Biggs' 'stache | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden colored sour with intense barnyard flavors and aromas as well as assertive tartness.

Added by MasterSki on 11-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 16
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Photo of largadeer
1.18/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Arbitrator shared this one. Thanks for the whales.

Appearance: Pretty nice. Golden in color with nice clarity, topped by a dense and lasting two-finger head.

Smell: This is where things get ugly. Vinegar, paint thinner and nailpolish remover overwhelm any pleasant qualities this beer may have. I can *almost* detect a bit of lemon and pineapple, but it's not worth digging for.

Taste & mouthfeel: Utterly burning and stomach-churning, it's comical how unpalatable this beer is. Harsh acetone and acetic acid combine forces, becoming something ultimately more destructive and sinister, burning from esophagus to bowels. I have to admit that I sipped on this one for a while out of some kind of masochistic amusement at how bad it is.

Overall: Bottom of the barrel, very possibly the worst sour I've tried, or at least tied with the legendary White Birch Indomitus.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.33/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. From lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

When I announced that I was bringing this for someone else (who had requested it) to tick, my message was received with a few sarcastic comments. I had no idea what the rating was going into it. Considering my well-documented thoughts on BA overrating, for a (current) 2.12 rAvg on record, this beer has to be pretty bad.

Turns out, it is.

A: This is surprisingly nice. largadeer gave himself a generous Roger into his Lost Abbey Rastal, and the beer poured a clear, golden-mango color capped with a generous off-white head. It retained quite well.

S: Oh. My. It is vinegary, paint-thinnery, grassy, lemony, and apple-y. I sense that this may have been a good beer before being overtaken by bacteria. Maybe not. Maybe it was never redeemable. Maybe it was brewed as a practical joke, knowing that BAs will pay out the nose for anything rare in a hyped style. If so, epic troll, Three Floyds. Well done.

T: Sour apple up front; it has a somewhat enjoyable tartness, but when it hits the back of the throat, there's a powerful, drying paint thinner burn that seems designed to scrape my esophagus clean. As burning as this is on the way down, I'm half-wondering what it will do on the way out. Another taster screamed, "Make it stop!" as visions of the xenomorphs' blood from ALIENS passed through my head.

M: This is harsh. It really makes you appreciate how much restraint some good sours have to have.

O: This beer was hilariously fascinating. Three Floyds is widely regarded as one of the best breweries in the US; this attempt is one of the worst I've tried in the style. Not only was I unimpressed, I was embarrassed for having brought this and a Mikkeller beer to an otherwise nice tasting.

There are 298 other bottles out there: they must be hunted down and destroyed.

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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
1.26/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Props to BJhorvat for bringing this to DLD and so we could have a legitamite comparison to Cable Car. bwahahaha, I kid I kid...

I'm not going to get to detailed because I made it through two tastes.

once it hits your mouth it tastes much like you would expect an American Wild sour to taste like. However within 5 seconds the sour turns into the exact taste of fresh puke. No one would have more than a sip and that includes the 6 or 7 random guys at DLD that we gave pours of. We even offered someone $20 to chug the remaining third of the bottle, no bites.

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Photo of dankjohn
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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2/5  rDev -18.4%

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3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one a few days before his wedding while in Destin, FL! Thanks Al! Bottle 309 of 336! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a one and a half finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, tart, sour, wood, and acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus rine, wood, fruit, sour, tart, and subtle vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Overall this one was pretty interesting. However, there was a little something off-putting on the flavor of this one. It wasn’t bad by any means, just not what one would expect from the style. The aroma and mouthfeel on this one were quite nice for the style. A definite must try if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity.

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3.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Riggsenater
5/5  rDev +104.1%

Photo of sammo
1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev +22.4%

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1/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of bassclefbrews
1.2/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I opened this for a tasting. Poured a nice golden color, and seemed like it was going to be a treat. Smelled and tasted like finger nail polish remover. Maybe it would've been better right after purchase. If you have a bottle trade it or sell it now.

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Photo of jegross2
1.25/5  rDev -49%

Photo of 4truth
1.02/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of billyshears
1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

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Photo of aasher
2.46/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After cutting through the wax this one hissed and offered up an instant vinegar aroma. Biggs 'Stache pours a light bodied orangish gold in color with a one finger bright white head. The nose is light and tart with some white wine characteristics and white vinegar. It's very acetic. It has a slight acidic burn on the finish. It's not the most refined sour in the world and is a little rough around the edges. I'm glad to finally open this one. It wasn't worth the money but this bottle was hard to pass up at FFF XV.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.08/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle # 1/336

Brought this bottle to an "American Sour" tasting at a friend's place. The bottle was shared between about 12 people or so, and the reviews were very similar to the reviews on here: the majority hated it. But, there were a few people (including myself) that were glad to finish the bottle and actually enjoyed it.

A - Golden blonde in color with a small, receding head.

S - Acidic and funky. To me it smelled like lemons and vinegar.

T - Very acidic and vinegar-ish tasting upfront, but that fades into a sour lemon / grassy taste. Other people thought it tasted like nail polish remover and were immediately ready for a new beer. By no means was it the best tasting beer of the evening, but I didn't find the taste objectionable at all.

M - Mouthfeel was thin / medium bodied.

O - I wouldn't go out of your way to find this, but if someone opens a bottle I would suggest giving it a try with an open mind.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.37/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

Shared by whitemomba.

I'm a huge FFF fanboy.... so please understand that this review is truthful. Painfully so.

Looks kinda like a gueuze... Golden yellow with a small white head.

Smells like easter egg dye.
You know that smell-- that vinegar/chemical/fake wood/formaldehyde. Actually, it smells like easter egg dye in an open vat in a room fitted with fresh wood paneling.

Little musty... Little earthy.... Little sour... But nothing really GOOD going on here. The aftertaste is actually QUITE unpleasant. Umm... Wow.

This is a bit overcarbonated... And it's like dirty and dank. Just burns funny.

Overall-- not a beer that's worth getting. If you have one: TRADE IT.
If you don't have one: consider yourself lucky.

Really sad.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.27/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for opening this rarity, Richard.

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head. A light white vinegar tone to the nose followed quickly by acetone, straw, and grass. There is a little fruitiness to it, maybe some apples. Things don't change much on the palate. Heavy white vinegar with a little bit of white wine. There are some green melon flavors, a touch of apple, and a lasting acetone flavor on the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of DaBubs
1.25/5  rDev -49%

Photo of eMcBeerson
1.61/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Shared this with the line at the Better Half release. Glad I didnt try to drink this one by myself.
I was really excited when I heard about it. Was looking forward to a funky sour.
Tastes like nail polish remover. Acetone city. No funk. Just nail polish remover.
Nothing redeeming about this one.
I cant believe they actually sold bottles of this. Not only that but I paid $20+ for the two bottles I picked up.
3 floyds should issue a refund.

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Photo of cadaugherty
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

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