Arcadia XV | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kzoobrew on 12-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 27
Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy brown color, maybe a dark amber, with an off-white head. The cherries come through nicely on the nose. There is some bread and toffee sweetness and a faint oakiness. A definite vinegar note to it as well. The flavor has pronounced vinegar and cherry notes with a fair amount of wine and red grape. A hint of oak, maybe some vanilla, and a bit of toasted malt and toffee.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased by Jason at the brewery during a stopover on our trip. Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving no wisps on top nor any lacework. Amber body with a very stray bubbles visible.

S - A bit sulfurous, with funky and lightly medicinal brett, touch of red wine vinegar, sour cherry hints, and fairly low oak presence. The sweetness of the base beer is still fairly present, so this is more Sour Brown than Wild Ale.

T - Taste is a bit less enjoyable, with the brown ale sweetness dominating mid-palate before yielding to musty and medicinal brett notes in the finish. Not bad, just less complex and loses some of the flavor notes I enjoyed most in the aroma.

M - Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry and tannic finish. Not much in they way of alcohol presence.

D - A solid first attempt at making a wild beer, but fairly mild and subtle - could use more cherry presence and sourness for my tastes. Still, far and away the superior of the 15th Anniversary offerings.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, winter 2011/2012
Victory tulip

A: Pours out a deep reddish brown color. It's slightly hazy. Carbonation is rather faint. An edge of off white head formed. No lacing.

S: Smells of tannin like notes. Maybe some cherries.

T: A very slight tart cherry start to this one. No where near where I thought it would be. The flavors are fairly tannin like. But assumed there was more sour in this one. Finish is just ew.

M: A light medium.

O: C+ or B-

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Photo of Treebs
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to pmoney for the share.

A: Pours a semi-hazy brownish color. Dark amber around the edges. Light white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Oaky with some light vinous notes. Red grape, pale malt and little toast.

T: Light toffee, oak and some pale malts. The red wine is a little more apparent with some tart grape and semi-sweet berry.

M: Dry and light bodied. Medium high carb. Slightly sour finish.

O: Decent. A little to oak forward, but the base didn't get lost. Red wine was a nice touch.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Ale aged in wine barrels with Michigan cherries.

Rosy brown colored Brown Ale. Body is clean and clear, free of sediment and haze. Minimal one finger off white head sits atop momentarily. Very loose bubble head dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is nonexistent.

The aroma is dominated by fruit and a pleasant tartness. The cherries blend with the wine barrel attributes seemlessly. Sharp tart aroma. The Brown Ale base is blanketed and subtle at best.

The flavor begins with a slight malty sweetness but is immediately overwhelmed by a tart cherry flavor. The cherry flavor becomes brighter with warmth. As the beer moves toward the back of the palate the wine and barrel flavors emerge a bit more. Dry, musty brett flavor kicks in on the back of the tongue. The flavor lingers a bit along with a soft dry wine flavor.

Light to medium bodied beer, carbonation is rather lively. Prickly feel on the tongue. The finish is bone dry.

An enjoyable beer. The wine barrel works well with the cherries and brett. I applaud Arcadias effort with their anniversary beers, they are a departure from their norm and were a great first step into the funkier beers. I like this beer, I like the brewery but I want it to be better. The beer is quite drinkable as it sits, I would seek this one out again if it were available.

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Arcadia XV from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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