Wicked Weed Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #159
Ranked #1,199
4.27 | pDev: 6.09%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Notes: Medora is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented ale blended with our house sour stock. Aged on 1 pound per gallon of blackberries and raspberries for 9 months in red wine barrels, Medora is a beautiful American Sour.
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Photo of Parmesan
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:. Pours a brilliant dark red with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Copius amounts of blackberries and raspberries, the dominant flavor is berries.

T:. Lots of blackberries and raspberries, a touch of sourness, some acid, feels like it needs a bit more to balance it.

F:. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

O:. This is not a super sour beer, but lots of fruit that balance it pretty well.

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Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing, Charlotte Airport, Charlotte, NC

A: The beer is hazy cherry red in color. It poured with a thin collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas raspberries and blackberries are present in the nose along with a bit of sourness.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a little sour with lots of flavors of blackberries with notes of raspberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is more tart than it is sour. I liked all of the aromas and flavors of berries.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of robotic_being
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby, raspberry red color, with a dusty pink ¾” foam, microbubbles, quick fade. Nose of funky Brettanomyces, dark berry mixture, raspberry, oak, vinous red wine notes, touch of vinegar, green apples, and Lactobacillus. Taste is sour blackberries, raspberries, musty oak, earthy, spicy – peppery notes. The mouthfeel is tart, crisp, thin body with medium to high carbonation, dry oaky finish with a juicy berry zip lingering. Overall flavor is intense; bold berry tartness that is nicely balanced by barrel notes and subtle wine dryness. The taste is delicious and super sour, a true classic for an American wild ale.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely pick up tons of raspberry and blackberry as well as some wine tannins for contrast, just a little too lactic for me, gets close to vinegar territory at times

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 50cL bottle cellared for 2 years.

Quite vinous with a nice fruitiness from the rasperries and blackberries. Nice sourness. The barrel aging is nice

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Photo of Roguer
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An incredibly sour and fruity nose is somehow matched on the palate. Waves of tannins, vinegar, light funk, and red wine are followed with strong berry notes to finish off the brew. A complex, deep, and sour American Wild Ale.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Date 21 August 2015.

I did not age this myself. I ordered this online and they send me a 3.5 year old bottle which judging by the overall experience, it was not stored in optimum conditions.

This one poured a lovely very dark orange to pale red color with a fluffy white head. Low retention. Disappeared after 1 minute or so. Mouthfeel was light with matching carbonation. I detected heavy incense notes with very light notes of forest fruits. Taste was smooth vinegar and unripe raspberries. A shame I didn't get to try this fresh.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the best wicked weed beers i have ever had, obviously popular for a reason. the color is unreal, neon and bright, so sexy, and the smell, oh my, its straight raspberry tartness and blackberry jam, fresh fruit and preserves with a lot of wine fruitiness too, oak and tannins, as well as a pretty darn robust bacterial sourness, its intense from first sniff to last sip. a good head on it, white on top of the pink, looks like frosting. the fruit is amazing in nose and taste, but this is also heavily soured, so bacterial and intense that its hard to drink much of, and it sits in the belly a little harsh, but i have to say, i think i prefer this to too much sweetness from the fruit, which there certainly isnt here. more raspberry than blackberry, but thats sort of always the case, plum and cherry notes from the red wine barrels. anyone who has any negative thing to say about these guys after them being acquired by bud needs to drink one of these and be honest with themselves, its one of the best beers with this combination of fruit i have ever had, and really is some of their best work. i had a blast here, loved everything i drank, but this was one of the standouts for sure. next level sour right here! very low ph, but the flavor is epic.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is really fruity with nice blackberry fruit puree and some red wine notes. Taste is dry, fruity, juicy with pulpy berry flavors, not very sour, quite easy to drink. Medium body and carbonation. Quite complex yet clean fruited sour.

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked Weed proves why they are the best at what they are famous for (Sours). Nice cherry and blackberry notes with a red wine feel. This is what a sour is meant to be. Don't ignore it because all your friends are saying "its InBev"

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Photo of Jimbo69
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 6-1-17. My first try of this exceptional beer-sour. Wonderful berry notes with a tart sour finish. Bottle just didn't last long enough for me. After 1, you will likely want a follow-up. Wish WW would put these in 4 packs to say the least. Don't deny yourself due to Inbev. This is a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burgundy highlights punctuate a coppery-colored beer with a light tan head that fades in seconds. The red wine barrel is prominent on the nose, as are the blackberries and raspberries. Smells magnificent.

The taste is funky and sour, with raspberry and blackberry notes dominating (obviously), but there's also an earthier note that stops this short of Puckerville. The mouthfeel is sublime, with a spritziness that keeps you reaching for your glass. Just an excellent representation of the style, IMHO.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A: pours a translucent burgundy red. Little head retention.

S: strong lactic acidosis and Brett - strong berries. More sour than berry.

T: BlackBerry notes and sour, raspberry kind of fades to the back. Some notes of darker fruit.

M: extremely fresh - bubbly.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Raspberry in color with a lighter shaded blackberry highlight. Fizzy pop punch

S: Viney wet barrel cardboard , fruit and lacto. Hints of red wine barrel

T: Pucker up sour at first, soon opening up to sweet berry, primarily raspberry. Wine barrel surrounds the beer with a lactic acid like finish. Green apple and sour cream like in finish.

M: Light and tannic with tons of carbonation.

