The Ages
Deschutes Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #27
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,382
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.7%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
66
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Notes: Gueuze-inspired, multi-year blending shapes a wild brew brimming with hints of savory, fruity esters, and spicy, tangy pear and white pepper flavors.
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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (decanted):
Light golden body that has a unique quality of seeming clear at a glance, but objects behind it are out of focus. A pillow of little bubbles rest atop the initial pour. A thick collar remains after things settle, as do a couple spots on the glass.

Nose has a crisp and clean cracker malt presence with a tart fruit melange of apricot foremost, with some tart apple and grape as well. I don't get too much funk, just a little soft tang of the fruits starting to turn.

The taste opens with enough sour that my tongue gives way a little. The power is all up front, though, and a more moderate tartness greats the middle and back of my tongue. A lively carbonation keeps the feel interesting. Apricot, sour pineapple, green apple, and a little tart white wine in back make up the flavors I get. These flavors seem to flow into each other seamlessly and I am quite entertained by this. The taste doesn't show much funkiness, either, but does seem to have a little bit of a softer edge than I find in some younger sours.

For some odd reason, this beers cleanliness had me wanting something a little more, without being able to properly explain what - maybe something that indicated some aging. A flavorful and refreshing beer for those who enjoy sours, regardless.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big sour mix, pear, and apricot. Sour, acidic, medium bodied, and high carbonation. A super sour sipper. Glad I tried it, but I prefer other Deschutes sours.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale amber body color, with a mix of tangerine orange and deep lemon yellow colors. Somewhat opaque but has a nice brass like shine to it, with a matching bit of middle column of carbonation. Head creation is fine and about a finger, but settles to a very nice thin puck and bowled white collar. A very nice looking brew.

Aroma is quite impressive. Good amount of funk and acidity mixing on the nose, touches a little bit of apricot quality but with much more of a yeast flavor punch. Hints real earthy wild tones of fresh soil, hay, and maybe even a touch of cream hinting some sweetness as well.

Palate is really spectacular. The beer opens up full force with a first rush of tangy sour and sweet tangerine like orange. A real rich peppery blend of peppercorn and even almost gose like salt brine hits with big orange stone fruit character of juiced peach and apricot all over. Very herbal spiced finish, hints of sage and there's that really creamy texture and quality as well on the palate that is just so well done.

Excellent creation from Deschutes.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was beginning to think that Deschutes was just resting on their laurels (which are pretty comfy), but now we have Black Mirror and, currently at hand, The Ages. Yes. The senseis in Bend have absolutely kicked it right out of the park, once again. I’d like to see anyone else in the US brew a gueze half this good. It’s gorgeous. The aroma is knockout rich and tangy, leading perfectly into the swirling complexities of the taste. Feel could easily be a perfect 5, but it’s so delicate that it doesn’t attract the attention it deserves. Sour enough to zing the glands a little, perfectly balanced and full of surprises, this is definitely an ale for the ages.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Roanoke location. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that left some lace. The scent had tart pear notes. The taste was very sour tart leaning....way too much for me. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent sour....just not my style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market of Choice.

A hazy orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose, though, delivers. Funky with preserved lemon, pepper, a little bit of straw, earth, and a noticeable acetone character that lends an unwelcome sharpness to the nose. A juicy sour sweetness is present as well, lemony but slightly different. The palate opens sour with lots of preserved lemon, mildly fermented with a cooked sweetness present. Thankfully, the acetone notes are much more muted on the papate. Straw, earth, a mild melon note, a little pepper, a touch of clove are present. The occasional sip also has some cereal character Noticeably sweet, and while not excessive, when coupled with the high ABV, it does detract from the beer. Medium light in body and highly carbonated, this beer is solid, exceptional considering it's the first beer of the style from Deschutes.

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Photo of draheim
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (bottled 3/23/2018) into a tulip. Pours a clear, coppery golden color w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is bright and tart, crisp and lively. Green apple, hay, light acidity.

Taste follows now. Light, crisp, tart. Fresh-cut grass, more green apple. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is likewise refreshing and crisp, goes down easy. Very drinkable.

Overall a very nice gueuze/sour. I need more of these in my life.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into glass. Bottling date marked on label as '3/23/18'. Wax dipped bottle.
Murky, pale gold colored body. White, fizzy head immediately disappears, and leaves a partial, very thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is tart lemon, along with leather, tobacco, slight funk, and oak tannins.
Taste follows with mostly tart/slightly sour lemon, along with pear and apple, which is made more complex with the leather/tobacco/blanket funk. Additional flavors of the oak barrels.
Medium mouth feel, which is quite dry. Good carbonation.
Blended tart/sour beer with citrus and fruit tree taste, that is made more complex with the yeast funk that yields the leather, tobacco, and blanket flavors.

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Photo of WA_Brian
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 3/23/18) with an unnecessary amount of wax at 50°F.

