Red Death - Skeletonwitch
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Red Death - SkeletonwitchRed Death - Skeletonwitch
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.52%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
130
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  18
SCORE
91
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Red Death - SkeletonwitchRed Death - Skeletonwitch
Notes: Blend of a sour grand cru foeder-aged for 18 months and a cherry imperial berliner weisse.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 130
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/29/16; drank 9/16/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque grapefruit juice appearance.

Noisy, minimal white head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Cherry & tart grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Strawberry & cherry flavors up front; tart fruit punch notes on the finish.

A berry blast with assertive but not overwhelming sourness. A winner!

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Photo of TheGent
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A two year old bottle. Cranberry juice, cherry pie mix, oak and some barnyard funk. Really nice stuff that I enjoyed drinking on my back patio during the summer.

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Photo of darktronica
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby amber color with a very light layer of head that fizzes into nonexistence extremely quickly, like its in a hurry to die off. The nose and palate are similar, leading with malt but quickly followed by a tart cherry and peach. I remember this being a pretty aggressive sour upon release a year and a half ago. It's still piquant now, but not quite as intense as it once was; I would say this is to its advantage, but then again, this was my last bottle of it, so I suppose I'm just recording this for posterity at this point. I hope FFF will consider blending this one again, because I've quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale red-orange with a fizzy, very pale almost khaki-salmon head that surprisingly settles to a thin bubbly blanket that retains and becomes somewhat creamy, leaving no lace. It fades completely after a while.

Smell is certainly cherry-forward, but juicy and not artificial or medicinal at all, thankfully. It also exhibits raspberry and red wine with hints of oak and toasty sesame.

Sharply tart but not too sour, and actually smooth after the crisp fizz, flavors of tart cherry, skins and all, with raspberry and a toasty oak that approaches acetic acidity, but not quite. In the semi-dry swallow, balsamic blueberry, strawberry and red wine develop.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to be in the right mood for these sours. I was really thirsty and this really hit the spot. The best of any of this type of brew I have ever had. It tastes like cherry crush.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost clear pink beer with a quickly fading head that left no lacing. The aroma is oak and a ton of sourness with a little cherry hiding underneath. The taste is so sour that it makes the the cherry flavor taste sweet. Lots of oak wood in there too. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think this beer is a bit underrated. Pours on the reddish side(really?!!??) of amber. Good carbonation. Sour/woody smell. There is a sour profile, but it there is a sweetness that keeps it from going full bore. Overall, I liked it. Honestly thought it was a sour, even though it is in the Berliner Weiss category.

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Photo of stortore
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a goblet. Bottled 8/29/16, had 10/19/16.

Pours a pinkish orange, if that even makes sense, cloudy, with a half inch head when fully warmed and some spotty lacing. The smell is yeast, cherries, raspberries, some tartness and sourness, a little funk, some light citrus. The taste leads with the cherries, then a light tartness, a little more sour than the nose, and light berry flavor, yeast, some malt, a light hop bitterness up front, some sweetness after. Smooth, well carbonated, fuller body than expected for the style.

Not a style I typically go after, but the beefed up ABV was intriguing. Nice balance between the tart and sour vs. the cherries and yeast. Very good flavor. I got this at the brewery where you get a few bucks off, but still a worthwhile purchase at the price point. Great effort.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light reddish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big tart/sour cherry, berries, lemon, lime, green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, almond, funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour cherry, berries, lemon, lime, green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, almond, funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, lemon, lime, green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. A bit tangy from fruit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth and moderate creamy/grainy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome blended sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale malt flavors; extremely smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the balanced acidity. Great complexity and oak presence from being a blend of Berliner weisse and an older grand cru sour. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Red death sour." "Berliner-style weisse with cherries."

8.50% ABV.

Regrettably brief impressions from a bottle at a tasting:

Lactic acid smackiness, acidity, and twang. Bacterial sourness is prominent (~8/10 in terms of intensity).

Smooth, wet, refreshing, well-carbonated.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable. I continue to love 3 Floyds' sours. This doesn't betray its high ABV at all.

B (3.63) / GOOD

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Photo of miniditka77
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They should call this an "Imperial Berliner Weisse" because 8.5% is pretty boozy for this style.

It looks kind of pink, which I guess is expected for a Berliner weiss with cherries.

Smell is great - a lot of cherries and only a little bit of the funk you would expect from this blend.

Taste is great too. I'm not a huge fan of any sour beers, and I often find Berliner weiss beers to be too sour and too fizzy. This was tart, but not too sour. Lots of cherry flavor too. I really like this.

Feel was not too fizzy (the grand cru blending maybe helped with that), which makes it better than other Berliner weisses.

