Anno Unum | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Straight lambic aged in oak white wine barrels."
~FoBAB 2009 program

Added by MasterSki on 11-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by jampics2:
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This went on tap on the patio at the pre-DLD party just as Mothman offered to buy me a beer. Thanks, man! Great to meet ya!!

Brownish orangeish with touches of red in color, this looks more like an old bruin than a lambic. Looks great for what I think it is, though, so that's what I'm going with.

Aged in wine barrels and smells the part. Huge oak, vineous-ness, sour cherries, lemon, touch of vinegar. This reminds me a ton of La Folie.

Taste is wonderful. A nice sweet vs sour thing going on as the malt provides a kiss of caramel sweetness. Nice oak presence as well. Other than that, it's all about the sourness. Lacto sourness gives hints of cherry, sour grapes, and lemon. Touch of vinegar. Loved this, great sour that slams the tastebuds but does not make the tummy cry uncle.

Mouthfeel is nice, low carb and a nice body. A bit too viscous, but nice overall.

Drinkability was better than good, almost amazing. I really enjoyed this. Thanks, Ben! Cheers to great beers!!

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Goose Clybourn beer academy? or was it the BA event, in any event the brewers brought a growler or two for the crowd, thanks guys for making the trip!

Described as an inoculated American sour ale aged for one year in a white wine barrel.

Honey gold, no head to speak of. Smell and taste are robust, with a solid wood flavor, a sourness that goes away at the end, a caramel malt backbone, not hoppy at all. Wood leaves the biggest impression.

Both fizzy and heavy, a solid drinker but the wood has overpowered the beer more than desirable, a good try on the wild side.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of sugars, sweet tart cherries, dry oak and subtle maple. It may not be perfect, but it has a very nice complexity.

Taste of sweet bourbon, dark fruit, sugar, dry oak, tart cherries, and subtle vanilla. Finishes with a lasting dry charred oak and vanilla flavor. This is the best Lambic produced from Flossmoor; it doesn't have that overbearing sourness, which I do like, but it has a delicious oak and bourbon flavor, which I love.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a small bit of carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the DLD pre-party. Review from voice recorder.

This seems to be more of a american wild ale than a lambic to me.

Pours little head. Color is a very hazed brownish with a caramel hue to it. Murky brown. Looks like a sour brown.

Aroma: Nice sour cherries. Very tart. Sour brown flavor with some wood and oak notes. Very funky and sour. All cherries!!! Reminds me a bit of cork and cage la folie but way better.

Taste: Mouth puckering sour. Lots of fresh sour cherries. Some other fruit flavors seem to show, but mainly cherries and funk. Horse blanket flavor. After I drank a little more I picked up a touch of vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sour, bittersweet, and tart. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation which is fine. Ends very clean with a bit of sourness. I like it.

Overall, a very fine sour. One of the better sours I have had. It is amazingly drinkable. 9 oz is just not enough.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this one as a Lambic thought it was a sour.

A- Pours a different looking brownish color with a very thin layer of bubbles.

S- Smells of cherries, lemon, touch of vinegar. Quite a bit of wood in here.

T- Smacked in the face with quite a bit of sourness. A bit of sweet caramel malts and wood in here too.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, but I think I may only be able to handle one of these. A good change of pace from the normal brews I like.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at FoBAB - served in the accompanying mini-pint taster glass.

A - A sliver of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Hazed dark orange-brown color. If they're really going for "lambic", as the description in the program says, this should be transparent.

S - Great sweet bretty funkiness, appleskins, sours grapes, some vinous notes, touch of vinegar, hints of lemon.

T - The taste is much more sour than I expected, with a touch of accompanying tartness. Lots of sour apple and grapes, and again light notes of wine and lemon over top of a modest crackery malt character. My only knock is the finish, which has a nutty and buttered biscuit aftertaste that reminded me a little of Allagash Vagabond - thankfully the sweet qualities are much more subdued in this brew.

M - Another bone dry finish here. Bigger body than I anticipated for lambic. Very low carbonation, which is no surprise. Good stuff.

D - This is one where I went back for multiple pours. Excellent stuff and highly recommended. Other than the slightly odd aftertaste that I don't care for this one is a real winner.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What was dark chestnut brown when the snifter was full became murky apple cider brown when it was half full. The beer had a creamy crown of golden ecru colored foam that did a fine job decorating the glass. Shredded sheets were seen just above the receding surface of the liquid, while dots and spots were visible higher up.

First, some background information. Anno Unum is the Flossmoor Station beer Leftorium that was aged in oak barrels for exactly one year... hence the name. The bartender told me she thought those barrels had previously held Chardonnay, but the brewmaster said Pinot Noir. I'll take his word for it.

The beer contains both bacteria (Lactobacillus) and wild yeast (Brettanomyces). My first thought was that it should be classified as an American wild ale, but unblended lambic is closer to the mark with respect to flavor and feel. Bryan calls it an 'American-Style Sour'.

The nose was everything that one could want in a beer of this style. It was tart and fruity, with less funky Brett than expected. My notes include the words 'rich' and 'pungent'. There was also a great deal of oakiness that carried over to the palate in spectacular fashion.

Come to think of it, it doesn't make much sense that a Flanders red ale (Leftorium) should suddenly be transformed into an unblended lambic simply by virtue of spending one year in a wine cask. On the other hand, this ale had a great deal of Flanders oud bruin (and some Flanders red) character.

It was brown malty, with a considerable amount of oakiness, hints of caramelized sugar, a splash of balsamic vinegar and a wine-derived vinousness that added yet another layer of depth and complexity. It also had a perfect amount of tart tanginess. The usual acidity was present as well, although not to the extent that drinkability (or heartburn) was an issue.

The mouthfeel didn't quite keep up with the blistering pace set by the other attributes. It was still more than solid, with an interesting contrast between a lingering light chewiness and an evaporative dryness. An understated sparkliness was nice too.

Anno Unum (Latin for 'One Year') could just as easily have been called E Pluribus Unum. That phrase appears on the Great Seal of the United States and means 'out of many, one'. Bryan has created a truly singular beer out of a wide variety of components. Here's hoping that he sees fit to brew it again. And that I'm lucky enough to be passing through when he does.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Anno Unum from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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