Skull'Ole
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
260
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  30
Gots
  90
SCORE
90
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Notes: American Sour ale aged in wine barrels with cherries.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 260 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of miniditka77
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at DLD 2016. Served in a plastic cup with rainwater.

In all seriousness, I'm not really a huge fan of sour beers, but I keep craving another taste of this one. Aroma is pure sour cherries, and there is a lot of cherry in the taste too. Less "funk" than a lot of sour beers, or maybe the funk is covered up by the cherries. Either way, I would gladly drink this again. Best sour beer I have ever had, with the disclaimer that this is coming from someone who doesn't love sour beers.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big cherry flavor and aroma, incredibly tart but not bile like which I've gotten from some 3 Floyd's sours. Tone down the acidity and this would actually be pretty great.

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Photo of Wilcox39
1.98/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

So sour and bitter. Like an aged balsamic. Friends tasted cherry. I tasted vinegar. Color is good but taste couldn't be removed with sandpaper on the tongue.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.17/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a brew that is only for fans of sours because it is sour to the extreme. The aroma is tart cherries and the taste explodes as soon as it hits your tongue. Too sour for my liking. Very glad I got to try a small sample as I would not have been able to finish an entire bottle.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a bottle share a few months ago, and I'm glad that was the case. A sour this intense should be consumed in small quantities. Huge sour nose. This explodes as soon as it hits your tongue! Just awesome!

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SOUR POWER! Holy cow(er). As others have mentioned this guy is on the extreme spectrum of sour/puckerability. It's a cool ale and all but I'd need 17 friends to share this with and I think it's geared more toward shock factor than actual true wild ale legitimacy.

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Photo of Jradziew
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding sour. Huge sour bite on the initial sip that gives way to an oaky, tart and utterly delicious beer that is best shared amongst several friends. With each sip, the flavor profile of the beer expanded.

Really great sour/wild ale.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Dark brown, maybe just a hint of red with a creamy one-finger head
S: Mostly sour cherries along with a hint of caramel and a hint of malt
T: Holy sour this is sour. I love sour and it's almost a bit much. Instant mouth-watering, sour cherry, vinegar, a bit of balsamic and a hint of caramel
M: Sour, sour, sour. Light, mouthwatering but brace yourself
O: Again I enjoy sour but almost a bit too acidic. Definitely recommended but just make sure you've had some Tums if you get heartburn. For the style, I prefer New Glarus but it's nice to see what FFF does when hops aren't involved

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Photo of electricdoctor
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing beer. The smell is noticable when the cap is removed. I had several people try this beer and while the sour bite is huge everyone loved this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with cherry, fruit, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour cherry, fruit, funk, and acetone flavors on the finish. There is a high 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 extremely sour and funky, and almost a chore to drink because of it.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.48/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is less than a year old and is acidic beyond vinegar. I actually drink diluted vinegar as part of a health regime and this would not make it! It is pretty much undrinkable with acid beyond the tolerance of most beer drinkers. I love sours; I love wild ales - my favorite styles. This one I can't take. Just my opinion.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-24 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle

A - Very dark mahogany with a 1/2-finger tan head and very little lace.

S - LOTS of dark sweet cherries (not pie cherries) fermented very sour. Raisin. Dried cherries. Some malt backbone.

T - Very, very sour and astringent; almost over-the-top but the incredibly rich sour cherry flavor, wood and hints of fruit and grain sweetness pull it back from the edge.

M - Puckering; like biting into a lemon. Makes my tongue water. Light-medium body and carbonation. Very dry.

O - A delicious brew; particularly when paired with some fat. My wife (who also really enjoyed the beer) and I swapped bites of extra sharp aged Canadian cheddar with sips of this brew and it was a match made in heaven. This beer isn't for the faint of heart, but if you really, really like sours (and cherries to boot); this is for you.

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Photo of Huberbockrox
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NewGlarusFan:
i was banned for shitting on this brewery and rightfully so. This beer is the most sour beer i have ever had.

