Serenity | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a pale, golden-rod coloring with a steady flow of carbonation. Thin, sparse, white, bubbly head. Nose of tart white grape, Chardonnay, and woody characteristics. Smells sour and smooth. Flavors are tangy sweet lemon and white grape, toasted grain backbone, and subtle sour funk. Very refreshing. Light and crisp bodied, with a tangy and sour aftertaste. The finish is light, crisp, and clean. Solid beer!

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, lemon, acidic, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, grain, Brett, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but seems to have a more sour aspect in the aroma to me.

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4.27/5  rDev +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 fredmugs
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of irrevjim
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice and tropical, but there is absolutely nothing great about the beer, but absolutely nothing bad about it eighter

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a case of this brew in Hickory, NC, the first round of bottles that came out of the brewery. It pours a golden straw color with minimal head. Lots of lemon zest in the nose and the taste follows suit. The funk is very mild, so I see why some folks aren't fully behind this brew; however, IMO, this is probably the best introduction to sours I've ever had. I've turned a couple people on to this brew... who have already embraced the style and tried much more tart offerings they wouldn't have touched otherwise. I could drink this all day... and maybe I will.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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