D’Tango Unchained
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

D’Tango UnchainedD’Tango Unchained
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Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #4
Ranked #6,760
4.06 | pDev: 11.82%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
D’Tango UnchainedD’Tango Unchained
Notes: D’Tango Unchained is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale brewed with cherries (AKA Tango), which we then aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. The result is a 9.6% ABV deep amber brew with ruby highlights. Aroma has subtle hints of banana, along with tart cherry, soft vanilla and oak. Not overly sweet, tasting yields a nice, tart cherry and lingering malty flavors that finish dry.
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/16/15

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a half finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a thin collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of slightly sour cherries, funk, and oak with a little leather along with a slight hint of caramel.
T: Taste is tart and cherry forward up front before some slight paint thinner, funk, and leather comes in. Slight caramel and funk continue with a little more acetone. On the swallow there's more paint thinner, cherries, funk, leather, and oak.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body. Carbonation is fairly effervescent but it is not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this was a decent beer. It has some nice complexity and flavors but I think that it fits better as a Wild Ale than it odes as a Belgian Strong Dark. It drinks well and is decently balanced. It's worth a try if you like the style.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, May 03, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz brown bottle caged and corked

Weyerbacher D'Tango Unchained has a clear dark amber body with red highlights. A 1-finger light-tan head that dissipated faster than you can write 'dissipated' and left no lacing behind was produced. The aroma is musty, and dominated by tart/sour cherries. The taste is also dominated by tart/sour cherries that linger a long time. The mouth feel is high-medium with a finish that is dry and makes you pucker. Carbonation is lighter than expected.

Overall, if you like cherries and a tart/sour flavor then this ale is for you - not so much for me.

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bushbeer75 from Michigan, Jan 07, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewery
Light fizzy head, no lacing, mostly clear cranberry chestnut ruby color

Nose tart funky Brett, souring notes, plenty of tart cherry with light vanilla, hint of barrel, it has a little candied vanilla banana thing, Belgian phenols

Taste tart cherries, very sour acidic cherry and funk, big buttery oak barrel and vanilla, like vanilla ice cream covered in buttery oak and tart cherries, candy syrup topping, a bit more Belgian phenols and perfumey alcohol, flemmy sticky acidic finish

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, little booze warmth big acidic bite

Overall interesting fun beer, better than I expected

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Sep 02, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown. Big sour cherry aroma. Quite tart, very sour, ample cherry flavor. Interesting. Aged 3 years in my cellar.

Bomber dated 7/15/15
4 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Jul 15, 2018
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3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep cola brown with glints of ruby, moderate head that settles to a thin lacing, carbonation persistent. Lots of oak on the nose, a little tannin, inviting undernotes of dark cherry & currant, a little vanilla. Taste profile a bit too heavy on the wood - not enough of those fruity flavors make it over from the nose to help smooth out those earthy oak flavors. They are there, just distant and timid. Sourness has more of a lacto taste than a Brett taste - a little more acidic, not quite as dry as you'd want. It is alright, just lacks diversity and depth.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Sep 22, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "D'Tango Unchained"
25.4 fl.oz. brown glass bottle, corked and caged
$5.92 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: The bottle opened with just a light pop which makes me wary. This is an old bottle so I wouldn't be surprised if it lost some carbonation. It seems to have poured nicely though, bringing up a finger thick head of creamy tan over a clear, very dark ruby body. There's obviously yeast in the bottle but I've decanted it well. The aroma is oaky with dark cherry and some funk that suggests leather, metal, mineral, and wet straw. It's clearly Brettanomyces influenced. The flavor follows and it's almost too perfect. It's sweetish, and a bit malty, but not sweet, and then balanced by a distinct tartness with a vinous cherry flavor and funk and oak flowing along until you get to the dry, oaky, and lightly acidic finish. Some residual dark sugar maltiness and cherry remain, as does some earthiness. The head has unfortunately dropped, and there's little lacing left. It's medium to medium-light in body and gently crisp, almost softly effervescent as if it had been bottle conditioned, and that works perfectly given the tartness which already livens the tongue. Had it been more carbonated I don't think it would have worked as well. It really feels on the tongue like a wine with some gentle zest to it. I've had beers that are more complex, with more Brett character, more malt, more oak, and even more tartness, but never one that's been so supple with so many of these characteristics going on at the same time. Stunning! Absolutely stunning! This is a beer that's unlike any other I've tasted. It's so wine-like and rich without being overdone. If I had only known I would have bought cases of this! I really liked the Tango that this is made from, but the barrel aging with Brettanomyces has brought it into world-class stature. For those who might have a bottle or two of this aging in the cellar, now might be the time to open it up.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 04, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thin creamy khaki head dissipates quickly, leaving behind a wispy fog and ring around an Offero glass. Iridescent garnet appears to radiate with shimmering random carbonation racing to the surface.

