Battle Priest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Battle PriestBattle Priest

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Brett fermented in a Pinot Noir barrel and dry hopped liberally.

52 IBU

Added by aasher on 07-01-2012

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Shared bomber bottle.
(Caution:-this reviewer does not like Brett beers, as a rule.)

Clear amber body topped by a durable and large off-white head.

Aroma: Mix of pleasing fruity hops, faint malts, and Brett.

Despite an obvious Brett contribution, this is an OK beer.

Excellent mouthfeel, with lively but soft carbonation.

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Photo of Realbeerguy
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at GABF 2015

Giving a beer a perfect 5 is not an easy thing to do... but I must say, this beer is a 5. I am a fan of wild ales so it makes sense I would enjoy it.

It's tart, it's slightly fruity, it's a perfect representation of the style

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rating this latest batch with a normal label instead of the painted action. Beautiful dense creamy head, dark orange hue. Head lingers, off white and glorious. Lacing is pretty spot on as well. Smell is tropical underbrush and over-ripe fruit. Flavor, more of the same with a bit of brett funk. Feel is spectacularly creamy.

I'm not a 3 Floyds fanboy but this is among my favorites of their beers and a really great brett IPA. Funky tropical fruit with a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 22, 2015 enjoyed September 8, 2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Finger head. Medium bubbles. Off white. Body is murky with no sediment. I'll call it orange.

Smell - Smells dank and sour. Really weird combination. Tart.

Taste - Pineapple. Light sour. Raspberry. Hop. Malt. Lemon.

Feel - Smooth and no carbonation bomb. No tongue terror.

Overall - Finally a sour I can take! Not too overpowering and still has the IPA characteristics. I can lightly taste wine barrel. Reviews for this don't like how calm a sour it is but I like it.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an IPA I'm willing to give it a 4. It would be a very respectable IPA.
As a wild it wouldn't go that high. There's just no tartness and almost no funk.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloves and bananas hit the taste buds first. Maybe some lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and maybe a slight caramel taste. According to the label this beer was aged in oak??? I f so, can not taste it.

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Photo of do_ob
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber split betwen two New Belgium snifters. Pours an opaque, hazy golden color and settles about the same in the glass. A semi-aggressive pour yielded a 1 finger head of dense, sticky white foam - almost cream-like in composition. Good carbonation. Moderate nose on this beer comprised of sweet grapes, grapefruit, pineapple, and kiwi. Strong bready malt as well. There are some notes of a wild ale (souring and yeasty notes) in the mix, but these are faint in comparison to the tropical fruit aromas I get. This one smells more like an IPA than anything, minus the hoppy/citrusy smells.

Medium weight with a very creamy mouthfeel. Feels very nice on the palate - not too carbonated, nice density, and just about perfet in terms of creaminess. Sweet, bready malt up front with loads of sweet - over-ripened - tropical fruit. Grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, banana, mango. Everything's in there. There's a mustiness that engulfs the sweetness, however, adding a unique kind of basement funk to this beer. It has the initial character of a plain-and-simple OLD IPA, with a cloying malt sweetness and tons of ripe fruit. But looking past this, there is another layer of flavor to experience. It's not a full-fledged sour, and it's not a standard IPA.

The creaminess of this beer intensifies as it warms on the palate, and by the time you taste and swallow, it feels like a frothy, malty, fruity milkshake in your mouth. A moderate hoppy bitterness creeps in on the back end and intensifies on the aftertaste. This aftertaste is accompanied by the same rotten fruit seen throughout tasting.

Overall, this is a weird beer. Half IPA, half Wild Ale. They've taken an IPA, added brettanomyces, and aged it on oak. While I don't get any barrel-aged flavors, the rest is pretty obvious. Somewhat cloying in sweetness, but nothing close to a standard year old IIPA. This beer has something going for it..what that is, I'm not entirely sure. This one reminded me of the classic Hunter S. Thompson line, "too weird to live, too rare to die."

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first wild ale from Three Floyds- eenjoyed on tap. A fine looking ale with plenty of funk on the nose. Complex layers of hops which bring some overripe mango notes blend with the brett. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of soze47
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really pretty looking in the tulip. Nice head, great layered color.

