Sanguinem Aurantiaco
Evil Twin Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,502
Ranked #27,459
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Very Good
Sanguinem AurantiacoSanguinem Aurantiaco
Notes: Brewed with blood oranges and their specialty Brettanomyces, this wild ale showcases the adventurous nature of Evil Twin Brewing. Pouring a hazy gold, it has the aroma and palate of orange, lemon, sea salt, lime, green apple, pineapple, pepper, and plenty of funk.
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Manta200 from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single can from Party Town
Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thin white head that vanished quite quickly.
Aroma is dominated buy orange peel.
Taste is very sour with a orange note, as expected.
Medium body with good carbonation.

Jan 19, 2021
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Spike from England

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Highly drinkable sour ale with blood orange added. Sour tang avoids becoming vinegar and the orange flavour is sharp and zesty. An easy-going sour for a summer afternoon.

Jul 16, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip to a light golden orange topped by a dense two finger white head which fades quickly into the either with minimal lacing
S: Smells of pale malts and a good bit of sourness slight orange zest and a hint of marmalade sweetness
T: Taste is tart up front with some nice orange notes, really nice sour backbone with some shock tart like balance between sweet and sour. Good citrus and orange notes too. Swallow is a little bit of that orange sweetness along with some lingering sourness and light malts
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium but it is not watery. The beer does have a bit of a light syrupy feel. Carbonation is just below prickly and the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice although slightly simple sour. Really nice sour notes as well as some balance from the blood orange. This could be a very enjoyable summer beer as well. Definitely worth a try.

Mar 19, 2018
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Evil Twin's Sanguinem Aurantiaco last week for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something on the lighter side today and I'm interested to see what Evil Twin can do with this sour, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a teku.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a lightly hazy golden color that took on a pale yellow color when held to the light and it had fingers worth of very fizzy off white head that quickly faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, it's pretty standard for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it's the blood orange that sticks out the most with some other citrus fruit like aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of funky yeast that imparts a light funky yeast like aroma with just a little bit of spices in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which are on the light side and they impart a pale malt, light grainy, light bready and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the blood orange is showcased nicely.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show and it's still the blood orange that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes some doughy yeast that takes the place from the yeast that was a little a funky in the aroma and it has a lighter amount of medium sourness. Towards the end comes the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and the impart all the same aspects. On the finish it's a little watery with some more sourness that lingers just for a little bit and it had fruity and blood orange like aftertaste with a slight bit of salt. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the blood orange was showcased just a little more and I could go without the watery flavor.

M- Smooth, a little clean, a little refreshing, not overly sour, not too crisp, on the thick side of being light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it could use some more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, but when it came down it this beer seemed to be a little rough around that edges and that held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple in the summertime, but I might start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it's nice and all the aspects work well together. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste wasn't more like the aroma and I was it was less watery with more carbonation. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn own down and I can't say it's a must try, but if you like sours to be pretty light than this one might be worth checking out. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with some more work on the taste, appearance and mouthfeel and this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Evil Twin beer and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more work this beer could be even better, keep up all the hard work.

Dec 04, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sour, light oranges. Taste is tart, some salt, hints of oranges. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall isn't bad, I'm not really a fan of these sour beers personally.

Nov 21, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear golden color, no head. Aroma has some tart pickle juice notes, a bit salty with some fermented fruit juice. Taste is tart and fruity with nice blood orange notes. Easy drinking, tart and fruity, quite traditional.

Nov 09, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into bottle. Stamped on can bottom, "Batch#001 08:49",
Clear golden body, some head at pouring settles to no head. No lacing.
Mild sour aroma and taste, some blood orange adds to taste.
Fizzy mouth feel.
Tasty sour but not memorable.

Nov 01, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - what, no self-involved label screed this time around?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of sour wild bacteria (lacto?), muddled tart generic orange rind, gritty and crackery pale malt, white saltines, and a bit of stoney minerality. The taste is sour milk (no uncertainty now), muted orange and lemon citrus notes, acetic acid (so, plain white vinegar), seawater, grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, underripe green grapes, and some plain earthy and dried-hay like (hop? I'm full of questions here) bitterness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-preserving frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, given an expected acclimatization to the acrid incursion going on here. It finishes trending dry, the mineral essence lingering alongside a fading ethereal citrus thing.

Overall - yeah, I figured that the blood orange effect would have much more of well, an effect, in something with such a pretentious name. This doesn't seem all that different from the Evil Twin Berliner Weisse that I had earlier, with just a touch of citrus fruitiness. Meh.

Jul 30, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow color with no head.
Grassy aroma, faint (and I mean faint) citrus.
Sour orange taste, again very nuanced. Some wheat.
Crisp and dry.
A bit of a miss for me.

