Wild Queen
Night Shift Brewing

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American Wild Ale
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Wild Queen reigns over a kingdom of sour, spice, and fruit. Rich aromas of ripe, red raspberry and tannic oak command the nose. Hints of spicy red wine and leathery Brett balance with flavors of sweet, caramel brandy to give the beer its robust character. She is a carnal endeavor. A tempest of indulgence. A truly Wild Queen. A Wild Saison, aged in both red wine barrels and California Brandy Barrels with fresh, local raspberries & Brett Yeast.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of raspberry, pineapple and brett. Bit more carbonated than the Wild King Counterpart. Less vanilla, a hint more oak and raspberry jam. Its delicious. Clean finish.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to 2 great beeradvocates! TATURBO and ICCULUS for a taste of this beer!

750 C&C format bottle. Autumn 2012- release #1.

Thunderous pop as the cork left the bottle neck; poured into SP wine stem.

Tasted side by side with Wild King!

Appearance: translucent medium red bodied beer with 2 full fingers of dirty white almost a tan colored head. The head on this beer looks full and creamy with alot of serious staying power. A thick cap remians on top of the beer during the entire drink!

Smell: mellow sourness. Its a raspberry bomb. Lots of juicy raspberries in the aroma. Also getting a decent amount of red wine tannins with a hint of brandy sweetness.

Taste: Mild tartness with a moderate amount of red wine tannins. Tasting alot of juicy raspberries, just like how it smells! In the middle I get a lactic funk that has a mild cheesiness. I dont think that lactobacillus was used to craft this beer, but I definately taste that trademark cheesy funk that lacto would normally contribute to a beer. The beer finishes with some sweet brandy notes that are spirit like and slightly alcoholic, but at no time become overbearing or out of place. Really great tasting beer here!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer feels delicate, soft, and creamy! The finish is semi dry. Very drinkable, it drinks well below its listed 8.4% abv. Excellent!

Overall: As life normally proves true...the woman normally wins. Wild Queen is a better beer than Wild King determined by a side by side tasting. Wild Queen reminds me of a Double barrel aged berlinner weisse brewed with raspberries! What a cool concept! I really dont have any complaints of this beer, its another great nightshift offering!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 2/19/14

Appearance: Deep red, with some amber and some hints of brown - hazy with some serious garnet with held up to the light - so much carbonation in the bottle that it more or less shot out the cork by itself, but this did not really carry over into the beer - nice level of carbonation, with a medium size head, keeps a nearly solid head, leaves some nice specs of lacing

Smell: Definitely interesting, definitely wild - lots of nice, juicy raspberries - raspberry flesh, raspberry juice - some nice wood and oak - some red wine, and a touch of brandy, but not too much - some wild yeast, with tart, funk, and sour notes - nice level of sweetness

Taste: Raspberry, funk, and sour - really nice raspberry notes - very fleshy and juicy - some Brett weirdness works nicely with the fruit, adding some funk and some more light fruits - some nice woody notes, and some red wine - earthy with leather - some wet, lactic funk and some more acidic sourness - some tannins, touches of vinegar - pale and caramel malts at the base - finishes very wine-like

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes mostly dry, but with some stickiness

Overall: Wild? Yes. Royalty? Maybe.

This is a great raspberry sour that doesn't go over the top with the raspberry. There is a nice amount of funk, tartness, fruit, and sour. I definitely would like to drink this again, if it is ever re-released in any form.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy brick red. Off-white head is bubbly and loose. Drops to a small collar. A bit ruddy with a decent carbonation.

Smell: Juicy macerated raspberry. Fleshy and a touch tart. Brandy adds a touch of alcohol and rich boozy sweetness. Some cherry skin. Nicely funky with some earth. Mega fruity. Oak and a touch red wine. So much raspberry. Loaded with leather. A touch of something tart that pushes a bit of vinegar. Powdery Brett coupled a slightly sweet and caramelized malt base. Tannic. Leather builds as it warms.

Taste: Powdery funk layered over a solid punch of fresh juicy obliterated raspberry. Tannic with a solid oak presence. Slightly sweet malt backbone offers a nice complimemt to the funkier elements. A nice burst of earth and cherry skin. Oak is decidedly woody and Keeps it up as it warms. Some layers of brandy booze and sweetness as well. Nicely complex. Sweet bordering on jam at times, but the sharp acidic bit offers a nice counter. Acetic and lactic in good measure. Don't forget the leather. Bretty funk is all sorts of herbal. Slightly floral.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a lively carbonation. Astringent and surprisingly clean.

Overall: The Queen always beats The King.

Fruity and tart and dry and all things nice. It tastes like a Night Shift "sour" and that's a good thing.

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Photo of Dope
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Release #1, Autumn 2012. 8.5% ABV.

A: Pours a deep dark red with a big fizzy light pink head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly with decent retention. Only the lightest splotch of lacing here and there.

S: Sweet and sour raspberries mainly. Light oakiness with a little tannic red wine. Quite nice.

T: Raspberries up front, lightly tart. Lots of leather in the middle and in the finish. Very tannic, also in the finish and aftertaste. Quite dry in the aftertaste in fact. Tastes pretty much like I've been chewing on leather after every sip.

M: Medium bodied but has an odd, almost astringent mouthfeel.

O: Interesting brew. Don't really get any red wine but you get the tannins instead. Quite leathery too. VERY leathery. Not really sour, just lightly tart. The leathery tannins are super overpowered unfortunately. Could have used a lot less of that and a lot more raspberry. I actually preferred Wild King though it seems like most people go the other way.

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