Take 5 apple sour Warheads and shove them in your mouth, that's the flavor.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Dark purple body. Slightly fruity cherry aroma. Holy [email protected][email protected]# is this beer sour. Puts a War Head to shame. How do you get a beer this tart. After you get used to the sourness, if you can, a pleasant cherry taste comes through. This really needs to be the last beer you do during a bottle share.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Body is darker brown, a bit hazy with a one finger white head. Fair retention time, no lacing. Smells like apple cider; tart green apples, lactobacillus, oak. Not much in way of cherries or dark fruit, but it does smell nice and sour. Flavour is undeniably very sour, but the cherries come across more aggressively here. Oak, a bit of must, no funk. Just a lot of lactic acid and vinegar. Mild cherry fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium, on the thinner side, extremely sour. Challenging to drink. Overall, a very sour beer that was fairly challenging, but if you like straight up sour, this isn't bad. The flavour is pretty nice.

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Photo of kevanb
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a Three Floyds Teku glass. Enjoyed on 4.11.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a dark burgundy color, dark amber hues, nice opacity with a bone colored head, about a finger or so high with good retention and moderate lace. The aroma is of very sweet cherry, tart vinegar, earthy oak, brown sugar and strong amber malt base. Definitely darker and heavier than what I like, and certainly sweeter off the gate. The flavors are intensely sour, quite the shock considering the sweet nose, lots of cherries, tart and acidic, vinegar, brown sugar, oakiness, thick, chewy malt, but man this is sour. The mouthfeel is coating, gentle, but very lively, feels dry but finishes fully with an almost creamy feel, a highlight of the beer.

Verdict: A bit of a miss from Three Floyds, there are some redeeming qualities here, but it's a bit disjointed and a bit too sweet on the nose, and too sour on the tongue, a definite lack of cohesion is present.

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Photo of SchugKnight
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark muddy reddish brown with medium head. Sour apple and slight cherry nose. Starts with Apple cider vinegar sourness that gives way to sweet cherry. Almost like a cherry pie filling flavor. Slick mouth feel. Great sour ale for the upcoming warm weather. Glad I have more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky brown color with a white head. Aroma is like an old Apple cider discovered in a sunken ship from the 1700s. The taste is the sourest experience I think I have had. Like an Apple war head candy. Hint of unripe Wild Cherry. Rot gut sour. This is serious. This is real. Damn sour. Nuff said.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium white head and a very thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oak. Vanilla. A little bit of yogurt. Some dark fruits, but not quite cherries on the nose.

Taste - Intense sour cherry. Really intense sour cherry. Lingers a long time. Oak. Very light yogurt flavor right up front and then in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - So it's pretty tough to drink, but it tastes good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

if you like sour beers, this is insane. as good as any i have had, and without question my favorite three floyds beer. thanks to thebrewo for sharing this one!!! this is going to be a hard one to describe, as the flavors are each just so intense. its also one of the sourest beers i have ever come across, including all the heavy hitters. the color here is cloudy, thick, and deep mahogany in color. not much head on it, just patchy bubbles accumulating along the edges of my globe. the nose is shocking, i mean, extremely sour, acidic, lacto heavy, a ph that has to be as low as any i have known. the cherry aromatic is insanely intense. i wish i knew how long this was on wood, cherries, what kind of cherries, what cultures, there are a lot of mysteries here, but its less about dissecting it as it is about appreciating how unique and dynamic it is. the cherries are so deep and dark, also contributing sourness, jammy flavors, and just such an explosive cherry concentration. its as deeply cherry as is the frederiksdal from mikkeller, which i though was as far as you could take fruit in a beer. the sourness hits in the middle, and is almost hard to stomach, caustic, insanely acidic. there is a lot of oaky funk too, must and some yeast that isnt just lacto, dynamic is an understatement. very rarely are so many unique flavors locked into a beer, and fund such a synergy, i mean, this is one of the best beers ive ever had. the more i recount the experience, the more i realize how special this is. enormous thanks to thebrewo for sharing this rarity, totally special

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Photo of guityler83
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: Deep burgundy red color with an opaque impression at first. Upon further inspection there is decent clarity. Cream colored head, quickly dissipating. small amount of medium sized bubbles kick up when swirled.

