Cap'n Skoon's Wench | Westbrook Brewing Co.

Cap'n Skoon's WenchCap'n Skoon's Wench
51 Ratings
Cap'n Skoon's WenchCap'n Skoon's Wench

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zac16125 on 07-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
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3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy deep gold color with a nice 2-finger foamy, frothy, white head. Great retention and some really nice lacing.

S – The strongest aroma is the wonderful Belgian and wild yeast with black pepper, clove, musty, and maybe some mild banana notes. There’s some evidence of sweet peaches here, but not as much as I was expecting.

T – It starts off sweet with a bunch of peaches, way more than in the aroma, and is followed by a nice dose of peppery and clove yeast and barnyard funk. At the finish, some earthy peach skin flavors come into play. Pretty tasty.

F – Light-medium-bodied, great carbonation, a crisp and effervescent but creamy mouthfeel, and an earthy, funky, somewhat spicy, and very dry finish. All these great yeast characteristics linger for a nice amount of time.

O – I liked this beer. I think a lot of people’s issue with it maybe is that it isn’t sour or that there isn’t a huge blast of peach flavor. Well, my response is that even though it’s a “wild ale”, there is no mention of any sour yeast here. In fact, they specifically mention non-sour yeast. Also, I would argue that there is a great amount of peaches for the base beer. If it were a sour, more peaches would be fantastic. But, in my opinion, more peaches would have muted all of the great yeast characteristics going on here. Hell, peaches aren’t strong-tasting fruits anyway. They could add twice the peaches and maybe get the same flavor. Anyway, I think this is a tasty and very drinkable beer, and I would have it again. Cheers to Westbrook and congrats to the newlyweds!

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ChrisMetcalfe
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Super murky, yellow orange sludge colored. Almost has a little glow around the edges. Friendly sized 3/4 inch head is already imploding in the middle though a thick circle around the outside is more stubborn about fading.

S: Smells fun and funky. Fruity with wild yeast a plenty. Sweet, light, warm, and sunny. Peach is there with apples, banana, grapes, spice, something berry-like, and a weeee bit of lemon. The base is creamy dough malt and of course wheaty.

T: Sweet, sour, and bitter. Lots of yeast flavors in the light malt and wheaty twang. Lemon around the edges (unless that's the wheat talking), peach but subtly, apple, grape, cloves & coriander probably...all similar to the aroma. A lot going on. It's a busy beer but things are working their way together. Not sure if time would be help.

M: Smooth with a thickness approaching medium body. Some viscosity... Carbonation is fine and tingly.

O: I like this but it might be a bit over the top with flavors all over everywhere. Not an exceptional blended-ness but still pretty enjoyable. I couldn't session this I don't think.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Grainy wheat. Some fruitiness, but not distinctly peachy. A little citrusy.

Taste - Grainy pale malts. Again indistinctly fruity. Kinda medicinal fruit.

Mouthfeel - Light and grainy body. Well carbonated

Overall - Kinda weird. Definitely not a good peach flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a snifter. Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peaches, funk, spice, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, spice, peach, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I do love the fact that Westbrook likes to experiment with all kinds of different things down at their brewery. However, you can’t crush them all. This one was a mild example in my opinion. There just didn’t seem to be a very great balance to this one as I would have hoped to expect from them. All of the components were there, it just felt like it lacked an intensity that you get with most of their brews. Still not bad, but definitely not one of the best I’ve had from the crew unfortunately.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 6/28/13

I decided to go ahead and pour all the yeast in and the result is a completely clouded, cider-colored liquid crowned with a tall, rocky looking head. Nice patchy lacing and a persistent, thin covering on the surface after the head dies down. Tons of yeast in the aroma...somewhat funky, mostly fruity, though more creamy banana and spiced apple than peach. There's sort of a breezy funk that doesn't make itself well-known, but it's there. Again, lots of yeast in the flavor: clove, earth, cracked pepper, and fruity esters. Not particularly peachy, in fact, I don't think I would notice any fruit was added to this beer if it didn't mention it on the bottle. Quite dry and somewhat creamy.

I regret pouring all the yeast in (I usually don't), as I think it may have taken over everything here. I remember having it on tap in Charleston though and this seems fairly similar. I think maybe some more time would help funk things up, but the peach is pretty much completely lost. Not bad...not up to the quality of other Westbrook releases.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Teku glass
Bottled on: 6/28/13

"This wild peach ale was made with peaches plucked straight from the wench's bosom and is said to be Cap'n Skoon's favorite beverage for hunting Bull Sharks. It was fermented using Westmalle and Brettanomyces yeasts and had 100lbs of peaches added. "

A: Pours a murky (to the point of being opaque), copper orange with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head hangs around for a good while before dissipating down to a thin film. Leaves lots of cool honeycomb lacing.

S: Belgian yeast aromas are the first thing I get with a big clove and pepper spice along with an equally big estery-banana quality. I also get lots of sweet peaches. I don't get much brett on the nose, little to no funk or tart characters. Still smells very good though.

T: Brett immediately more noticeable on the taste. Decent amount of pungent-cheese-like funk, and very subtle tartness. The Belgian yeast characters are present in the taste as well with clove and banana. This is really quite funky, with big Brett notes. Some sweet peach flavors are present but not as prominent as I anticipated. Nice lingering aftertaste of banana and peaches, along with bit of funk.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end, very drying on the finish. Drinkability is average.

O: This was definitely a good beer, if you like Brett beers you will love this one. Its not like most Wild Ales Ive had in that it have very little sour characters (makes sense, no lacto or pedio in there I don't think), so in that sense I was a bit let down. Definitely worth a try though. Nice choice for this calm Sunday afternoon.

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced minimal white froth.

(S)- Quite dry with mountains of juicy peaches. Not much else, but that sure smells good.

(T)- Not as hugely juicy as the smell, but a nice zesty orange and grapefruit citrus instead somehow.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Quite crisp and refreshing with a bit more subtle fruit than the smell leads you to believe. Nonetheless, very refreshing.

(O)- Not bad. The overall profile is good, but I wish it had more to it. More of a juice than a wild ale, where I expect some kind of funky sourness, but none in this example

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of avalon07
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy, almost murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of yeast, light fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, some of the advertised peaches, and a grassy quality. One of the big problems with this beer is that it's rather thin and watery. The grassy quality doesn't help matters. Not a great flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but has a thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: Kind of a mess of a beer. Nothing about it really works. Probably my least favorite of Westbrook's beers.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks a ton Rusel_G!

A: Slow motion gusher of a bottle. Pours an extremely hazy apricot color with huge, extremely frothy, fluffy, bright white head that took forever to slowly fade into a thick, fuzzy, soft and rocky film. A complex network of foamy lace was left down the glass.
S: Huge dominant notes of brett are both earthy and creamy. I get a hint of clove, sage, spice and juicy peach.
T: Follows the nose with dominant earthy, spicy, brett., tons of spice, but only a touch of peach. The finish is creamy, slightly minerally, and vaguely fruity. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and finally has a kiss of peach and maybe some banana and golden apple.
M: Very fluffy, frothy and creamy carbonation, with a drying and creamy mouthfeel and medium-full body.
O: Enjoyable but definitely not a peach bomb. Not terribly complex, but I’d probably drink it again. Thanks again Russell!

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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Cap'n Skoon's Wench from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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