Oak Theory | Casey Brewing & Blending

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4.38/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
caseybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is our take on classic Belgian sour beers from the Senne Valley. We combine Colorado pilsner malt and raw wheat with a hefty charge of aged European whole hops and boil for almost 3 hours. We ferment in a variety of different sized oak barrels with a proprietary blend of saccharomyces, brettanomyces and various lactic acid bacteria cultures. After aging in these barrels for anywhere from 9-12 months, barrels are selected for their unique flavors and that individual blend is born.

Added by McNazz on 02-19-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#582
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
247
pDev:
6.16%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
52
Trade:
13
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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2016
750ml cork & cage bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a slightly hazy golden.orange with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention

S- funky barnyard yeast, dried hay, lemon peel, overripe pear, funky cheese, hint of white wine

T- tart lemon and citrus rind up front, complimented by some funky yeast that adds hay, barnyard and cheese notes. The finish gives more lemon as well as pear & white wine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- clean, yet ripe & funky with good drinkability, very good

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Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Stephen

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a medium size head with limited retention. Aroma of tart and sour notes with some oak. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some oak, some medium intense acidic notes with some light funky notes. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Interesting and complex but lacking some attenuation and a bit too acidic for my taste.

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One line review: this beer feels like training wheels for people that are afraid of hopping on the gueuze bicycle.

Muted doses of sour apple and lemon zest both on the tongue and nose. There are hints of bretty barnyard funk toward the back end as well, but the flavors aren't as persuasive or demanding as they would be in the Belgian counterparts that the beer is attempting to emulate. The balance of flavors reminds me of Oud Beersel Oude Geuze -- well-rounded with all the flavors mostly staying within the lines.

The brew honestly feels more like a table beer than anything. It smoothens out all the elements of the Belgian style that the average drinker may feel adverse to (acidity, sharp tartness, funky oak) and turns it into a fine sipping apéritif designed to get the taste buds going before a big meal.

As the alcohol content and the price of this beer equals the standard ABV and cost attributed to most gueuze and lambic-style brews, I might venture and say this is to Hibiki 17 what a gueuze is to Yamazaki 18.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright pastel yellow with a clingy, creamy soft white ring.

Smell is maple, oak, wood, and almond funk transitioning on the palate to very tart lemon and grapefruit, finishing dry. Wow. Crazy complex!

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Photo of Evan
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Akeah
3.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of floyd_pugman
3.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 12/22/2015; opened on 2/5/17 and poured into a SARA glass. Nose of lime, green apple, oak, and funk. Palate starts with strongly acidic lime and vinegar, moving quickly into green apple which then lingers, followed by mild oak and funk. Not one for lime or green apple flavors in my beer, I’m having a hard time enjoying this.

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3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BSecaida
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Oak Theory from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 247 ratings