Smell is awesome. Funk and hops with barrel notes also landing. Balance aroma, wish the taste carried more of the aroma profile.

Taste is really good, not great. A little too much of a medicinal note up front, but once that fades the funk and the hops dance in a delightful way.

Body does this beer well. Just the right amount of bubbles keep this from having more cloying aspects of flavor profile from laying down.

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3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Let me just keep this one short as I have grown to expect great things from three Floyds. Pillowy off white head sits on top of a straw gold colored body. Nose smells...well like juicy fruit. The taste is where it falls short. Much more like a hoppy wheat beer or a hoppy saison. A bit funky but not sour.

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Photo of brewskis
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky burnt orange color with a two finger white head.

Smells of hop juice and funk. The hops bring overly-ripe pineapple, mango, peach, and slight tangerine. There is a peppery funk coming from the brett. Almost musty. The juiciness of the hops is countered by the dryness of the brett.

Taste lets the hops mostly shine over the brett character. Big juicy pineapple, mango, and peach come through from the hops. The brett becomes more apparent as you reach the finish, as musty wood and funk come through along with a earthy and fruity hop bitterness.

Medium body with smooth carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is a solid wild ale. A gigantic improvement over the first batch, which accounts for the low ratings. As a hophead who isn't a big fan of most brett strains, this fits my palate well. Won't blow you away, but a nice beer all the same.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Once you've mastered the hop scene, and then the stout scene, next up: the sour scene. But if there's any indication in the Battle Priest, the control of wild yeast and complementary ale flavors might prove the most difficult task yet.

Beyond its hazy burnt orange translucence, the Battle Priest builds a creamy lather to carry all those over-ripe tropical fruits and musty, dusty wood and earthen perfume through the olfactory senses. Its supple sweet taste is steely of caramel, biscuit and bready starch in anticipation of drier and more tart character to come.

But any palate development is tepid as the caramel and bread support the pineapple, peach, apricot and apple esters across the middle, en route to a late taste of cola nut, oaky, musty cork and bitterly hopped closure. Light elements of brine, leather and dried citrus play out thorughout in a salty, tangy, rustic taste that's secondary to the malt and bruised fruit.

Medium-bodied for wild ale, the beer's relative heft limits its refreshment and reveals the beer's "green" or immature character. Peppery and lightly of peat, the beer's finish is dusty and semi-dry with an undercurrent of damp basement and dry attic woods in aftertaste and aroma.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy / hazy golden color. A funky / sweet aroma. The taste is follows, a bit of a funk to it followed by a pineapple like flavor. Overall a pretty interesting beer. Not bad but not amazing

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Photo of DVoors
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really refrwshing , tasty, and unique beer. Even though this was 100% fermented with Brett, the Brett character was pretty restrained. I got hints of wintergreen that appeared to be fermentation character but nothing barn-yardy. The beer was very aromatic And had huge hop character but it all blended seamlessly. The pi not noir wine barrel aging added a nice complementary vinous character to the beer which blended masterfully with the hop combo and malt backbone. Fantastic job from a brewing standpoint.

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Photo of BeerBrose
2.29/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a miniature snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Look: Yellow/gold and hazy. frothy head, nice lacing.

Smell: funk and hops, musty funk, not exactly enticing.

Taste: Farmhouse funk/ sweaty socks, Light malt sweetness, and earthy peppery hops and light fruity hops that just dont belong, ew!

Feel: Medium bodied, lingering funk, decent carbonation.

Overall: I did not like this beer. but I also didnt hate it. I feel like 3F tends to over-hop styles that dont belong with such a hop profile, it really ruins the intrigue of it all.

