Canvas Series: Bramble Barrel
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 4.87%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
76
From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  12
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Canvas Series: Bramble BarrelCanvas Series: Bramble Barrel
Notes: Bramble Barrel is an American sour ale inspired by the Gin Bramble cocktail. This beer was brewed with a pound and a half per gallon of local blackberries and aged in NC made Cardinal Gin barrels. Finished with fresh lemon zest.
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle purchased at brewery in August 2019. Poured into Trillium Six States glass. FWIW, the bottle says 8.6% ABV.

L: Light, slightly pinkish head, maybe 1/2 F. Leaves a thin ring and no lacing. Beer is golden with a pinkish hue.

S: Blackberries first, zesty lemons second, and a definite whiff of the gin barrel with a juniper push. I generally am not a fan of beers that try to do something with gin, but let's throw it into bed with Madonna and see if she sleeps with it.

T: Well...it's pretty good. Berries hard up front with zesty lemon and basically we are looking at the blackberry lemonade they sell at the Biltmore food mall. But then we get solid notes of juniper and the gin barrel and it actually does give it a bit of a grown-up mellow kick and adds to the taste experience rather than diverts. Finishes a tad sour from the lemon zest and the gin lingers a bit as well and there's the oily gin aftertaste thing I feared. But it's tiny.

F: Lightish body, fairly aggressive carbonation that dries and crisps the aftertaste. Pretty refreshing and drinkable for the ABV. Flavors meld nicely together and it is well balanced.

O: They did a really nice job here, and I needed some convincing.

Sep 12, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1.24.16

L - cranberry red, a little bit of clarity. 1 finger head that dissipates

S - berries, and gin

T - sweet, mint, lightly boozy/ spiked berries. Delicious

F - well carbonated and medium body

O - a tasty barrel aged fruit beer. Well done!

Jul 13, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy reddish-brownish-purple with a loud, fizzy white pastel purple head that quickly dies like soda carbonation.

Smell is light char and barrel that is spritzed up by bright and botanical notes paired with lemon zest and fresh blackberry juice.

Taste is herbal, tart and sour with a clear gin barrel influence accented by blackberry and lemon, light charred cherry, and a hint of Sprite.

Bouncy, bubbly, crisp and effervescent with a semi-dry finish.

Oct 23, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at home. Clear dark-ruby pour with a thin pink head with decent retention. Smells like blackberries, strawberries, bubblegum, vanilla, oak. The taste notes include blackberries, oak, quite strong pine resin / rosemary, lemon zest, mint, gin. A very nice combination of sour and barrel-aging components. Medium tartness, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel, overall quite balanced.

Dec 11, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep purple amber that is highly hazy. Medium pink white head that settles to a thin rim. Aroma is bright and tangy, essence of blackberry and raspberry, with lactic notes. First sip is a blast of sour, but mellows after that. Smooth and complex, nice blending of the berry, citrus and light gin. Delicious!

Jul 17, 2016
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep burgundy red with a light purple head. Mild activity.

Smell: Tart sour funk, blackberries, oak, citrus lemon, floral botanicals, and a sweet sour finish.

Taste: A peppery gin greets the palate with a huge rush of botanical with notes of rose, mint, white peppercorn, and juniper berry. Then lemon zest cuts through with fresh tart blackberries. Oak shows on the finish with more botanicals.

Feel: Tart and funky but not overly acidic. A nice bright tart. Medium body. Remarkably light for the ABV. Good carbonation.

Overall: A very fresh and funky sour. I really enjoy that you get a lot of gin on this sour as it adds an interesting complexity to the fruited sour. Something that could have been gimicky but instead comes through calculated and fresh. Outstanding.

Jun 13, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Moderate blackberries, lemon zest, light funk, slightly earthy with a light sourness.

A: Deep purple color, clear with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates.

T: Moderately intense blackberry flavor upfront, clean with some lemon, light funk and moderate sourness. There is a light juniper berry note on the finish that mixes with the tart sourness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks very easily for its alcoholic strength.

O: Delicious; the blackberries and lemon zest, funky sourness and the gin barrels really work well together. The beer is quite drinkable and actually a bit reminiscent of a gin bramble.

