Serenity
Wicked Weed Brewing

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From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #18
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,955
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
577
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 06, 2021
Added:
Aug 18, 2013
Wants:
  107
Gots:
  151
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Serenity is our aptly named 100% brettanomyces fermented beer. Light in color with a subtle golden haze, the nose bursts of white grape, mango, pineapple and old leather. The flavors are similar to those found in New Zealand white wines and notes of guava and grape skin stand out leading to a well-rounded finish. Serenity won the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for American-Style Brett Beer in 2013.
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle. Clear golden color. White head that fades.

Very light all around. Light Brett, light funk, nice white wine notes. Some grapes and tannins. Fruity, zesty, faint citrus. Pretty decent.
Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Jul 02, 2021
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Phenomenal funky and very balanced farmhouse ale.
Aug 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jan 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Heads up, my bottle gushed upon opening.

The pour is semi-hazy pale yellow with a large lumpy foam leaving some sparse coral lace.

Smell is lightly funky and a little phenolically spicy, which is all joined by notes of hay, grass, lemon-lime and horse blanket.

A drinkable, nearly Belgian sort of pale ale, this has lemon and yellow apple notes behind the hay, hints of horse blanket and semi-bitter phenols.

Moderate of body with a light airy froth, the finish is crisply semi-dry.
Apr 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a foggy golden straw beer (SRM 3-4). A fluffy white two-inch head settles to a half inch of seafoam, leaving thick lacing on a Blue Point tulip glass. Fine carbonation is random and lazy.

Brettanomyces is strong in this earthy beer. Dry straw, lemon and oak interact with musty leather and fresh-baked white bread. The aroma is reminiscent of a strong Saison.

Sourness is light, followed by a gentle balance of sweet and bitter. Wheat provides a consistent backdrop with nuances of Chardonnay as it warms. The finish is earthy and lingering. Warmth also brings out the mushrooms as well as lemon. This beer is clearly improved at the warmer end.

Light carbonation tends to lift a full thick body to a soft, velvety texture. There is a hint of metallic bite and the alcohol far exceeds expectations.

As an American Wild Ale, this is light and enjoyable. As a Saison, this shines with mild sourness. Regardless, I scored it as an American Wild Ale, as that is how it is labeled. Were it intended to be a Saison, both palate and flavor would rate higher. I enjoyed it during a brief moment of solitude between and rough day and dinner.
Jul 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Beerbom from California

Feb 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 500 ml bottle.
L - Poursa straw yellow with a white head.
S - Smells of barnyard.
T - Kind of lemony.
F - Medium carbonation.
O - Very nice farmhouse ale.
Jan 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by beer_guy_nc from North Carolina

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the side of the label: "Date Bottled: 6.20.16"

Appearance: As soon as the cap was removed it started to slowly build a foam that oozed out of the top of the bottle. It has a light straw colored hazy body and a medium sized creamy textured white head. Despite the vigorous foam it does not retain a sizeable head or leave much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: It has a sour fruit aroma and a bit of a bay leaf scent.

Taste: It has a very nice delicate tartness with a bit of a white wine flavor. There is just a bit of an apple character right as it fades out in the end with a very light earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light and delicate with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall: The high-points of this beer are its subtle delicateness and simplicity. A fantastic beer without any added bells or whistles. It promises nothing and in return delivers everything. It is a great beer to just sit back and enjoy with the character and complexity of French lace.
Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by A-Sox from Rhode Island

Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by larryarms847 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a brilliant dandelion yellow with a slight haze but rather clear with a bubbly finger of white foam that dissipates leaving little head.

Citric notes of pineapple and lemon, must, grass, grape skin, and a bretty funk.

Much more vinous in flavor with a burst of grape skin and oak, balanced by citrus fruit and a bit of earthy hops.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, mildly tart, funky, bone-dry finish.

Overall, I was unfortunately a bit let down by this. While it is certainly drinkable, it lacks complexity that makes it rather dull.
Dec 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by T_Hass from Georgia

Oct 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.03 by Skabiski from Maryland

Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Oct 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Sep 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Josbor11 from Ohio

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Sep 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by ScientificSquill from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by griffey123 from Connecticut

Aug 18, 2016
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Reviewed by oldn00b from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 5/29/2015 bottle into a snifter. Crystal clear gold in color with a frothy to foamy head turning fizzy white that builds fast but recedes quickly. A bit of patchy lacing but not much to speak of.

Nose is nice. Brett clear and present, but not overly funky even with a year on it. Grass and apricot notes with a bi of barnyard funk but really not much.

Flavor is nice but not very complex. Bright, light and airy. Definite bits of funk with green apple and grass with a nice drying aspect and a solid level of acidity. There's also a mineral quality here I don't particularly care for - iron maybe, but something that hits after the brighter up front notes fade. Funk is definitely subdued on the palate - it wins the nose over but not the flavor profile. This does finish impossibly clean but I was definitely expecting a bit more nuance or complexity from a 1 year old brett by WW.

Feel is a bit lacking but not a typical for the style in my opinion. Carb level is high, very tight, but with agitation it picks up a bit more body in a way I don't exactly enjoy in this style. It's not watery and doesn't become overly full or viscous but it doesn't stand up to something like my beloved Saison Brett from Boulevard.

Overall, I take price into consideration and I don't think this is worth the $10 375ml. It's nice - light, crisp, and just funky enough but not enough to justify the price tag. It's fine - I'd try it again, but I wouldn't spend another $10 on one of these bottles.
Jun 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Jun 19, 2016
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
From bottle dated 7-10-15. Incredible head retention. Vigorous tornado of bubbles swirl like no other beer I've seen. Color is very light yellow. Smells very sour and funky as the Brett should. Taste is semi sour up front then falls flat with hardly any aftertaste, actually no aftertaste. Like a light macro lager. Extremely dry. Almost finishes like water, ya water. For being so carbonated, it is hard to believe it's totally flat tasting. Overall this Farmhouse is like no other I have ever had. By far the lightest and driest available. Worth trying once.
Jun 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by xtonytx from Connecticut

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Houser from Pennsylvania

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color. Aroma is Bretty, musty, and actually not all too aggressive. Pretty much ever Wicked Weed beer I have had has been an assault on the nose. The flavor is more about the intricacies of the Brett yeast than any form of tartness our sourness. Yeast brings its own unique, aged fruit tones. Musty, older fruitiness. Finished fairly dry, which is more suited to my taste. I wasn't too impressed, especially when you pay a premium for these beers.
Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Tommo from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
While this is a fine offering, it does not meet this price point by any means. Very gentle for something that is 100% brett, and overall kind of boring. Its nice, but nothing to write home about
Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Apr 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Apr 18, 2016
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