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Photo of Kasabear
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white head with nice lacing. Head keeps hanging on after five minutes. Pretty DeepAmber. Smell slight citrus mostly Belgium.
Taste Belgium and interesting. Slight alcohol after taste and a bunch of hops. Heavenly barn yard funk taste that hangs on. Feel is very smooth. Almost done with glass and have thick lacing with smooooth ale. Very solid brew. Taste hangs on forever. Where I grew up pretty good was as good as it gets , and this is pretty good.
Spectacular graphics on bottle.
Thanks Sam for the hook up.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2015 bottle

A- Orange translucence like a bit of stained glass. Thin white head, good lacing.
S- Orange rind, light citrus, a bit of funkiness or almost peroxide.
T- Bit of light pineapple up front, gives way to huge orange and grapefruit peel.
F- Smooth and very drinkable.
O- I havn't had many brett IPAs, did really dig some other Brett beers, but I liked this one

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/22/15, this is uber fresh.

Look: amber, cloudy yumminess, with 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: WE WANT DA FUNK - GOTTA HAVE DAT FUNK!!! Brett all over the nose, with hoppy goodness behind it,

Taste: the Brett hits immediately. Some clove and banana, and then the hops join the party - and take it to the end.

Feel: not overly carbed, as some Brett beverages tend to be. Effervescent without making your nose wanna jump off your face.

Overall: the reviews for this are all over the board, but I absolutely LOVED it. Lotsa Brett, lotsa hops. Very well executed by Three Floyd's.

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Photo of megs1972
4.98/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mouthfeel: damn viscose, but dry on the back. Mouth watering
Smell: dirty baby powder/children's aspirin, dried apricot juice
Taste: musty, back hop, sour notes, swished
Overall: 3 of my favorite beer types in one; neither of which win the war but are all symbiotically living happily together. HOPBOMB drinkers bridge to sours

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Seems these batches vary wildly (at least based on previous reviews).

Had the appropriate amount of funk for a Belgian-style ale, while still possessing a lighter and airier finish. Mild carbonation and some nice citrus notes. Had it at the 3 Floyds pub, but would love to compare to bottles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden/amber color ale with a large foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic edge and some dry Brett notes. Taste is also dominated by sour and tart notes with an acidic edge with some lactic sour notes and a dry Brett finish. The vinous and/or hoppy notes are not easily identifiable. Body is light with good carbonation. Decent but really doesn’t stand out from the pack of new sour ales that are coming out.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

y, This new batch of Battles Priest is a huge improvement over the first batch. Changing my review from a 2 to a 4.

L- Clear, light amber- pink hue
S- Fresh citurs, pine, funk and pineapplely
T- fresh lightly funky, refreshing and slightly bitter
F- thin with mild carbonation
O- 100% improvement, very enjoyable

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Photo of stakem
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwiss22 for sharing this brew. Bomber # 459 pours a clear copper color in a short pils style glass. Some rising suds produce a yellowish tan head that retains decently. Some spotty and stringy fingers of lace stick to the glass.

The aromatics are medicinal and a bit carbonic. Some minor tropical notes emerge as it warms up that are slightly rindy to pitty like fruit. A little bit of sulfur and mineral aspect starts to take over as it warms up beyond ideal temperature.

The taste is herbal and rindy. A faint amount of zesty bitterness lays overtop mineral notes that are carbonic. A mild inclusion of tropical fruits and pith emerge as the brew warms up. It has a sudsy to soapy aftertaste which isnt that enjoyable.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Unfortunately, minerals and carbonic character tasting of bad city water lead the profile. The rest of this brews character is reminescent of a poorly made belgian blonde. I dont know what FFF was going for when they brewed this. While I appreciate the chance to try this, I certainly have no interest in having it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.22.12
Thanks bstyle
Bottle 252/480

A - Pours a clear medium orange-red with a fluffy off-white head with good retention.

S - Funky, old hops, oaky. BRET!

T - Tart oaky, verry woody, buttery, lots of wild yeast and Bret. Over-Powering.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - I like the idea, but the taste is so Bret heavy it misses, but I still somehow like it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to totoropanda for bringing this one out.

a - murky orange with a foamy head.

s - funky and awkward. some brett.

t - a barrel. chardonay bathwater with brett.

m - bretty after funk taste.

o - not good. seriously. bathwater. maybe the brett will do something magical with time, but right now this was pretty gross i really couldn't get through a few ounces.

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Battle Priest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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