Brattlebeer | Hermit Thrush Brewery

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Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 71
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mynie
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four pack of cans after being super impressed by their Dizzy Vicar.

Pours limp and hazy, more like an unfiltered cider than a beer. Not really appealing.

Smells pretty decent, if a bit weak: Belgian yeast, sour bacteria of some kind, and apples. Nice cominbation.

Tastes like it smells: straightforward, medium-strength, and nicely complex for a beer of such a modest ABV. Sour yeast/bacteria starts things off, pretty tart, but then it smooths out nicely near the middle and it's just apples and Belgian yeast the rest of the way.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange color with a massive foamy head and very sticky lace. Really funky smelling; salty, tart and sour. The taste is aligned with the smell along with some sweetness on the finish. Very dry. Light, creamy and refreshing. A fine example of the style, slightly extreme, and really refreshing.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA. This was a pleasant surprise! I ordered it knowing that Hermit Thrush puts out good beers, although this is my first from them, but I didn't even know the style. First sip was sour, funky, and fruity. Gorgeous appearance. Super delicious and refreshing but nicely tart. This is a damn good sour.

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Photo of Justin82
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip. Orange straw color and very hazy, 1/4 inch fizzy head dissipates quickly to nothing. Smells tart, apple, light brett funk. Taste is like the smell, brett takes on a bit of band aid flavor. Undertones of citrus and over ripe pineapple. Malt flavor is cracker and wheat. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, fairly high carbonation, finishes very dry. Apple becomes increasingly present as it warms and flattens a bit. This beer makes me think berliner weisse with apple. Enjoyable beer, not overly sour or funky, not too cidery. Good intro to sours beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy orange reddish-color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like tart funky apple cider, some wheat, and some tart farmhouse characteristics.

This really toes the line between apple cider and beer. It honestly tastes more cider-like than beer-like, but that's ok, because it tastes pretty cool. It tastes like sweet and sour apple cider, pretty tart but juicy sweet, with some wheat in the background, and just a little hint of funk.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and very juicy mouthfeel.

An interesting hybrid here, makes me want to try more of Hermit Thrush's stuff.

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Photo of therubicon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, great head retention. Smells and tastes like a combination of cider and blonde ale. Sour and funky with a dry middle and finish. Lots of carbination, almost effervescent. Medium body. Unique and tasty!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is a blend between a hard cider and an American Wild ale, Hermit Thrush's flagship ale will sure please the sour fans and the cider fans. This is why.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a soft hazy to cloudy pale orange to off white sort of color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left some glaze of lacing.
The smell started off with the apple cider-esque sort of aroma leading into a light woody edge and enveloping some dry citrus peel to surround a light funky to tartness.
The taste was semi-sour with a sweet dry to woody edge about it. There's a light aftertaste of the wood along with the citrus pounding into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with an alright sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good allowing the sourness to hit my tongue in all the right spots as a nice American Wild ale.
Overall, I'd say this was a good one. Brettheads might think its a good one to start off with as the sour is a bit tame all around. Cider fans could jump on board because of the apple sweetness involved with this one. Me, I say, just try it for yourself and see what Hermit Thrush is all about.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Straw-yellow in color; completely transparent. Pours with a 2 finger bright white head that dies down rather fast, leaving a partial layer of thin foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of medium bubbles visible. Slightly better than a good quality mass-produced beer.

Smell: Noticeable, yet not over-powering smell. Mild funk, lots of sour aroma with a faint smell of apples. What the type of beer, very appropriate and decent. A little heavy on the funk for my personal tastes, but it is what is expected for an American Wild Ale.

Taste: Sour start (think green apples) that progresses to a mildly funky finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very good. Just enough funk; any more and it would be too much for me personally.

Feel: Tingly sensation from the medium carbonation at the start; thinner body; slightly viscous; very slight pucker at the end from the sourness.

Overall: Decent sour ale. Nice flavor; I am generally not a big fan of American Wild Ales but I found myself enjoying this one. Would be good on a hot day in particular, as it is crisp and refreshing. I wish that the body was a little more substantial, but then it may lose that crispness that makes it refreshing. I would drink this again, when I was in the mood for this style of beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz can (does VT really love their pint cans or what?) into a snifter tonight. Pours a bright gold with opaque haze and a nice head that dies down but leaves spotty lacing. Aroma of pure, raw cider. Sweet, undertones of tartness. Taste starts with a blast of apple sweetness. Funkiness and tartness in the middle, hints of farmhouse. Finishes very sour and tart, somewhat wet on the tongue, not a ton of carbonation. Overall a wonderful blend of sour beer and cider. Easy to drink and very refreshing. Picked this up on a whim and ended up pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odd and refreshing gift from my brother in law.

A sour ale brewed with apple cider sure sounds intriguing. There is a nice balance between those two elements in the aroma. I found light sour apple funk and, well, regular apples. The taste is skewed toward apple cider with just a trace of sour ale tartness. Very refreshing and east to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweettarts come to mind in the initial aroma, with a lactic sourness.

Flavor is cidery tart. Body is fairly thin. There's a bit of a savory character. Very interesting.

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A sour ale with cider. Interesting combination. I've avoided their offerings until now as I was unsure of how to tell their beers apart.

Pours a cloudy, whitish-blonde color with almost no head. I don't drink many sour ales so I'm wondering if I will like this or not.

Apple, funky socks, pineapple and spice in the nose. I've had sour ales in the past that were as tart as an apple but nothing as blatant as this.

Both ale and cider blend to where it's more sweet than sour. The graininess of the malt helps to bring the funk to the forefront. It's not an overly funky thing.

Mouthfeel is subdued and sweet. More of a cider aftertaste.

Brattlebeer is an interesting offering from Hermit Thrush. It will appeal to those who are not huge fans of beer. It's like a shandy of sorts, but not quite.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a strange beer with an identity crisis. It wants to be sour, it wants to be a cider, it wants to be a beer, and ultimately it's an okay mix of the three.

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Brattlebeer from Hermit Thrush Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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