Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #321
Ranked #32,136
3.77 | pDev: 11.67%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Tango is a big, bold, Belgian-style dark ale brewed with 1,200 pounds of cherries!

Tango pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice fluffy head, offering a very complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits. The strong 750 ml glass bottle finished with a cork and cage allows the very robust bottle-conditioning responsible for Tango’s effervescence. Dark fruit flavors join the cherries to match up with the strong malt bill with the Belgian yeast adding its 2 cents along the way.

Tango weighs in at 10.6% ABV and was brewed using a base of Pilsner Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU.

Tango debuted as the 20th installment of Weyerbacher’s Brewers’ Select series in November of 2011, however, it wasn’t bottle conditioned and was a tad lower in alcohol.
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breakingbland from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not only does this beer taste delicious, it feels “delicious” in the mouth. The rich body matches the flavor profile. This is a big beer but not overwhelming. I hope to see it again.

May 18, 2018
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noel2977 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had cellared this bottle for some time. Bought on Jan 15 - brewed in Oct 14. This bottle was put into a dark basement that was relatively temperature and humidity controlled.
Appearance - beautiful. Ruby hinted tinge to a traditional ale, with what is surprising carbonation after so many years. The carbonation is perfectly balanced for this beer. The pour settles in seconds with a bit of foam. It all feels natural.
Taste and Aroma - My smell sucks...so here goes. Dark fruit, nothing overly funky or upsetting. This is like a beautiful beer went to bed and woke up acclimatized.. Taste -- love it. Its a Belgian style, without the heavy onset of dark fruit that transitions elegantly to a subtle but present cherry hint. All the way supported by a subtle malt backbone. Its as if someone who brewed this beast knew what it would evolve to in 3 yrs afterwards. Very appreciative and glad I saved this bottle for aging.

Mar 19, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "Tango"
25.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged
$7.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ
Sampled on 23 April 2016

Look: Ruby-accented chestnut brown body beneath a finger thick head of foamy khaki/light tan that drops quickly to become denser, then holds, eventually dwindling to a thin collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Belgian yeast phenols, caramel malt, mild cherry, other dark skinned fruits.

Taste: Spicy, clovey. Golden and medium dark caramel maltiness with some toastiness. Moderate cherry. Sweetish. Honeyish. Drying oak. It coats the mouth but then finishes drying with residual malt, cherry, spice and a spritz of alcohol.

Feel: Medium bodied with a very-fiine bubbled effervescent carbonation that bristles, tingles, and then warms to become airy then smooth.

Overall: Excellent given the price, and still excellent disregarding that. Definitely worth trying, and probably stocking up on.

Jan 19, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, off white, foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. OK Lacing.

S: A solid aroma of cherries, dark fruit, yeast, and a sugary component.

T: Tasted of a good amount of Belgian yeast, a lot cherries (not as much as I expected), some dark fruit (plums and figs, in particular), light malt notes, and some caramel as well. Quite a vibrant flavor that's more centered on fruit than anything else. An interesting and likable taste.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solidly made, easy to drink beer. It won's necessarily set itself apart from other BSDAs, but it's definitely drinkable.

Oct 18, 2016
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in October 2016. The drink by date on the bottle was 11/05/2017.

Appearance: Deep brown with dark tan head. Beer is clear. Head is average, and and did not leave much of a film/lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with mix of cherries, sweet caramel, and malts. A little hint of pepper. Nice variety and balance.

Taste: There is an interesting mix of sweetness from the malt & cherries, and just a little bite from the hops. There is a little chocolate flavor, and I get a nice soft caramel and honey flavors and some other berry flavors. There is a little alcohol bite as well. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Strong alcohol level, which confirms the 10.6% on the bottle.

This is a smooth medium-bodied Belgium Ale. It is an interesting combination of flavors, especially with the cherry, chocolate, honey, and caramel flavors.

Oct 16, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper red. Persistent fluffy fizzy blanket.

Cherry and breadiness on the nose--maybe like a cherry cobbler.

Taste is cherry, a touch acidic, with a fair amount of Belgian yeast.

Fluffy feel.

Oct 10, 2016
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gutbuster from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky ruby red in color with a very dense and active tan head that persists throughout the session. A heavy amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Typical dark fruits that are noticeable with belgian dark ales are noticeable on the aromas. Prune, black cherry, a bit of fig and date.

Up front we have a bit of sweetness with caramel. By mid palate the dark fruits and earthiness come out with cherry and prunes. Finishes slightly sweet with just a touch of alcohol.

Full body and creamy with a surprisingly heavy amount of carbonation.

Jul 24, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster cup at ZooBrew, Jackson, MS. Thanks for the share, Carley.

A: Berry red with a light pink head that tango'd away pretty quickly.

S: Cherries, blackberries, plums, dates, burnt sugar. Belgian yeast.

T: Strong and sweet featuring cherries and dark fruit from the nose. Light Belgian yeast on the finish.

M: Medium with medium chewy carbonation.

