Warp & Weft | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Warp refers to the threads that run north-south in fabric, while Weft refers to the threads that run east-west. They are woven together to create cloth, something altogether greater than the sum of its parts.

Last year's version was a berliner weisse aged for 3 months in tequila barrels. This year's version is a mixed fermentation that utilized lactic acid bacteria and sacchromyces, in addition to several strains of brettanomyces, and was then aged for 12 months in tequila barrels.

Added by TheSevenDuffs on 01-30-2014

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Reviews by biegaman:
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3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Warp & Weft has a similarly pale, lightly hazed and golden hued complexion to that of tequila (the barrels of which it is aged in) but I found no worm floating in the bottle. Also like the spirit this is entirely flat; spotting bubbles requires the same patience as fishing.

Warp & Weft smells kind of like a college dive bar at closing time. It's not only the strong fumes of tequila and discarded lime wedges, but also the notoriously 'funky' character of the Brettanomyces that almost simulates the scent of stale sweat (and in this case plenty of it). There's also enough aloe to consider being used as a skin ointment.

The palate opens up with a ton of lime fruit and its accompanying tartness and acidity as well as supplementing tartness and acidity from the Lactobacillus bacteria. It all finishes, however, rather disappointingly on the sweet, ultra-bready malts familiar to nearly all Bellwoods beers. The tastes of aloe and guava certainly make this unique, but not quite as 'special' as expected.

I won't deny that Berliner Weisse is an 'acquired taste' but the style's sourness is not only what distinguishes it, but also the quality that makes it so enticing to people like myself. This one lacks in that department and fails to tingle at all on the tongue. In its place, however, is an interesting salinity (saltiness) that truly gives the beer its margarita-like profile.

In Germany it's common practice to add 'flavour shots' to Berliner Weisse; the concept of taking that practice to the next level by aging the beer in spirit barrels is not only logical but, in the case of tequila, a natural compliment. As someone who much prefers gum-splitting sourness to shots of tequila, however, Warp & Weft wasn't my favourite offering, but it was interesting.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top beers of a recent trip to Toronto May 2015. Think we might have got the last or at least one of the last bottles at the tap room as they had to look 3 times for it. So happy they did!

The tequilla to me was very subtle but matched very well with the oakyness.

Brett for me was making a very nice appearance, so anyone who tried back a few months make sure you give this one another chance, if you ever have the chance ;)

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks more like a saison. Straw. Hazed. Carb trails. Smells funk and winey and tart- a slight hop smell and hint of citrus. Nose will salivate the glands. Tastes great- carries the nose but tartness speaks more than straight sour. Very wine like flavors. Grapes and some wood. Feels fuller than 5.5 with perfect carbonation. Bery pleased. Some to go as well please.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tsring
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bugs318
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Less sour than wine ba one, but nice barrel and fruit, slight tequila bite complemented by sharp carbonation

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw-gold with two fingers of frothy white head. Lime and musty sweet grains on the nose. Taste is similar, a bit sour, lightly sweet.

Diggin' tequila barrels, interesting stuff. Would like to try this again down the road to see if the brett makes more of an appearance and how that would go.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color Berliner with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light tequila notes with some tart wheat notes. Taste is a well-balanced mix between some light tequila notes with some wheat notes and light tart notes. Body is light with excellent carbonation. I usually don’t like tequila barrel beers but this was an exception with great balance between the barrel and the base beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent yellow with one finger of bright white head that quickly reduced to a thing ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Tequila and oak are noticeable up front with a spiciness and a very light tartness coming though.

T - Spiciness up front that somewhat masks the tartness of the base beer, leaving just enough berliner notes coming through to know what the base beer is. The barrel aging really shines here with oak, tequila and spice dominating. Some lighter honey and breadiness in the background.

M - Light body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Whatup14
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of byronic
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goalie35
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the version aged in tequila barrels.

Bottle release today, but bottled Jan 9, 2013 according to the bottle. Pretty clear that the year is a typo, since I know this was not bottled a year ago.

Beer is a clear straw-gold colour. Moderately-sized white head. Good retention, slight lacing.

Nose is pretty unique. Lemon, lime and tequila. I know that the folks at the brewery have compared this beer to a margarita, and without having tasted it yet, the scent certainly matches that description. There is a hint of lactic sourness in the nose as well.

The taste is also very, VERY margarita like. Tequila is very strong. I have never had a beer aged in tequila barrels before, so have nothing to compare it to, but the tequila is obvious. Lots of lime and lemon flavour as well. Moderately sour, with a lactic flavour. The sourness is counterbalanced somewhat by the barrel, balancing it somewhat. Despite the tequila, it tastes lighter than 6% to me. The wheat provides its expected crisp malt flavours.

Light to medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Somewhat puckery.

Overall, not like any other beer I have had, which makes it a bit hard to review. The margarita comparison is so evident that I kept expecting to taste salt. Perhaps it would have made sense to put a gose in tequila barrels - but I am glad they did not (I don't like the salt). I like this beer, but it's a shame that it wasn't released in the summer - this has 'summer beer' written all over it (a berliner that tastes like a margarita?). I hope they do it again in warmer months!

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light gold with no head to be seen anywhere. Nose is tart and sour, I pick up a touch of the wine barrel, but just barely. The taste is quite nice with a sweet and tart character. The white wine barrels do influence the flavor, bringing a sweet crisp grape to the party. The brett is not overpowering, but it works well with the barrel aspects and the final result is a very enjoyable beer. The feel is light with a below average carbonation.

Quite nice, glad to have had this, and I would recommend it happily to others.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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