Wisdom's Hour
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American Wild Ale
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Co. "Wisdom's Hour"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, "BOTTLED ON 10 NOV 2017 04:46 P"
$17.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Cloudy, very dark mahogany brown body. Short head of off-white.
Smell: Dark raisins, oak, Belgian yeast (clove, plastic), cherries, plum, other stone fruit, cinnamon, earth.
Taste: Earthy, woody, fruity, oaky, vinous, caramelish, leathery, sweetly grainy, and balanced by a stiff bitterness.
Feel: Medium-light in body and crisp with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation.
Overall: Charming and not too tart with a healthy dose of balanced malt, bitterness, oakiness, and yeasty character.

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Photo of larryi86
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml poured into a teku

A- A deep ruby red with a two finger off white head

S- Sour, dark fruits, red wine, leather, oak

T- Sour, leather, some funk, red wine, some dark stone fruits, oak. Really missing balance.

M- Smooth, medium body

O- Not a bad sour, but is too leathery and missing balance.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decent head production, especially for a BA sour. Dark brown body, reddish-purple on the pour, but settling into an opaque, thick looking brew in the glass. Retention is quite good.

Nose is thin and light, but speaks strongly of mildly sweet - and quite rustic - Brett, vinegar, tannins, and red wine. Malt profile is expressed with brown sugar, dates, raisins, cherries, raspberries, and plums. Not unlike a (non-BA) Flanders red on the nose, albeit with Brett.

Flavor does not disappoint! This is lightly sour - especially for an American Wild Ale - but it's sharp, tannic, rustic, and mildly funky. Dust, must, oak, vanilla, raisins, dates, grapes, red wine, brown sugar: this is a complex and thoroughly enjoyable profile.

Silky and smooth on the palate, you'd never entertain this thing even approaches the 9.5% ABV! In a blind test, I don't think most people would be able to tell this apart from a Rodenbach offering.

Of course, there's the rub: folks looking for more barrel in a barrel aged beer may be disappointed, as it melds with the overall profile. People looking for something sharply and aggressively sour will be similarly disappointed.

Instead, it's smooth, deep, and very rewarding. With Brett, it's sure to develop over time, as well, so this one is probably worth picking up a couple of bottles: one for fresh consumption, and one for the 2-4 year window.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours cola colored with a two finger ecru head; good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Plum and chocolate enveloped in the red wine barrel; hint of cigar

Taste: The cigar flavor is much more prominent on the taste buds and pairs, at first, with the plum; the red wine barrel is also pronounced but the chocolate is much more subtle and barely pokes through; leathery Brett, in the middle, with a moderately sour, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: An interesting panoply of flavor but the end result is lacking

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite a dark and hazy color from this brew with a small offwhite head from tap. Maybe some chocolate and vinegar. Sweet and yet sour with a wine component. Lively finish with good carbonation. Pretty good beer I’d say. Would revisit.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent, if pungent, aroma of funk, a vinegary quality, spices, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of light, citrus fruit (orange), lots of the vinegary quality, some dark fruit (plums, figs, in particular), lots of yeasty funk, and mild spices (pepper). A fascinating flavor that's very close to that of a Flanders red ale. It's quite sour, but enjoyable. Gets better as you go along.

F; A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer all around. If you want a different take on sours, try this one.

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

On draft.

Dark garnet brown color. Dark malt and red vinegar aroma. Taste is tart and on the sour side. Medium bodied. overall this is similar to a Flanders red/brown ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 14.00 (Including tax)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.541/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Bottled on 10 Nov 2017 – marked brown label with silver ink. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Opened with gentle “Pop”.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Very deep red-amber, when held up to the light. Effervescent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), tan to khaki, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin, nearly complete, layer with multiple upwellings of effervescence.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Initial aroma was somewhat cherry-like which fades into a chocolate-ish odor.
Flavor – 3 - Begins lightly sour with no particular flavor. Allowing it to warm in my mouth makes it even more sour and fizzy, but still doesn’t bring out any identifiable flavors. There are none of the flavors usually associated with Brettanomyces fermentation. It mercifully ends slightly vinous with some tannin. No malt, no hops, no alcohol (9.5% ABV), no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 - Medium, watery, lively approaching fizzy carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 - I’m a fan of sours in general. This one is average at best. The plum is totally lacking in the taste, as are the spices and chocolate. Perhaps this is just too fresh. I distinctly remember that a previous red wine barrel-aged offering (Red Thunder) was nasty initially but after a couple of years in storage improved dramatically.

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