O: A terrific sipper with a berry punch that pushes the beer envelope. Yummy.

Apr 06, 2016
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very well carbonated ruby Amber with massive frothy head that stays quite awhile. Smells of tart cherry, just like cherry pie. Upfront cherry sweetness and flavor. Tart and a little off balance with cherry totally in front of dark Belgian strong malts. Great carbonation. Alcohol seems well in check. Overall, a good fruit beer but I'd like to see more Belgian quality yo this.

Feb 01, 2016
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Invinciblejets from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby brownish red finger of head dissipated quickly.
Smells like sweet cherries dark fruit like figs and raisins a lot of sweetness
Cherry and oak hit the front of the tongue first followed by a lot of sweet malts some phenolic character.
Velvet mouth feel a little crispy
Over all it's decent but I'd recommend the variant d'tango unchained.

Jan 10, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a snifter on tap

A: dark burnt caramel in color hazy very little head but poured cold on tap

S: sweet figs caramel light clove

T: lots of burnt sugar a little bit of Apple figs

M: fuller to medium a touch cloying the beer definitely lingers on the tongue

O: it's not bad it's not amazing but it is weyerbacher they are big on shooting for the middle. If you like sweet Belgians grab it otherwise meh.

Dec 21, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mikro: This one pours a very dark coppery color. It had a faint ruby tinge. It had a tan head that left some lacing. the nose is good. Slightly sweet. Yeasty, bready, dark fruits, cherries, candi sugar. The taste is very good. The taste mirrors the nose. A really good beer.

Dec 19, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/16...pours crimson brown color with high white foam. Cherry sour nose. Dark fruit tones. Boozy! Heavy, sour, astringent, rich all smacks you at once. Cough syrup pucker. Mellows modestly over time.

Jul 10, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a semi-opaque cherry brown color, nice carbonation, very thin lacing that's bubbly, not frothy as I would have expected.

S - Cherries, Belgian spice, bready, honey, plumbs, and raisons with some booziness to the aroma.

T - Cherries, Belgian spice, honey, light Belgian toffee malt, and cloves.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue, leaves a delicate coating of cherry tang in the mouth, little to no warming on the way down.

O - Nicely done Weyerbacher!

Jul 03, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It is a rare domestic brewer that is able to capture the Belgian look when they brew Belgian style beers but Weyerbacher has nailed this one; cola brown color with a billowy tan head; lots of lacing hangs around

Smell: Fruit and spice cake tones, with dried fig, cherry and date; spices include cinnamon, allspice, clove and ginger; caramel and brown sugar tones, as well

Taste: The sweet spice cake malt base brings brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and clove tones through the mid-palate, with the dried dark fruit flavors building to a crescendo after the swallow; cherry is not the first thing that comes to mind but there is a maraschino element in the finish

Mouthfeel: This beer captures the Belgian mouthfeel, with a full body, a creamy character and a buoyant carbonation that carries through to the finish

Overall: Weyerbacher has done a masterful job here with a Belgian style

May 01, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a disappointment. Very little cherry flavor, and the flavor that was present just wasn't very good. I considered a drain pour 1/2 way through but resolved to finish it.

Apr 26, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark, ruby-tinged date coloring with a bubbly, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of tart dark cherries, hints of clove spice, and a bready backbone. Rich and sweet nose. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a blast of rich and tart dark cherry, followed by a solid booze kick, some dark stone fruit sweetness, and a subtle spice blend. The cherry notes really dominate. The body is big, but the carbonation and crisp feel throughout keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste continues with the tart cherry profile, but the date, fig, and raisin notes really start to pull the balance in their favor by the end of the palate. The finish is slightly effervesced, with a richly sweet linger, and of course the cherry is still there. Interesting brew.

Mar 15, 2015
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scootny from New York

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler purchased about three weeks ago. Garnet ruby highlights in the snifter with a light, fluffy, (as noted) head. Not much lace. Lovely nose is sweet and inviting. Cherries and dark fruits cover a surprisingly light base malt breadiness that recalls a tripel as much as a BSDA. Sweetness offers up a bit of alcohol and pepper. Figs and banana hide in the back. Taste is warm fruitcake, cherry fruitcake. Rum soaked and vaporous with rich dark sugars and light sweet cake bread. Finish is somewhat alcoholic and warm with the mildest of hop bitterness to bring a firm dryness like sherry. Smooth and silky carbonation is almost cask like and perfectly done. Sticky on the sides of the glass and lightly chewy in the mouth. A good solid offering that I'll revisit in the bottle and see how it cellars.

Mar 01, 2015
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mr-jj from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is clear red mahogany with a frothy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is Belgian yeast, fruit esters and just a touch of cherries. Less cherry than I expected given the label. Flavor is classic Belgian ale with a touch of sourness. It almost starts off as a sour on the palate before quickly giving way to the malt and Belgian esters. Other than the bite of tartness at the start, you could easily convince me this was brewed without cherries. I've had Belgian ales with stronger cherry profiles that were not brewed with cherries. Body is medium with ample carbonation. It's a good beer and I enjoyed it.