Oak fills the room while pouring. Brett aromas are clearly present and lurking within the wood. Cherries punctuate as the aroma activates one's salivary glands.

Wow! Clearly the nose knows. This may have the most oak I can recall having ever tasted. Tannens are through the roof, as is the acidity and tartness. Cherries and raspberries present themselves late in the sip and linger within a strong finish.

A medium body counters high, fine carbonation and strong, but not harsh alcohol. Texture is scratchy and there are metallic notes.

This is a fun beer. Interesting, tasty, and challenging. While one is enough for a sitting, it certainly satisfies and leaves one desirous of another some other day.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Jul 16, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice reddish brown with a one finger white foamy head, No noticeable lacing.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, green apple skin, lemon, oak and funky brett.

T -The taste is sweet and dark cherries with light sweet malts, brett and oak.

M - Medium bodied wirh medium carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very solid American style Belgian. The flavors are deftly balanced with the ABV well hidden.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Sep 25, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a deep glistening amber color, ruby red highlights. Transparent w/ some fast rising carbonation bubbles. Finger thick, soapy, off white colored head. Some spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Tart cherries, brighter sweet berry fruits. Malty sweetness, candied syrup, bready. Oak and spice, mild funky yeast, banana.

Taste- Tart, sour cherry. Sweet berry notes, strawberry and a touch of tropical fruit. Sweet bready malts, fruitcake, cherry pie filling. Dry oak and spice, creamy banana and vanilla. Funky yeast, grassy, fruity sweetness.

Feel- Medium bodied. Moderate prickling sourness, but there is a lot of sweeter flavors to balance, fairly smooth throughout. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- A real enjoyable beer and much different than expected. Good amount of sourness, a real ripe tart cherry that carries throughout the beer. There is a perfect amount of sweetness in the base beer to balance out the tartness. Oak and funky yeast adds some nice layered complexity.

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OrangeMen from New York, Jul 24, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a reddish color with a little head.

Smell: loads of tart cherries and oak.

Taste: nice malty base with tart cherries, oak, and brett. There are some hints of vanilla arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and tart at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping big beer with loads of flavor. If you like Brett beers, this one is really good.

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Gavage from New Jersey, Feb 21, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Zimm for sharing this one. 750ml corked and caged into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy brown with off-white cap. Aroma is strong with natural smelling cherries, quite pitted and earthy with a zip of tangy alcohol and bacterial sourness evident. The taste is tart with a bacterial tang and sour cherries. A little of the previously mentioned earthy/pitted/brett flavoring and a touch of raw wood. This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Weyerbacher barrel aged beers and sours can be quite the wild cards. This one is pretty decent with all listed ingredients noticeable.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Feb 09, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is an awesome beer from Weyerbacher. Being a Belgian dark ale I was expecting more sweetness but this is definitely sour. Lots of sour cherries and Brett. I don't get s ton of oak but it's delicious.

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BigMike from Pennsylvania, Dec 15, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear ruby red with a three finger little tan head. Second pour was slightly hazy.

S- Tart cherries, dark fruits, plums, some caramel malts, brett, funky, some oak, very nice balance between sour and funk.

T- Sour cherries, oak, funky musty finish, hints of cherry skins, plums/dark fruits, caramel malts, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, dry, medium body.

