Systema Natvræ - Devilwood & Apricot
D9 Brewing Company

Systema Natvræ - Devilwood & ApricotSystema Natvræ - Devilwood & Apricot
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #691
Ranked #6,740
4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Systema Natvræ - Devilwood & ApricotSystema Natvræ - Devilwood & Apricot
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 53
Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Thanks, Wil! You're good people no matter what everyone else says! Systema Naturae (sp) pours, appropriately enough, apricot orange, and it glows. As a matter of fact it's like a glowing apricot orb in my glass. The foam is white on the pour but quickly crackles, audibly, down to nothing at all while carbonation rushes up the sides of the glass in streams. It's a good looking beer, I wish the foam had a little more staying power though.

The nose is madness. In the most genius sort of way. It's spicy floral off the bat like underripe tropical fruits with a rich herbalness, must be the Devilwood. The apricot is certainly ripe and pungent, thrown in the kettle by the fistful. There's a soft vinegar note floating around ghost like and reminiscent of rice vinegar. This doesn't have the most complex nose but it certainly makes me salivate. I can't wait to dive in!

Damn! Dare I say that the flavor profile is even more interesting and intense than the nose? I dare. Potent apricot hits off the bat with a rather bracing acidity that grabs you by the booboo. The devilwood adds some of the most interesting floral spiciness I have ever come across. To the point I'll be doing some research to find further uses. The apricot is intense and bright, the vinegar aspect turns to white and those three aspects together make for good beer. Again, it's not the most complex by any means but what's there is super interesting.

The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum. Although the foam dies quickly the carbonation is lively. The acidity hits the sides of the tongue and really asserts itself on the swallow, which the carbonation helps. This beer will throw some heartburn your way but it is highly drinkable. Each drink makes the mouth water more than the last.

This is a really fun beer from D9. I could see it being polarizing but I'm certainly a fan. It's bright and bold, both the apricot and devilwood are in your face. It's acidic and vibrant. A beer to be sipped and appreciated for it's uniqueness alone. I'm a fan. I'm a big fan. Good choice, Wilson!

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Photo of aspapp
3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

When it's comes to sours, this isn't it. Not sure what they were thinking when they brewed this one. The nose, the look and the color were on point, on the palate it tasted like champagne and wine had a kid that went bad. The taste was awful to swallow, like drinking salt.

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Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep, hazy amber with a crackling off-white head that quickly fizzles away. Aroma is a mixture of apricots, sour funk, and an almost savory element I can't quite put my finger on. Musky apricot and lemon tartness on the tongue. Medium bodied with a puckering dryness. Nice real apricot flavor - looking forward to future beers from D9.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of sheer surface foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Big bright apricot aroma with a lovely dose of funkiness and an apparent tartness.

T- Juicy apricot with a pronounced tartness. Quite sweet with other notes of peach and cumquat.

M- Dry with a moderate amount of pucker. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Damn, this is tasty. The aroma in particular is awesome and the amount of fruit character along with the just right amount of sour has me loving this stuff. My first D9 and now I realize what people are talking about.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Slightly hazy gold with amber tint, fizzy head clears away quickly leaving no trace.
S - Lots of fruit, grape, orange, apricot
T - citrus, slight tart, apricots showing up, really long aftertaste, complex.
F- medium body, crisp finish
O - different, complex, not as sour or funky as I was expecting for a wild ale but it did not disappoint in complexity.

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Systema Natvræ - Devilwood & Apricot from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 53 ratings