S: Medium cherry, raspberry and red grape skin aroma with a bite of tart sourness. Mild toast and crust malt aroma. Funk level is mild with a tiny bit of oak and funk.

T: Sharp sour cherry and raspberry flavor that doesn't seem to aclamate on the palatte even after the three or 10 sip rule. Mild bread crust malt flavor with modest brett character in the background.

M: Medium carbonation level and body. harsh burning throat and back of the throat acidic sensation from the sourness. like having stomach acid come backup. Significant alcohol warming in the chest.

O: A sharply sour flanders style red beer that comes off very one dimensional and hard to consume. Share this one with 1 or 2 people and it will stand out among other sour beers (for better or worse)

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Photo of Jho3325
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had Skull'Ole on tap at the brewpub. This stuff is really good. It was very sour, which I like, but the cherry flavor was not lost at all in the sourness. I could see how some would not like it because of the extreme sourness, but the stark cherry flavor made up for the imbalance. Haven't tried it from the bottle yet, so we will see if that changes things.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew was served on tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic flared tumbler, showing a chestnut brown coloring. A minimal cream colored head stood tall enough to stick punctate spots of lacing to the glass’s sides, but did little else. Heavy haze reduced clarity, but no sediment was appreciated. Carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma itself nearly puckers you up, giving hot sour vinegar, juicy raw cherry flesh, sour lemons, warm and mossy oaked woodiness, biting choke cherries, red currant, and merlot wine grape skins, waxy lipstick, powdery rose petals, intense Bretty and lacto funk, honey, oat bread, and dried fruitiness of shriveled cherries, golden raisins, and craisins. What the aroma could not accomplish alone, the taste executes with voracity. This was one of the sourest beers we’ve ever had!! Notes included soured and moldy brown and caramel malt mash, funky Brett yeastiness tartness, fresh plucked choke cherry punch, fermented cherry skins, aluminum metallics, oaky char, lemon zest, apple cider vinegar, dense Graham cracker bready honeys, musky floral pollen, and dried cranberries and cherries. The body was surprisingly full, and carbonation was quite high. Excellent slurp, smack, cream, and froth accompanied each sip, with dripping foaminess galore. This gives way to intense astringent dryness and massive puck of bitterness, before the mouth reverts back to watering in a retaliatory response towards retribution. Saliva ended up pooling in your mouth, making you yearn for that next sip. Thus, drinkability was excellent.

Overall, we were passing by Three Floyds on our way back to Michigan, and were on the fence about whether or not we would stop for a quick beer and bite. We had been on the road for eight hours at that point, but when we looked up the menu online, and saw that they had a sour on draft, and a cherry sour at that, it made it a no brainer. Upon ordering it, the server recalled how much he loved wilds/sours, and how this was one of the sourest beers he had ever tasted, and asked us again if we were sure that we wanted it. We reassured him that we were veterans of the Brett scene, and he happily dove into the story of how this beer was produced. It took over a year to make, spending copious amounts of time on oak with fresh cherries. At our first sip, we looked at each other, and happily agreed; one of the sourest beers we’ve ever had. You enter a realm of scathing tartness, with a base of surprisingly dark malts, and the freshest cherry fruitiness around. The cherry, thankfully, is not lost behind this skin-removing wave. It is there in full force. This actually reminds us quite strongly of your most intense Flanders reds, with authentic maltiness, added fruitiness, and bite. This beer is otherwise exactly what was advertised, and we’d expect nothing less from the Three Floyds name.

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Photo of AngEo
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewpub. Absolutely sour and I love that. I can fully understand the hate coming from it being over the top because its just not the kind of thing that suits everybody's taste, but I honestly feel that 3F has stepped up their sour game with this one. I will surely be going back for a couple more bottles while they are available.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy cherry! Pours a deep puce red with thin head that dissapates quickly. Tart cherry nose with hints red wine vinegar. Taste is intense with a deep, tart, black cherry that sticks around long after drinking. Reminds me of an automatic warhead from when I was a kid. I would only recommend this to those who truly love deep sour flavors as I do. 3 Floyds wasn't messing around when they made this intense brew.

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Skull'Ole from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 260 ratings