O: Overall a tasty sour. I purchased this just about a month after the buyout announcement happened and I figured it was a good opportunity to try the beer before something happened to "change" as other may have put it. I thought it was tasty overall and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 1/1/17.

A: Pours a deep burgundy with a thick and active off-white head that fizzed away into a thin collar leaving wispy lace.
S: Juicy berry-dominate nose with notes of ripe blackberries and fresh, sweet, raspberry puree. There is a woody, slightly vinous, musty barrel quality to the nose as well. Slightly peppery.
T: Follows the nose with juicy and tart notes of raspberry/blackberry dominating. There is some musty, earthy, slightly peppery funk behind the fruit flavors, along with a bitter, slightly medicinal, brett note in the finish. Berry flavors are sweet and slightly syrupy, with an almost balancing amount of tart and tannic vinous quality as well. Aftertaste is drying and vinous with notes of red wine.
M: Medium body, drying and fairly light mouthfeel with a clean blast of tart acid and a moderate bitter punch. The carbonation is fizzy, effervescent, and made up of tiny prickly bubbles.
O: Definitely on the sweeter side, but not cloying or overly syrupy. Wine-like flavors add a nice dimension.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft into a snifter. A beautiful pinkish golden color with a great head and lacing. Crisp cherry smell, very fragrant and pleasant. The taste is tart cherries and lime. A great beer!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just had Medora from Wicked Weed Brewery and I loved it. It is very good and thirst quenching in the Texas heat.

Look: dark purple-pink color with one-inch frothy white head.

Aroma: tart red wine, citrus, yeast, the aroma is very nice

Taste: The taste is tart, caramel and wheat, fruity, raspberry, blackberry, yeast, some brettomycine funk, oak, and red wine. The berry and vineous flavors come out really nicely. This is an extremely good sour in my opinion.

Feel: Medium body, dry, moderate carbonation

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Photo of kitch
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle, bottled on 8th January 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A cloudy raspberry red colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Red wine gum berry candy, vinous, oak, earthiness and a light funk.

Taste: Very lightly sour, raspberries, mixed berries, vinous, oak and slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Overall: I tend to enjoy these berry flavoured Wild Ales and this was no different. It was surprisingly not very sour at all, but the oak barrel character in the aroma and taste was quite strong. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml Bottle
Date Bottled: 01.17.17
ABV: 6.6%

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice raspberry color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, kinda funky, with some raspberries, sour/tart, The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, funky, nice sour/tart, raspberries. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer pours a hazy purple color with white bubbles collected at the top.

Smell - The nose brings no mind a raspberry puree.

Taste - The beer was a dry sour raspberry with a dry oak backbone. Blackberry hints are harder to find and more toward the back. This is not overly acidic, and as well balanced.

Mouthfeel - There is a definite dry sensation that sticks to the mouth, leaving you thirsty for more.

Overall - This is a well-balanced sour but doesn't try to scorch drinkers with overwhelming sourness.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Medora is a blonde sour ale aged in red wine barrels with one pound of blackberries and raspberries per gallon. The result is a beautiful, fuchsia ale with bright berry character." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 500ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a toasted caramel-beige head of a frothy foam consistency over a copper-red body with high clarity and abundant carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is moderate and curtained. 4

(Smell) Malt base of smooth pale malts, fruit sugars and caramel bread meets a balance of characters in soft lactic sourness with gentle notes of tart fruit, earthy funk and some red wine barrel aging acidity and tannins. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma of this beer, with characters of caramel and bread malts, challenged with a drying acidity of lactic sourness and acidic, tangy fruit additions. The flavor has more sharpness from the berry character, playing more assertively with the souring components, and less into the residual sweetness of the malt base and body. The red wine barrel aging plays very nicely into the flavor of this beer, lending a subtle depth of must acidity, earthiness and oaken tannin compounds. Finishes moderately dry and clean with a lingering mixed berry bite. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is medium drying, acidic and lactic sourness over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Medora does a decent job at preserving the fruit characters of raspberry and blackberry, both lending considerable sourness to this beer, and a decent level of complimentary berry flavor. Over my previous review, Marina (similar style brewed with peach and apricots), there was some residual sweetness remaining and thus a decent balance, although this beer is noticeably drying, it is not overbearingly so. As before mentioned, the red wine barrel aging really rounds out the flavor nicely in this beer, contributing nicely to a wide range of flavor. Overall quite enjoyable, and one of Wicked Weed's more gracefully crafted fruited sours. 4

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Medora American Sour with Blackberries and Raspberries

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy rusty red body with decent enough off white head
Aroma is very berry
Raspberry flavour mixed with Rosé/bush wine

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle

Pours a hazy reddish amber, pinkish white head retains as a sudsy lacing.

Smells of mixed fresh berries, apple cider vinegar, green apple, tart lemon, and cracker malts.

Tastes of lemon, green apple, wine grape, bretty notes and esters over a sourdough bread undertone.

Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Top notch sour ale, flavor and aroma are perfectly balanced and nuanced. A must try for sour fans.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Klooster. Dark ruby pour with a thin off-white head. Notes of raspberry, blackberry, fructose, tart. Nedium body, medium to high carbonation and a siur fruity finish.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Wicked Weed's brew especially their sours - and this is one of the best. Just so tasty. I could drink a bunch of these. My only wish would be the brewery to be closer to NJ. I do have a friend who go's twice a year and always brings me back a cooler full so I guess I'm lucky.

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Medora from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 425 ratings