Wicked Weed Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,264
Ranked #20,755
3.83 | pDev: 8.88%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased at brewery 8/6/19. Poured into Aslin anniversary glass.

L: Somewhat clear pale gold. Nice big foamy white head with good retention an a cap and ring. Lots of white lacing.

S: Citrus and brett yeast. Pretty straightforward.

T: Citrus and floral, light, with a malty and yeasty finish. Fairly neutral. Straightforward.

F: Light-bodied, pretty well-carbonated. Crisp and refreshing. Uncomplicated but well-balanced.

O: I would say this is as average of a farmhouse ale as it gets. Drinks well, not spectacular, but solid.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 10.59 (Including tax)/500 mL capped bottle ($ 0.627/oz) at Lionville Beverage, Exton, PA.
“Date bottled 05.11.17” clearly marked on the label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light orange, hazy. Some sediment on bottom of the bottle.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, slow center pour), white, dense and creamy with a few rocks, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to five mm ring and a complete thin layer with a rocky center island. Head retraction provides some open lacing. Head from second pour is the same but only half the size.
Lacing – Initially complete thick rings of tiny bubbles. As the level drops, the rings become connected by columns.
First pour – Light yellow, clear. Second pour has only slight haze.
Aroma – 3.75 - Fermenting fruit. Lasts.
Flavor – 4 – Mellow without the frequently harsh funkiness produced by Brettanomyces species. A hint of fruity sweetness followed by some low-key funk. The funk lasts into the aftertaste. Distinct malt or hops flavors are not present. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – Other than the palate, this is an above-average brett saison. The appearance is good, the aroma intriguing, the flavor mellow and lacking the frequently jarring flavor combinations of Brettanomyces species -fermentation. Only the palate is amiss, being somewhat over carbonated for the viscosity – either less carbonation or a thinner brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The hazy golden liquid is capped by a massive head of foam that sticks like marshmallows melted on a a sweet potato casserole

Smell: Bready, with leather, minerals, peppery spice and vague lemon tones

Taste: Bready, with a hint of apricot, at the outset, but the mineral and leather tones take over the middle; some tart lemon character, after the swallow with a funky, somewhat oxidized finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not one of my better experiences with Wicked Weed, sadly

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Photo of EMV
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy light copper brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Funky... brett and lemon. Tart fruit.

T/F: Tart without being sour. Lots of funk and brett character. Tart fruits... pear, green apple rind, lemon, and grassy. Crackery malts... mild sweetness in the background. The finish is green fruit and funk. Medium to light in body... smoother than expected.

O: A solid brett'ed up farmhouse ale. Good mix of tart fruit and funk. Was expecting a bit more based on the brewery's reputation but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip glass, clean golden body, starts with a great head that slowly sinks down and settles in the glass, one streak of lacing. Smells floral with tart fruits, white grape and pear. Taste is similar with the strong floral notes as well as the tart fruits and a very light malty taste.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This version was brewed with pears.

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that falls to some spotty surface foam.

Smell: brett and some farmhouse funk come through to the nose.

Taste: crackers, biscuit, grass, pears, tart green grapes, farmhouse funk, and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Dry finish. Refreshing.

Overall: a very good funky farmhouse ale with just the right amount of fruit and tartness.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Tired Hands teku glass.

L: A medium golden yellow color with a nice one finger white head that quickly disappeared. Not much glass lacing.

S: Loads of tart apples and grape, wet hay, barnyard, grass......brett!

T: Tart fruit jumps out with massive amounts of apple, pear, white grape and some grassy flavors. The brett kicks in with the barnyard and funk that mixes with the bready biscuit malt that never gets sweet. Finish comes back with the tart fruit and funk that ends up dry and crisp at the finish. Nice brett beer.

F: Dry, prickly, bubbly, tart and no alcohol.

O: A very nice brett farmhouse beer that is really drinkable. If you like brett beers, this is worth picking up. I kind of compare this to Sophie from GI, and this has way more brett in it and for me was a better beer. Yes, AB bought WW, but if they continue on with the quality beer like this one, I'll buy it.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just heard the great news about Wicked Weed so to celebrate I decided to break out my 2015 and 2016 cellared bottles. I'm sure these bottles will be highly sought after since all new WW batches should improve with the extra $ they will be allocated. More $ = better ingredients, right? So I will enjoy these great innovative wild Ales and reminisce about North Carolina's BEST CRAFT BREWERY that once was.

Rating of 7-2015 cellared bottle poured into WW snifter.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

Clear golden with carbonation, pencil thin white foam that quickly settles

Aroma of Tart crisp dry apple aroma, dry white wine

Brett taste

Light body and mouthfeel

Suds up nicely

Nice beer

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Photo of Pencible
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7.9.15, and sampled October 2016.

A: This poured a nearly opaque gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like minerals and unripe apricot, with some grassy hops and lemon zest.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and lemon zest, with some minerals and unripe apricot and earthy wheat. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a nice brew with simple but crisp and enjoyable scent and taste. The body was nice and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Might age well, but it was solid (relatively) fresh.

