Benevolence
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #454
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,801
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 5.49%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
44
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 15.99. Bottled 7/29/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy orange gold with a finger and a half pale head. The bubbles crackle away quickly, leaving neither retention nor lace.

Aromas of funky wine barrel, soured grains, sickly sweet spoiled fruit and wet hay.

Tastes potently sour. Lime zest, sour orange pulp, grape skins, funky pale wine barrel, earthy wet hay and some melon rind. I assume that those various fruit notes are from the hops.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with mildly fizzy carbonation. Lingering, sour finish with hints of wine barrel, funky hay and earthy old fruit.

I guess Wicked Weed has figured out what to do with old hops. They seem to work just fine in an "aged hop" wine barrelled wild ale. This was an interesting brew that was worth a try but priced a bit above what I'm comfortable shelling out for any repeat purchase.

Sep 21, 2016
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 500ml bottle, dated 07/19/16, batch #1199. Served in a tulip.

Pours a heavily hazed copper with a two-finger head of soapy off-white... ecru? ecru foam. The head lasts for a couple of minutes before settling back to a thick coating of scum and a solid sheet of lacing.

Sharp nose of vinegar, raspberries, mildew and damp wood.

Taste is assertively sharp and tangy, with oranges, raspberries, melon and peaches steeped in cider vinegar. After the acidity comes a woody, caramel-creamy smoothness, finishing with a little tangerine-lemon and funky, mildewed carpet off a wet basement floor... which sounds revolting but is really rather interesting and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, moderately-well carbonated and, somehow, both mouth-puckering and creamy.

If I were actually paid to write reviews you might be entitled to demand that I explain how something can be both mouth-puckering and creamy at the same time but, as it is, screw you. It just is.

Oct 05, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very hazy peach nectar color, the head reasonably impressive; splashy lacing left all around

Smell: Green apple, white wine grape and a hint of berry, all bathed in acetic tones

Taste: Acetic fruit tones of green apple, white wine grape and a hint of cranberry; with both funk and caramel elements arriving, in the middle; oaky, woodsy and acetically sour, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really interesting flavors in this sour; I like what the hint of caramel (like what typically is found in an amber ale) brings to this beer

Dec 25, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Matthew! Hazy bright orange body with a thick white head that leaves lacing cascading down the teku. Aromas include grassy hops, lambic scents (oh my), funk, mineral water. Delicious! What a pleasant surprise. While I expect good things from Wicked Weed, this exceeds expectations. Belgian characteristics in an American wild ale. Superb.

Nov 09, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 03, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. July 29th 2016. Batch #1199.

Mixing peach orange and lemon body color. A bit of glow but also slightly opaque as well. Very creamy forming head, but with little retention and solid white. Manages to land with a big collar though, and thin topped puck.

Very nice subtle aroma. Quite a mix in there. Creamy sensing caramel, a minor bit of funk, lots of floral like tones also. Mild sensing pepper, a bit of little sugary sweetness too. Not quite a lot of distinct flavors, but certainly interesting ones and fun examining.

Palate has a very light tartness and refreshing flavor. Mid palate hits slowly with a simple malt backbone and some mild sensing funk flavors. A sense of tangerine orange really seems to open up after awhile which is nice, particularly on the finish. Palate hints at a bit of creamy character but not quite. Mildy carbonated, and almost hop juiced up as well sensing.

Very unique tasting wild brew, but one that's hard to put my finger upon.

Oct 02, 2016
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 23, 2016
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 12, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 04, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 27, 2016
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taospowder from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2016
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GTJayG from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 10, 2016
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 23, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy right amber and sunburst golden orange with minimal head but tight carbonation.

Vinous, grassy, subtle bretty must, kiwi, and various berries.

Grape/vinous flavor emerges immediately, giving way to a tart raspberry and kiwi flavor, and finishes with a semi-bitter hop bite.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, tart, crisp and tight carbonation, fruity.

Overall, a solid and easy drinking wild ale here.

Nov 14, 2016
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 02, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 20, 2016
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cuvtcuv from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 03, 2017
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Mantooth from North Carolina

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

Nov 17, 2016
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 15, 2016
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jschott75 from Illinois

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

Mar 24, 2018
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 28, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Dark orange color with off-white head. Aroma is funky with nice farmhouse character and unripe fruits. Taste starts sour, quite dry, rustic, funky but not too yeasty. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's really nice gueuze style sour ale with balanced funk and sourness.

Nov 28, 2016
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 06, 2016
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aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 02, 2016
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baklo from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2017
Benevolence from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 44 ratings