Jul 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a new blood orange session sour that i have now seen around both in cans and on tap. its decent beer, but i am totally over the blood orange beer thing, regardless of style, and this just feels contrived and late to the party, especially from evil twin, who usually starts trends, not follows them. its a little hazy and yellow from the tap, fizzy but no accumulating head. aroma here is fresh blood oranges, a light brine, some raw wheat, and a slightly cheesy bacterial lactic weirdness that should be way cleaner than it is. fortunately, the flavor is way more tidy than the nose on the yeast side of things, bright stinging bacterially derived acidity, coupled with the blood orange sweet tang, and a light tannic property from the grain. its not all that well refined, but it is highly flavorful, and if you can stomach the acidity level (its a little high for my own sessionability...), then you can definitely make a day of it. the fruit is sweet in the middle but pretty authentic at the same time, and the beer sings on the tongue, really bubbly and active but not too light to still feel more like beer than soda, which is great. i can see this being a popular beer this time of year, for me its a little smelly and a little too sour for all day drinking, but i liked it well enough in a single serving. this just doesnt grab me like so many evil twin beers do...

Jun 06, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can of this at Julio's. Batch 001

A - Poured into slightly hazy golden hue with a thin half finger head that faded quickly to leave a light halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of light citrus, blood orange peel, light mineral notes, slight malts, little bit of crackery wheat. Little bit of tartness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Solid blood orange notes with some lighter citrus qualities. There is more of the mineral qualities. The tartness is quite mild and pleasant. Not much in the way for malts or grains, just a lightly tart sour.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated, crisp, lightly flemmy.

O - Overall this was a decent wild ale, could use more blood orange and the mineral notes were slightly off putting.

Serving Type: Can

May 18, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderately light blood orange, citrusy notes coupled with light salt and sourness on the finish.

A: Light straw color with a light haze, and a very thin head that quickly forms a ring around the glass.

T: Moderate blood oranges, followed by citrus, light tropical fruit, a touch of malt sweetness, with a clean, moderate sourness with lots of lacto through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; using oranges in sours is not very easy, often times the oranges taste too sweet and candied for the accompanying sourness or the oranges impart an off-putting bitterness. Evil Twin does a great job of using the orange aroma and flavor with a clean moderate sourness, full of lacto tang.

May 04, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a urine-colored orangey-yellow-straw with a brief and fizzy head that vanishes instantly. Taste is reminiscent of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Woof. Maybe I'm just not a sour guy. Drain pour.

Apr 28, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/tangy blood oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit, berries, guava, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of white wine vinegar, salt, funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy blood oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit, berries, guava, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of white wine vinegar, salt, funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangy blood orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, berries, guava, green apple, mango, melon, white grape, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance; and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.25%. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced acidity. Extremely flavorful and well balanced for the low ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jan 07, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aligning closely with berlinerweisse, Evil Twin pulls no sour punches with an American wild ale with a musty citrus character that envelops the entire session.

Sanguinem Aurantiaco pours a hazy golden-peach with a faint wisping froth. Its lemony center draws into the nose and links up with apple, lime, orange, clean white vinegar and a waft of sea brine and hay. Subtle sweetness prances on the tastebuds just enough to allure a deeper, fuller drink.

And then the sweetness instantly dissolves and the tongue is left to contend with the brazen sourness of fruit, vinegar and brine. Dried lemon, lime, grapefruit, crabapple, white grape and gooseberry nearly lock the jaws while a soft roundness of blood orange add a juicy layer of sherbet-like whimsy. Distinctly sour, white wine underpinnings are obvious, but with the sharp acetic action of vinegar. An afterglow of earthy, hay and burlap-like flavors are retroactive on the finish.

Light, crisp and sharp on the palate, the beer's high acidity scrubs the thirst from the palate and ushers in utmost refreshment and a clean finish. Its earthy aftertaste leaves a creamy citrus and wheaten taste that's a short and concise echo if ever so briefly.

Oct 06, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Cloudy yellow with pretty thick white head that dissipates quickly down to about 1/4". Not much lacing.

Smell - You can smell the tartness in this beer. I am getting hints of orange, pineapple, maybe a little mango. The smell is faint I wish the smell was as good as the taste. There also appears to be a little yeast hint as well.

Taste - The taste is pretty complex the tartness hits first, the blood orange stands out on the backend sweet pineapple comes out. There is a good mix of tart and sweet, there is also some yeast and bread flavors nice tropical flavors mixed with sours.

Feel - Light side of medium well carbonated nice bite from the tartness light dryness on the backend.

Overall - I really liked this beer, the way they mixed the sweet and tart was nice.

May 20, 2016
Sanguinem Aurantiaco from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 94 ratings