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is your Quintessence Farmhouse Ale , It pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head. Floral hop with breet and house yeast lead to a slight funked delicious saison.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of Rene. Hazy pale golden body with small fizzy head. Prominent yeasty aroma, saison , meadow, some pepper. Yeasty and savory spice come into play in the flavor, some citrus, and more Belgian funk.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

welcome to colorado! how awesome that these guys are now sending beer out here! i think everyone is stoked on what they do, and they will sell well here. i had no idea how prolific they were, thy have an absolute ton of flavors going. this one is cool, pretty basic brett beer, well made, but not as mature there, or interesting as a lot of their others. the label is super cool too! hazy blonde brew, nice inch of active and delicate white head on top, some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. it smells funky for sure, a little new, green melon, white grape, light citrus, very clean. stainless instead of wood perhaps, there is none of that wood aged mellowness here, its super bright and young tasting, with a cool but somewhat underdeveloped brett profile. nice juicy hops on the back end too, makes it ore well rounded. fresh wheat malt base, plenty of body, explosive carbonation, dry but not too dry in the finish. this is pretty basic for wicked weed, well made, and a good introduction to their wild side. i look forward to trying more and more of their stuff as it comes in, looks like there wont be any shortage of it! this will likely be better after a little more time in the bottle for the brett to evolve...

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, stamped bottled on "4.2.15," into TEKU. The pseudo-Hindu theology seems a bit of a stretch for beer marketing, but so what? This is really good beer.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled - 4.2.15
L - Pale straw yellow, no head
S - funky lemon
T - vinous, lemon, funk, slightly bitter
F - carbonated, crisp
O - very good, brett is there with this one

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Nice hazy golden orange..finger of head didn't stick around long.

S: Spices, pepper some citrus ....Wood oak. Bit acidic.

T: Slight tart lemon some citusy fruit a bit of funk..just a bit tho.
F: Juicy slightly carbonated.

O: Was really excited to try this but am a bit's a really good saison tho was just hoping for more funk.

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Photo of hopley
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really tasty Saison. Brett is not overpowering at all, that's the last thing you're thinking of. This is a really tasty sweet lightly bretted beer that tastes good at all temperatures, can be sipped or coiffed. I did all. Excellent first impression of Wicked Weed! Can't wait to try more!

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Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a fat one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of strong woody earthy plastic thing going on, the brett isn't super crazy either.

T - Taste is similar to the nose there is decent pineapple notes, there is good brett, Fair amount of lactic notes as well. Decent funk as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather mediocre. Very subpar again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a light fizzy head, little lacing, murky orange color.

Nose brings Brett, some funky notes, little like oak or cedar thing, little tart fruit somewhere in there, little citrus thing, little earthy funk.

Taste brings flemmy sour lactic funk, citrus tangerine thing, little funk and Brett, cheesy funk, doughy notes, touch cracker, flemmy, sour lemony. Finish dry little earthy funk, little citrus lemony cheesy funk.

Mouth is a little creamy med bod, decent but over carbonated.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is straw yellow with a mild haze and a white head. The aroma offers brettanomyces, lemon, citrus, funk, floral notes. Tangy and funky. Brett saison with prominent citrus character. Tangy finish with a touch of grapefruit. Nice hop presence. Pretty good.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very pale colored body looked a lot like a Pilsner, but the carbonation was stronger, and the head formation larger, at a thickness of two fingers. The aroma was lemony, doughy, and floral, with some funk from the Brett if I inhaled deeply. The taste was crisp, like a cracker, and also displayed a tartness. The funk was only hinted at, due to a rather fresh age of 3 ½ months from bottling. There were strong wheat beer influences in the finish in the form of banana, clove, and bubblegum flavors. I think the flavor profile was interesting, but a bit too delicate at this time. This beer could benefit from aging to allow the Brett to develop more. Very airy and light on the palette, evoking a feeling of a breezy summer evening.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged one year.

Pours a hazy, but lighter yellow.

Aroma has tons of Brett character, wet grass/hay, citrus zest, slight floral notes, funky.

Taste is also very heavy on the Brett character and there are lemon and orange notes along with funk, must, floral and grassy notes.

Refreshing and easy drinking. Love it!

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 500ml bottle into thin wine glass.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 2 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is plenty of lacing all over the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. Yeast and light malts with some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk from the Brett.

T - Zesty citrus, with lemons, limes, and a Brett funk. Floral and earthy along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice to finish it off.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a hot day like today.

O - A good Sasion, but far from their best.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale yellow-gold color with minimal head and almost non-existent lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and yeast rolls. Taste bites with sourness, yeast and a touch of barnyard bitterness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and finishes with some bitterness that lingers quite awhile and also a touch of metallic... Interesting beer, to say the least..

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent, hazes a bit with the bottom of the bottle. Not even average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness & lemon, some grassiness & grainyness

T: Sourness, lemon zest, grapefruit, & a little bit of hay up front. Grapefruit & lemon rind as this warms, some tartness as this warms, faint aged hops presence as well, some saltyness as well. Finishes tart, with grapefruit & a little sourness, some white grape sneaks in

MF: Light bodied with lively carbonation, slight puckeryness too this

Very drinkable & approachable. I could drink this most of the year, but especially right now in the dog days of summer

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