Brattlebeer | Hermit Thrush Brewery

BrattlebeerBrattlebeer
BA SCORE
73.2%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 82 ratings
BrattlebeerBrattlebeer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States
hermitthrushbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by papat444 on 11-14-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,604
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
82
Liked:
60
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
8.31%
Alströms:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #117 ( Oct 2016 )

Sour, Funky, Distinctive, Fruity
A very well formed sour ale, Brattlebeer has a slight Lambic-like character throughout. Tart with earthy and musty cellar flavors and wood and apple skin on the palate. For a canned brew it has lively carbonation, and a crisp, slick mouthfeel. A hint of horse blanket and overripe fruit is in there, too. Hermit Thrush shows ttention to detail and lots and lots of patience to be able to release a beer with this maturity of flavor. It’s such an exceptional brew, and by far one of the best sour ales I’ve run into in a long time. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.25 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with no head nor lacing. I’m guessing that the "cider" of the house took control on part of this look, no worries, I get it. The smell had a semi-sweet to sticky sour apple glosses into a light bitter green apple. The taste rounds out the edges of the aroma with a nice woody to semi-tartness. A semi-sweet to sticky sour aftertaste leads into a quick semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly good for the sour style allowing the sour edge to allocate enough to lead into a woody feel on my tongue. Overall, pretty nice sour ale I could come back to.

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Photo of scottcmccarty
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heddar33
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamFuel
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, unclear. Very little foam.

Smell is like a hoppy apple cider, with a touch of acidity.

The taste follows the nose, tastes like a half and half of beer and cider. A bit of yeast and white peper round out.

Thin bodied, well carbonated.

Overall, a good thirst quencher, but pretty unspectacular.

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Photo of lic217
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a light orange haze, head fades extremely fast. The beer smells mildly funky and fruity. The beer is very sour and ends with a nice earthy breadlines. I very refreshing and clean tasting beer. It has a nice prickly carbonation. Very thirst quenching. However, not very complex. Likely in the low 4ish range

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Photo of xtonytx
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of riderwbd
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nomis
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hermit Thrush Brewery "Brattlebeer"
"ONE PINT" can, no production code or freshness dating
$4.25 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

On a trip to Vermont I picked up some Hermit Thrush beers. Sitting in my hotel room that night I opened up what I thought was a basic beer, only to be wowed by it! I was so impressed by it that I went back to the Beverage Warehouse first thing in the morning to get more. I thought that an "amber" or "gold" beer would just be basic beers... haha, NOT SO!

So I bought more, and I was impressed by them all, except not so much by this one. It's blended with cider (or just apple juice) which cuts down on the character of the beer, and although it's pretty good, I feel it's really was much more like a cider - a real cider, the kind with some funk to it, and that's great, but it's not as interesting or full as their other beers. On the other hand, mein gott, you could drink a ton of this - very dangerously drinkable despite its tartness. I like a little more of the funk, and I guess that's what I'm missing, but beyond that and the fact that it's a little lighter in body than the others, there's nothing wrong with it - in fact, I thought the balance was great, and I'm still highly recommending it.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Supergenou
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mersh
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erjaq
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brattlebeer from Hermit Thrush Brewery
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 82 ratings
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