L: Golden color with great clarity and visible bubbles rising. Nice white head, but didn't last forever as is common with gueuze.
S: Leather, some citrus and a bit of barnyard.
T: White wine and fruit flavors. Pear and grape. Slightly buttery Chardonnay.
F: Medium-light body. A little tart. Carbonation is lower than it should be. Feels a bit like cider.
O: This is a perfectly fine beer but a bit underwhelming as a gueuze. I prefer a lighter body, more carbonation, more funk, and more complexity overall. Too much focus on the fruit flavors leaves it a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

blended like a gueuze, this is a gorgeous little bottle of beer from deschutes, the likes of which i have never seen from them. i have long been a fan of their wood aged wild and sour beers, and this is another fine installment. the packaging is amazing, and the beer in the bottle is just as good. a bit stronger than the gueuze types of belgium, and not really very similar in flavor, but the wild nature of this can really be appreciated, and i think the blend of old and younger beer here is excellent. its not overly sour, which i like, lots of interesting funk characteristics to this, and a whole lot of wood too. it almost tastes young as an entity, like more cellar time would allow it to take on more of a classic lambic type profile, but i like its uniqueness right now. lots of white wine essences here, pear for sure, and also a cool citrus mix, especially in the nose, like lemon and lime soda or something, along with some faint almost ginger spice, and stone fruit like apricots and white peaches, fleshy but not sweet here. its not overly sour, but the acidity thats here is balanced by a cool almost tropical nuance i dont usually find in these, i swear i get a mango wash for a second. a pils and raw wheat type base is light as can be, not sure if this is the traditional grains in traditional proportions with a turbid mash and all that, but it seems close enough, perhaps a little lighter to me, but still grainy and earthy and agricultural in that way. musty and dusty characteristics, mellow bretty esters, a belgian high tone fruitiness at the end as well, and only a minimal body for its higher abv. smart and complex beer, nicely executed and a cool take on this style from an american brewery. different from the classics in a cool way, more terroir than inferiority, and i dig that. worth the bottle price here, i wish i bought another one to sit on a few years...

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Effervescent, bubbly, clean, enticing. The Ages is one for just that. A gorgeous brass glow with an inspired party of bubbles streaming to support a thin bone white foam above. But to no avail. Gravity inevitably wins, but those that stay persistent manage to gather around the coast from beginning to end.

White wine like aromas burst from the surface. Ripe green grapes with a tinge of wooden influence blend with tart raspberries. Underlying notes of hay and sweaty funk round it out with earthy spices and even meaty tones to balance the acidity.

Sweeter white wines continue to be the theme in the flavor. Riesling and Chardonnay alike with a slight buttery touch to compliment the sharp grape likeness. Berry fruitiness is once again present followed by the light influence of clean wooden tones before the mild crushed grain, hay, and sweat come through. Coriander,lemon zest, and white pepper finish the story.

The initial textures of lively carbonation and light, dry body are quickly met by a wall of simple sweetness. It comes full circle with the wood soaking up any residuals. It's mildly tart throughout the duration, the elevated abv not even a factor, and it is exceptionally easy to frequent sips.

Deschutes delivers an easily approachable Gueze-like beer with The Ages. A constant an unaggressive sourness accompanied with distinguishable flavors and an easy drinking feel.

Cheers.

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Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead 10-3-18 for $14.99. Bottled on 3-23-18; received at TW 6-13-18; consumed 1-9-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a deep golden with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is lemony with some horse blanket. Touch of sour is pleasant.

Taste is sweet tarts with a touch of pear and apple. Malt base is light. Horse blanket from i am guessing brett makes for a delightful sipper.

Mouthfeel is awesome! Light bodied and delicate each sip is pleasant!

This was a splurge beer and i was not sure what i was getting into given i am a neophyte to the gueuze style of beer. Overall i enjoyed this much more than i thought. Totally dig the tartness and the body of this brew!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/23/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas and flavors of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, wine tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tang/tartness and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome american gueuze style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Completely classic tasting Gueuze funky Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. No residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark bronze; white Balsamic, honey, stone fruit + washed rind cheese; wheat bread, dried apricot, a blast of horse blanket, some pear juice, + a lot of anise + herb to end.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Tasty! Lots of fruit that Brett hasn’t eaten yet. Pleasant tartness, but this will probably be better with time.

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Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours amber with just a slight haze; the head rises to a finger or so, leaving spotty lacing behind

Smell: As funky as funk can be - stinky cheese, leather, oak, pear and peppery spice

Taste: Pear and white pepper forward, with a lemon vinegar aspect emerging; increasingly funky, through the middle, with leathery, oaky phenols overwhelming; stinky cheese flavors filter into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really impressive Gueuze; I knew Deschutes was good but this is a stunner

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, bottled 3/23/18.

My taste buds and powers of description pale when confronted with this beer. It's like a champagne, or at least wine-like. It manages to be tart, fruity, bubbly, funky, and a whole bunch of other sensations. I had some geuzes on a visit to Brussels a few years ago. I've had just a few back in the US, but this is the first one that reminded me of how ethereal the Brussels geuzes are. I'm not saying this in the same league exactly, but it's as close as I've gotten here in the US.

