Wild Streak
Brooklyn Brewery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.72 | pDev: 13.98%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: There was a time when all beers were aged in wood, and yeasts ran wild and cavorted together. Modern brewing is wonderful, of course, but sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing. Sometimes it gives you a chance to reveal your funky side. We have to admit it - we’ve been cavorting for years...and sorta holding out on you. We didn’t want to do that, but the fact is that up until now we only had enough room to make this beer for ourselves and some close friends - we didn’t have enough beer to put it out on shelves. We actually make a lot of beers like this - we call them the “Ghost Bottles”, and we’ve enjoyed pouring them for you at tastings and dinners.

Now we’re very pleased to finally give one of our “ghosts” the opportunity to materialize in your hands. Brooklyn Wild Streak starts off as a Belgian-inspired golden ale. After fermentation and a brief conditioning, we then age the beer for several months in second-use bourbon barrels, giving it a soft, round character infused with nicely balanced oak flavors. Finally we bottle the beer flat and re-ferment it with blend of priming sugar, Champagne yeast and the wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. As the two yeasts do their cavorting, the beer gains its natural carbonation. The “Brett” takes many months to do its thing during bottle aging, but once it does, Wild Streak is enlivened by a wonderfully complex earthy funk.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Blend #2

L: Nearly clear golden grown pour. 2 fingers of fizzy white head... nice ring of lacing.

S: Bourbon. Smells boozy and sweet with mild funk.

T/F: Sweet up front... strong bourbon and grain flavor. Vanilla and oak... no real sour flavor or even tartness. Medium bodied and boozy... smooth... sticky on the tongue. More bourbon in the aftertaste.

O: Not picking up much in the way of 'wild ale' in this beer. Just a bit in the aroma. Tastes like an average bourbon barrel aged Belgian Golden. Not bad... but also not what was advertised or expected. Kind of forgettable.

Dec 30, 2018
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BKotch from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend #1. Bought two, and this is the first. Looks good, a little chill haze, small bubbles rising, and an inch-plus of foam off a vigorous pour. Smell is still bourbon barrel plus a little Brett funk. Flavor follows the smell -- barrel and Brett -- but they blend so well at this stage. The 10% comes through a little more as it warms. Mouthfeel is completely complementary to the foregoing -- smooth, a little creamy, but I do feel those small bubbles. Overall, impressive. I don't care what it's categorized as, I like it. Very subtle for a big beer. I won't wait long to drink the second bottle.

Oct 23, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blend #3
Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The taste is pale malts with moderate sweetness and a dry finish with some warmth from the high ABV. The barrel comes in a little more as the beer warms, but it is never a predominant part of the beer.

May 28, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"There was a time when all beers were aged in wood, and yeasts ran wild and cavorted together. Modern brewing is wonderful, but sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing. Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast called Brettanomyces. It's particularly great with cheeses and game meats. Oh, go ahead. You know you want to." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles as a limited release.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy, crisp cream white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body with light carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) The aroma is indicative of a Belgian Strong Pale, with pale, biscuit and bread malts constructing a rich, but clean malt aroma with residual sweetness, soft honey, caramel syrups. Very subtle Brettanomyces character in the aroma with a light tartness, still the Belgian Pale character comes through largely untouched. I also have a difficult time detecting any barrel aged notes in here. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavors largely taste of a Belgian Strong Pale, with bread malts, smooth exposed graininess, subtle caramelized sweetness, largely fermented out with the expected bite of alcohol. Again there was no discernible bourbon character nor Brettanomyces character present in the flavor. Altogether, it was pretty average flavor overall with little to no novelty going for it, especially in the avenues that would have drawn me to drop 20 dollars for a bottle of this. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and tangy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) The expectations were high going into this ale, but the end result was fairly ordinary with no discernible Brettanomyces impact nor bourbon and barrel character. The exposed graininess doesn't make it the most pleasing beer that I've had from the brewery, either. It's very pedestrian and alarmingly simple for something that was given the big-bottle treatment. While not all experiments can be winners, this proved to be yet another disappointing and astoundingly expensive release from Brooklyn. I can only be a sucker for so many more of these. 3.25