O- Very well done, makes me want want to pick up the base beer. Weyerbacher has been brewing some great new beers this year and this is another great one, definitely feel like I should age a bottle or two.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Nov 08, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, hazy, ruby with a small head and a foamy ring throughout. Smell is lots of cherries and malt; also some Brett, yeast, oak, plums, brown sugar, a little vanilla. Taste shifts more toward the malt, but still has a strong cherry presence. Also oak, plums, brown sugar, figs, caramel, yeast, raisins. More tart than sour, and not overly tart. Smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

Lots of flavors- certainly more cherries than most beers claiming them, and well balanced. Brett compliments more than dominates, resulting in a really nlce level of tartness. Not a sweet beer. Interesting version of a Belgian Dark, that is well worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Oct 21, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy muddy straw color with a subtle tinge of ruby.

A little funk on the nose but not overpowering.

Not boozy. Very tart cherries. Brett but no notable yeast flavors.

Dry. Sour/tart but not overpowering, surprisingly.

If you are looking for a cherry Brett sour that won't take your feet out, this is nice. I'd love to try this after a few years in the cellar.

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chakadrum from Pennsylvania, Oct 17, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flight Sampler at the Blend Bar & Bistro poured into a 4-ounce sample glass. A rather murky orange color with a thin head. Aroma of sour cherries and dark fruits. The booziness is clearly present. If you don't like sour beers then you won't like this one. I happen to be fond of the sours, which made this one enjoyable for me. Dark fruits and sour cherries in the taste, with a hint of sweetness. Complex for sure. I'd seek this one out again.

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cmq103 from New Jersey, Oct 09, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 07/15/15.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before soon fading to nearly no surface foam. Zero lacing.

S- Nice lacto/brett funk aroma with some cherry sweetness and toasty malt backing. Even more musty brett funk comes out when swirled.

T- Funky, sweet and a touch of booze in the front then the flavors disperse across the palate and start trying out into a tart finish. Moderate sourness plays well with the cherries.

M- Dry with a mild pucker. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Enjoyable take on a wild ale with solid drinkability and good complexity.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Sep 29, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cork and cage bottle into pint glass. The color is a ruby-brown with a thin, milk white head and lacing. The smell is a pleasant combination of cherry, malt, caramel, cinnamon, and other spices. The initial taste is big, tart cherry, followed by oaky dark malt, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and a sweet caramel-vanilla finish. Notwithstanding a fairly explosive cork-pop, this ale is only lightly carbonated and medium-bodied and it masks the 9.6 ABV quite well. Overall, it is a tart, refreshing ale with a big, complex taste. I would really like to try it on draught.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Sep 27, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/15/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, green apple, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, green apple, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast/oak spiciness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, date, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, lightly acidic/tannic, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged wild Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. Very similar to the base beer with added tropical Brett and oak barrel complexities; and a bit drier on the finish from the overall acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 26, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! Was not excepting this good of a beer. This instantly climbs to the top of the ladder of weyerbacher beers for me. Perfect blend of tartness, acidity, carbonation, and funk.

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djames from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer from Weyerbacher. I don't know if I got to try Tango, but this was right up my alley. Dark red beautiful beer, smelled a bit of fruit and a a little funk. Tasted similar, somewhat fruity and somewhat funky sour but this one just popped. Extremely tasty, almost too drinkable for a big, bretty beer like this one. If it was cheaper I'd buy a few.

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DrStiffington from New Jersey, Sep 20, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear dark red with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tons of musty and funky aromas here. Musty hay, tart cherries, and some sweeter Belgian yeast notes come through. There are also some aromas of tanic red wine aromas.

T: tart cherries, tanic wine, and lots of musty and funky Brett flavors come through before a tart, musty finish with a slight alcohol burn.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a good beer , overall. Lots of funky/musty Brett notes going on with a strong tart cherry presence as well. Very tasty.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A plum, copper color. Not much head. Highly carbonated. Not much lacing.

S: Tart cherries, plums.

T: Plum, tart taste. Some tart cherries.

F: Light bodied.

O: This was unexpectedly more tart than I expected. This seemed to be more of a Flanders Oud bruin or an American Wild Ale. Enjoyed it a lot.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Jose Pistola's for Philly Beer Week. Not super sour, nice balance with a lot of complex flavors going on. It didn't hurt that that I got to sit and talk to the head brewer and one of the sales guys while I was enjoying it. I thought this was an excellent beer. Worth a try if you see it around.

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FrankShirley from Massachusetts, Jun 01, 2015
D’Tango Unchained from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 97 ratings