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Photo of woemad
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz/500mL bottle purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a couple months ago. According to the label, it was bottled on March 23, 2018.

Poured into a big Tripel Karmeliet glass, this was initially a clear gold, before darkening to a chill-hazed amber. Good sized , creamy white head that dropped fairly quickly but was easy to agitate back to life. Decent lace.

Spicy, fruity, and a little bit vinegary in the nose. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of a white wine.

The vinegary aspect is much bigger in the taste, but it's extremely well-balanced with the other aspects noted above in the nose. The sweet , pear-like fruitiness is perfectly matched with the sour, acidic vinegar notes and the peppery spiciness of the yeast. Finishes with a crisp, dry note. No sign of the relatively high alcohol content.

Body is somewhere between light and medium. Coating, almost cidery mouthfeel.

My first geuze. I'm really digging this. Wish there were more available in my area. Another great beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inspired by the historic ales of Brussels, a strong lambic-like character is born at Bend. Truly inspired by Belgian sour ale technique, artistry and respect, Deschutes Brewery cuts no corners when building, blending and brewing the style in their own unique way.

Pale straw and cast in a mild and yeasty haze, the spritzy ale builds a tall, arid and loose froth that holds its structure well. Its rounded and rustic scent teases the nose with a must filled blend of weathered citrus, saddle leather, sea air, worn oak and hay. As the malts hit the tongue, the pop of carbonation keeps the confectioner's sugar introduction short and subtle.

As the expression of carbonation pushes the malts off of the tongue, the middle palate is similarly concise and swift, leaving the bulk of flavors to be best appreciated in finish and in a retro-olfactory experience. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lime, and green apple all carry a dried and dehydrated fruit character along with the vinous spice of cider and white wine. Most of the earthen aromas are scant in taste, leaving an oaky, nutty and dry hay flavor on the late palate for complexity and balance.

Its mild and grassy bitterness keeps the light bodied sour ale supported and balanced. Trending dry, crisp, clean and briskly sour, a sense of high refreshment overcomes the senses and prove to add an effortless mouthfeel and digestibility without compromising flavor or depth. A short afterglow of brettanomyces heavy mossiness comes with a pep of sourdough and a sweetheart candy resolve.

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Photo of brenn79
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml wax dipped bottle- Pours hazy golden with an orangeish tinge and minimal head. Aroma is brett forward, very fruity, wet blanket, dusty barnyard. The taste is sour, brett, dusty, earthy, berries, banana, oak. Damn complex, best sour i've had in years. Delicious.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An "American Gueuze", and I hope this becomes a thing! This beer does well to give a nod to the traditional belgian style with the hay and farmyard flavors, but then has a sour orange creamsicle finish, the american wild ale element. Some supporting wood, belgian yeast, lemongrass and floral notes too. Certainly a novelty, but a delicious one.

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Photo of pagriley
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml into sniffter

Pours dark golden with pale straw lacey head
Crisp lemony funk on the nose
Lemongrass and bright tartness on the palate
Crisp and effervescent

Overall, hands down, by far the best American gueuze I've ever had. Possibly the best American sour period. I'm stocking up.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark saturated orange with a slight haze, pours with a finger of foam that lasts for the first couple sips. Minimal spotty lacing, no surface skim.

Aroma is oddly sweet, light green apple and lemon, a little briny.

Tart green apple and lemon acidity with a slight sweetness at first, vague oak in the dry finish. Light to medium bodied, spritzy with ample carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth or barrel complexity, but pleasant enough.

“American Gueuze” is an oxymoron, it’s admirable to see Deschutes acknowledge the Belgian tradition accurately as their inspiration.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle
Black Wax/Capped
Bottled On: 3/23/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/quick/fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some citrus, coriander, pepper, nice tartness, funky. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a nice citrus note, some coriander, pepper, nice tartness, nice funky. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of darktronica
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy orange with continuous, voluble bubbling. Thicker in appearance than other gueuzes I've experienced. Also less intensely sour, with exceptional balance between tartness and fruity sweetness. Less complex than some of the classics, though. Stronger barrel character than most. Honeyed, with rhubarb, cantaloupe, Meyer lemon, pepper, and pink grapefruit. Light wheat.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Chardonnay color with little head.

Light to medium feel with just under a soda-like carbonation.

Smells like a true, naturally soured beer. Loads of oak, citrus, funk, and lactic acid. Little bit of spicy/fruity esters.

Taste starts of nicely. Dry, crisp carbonation, tart, and funky. Then near mid sip some buttery oak notes come through calming the tartness. This then transitions into a grape-like sweetness paired with some wildflower honey character.

I wish this sweetness didn’t finish the sip, as I like my sours more dry and tart. While still tasty, not worth the money, as it seems to simply be a good American adapatation rather than something truly special. I see this pairing well with a pair and watercress salad adorned with sliced pecorino Romano. It gets a 89.5/100.

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The Ages from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 66 ratings