Battle Priest | 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): 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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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by aasher:
Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer, never heard of it. Shared at a tasting, bottle 97/480. It's a hoppy Belgian Pale.

This beer pours a light bodied dark copper in color with a one finger, sudsy off white head. The nose is really citrusy and grassy with nice hop character. It has a nice lemon, lime rhind character. There is also a nice amount of clementine orange and grass. The flavors follow the nose. There is a phenomenal amount of hoppy citrus, lemon and lime rhind, Belgian yeast, and lemongrass. It has really nice flavor. It is more than you could want from the style. The hop levels are stellar. Overall this is a superb beer for the style. I don't know where this came from or why its numbered but it is really nice.

Edit: It's been mentioned that this is Pinot Noir barrel aged but it drinks like it was Chardonnay barrel aged.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of do_ob
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 stakem
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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 SanFranJake
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gregmoscetti
1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Photo of DrKarl
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
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 dsauter
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachpaschal
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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 Justdoit1234
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of mbmiche
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Kenadien
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the brewpub, I thought it was brilliant! Didn't have any of the other batches, but this batch is a home run!

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Photo of peabody
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Battle Priest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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