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Wild Streak Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels

May 11, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Creamy, bubbly.
TASTE: is woody and sweet. notes of oak,Caramel,brown sugar. bitter finish.
FEEL: Well carbonated. Thick.
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Apr 13, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Light orange with a solid two-finger head
S: Belgian yeast, brett, malt and spice
T: Matches the nose though mostly malt/yeast
M: Surprisingly light given the abv; smooth
O: I like that the focus is the various microbes not the malts/hops. I didn't taste any barrel influce except perhaps the smoothness. I let this one age for a bit; not sure if that helped or hurt though it certainly doesn't taste old

Apr 11, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer hits with a big bready sweetness with the Belgian Golden Strong Ale coming through, onto stone fruit, an intense carbonation. The beer hides it's alcohol quite well with its sweetness, the bourbon barrel character peeking through, a hint of funk with a dry barrel forward finish.

Feb 18, 2016
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy yellowish orange color, with bubbly and frothy off-white head.

S: Tart apples, yeast, esters, strong bourbon / boozy aroma.

T: Belgian yeast, apple flavors in front that quickly transition to a rich, luscious vanilla and toasted bourbon.

F: Starts light on the tongue but moves into heavier booze, syrupy, and warm on the throat territory.

O: I like it, but wish a bit more of the Belgian pale and brett flavors remained in tact. It's a huge wallop of bourbon that it's slightly too strong.

Sep 17, 2015
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badgustav from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - light brown bordering on golden. With a light head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lacing behind
Aroma - strong whiskey notes, oakiness, and a light Brett sourness. Dark fruits underlay everything else
Flavor - initial sip was very reminiscent of a rich, red burgundy. It opened up to solid whisky notes, notes of fig, and Brett bite.
Feel - light body, slightly astringent. Medium-heavy carbonation helps the flavor play along the tongue.

Overall- if you like whisky, this is a beer for you. It opens up over time, has fascinating notes. Fairly unique

May 28, 2015
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J-Rye from New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got a bottle two weeks ago from the brewery. It poured into a snifter glass a pale straw color with a finger of head, despite a very aggressive pour. The smell was sharp whiskey. Too sharp. In fact, that's almost all I could smell. There's some vanilla scents, i'm not picking up too much else. The taste is overpowered by the bourbon barrel aging. It's not a very balanced beer. I have to reach to taste the wild in it. It's there, but weak. The mouth feel isn't great. A bit to thin for the style. Not much carbonation up front. My thought is that maybe they made a good wild ale, which they ruined in bourbon barrels. So many good things going on here, but they're not working well together. Blue Mountain's Sour Banshee (while a much darker-style bourbon aged wild) was way better and a much better price. I'm left wondering how good bourbon barrel-aged Brookyln Blast could be.

May 01, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/25...pours cloudy amber, lighter below, heavy foam that fades and laces. Spicy, woodsy, ale malt nose. Light sweetness. Really flavorful taste. Fruity, bourbon infused - all of the flavor, but without the whisky booze punch. Big flavor. Really good.

Mar 14, 2015
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a Brooklyn dinner at A Wegamans with Garrett Oliver running the dinner. This brew was pretty awesome. Has some Belgium type notes due to the wild yeast and was one of the best wild ales I have ever tasted. Hard one to find.

Mar 06, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of apples along with hints of bourbon from the barrel aging. Slight bits of oak and sweetness are also noticeable. The bourbon flavors begin to develop more as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The subtleness offered by the bourbon lend some complexity to the taste of this beer, but I thought this beer would be more interesting and dining get any funkiness offered by the brett.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 16, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a very disappointing beer overall. There was barely notes of the bourbon barrel that this beer was aged in according to the label. The base beer did not offer much at all, with only a brett presence noticeable. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Very disappointing overall.