Overall, probably my favorite Berliner weiss beer I've ever had. It is tart and fizzy without being too much of either, and the finish is crisp without being too dry. Excellent.

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Photo of LAp
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a odd duck in a Flanders Red tasting night, but certainly a close cousin of the style, particularly with the addition of cherries. This beer is a solid Berlinenr Weisse, with a slightly thickened mouthfeel and bolder palate, owing to the addition of cherries. Though not as bold in flavor as the Flanders Reds, it holds its own better than most Berliner Weisse's I can think of. An exceptional idea for a variation on the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2016-10-14
22oz bottle sampled in a shaker pint. Bottled 8/29/16.

Pours reddish-orange with an initial fizz that puffs up and fades like soda. Looks still. Smell is tart, cherry maybe.

Taste is sour, lemon-cherry. Not bad, but not special.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, but flat. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Darrell. Pink grapefruit body with a small, off-white head that rapidly fades to nil. Aromas of funk, dough, brett, cherry. An odd note of rubber hose. The fruit component is a bit weird / muted. Lacking cohesion. Unrefined with an odd cherry sweetness. Needs work.

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Photo of xxMSAxx
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love a good sour and this brew does not disappoint. I tend to shy away from beers that have a promo behind it like a band or a TV show but in this case I was unaware that this was named after a metal band and I sure am glad my prejudice did not stop me this time. I dont get paid to drink beer but I consider myself a professional beer drinker with many years under my belt. If you enjoy sours then dont pass this one up.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 8-29-16. Served in a 3 Floyds pint glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is fruity and tart, the brew smells like tart cherries, lime, and green apples. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some tart berries and grainy malt flavors noticeable. There's a good amount of sourness, nice and enjoyable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, glad I got to try it! $16.99 a bomber.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't think Three Floyds, with their excellent IPAs and DIPAs and pretty darn good just about everything else, can compete with the best sour beers, but this was surprisingly tasty. A nice auburn color, just enough carbonation, some caramel and wine flavors with somewhat complex sour flavors, made this a good choice, but not necessarily super-drinkable as a bomber (by oneself) or for the cost of the bomber. Three Floyds excels at IPAs and APAs, but this wasn't disappointing at all.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting the difference between what's sour and what's red, it turns out that red wins. Three Floyds and Skeleton Witch's collaboration beer yields this German-style Berlinerweise wit a lot of balance, intrigue and complexity but falls short on the necessary sourness to compete favorably with the style.

Red Death's hearty mauve, rosy hue is delicate and whimsy with a brisk scent of brine, lime, apple and dry white wine. With a fluid and wisping froth, its taste hits the palate with the taste of apple jolly rancher candies. Sweet, sour and savory, flavors of red berries, green cherry and gooseberry all come to mind.

As the sweetness lifts, the sourness takes hold and shares tones of red grape, red cherry and currant. With a slim shade of candy holding a moderate thread, a mild earthiness of cork, cellar funk and weathered oak adds a lofty musk with a peppery, cinnamon, and medicinal balance looming.

Finishing medium-light and with the tethers of candied malt hanging on, the beer's strive for utmost sourness, supreme dryness and clean lactic dryness is hindered by the "red" part of death. It turns out that when it comes down to his beer ultimatums, death largely looses out.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber purchased from local Whole Foods for $16, dated 8/29/2016.

Cloudy, opaque light blood-orange elixir poured into a snifter. Thin white rim, scant lacing.

Cherry, pear, pineapple, funk and sour cheese with a nice tart and tang. Really nice.

Wonderful combo of cherries, pears, melon with a nice backbone of sour/funk that keeps me wanting.

Light body, tangy, sour with a nice dry finish. The alcohol is non existent.

Hesitant to pull the trigger on this bomber but well worth the price. 3F's have done a remarkable job with this sour, one that really comes through with the fruit and funk. Well done!

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Photo of Chestertonian82
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark, beautiful orange that borders on red. A bit of foam, but not much.
S: A wonderful cherry funk!
T: A bit tame and disappointing, especially after the smell. Generic fruity tartness, with a sadly bland finish.
F: A very easy beer to drink; a bit too easy, in fact. The alcohol content is hardly noticeable, but so is any really fine flavor.
O: This is not a bad beer; but it is not worth the $17 price tag. If you want a far superior and much cheaper sour, get Rodenbach Grand Cru instead.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Light reddish orange
S- Lots of tartness, green apples, pear, maraschino cherry
T- Not as tart as the nose leads you to believe, but still a decent level of sour. Flavors remind me of the fruit cocktail I ate as a kid... peaches, pears, and cherry.
F- Nice body, not too light
O- Not overly sour, but just enough to be interesting. Easy to drink and tasty

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Red Death - Skeletonwitch from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 130 ratings