Oak Theory | Casey Brewing & Blending

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#62 ranked American Wild Ale | 5.00% ABV

Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
caseybrewing.com

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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.
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Reviews by Devman171:
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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow pour, lemon citrus and oak barrel funk, very nice goozie

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium yellow body, one finger white head. Nice retention and a bit of lacing. Smells very tart, like a yellow sour patch kid. Lemon, oak, a bit of lactic acid, moderate acetic character. Very much in your face acidity, but in a pleasant way. Flavour is oak, lemon, must, hay, vinegar, a small bit of lactic acid. It started out quite funky, with a good bit of hay and must; reminded me of a Belgian geuze in some ways. Warming up though, it becomes more lactic like a standard AWA. Still a delight to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, soft and easy to drink despite being fairly acidic. Overall, this is a very good AWA with a lot of geuze characteristics when served chilled, so I would recommend enjoying it chilled and as it warms up. It's a real trip.

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Photo of McNazz
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice golden straw hue with a slight haze. Gently carbed just like the Saison but the bubbles linger throughout the entire session.

Smell: Straight up geueze aroma. Immense funk but in no way overboard or out-of-whack with phenols. If you handed me a glass of this sight unseen and said it was lambic - I'd believe you solely based on the nose.

Taste: Funk translates to the initial sip then transitions into a very present lemony tart sourness, but dialed into the perfect volume level - not overdone. Finishes dry, slight oak and the wheat turns off the lights.

Feel: Wonderful. This has a fantastic body, not too thin, which creates the perfect arena for all the beautiful characters to shine.

Overall: This beer is all about complete balance - funk, sourness and oak are all in check here. If you're looking for a tooth enamel melting sour you've come to the wrong place. Think belgian-style sour from your favorite Belgian brewers, just as advertised.

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

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of potbeercollege
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Legitimate gueuzy aged hop nose and flavors, its the closest thing i've tried to a Belgian gueuze by an American brewer. Bravo!

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

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light Orange/golden. Big artificial head induced from aggressive pour, no head besides that.
Smells super funky, tarty.
Lemon grass at the forefront, turns to pure funk. Like '70s stylee.
Medium bodied sour, low carbonation.
Very nice oaky sour from Casey, my first from them. Would drink again. Thanks Jim.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/14/15.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, funk, earth, and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a solid mix of sour, funk, and wood characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egoo33
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of eawolff99
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Stephen

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Photo of Prospero
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LehighAce06
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Wowcoolman
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Oak Theory from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 252 ratings