May 01, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a mildly hazy purple-red color. Very pretty. Upon first whiff, I knew I was going to be very high on this beer. It brings forth intricacies that are different than every other wild ale I have tried. Yeah you get the berry tartness but the gin and lemon are very pronounced and it adds a ton of depth and fun. The flavor is unbelievably unique. It almost tasted more like tequila or mescal than gin. Either way, that barrel character combined with the berry and lemon is excellent. This one does not get enough credit. I will actively hunt this one down; it was that neat.

Apr 27, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle into a Teku
Bottled on: 1/24/16


A: Pours a very pretty ruby color, translucent, with 2+ fingers head of pink-tinged head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film and leaves a few small patches of lacing. Beautiful beer. 4.5

S: Aroma is very unique. There's the typical lacto-type sour notes, a good amount of blackberry and some lemon citrus. But then theres also this earthy, almost wild-game type aroma, presumably also from wild yeast/bacteria. I actually drink a fair amount of gin, but I have to say I get almost no gin notes on the aroma. 4

T: Tastes significantly better than the aroma. Its quite tart, almost puckering at time. Tons of berry, and a grape character. The gin barrel is noticeable with a biting pine/juniper. Fair amount of lactic acidity with citrusy lemon. Some plastic-like funk notes This beer is killer, probably my favorite wicked weed sour to date. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end which is approprite, ABV is on the higher end for the style but you wouldn’t have guessed it; drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Great beer. Seek this out. 4.5

Apr 25, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle drank the other night.

This one pours a wonderful reddish-purple, sort of opaque, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon peel, lots of sweet and sour blackberry, with a nice acidity. Not much in the way of funk on the nose.

This is a nice fairly sour fruited wild ale. The sourness is about 5/10 on the scale, with some nice clean lemon flavors, and a bit of blackberry. The acidity is nice, not overpowering, and pretty clean. This is very drinkable. I don't get any gin, or much in the way of funk, but that's ok.

This is clean, with a juicy mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

One of the better sours I've had from Wicked Weed, thoroughly enjoyable.

Apr 11, 2016
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Yeastiary from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a brilliant purple with a lavender-white head that recedes to a thick ring. Exceptionally clear.

S: Jammy berry, ripe apple, and lemongrass. Hints of mint, basil, white pepper and leather.

T: Bright citrus and evergreen, give way to a berry funk, oak, white pepper, and leather. Finishes long with oak and juniper.

M: Light bodied with a juicy berry pucker in the mid palate, and a long dry, slightly bitter, but not unpleasant finish. Very reminiscent of gin and/or dry red wine.

O: One of their better sours. I had it on tap in the Funkatorium, and from the bottle at home. Bottle > draft. Very funky. I imagine there's Brett used, but if so, then it's well incorporated into the funkiness of the blackberries. Delicious and unique beer.

Feb 18, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delicious beer pours a purpleish-ruby color that has quite a dark hue to it. I admittedly did not pour this particularly hard, but had a small amount of foam on top that didn't last long, and there is no lacing left as I drank. Lovely in color, not worth much else past that. The smell is that of a sweet blackberry, the sweetness is probably enhanced by the lemon in this case. Whatever fruit is brought to the table though, is completely cloaked by gin and slight oak. I am not a gin drinker, but the effect on this brew is excellent... It doesn't bring all of its trademark bittermess but just a touch to add an excellent layer of taste. The feel is above average but not much different than their other sours... relatively thick with little carbonation. That feel, plus the sweetness, tartness, bitterness and the earthy flavor that accompany all WW sours are pulled off to perfection in this beer, making it their best "...non..." Angel series beer to date. Well done!!!

Feb 16, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The liquid pours out of the bottle with a rich blackberry hue and raises a lavender cap of foam, splotches of which stick to the side of glass

Smell: Blackberry jam, wheat bread, funk, oak and a hint of juniper berry

Taste: Lactic blackberry and lemon tones, up front, with the fruit flavors building; some sweet fruit flavor and wheat bread, through the middle, with a wallop of funk and sourness arriving, after the swallow; the oak and juniper flavors appear in the finish and linger through the aftertaste; very dry, like a nice Martini

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The dry finish is the highlight of this beer for me; as the label says, "unshaken and unstirred"

Feb 13, 2016
Canvas Series: Bramble Barrel from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 76 ratings