Feb 23, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: First pour yielded a moderately hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head that falls rather quickly and leaves nearly no lacing.

4.25 S: Oh shit! The cherries in this are super strong. Sweet, sweet cherries. Behind that there's a peppery spiciness, caramel, and sugar crackery maltiness. Mild yeast breadiness, plum fruitiness, and a hint of clove. Really nice.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the cherries are the strongest component. Though this tastes great, the flavors don't come together as well as they do in the nose. It's sweet, but less so than the nose lets on. Still got caramel, plum and raisin fruits, peppery and clove spice. The yeast is more pronounced adding a heftier breadiness.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit overcarbonated. Fizzy without being very spritzy if that makes sense.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I think it would be better without as much yeastiness and if the mouthfeel turned out better (with too much carbonation being the biggest problem).

Feb 19, 2015
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woemad from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 1pt.9.4oz. caged-and-corked bottle courtesy of OzzyLizard and NBS BIF #1, this is a beer not remotely available in my neck of the woods. No freshness date, but at 10.6%abv, I think it’s probably good for quite a while.

Opened via a wine bottle opener with a loud “POP”, this poured a dark mahogany color into an Iron Goat snifter, with a big, creamy beige-colored head that exhibited considerable staying power, and left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass. A very good looking beer.

Upon opening there was quite a vinuous aroma, along with a little funk that I was not expecting. As it warms, cherry aroma emerges, along with a discrete milk chocolate-like scent that hovers in the background. I picked up a little bit of raisiny dark fruit aroma as well.

Whoa, not at all what I was expecting, but not in a bad way. Tart, sour cherry flavor up front, with a winey and chocolaty, brown sugar things happening in the background. No sign of the high alcohol in this in the taste.

Medium bodied, with a slightly crisp and effervescent mouthfeel.

Odd, and not what I was expecting (which I suppose was something along the lines of a fruity Quad, a la 3 Philosophers), but rather tasty if you don’t mind fruit beers that have taken a detour into sour land. It might be a good bridge beer for someone who has found they like Belgian beers but haven't made the jump to sours, as the tart sourness isn't overbearing. I kind of wish it wasn’t in quite as large a serving as it is, especially given it's HUGE alcohol content, but am damn glad to have had it, or any Weyerbacher beers for that matter. If local, and in a sour mood, I’d buy this, especially if I had someone who also would like it to share with.

Feb 15, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Mild head. Aroma has hints of the advertised cherries. The dark Belgian character is far more prominent. A bit phenolic. Dark fruits...cherry is separate. Sweetly aromatic malt in the vein of brown sugar and molasses. The flavor gives an initial pop of maraschino cherry. The cherry loses its muster and the rest is the base of dark Belgian brew? Well, maybe not precisely. It's not as sticky sweet as many of the same style. The malt bill isn't as intensely rich. I almost like it better. Still, quite sweet. Alcohol dives upon the tongue. Softer carbonation. Didn't know what to expect here. More cherry?

Feb 14, 2015
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark reddish brown with a nice 2 finger head that is foamy and leaves a foamy lacing on my 22 oz mug. somewhat opaque but light does get through.

S- dark juicy cherry nose with hints of caramel malt and banana as well. bubblegum rounds it out to finish the smell.

F- dark candied cherry with bubblegum and caramel malts and brown sugar on the back end. there is the hint of banana as well.

M- heavy bodied cherry with carbonated grain. warm all the way down

O- a decent dark ale. the abv is high and it will hit me in about 30 minutes but the flavors interact well with each other.

Feb 14, 2015
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into chalice. Stamped with two dates 11/7/14 (bottled on? and 11/7/16 (best by?).
A: Pours a dark amber hue with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Banana and clove hit first and hit strong. Strong fruity esters. Light caramel malt, brown sugar, and cherry.
T: The cherry note comes forward to the front here and mingles with the banana and clove as the dominant aspects. Light caramel malt, brown sugar (almost burnt sugar), lightly toasted/cracker malt, and a hint of white pepper.
M: Light-medium body...fairly light in comparison to the ABV. Sweet and dry.
D: An interesting brew...I do like the cherry component. Just a bit lacking in it's body structure (not quite as much heft as is typical for a Belgian strong dark ale) and balance. Not bad, but not worth going too far out of your way for either.

Feb 09, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter, this unique Belgian pours a reddish brown with a moderate light tan head that dissipates to a thin ring and lights lacing. Nose of tart pie cherries, Belgian candy sugars, bread crust, and a dash of Belgian yeast. Flavors follow the nose with the exception of some chocolate flavors to the back, candy sugars and tart pie cherries on all sides and on the aftertaste, and a light herbal hop in the background. A nice interpretation with the addition of cherries of one of my more favorite styles. High carbonation and effervescent mouth feel finishes lightly dry with some nice alcohol warmth to remind one they are drinking a Belgian style strong. Not overly complex, but a solid offering for the style.

Feb 05, 2015
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