Jan 01, 2015
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt hazy light amber color with a billowing white frothy head that retains nicely. Smell has aromasof earthy cut grass, apricots, Belgian yeast and hints of pepper and oak in the finish. Taste has a strong Belgian yeast flavor forward with notes of orange peel, coriander, and alcohol. Moderately sweet grainy malt is balanced with earth hops and hints of oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated and finishs dry.

Dec 30, 2014
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heygeebee from Australia

4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...
Major major thanks to rwalford74 for sharing.
Vanilla, lychee, tangerine/orange, with solid malt and Belgian yeasts.
Suspect the haters would be wanting more Brett (tho there was a defienite Brett hit on the Pfftt of bottle opening)
Subtle and complex.
And quite clearly overpriced.

Sep 28, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Blend #4 bottled in early 2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light vanilla/coconut, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light honey, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light coconut/vanilla, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light honey, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light coconut/vanilla, hay, straw, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged Belgian strong ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 22, 2014
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise after reading a few reviews. Agree it was not much of a big tart beer as the name would suggest. But still was very impressive. It poured as a good saison style beer with nice full head and good retention/lacing despite higher octane.. Beer had a very attractive appearance in my Belgian tulip. Aroma wafted off glass and clearly signaled both funky tartness and some vanilla and wood. Soft but still very present. Based on reviews I had half the bottle at 45F and half at 60F. The warmer beer was probably not what the brewers had in mind, but I found it delightful. The beer was complex with soft hints of brett and vanilla melding with gentle hop bitterness and strains of malt sweetness . there was a hint of yeasty breadiness and a ?? hint of butterscotch. It seemed to be calling for food so I pulled out some nice goat cheese and a baguette. Don't know if food aficionados would agree or not, but I thought the gentle complex flavors of the beer paired well with the bright but still rich cream flavors of the cheese. The mouth feel was very nice with soft carbonation and easy drinkability.
Overall, I thought this would be a big beer that would probably stand on its own. It does the solo act just fine, but this beer was made for some fun inventive matches with food. The cook in me would love to try this a few more times and play with some flavor matches and contrasts. As noted by others though...the fairly high price will probably not help support this. Still recommended. Really enjoyed it.

Aug 09, 2014
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sanhedrin from New York

2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not undrinkable, but I've come to expect more from Brooklyn's special runs. Very heavy on the malty sweetness. The promised Bretts are borderline nonexistent. Could use a bit more of that funky sourness. Boozy, for sure. Hint of bitterness on the back end is nice, but it's just a bare hint. Needs something more, something amped up just a touch, as it stands it's a bit one-note, all oaky sweet and not much else. A rare misfire from Garrett Oliver, far from a disaster but nothing I'd buy again.

Aug 03, 2014
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scootny from New York

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice pour. Henry hazed wit a clean white head. Streaks and spots are generous on the sides of the glass.

A light covering sits on a golden fluid. Nose is light with pilsner malt laying down a feather bed of faint bready sweetness upon which notes of coconut, oak, vanilla, and sift bourbon.

Taste is sophisticated and complex. Harkening back to the nose, malt front is signature Belgian ale. Bourbon barrel contributes toasty caramel, coconut, oak, vanilla and wild sour cherries that are no doubt created by the synergy of Brett and barrel. Light funk as well. Finish is very dry and tightly bitter with an astringency that is surprising and refreshing. A tight, light sourness lingers with a hint of melon.

Feel is surprisingly light with a crisp carbonation the sometimes blossoms into full and creamy.

A superb spin on a BSPA. This is a great summer funk and barrel beer. Yum.

Aug 01, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a chalice
Blend #5

A: Pours a very hazy pale apricot color with 1 fingers width of white head that dissipates down to a thick film that remains throughout the duration of the drink. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Oaky, vinous white wine, some Belgian yeast estery aromas, subtle booze, a bit of citrus and faint muted hops. The wild yeast presence is fairly faint, really not much funk or tartness at all.

T: Some bitterness, a good degree of booze (much more than I was expecting), barrel notes with a fairly big oaky vanilla, some burnt plastic, belgian estery banana and some typical BPA spicy notes. Again wild bacteria notes are pretty faint, with just a subtle funkiness.

