an actual honest mistake that proved to be fantastic.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Sam's Wharehouse in OKC. $13.55 a bomber, a bit towards rip-off pricing

Pours a semi-hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Wet cereal, lemon rind, tartness & sournes. Much sour cherry as this warms, just get mor intense pick some oak as this warms

T: Wet mushy, cereal then lemon rinds, some grapefruit up front. Plenty more tartness & sourness as this warms. Some sourmash notes. Finishes tart & sour with oaky notes, some pineapple hiddinf in the background

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, warming & tartness shine through

A nice take on the style, bloody pricey . Better than their imp stout last winter

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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