Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brett Beer
Ranked #11
Ranked #4,230
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
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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Sabtos from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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teromous from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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KensWorld from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Tommo from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a teku
look; very pale hazy tangerine, cloudy with tiny bubbles, nice 1" head, not much retention but good lacing
smell; lemon grass barnyard, bright
taste; grapefruit rind, dried apricot, brett, barnyard and lemon, more lactic in taste than on nose
feel; crisp, sharp but not harsh, moderate champagne bubble carbonation, light to medium body
overall, enjoyable, well put together brett with refreshing fruity but not too fruity taste

Feb 24, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a modest head; nice stickage and lacing, too

Smell: Barnyard herbal, with bready malt and lemon tones

Taste: Lactic lemon, up front, with bready malt and barnyard funk building toward the middle; oaky and vinous tones bring up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the Wicked Weed flagships and a nice beer to have in that category

Feb 06, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/29...pours translucent dull gold, high white foam that laces. Leathery earthy nose. Soft ,light water based flavor. Starts and finishes fast, with a small sour and a quick bite.

Jan 31, 2016
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frasergrove from California

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

7 month old bottle, gushed pretty vigorously when opened. Pours a light pale hazy body, light head...meh appearance. Nice tartness on the nose, with the tang from the wine coming through...some notes of yellow peach, pineapple rind. Nice sweet funk up front, medium bodied to start, but mellows to light quickly...finishes thin. Good level of funk. A nice sour, but no world beater.

Jan 29, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 11.99. Bottled 7/10/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a pale, fully opaque, straw yellow with a three quarter finger cap of white head. The froth lingers before settling to a thin veneer across the surface and a full halo that imparts some large clouds of lace.

Aromas of softly funky Brett, earthy oak, hay and just a hint of vague fruit. Pleasant overal with more to it that I can accurately specify.

Tons of Brett character up front and throughout in the flavor, intermingled with wet hay, oak, faint fruit, vague spice, earth, mild citrus zest. This has some nice layers of flavor and goes down quite easily.

Crisp, fairly light body with lively carbonation. Brett continues to be at the forefront in the finish along with earthy oak, a vague pineapple or citrusy element and wet hay.

If you're a fan of Brettanomyces then Wicked Weed's Serenity is well worth a try. I'm not a big fan of farmhouse ales but enjoyed this enough that I plan to buy a couple more in hopes that I can allow that Brett to further develop over time.

Dec 04, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy straw hue with a thick white head that fades to leave thin wisps and light lacing.

S - Aromas of light tropical fruit weird barrel notes, the brett is lightly funky too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with faint brett funk, weird, almost off flavour . The caramel and malt notes are rather strong too. Very little barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. The brett notes weren't quite strong enough, or, the base beer wasn't assertive enough. Either way, ugh.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 22, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours a big fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly, nice lacing, murky golden pear color.

Nose isn't too bad, floral funk, little Brett barnyard and lemony, little tropical fruity, little bready, no oak.

Taste brings Brett funk, doughy grainy malts, bready notes, wheat grain, lemony funk and grassy, mild tropical fruit notes, hint of toasted oak. Finish dry bready little tart lemony and hint flemmy lingering, touch of bready funk.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy late, nice carb.

Nov 22, 2015
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden hue with pitch white head. The yeast presence in the aroma is incredible. Definitely smell some similarities to a farmstead beer from Hill Farmstead. Some grain. Some white wine. It has a lot of similarities to a Florence, very dry, but Serenity has a much breadier finish that I don't like a lot in wild ales. Overall, a good wild ale that feeds the olfactory senses well.

Nov 05, 2015
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fredmugs from Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Received as a thank you beer and poured from the bottle. Grading to style this is highly disappointing. Little to no funk on the nose and the taste is weak. Like when you leave a mountain dew out all night and drink it in the morning. I've never really been a fan of WW sours and this is the most disappointing of the bunch.

Sep 30, 2015
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scbeerman from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted, this is more of a tart saison than a sour ale; it falls within the established guidelines for a saison in particular. Light bodied and vinous in both taste and smell; high level of carbonation and noticeable white wine flavors bring to mind an ultra-dry champagne. Not much funk here for a Brett beer, but it proves refreshing and drinkable. This would be a great intro beer for those who are wine drinkers.

Sep 21, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you gillagorilla for this
500 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Funky, tart, grape/white wine, some oak.

T- Tart, grapes, white wine, slightly oaky, nice barnyard funky finish, touch of wheat, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, lighter body, dry.

O- First beer from Wicked Weed and a good one. This is a nice barrel aged saison, I feel it is more of a tart saison compared to a wild ale. Easy drinking, well done. Feel the taste could be bigger, but no flaws with this.

Sep 13, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/29/15

Pours a light straw color with much effervescence with a sliver of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, traces of lacing & head retention

S: Horse blanket & grassiness, funkiness pick up once warm

T: Grassyness, pears, white grape, dryness & lemon up front, funk lurks in the background. More lemon, grassiness, plus more pears as this warms, some white grape skin & tartness as well. Finishes with pear, slight tartness, a little Chardonnay & grapefruit zest. Almost gave this a 4.75

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation

Super drinkability, the art in this one is the restraint/deft hand shown. The Brett compliments all other flavors as opposed to steamrolling them

Sep 09, 2015
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Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying to expand my world into sours (still can't completely wrap my mind around them). I'm thinking this is likely a good beer for a beginner in the wild ale genre. I've had some that just squeeze my tongue into a puckered role which then causes the drain pour to begin. This beer was so much more moderate in sourness; in fact, it reminded me of a Berliner Weiss. Very tart but not overpowering with a refreshing zest. Thank goodness for this beer; I definitely have slightly more respect for the wild ale now. Give this one a try!

Sep 07, 2015
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sour farmhouse ale that has been aged in wine barrels for about six months. It opens with a quick rush of foam that settles atop a bright, but cloudy, body of liquid that resembles pear juice. The head dissipates quickly. There is a nose of musky apple. The first sip denotes a crispy mixture of apple and pear with a subtle lemon drop tartness at the finish. Refreshing to say the least. A wonderful elixir from a superb - if not magical - brewery. The brewery itself is a MUST. If you don't believe me then read my review. I don't lie about beer. Wicked indeed!

Aug 09, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled on 5/29/15. #350.

A - Clear gold with a half finger that moves to about nothing in short order.

S - Funk, hay/wheat elements

T - Very mild tartness (it is there, and causes a slight mouth watering aspect), lemon, some type of hay like grain/wheat through the finish, and some dirt/funk.

M - Carbonation is medium high, mouthfeel sits somewhere in the middle, and the finish is dry.

O - Frankly, I am still trying to figure out the American Wild Ale/Farmhouse/Saison overlap/difference in labeling/categorization, these funky bacterium, etc...what does it all mean Basil? This is a well put together beer, mildly sour, and if you can handle the funk, can be quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Aug 06, 2015
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared from 500 ml. bottle into 1/2-pint mason jar. Can't resolve the debate as to whether, as brewery contends, this beer is "Brettanomyces in its purest form," or not sour enough, as others complain. Whatever, great beer.

Jul 29, 2015
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