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Serenity | Wicked Weed Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by codysjb on 08-18-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
623
Avg:
4
pDev:
27.75%
 
 
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109
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Photo of oldn00b
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of irrevjim
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5/29/15

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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of fredmugs
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +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

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. This is a good example of a brett beer without any substantial sour aspects. I definitely prefer the combination of tart and brett, but this is still very pleasant.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade.

This was a gusher (-.25). After dealing with that, it pours a light golden, hazy straw body with a fluffy white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave some blotchy lacing and a layer of foam.

Smells tart and funky, brett is present, sour apple, banana, wheat, some oak.

On the tongue are lightly tart notes, wheat, citrus and banana, a slightly muted tart fruitiness, some spice, a light hoppy bite on the finish and not much of an aftertaste. It's light, crisp, and dry on the tongue.

Overall a decent beer, but I'd classify this as a farmhouse/saison rather than a wild, due to the light tartness, wheaty flavor and funky farmhouse character. Slightly underwhelmed.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Very clean and crisp, good carbonation and streaming bubbles but certainly by no means over carbonated, golden yellow color and not too cloudy or murky,

Smell- malt grain, slight citrus notes, smell of some yeast components

Taste- wow I really love the flavor of this beer, it reminds me of many of the good saisons I have had over the years with a nice lemony and slightly sour finish at the end, really nice flavor profile, very refreshing flavor, balance is really reigning supreme and I really appreciate how the sour is coming into play with out going over board

Feel - light crisp and refreshing with carbonation at the right level,

Overall- I have to admit I love this beer way more then I had even ever expected, huge thanks to chris for giving me an opportunity to try something I never would have been able to otherwise and for opening my eyes to just what this style can be, just a beautifully balanced beer and one that I would think could be great beginner for anyone looking to understand or get into sours or American wilds, a brewery I would love to get to try more of one day. my eyes have been opened to a new area of beer

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden straw yellow color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funky, green apple, vanilla, oak, bready, biscuity, cracker, and pale malts.

Taste: Have to say the oak barrels help smooth and round things out. Brett is not overbearing and the tart and funky characteristics goes well with the light malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, funky, light to medium bodied, a little dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation

Overall: Can I get another one? Please start distribution to Massachusetts soon.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and crisp this drinks a lot like the juice that it resembles. It pours like grapefruit juice so it no wonder that the flavor is dominate. Light lemon and oranges filter through as a tropical coconut finishes. The flavor is delicious but perhaps not assertive enough.

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