M/D: Fuller bodied for the style, average carbonation, ABV certainly noticable (a bit more than I am used to for the style), and drinkability is fair.

O: Not the best example of wild ale in that the wild bacteria doesnt particularly shine, but its quite an enjoyable beer with a fairly big complexity and depth of aromas and flavors. If the price wasnt so high I would most likely drink this again, unfortunately its not really worth the high price tag in my opinion. Still an enjoyable beer though.

Jul 24, 2014
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Pencible from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blend #5
A: This poured a hazy gold with some rocky white head.
S: It smelled like toasted coconut and vanilla and oak, with some caramel and nutty toffee.
T: It tasted like copper hops and caramel malt, with some oak and toasted coconut and vanilla. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a very basic strong ale with bourbon added. The scent and taste were a little boring, with very little Belgian character and basically no discernible Brett funk. I wish I could call it subtle and sophisticated, but I can't. The body was a little weak too, and the finish was hot. So it must be sipped, without much to savor. Age might help, but fresh was somewhat disappointing.

Jul 01, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

brooklyn has been putting out some really cool brews, and despite some recent accounts of pretension and obnoxiousness toward visitors to their facility, i continue to really enjoy their offerings. this one is a bourbon barrel aged wild brew, heavy on the bourbon, light on the wild. copper in color, rather clear, with minimal head or visible carbonation. looks rather still actually. the nose is gorgeous though, sticky toffee melts into kentucky bourbon, mellow corn whiskey with a familiar sweet vanilla finish. the bourbon dominates the grain, which is in the caramel family, but is lost to the spirit. the body is a little thin on this too, so maybe both problems could be abated with a larger malt bill. not to be too picky though, because this is delicious beer. the flavor has a cool yeast complexion, with a mix of belgian stone fruit flavors and drying brett over a sweeter beer. its subtly wild though, and comes across more as a belgian strong. the bourbon is there again in the finish, and i am surprised i never get much alcohol heat out of this. lots of oak though, and lots of that toffee character. tasty beer here, but one that would improve with more carbonation. curious to see how this one ages too...

Jun 28, 2014
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle (Blend #2) poured into a Rastal Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy translucent gold-amber beer with an initial rocky thick white head. Died back to a persistent 1/8" head with persistent islands of lacing.

Smell: Fine/good bourbon notes - not the cheapo bourbon, but the good stuff aged for awhile. Some fruity esters and just a hint of mustiness under it all after a swirl. Mostly bourbon + vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon bite up front, some fruity esters + Belgian yeast notes, earthy bitter finish morphing quickly into a bourbon whiskey finish (vanilla, oak, sweet sour mash bourbon)

Mouthfeel: Slick, light carbonation, does not stick to teeth, some warming from the alcohol, but mild.

Overall / Drinkability: After reading what makes a Wild Ale per style notes here on BA, I really couldn't tell you if this is a wild ale or not. I think I would call it a good Belgian ale aged in Bourbon barrels though. The bourbon is the main theme of this beer, but it's not overpowering. Bourbon complements the solid Belgian ale. The alcohol though, while hidden (no harsh alcohol notes) does let you know pretty early on that it's present. Glad I tried it, but one big glass is enough per evening. Went well with steak, rice, and salad. From some of the other notes I've read on BA, it appears that this is a beer you'll really like, or just not find that impressive. Maybe that's the point, as wild ales are not for everyone. Some people really like them and others can't stand them. Definitely a beer that made me think while I drank it.

Jun 15, 2014
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tomordonez from Florida

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale aged in bourbon barrels. “Belgian inspired golden ale”. Smells like wood and a little bit of whiskey. The small head dissipates to flat in a few minutes. Very noticeable taste of wood and whiskey. Some bitterness. Earthy. It tastes like a beer at cold temp. At room temp this is not a beer. Strong but it has a learning curve, you either like it or love it but not hate it. It was worth $20.

Jun 15, 2014
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