The Ages
Deschutes Brewery

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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #331
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,779
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 6.43%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
46
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 18, 2022
Added:
Nov 20, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  6
SCORE
93
Outstanding
The AgesThe Ages
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.

"It was fermented in primary by an English ale yeast, but was inoculated with wild brettanomyces yeast and lactic acid bacteria in the barrel."

Quote from Deschutes Assistant Brewmaster, Ben Kehs
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Rated: 4.13 by mdfb79 from New York

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled 2/26/20, so 15 months old.

Looks excellent in the glass. Somewhat glassy dull orange/amber body. Small white head persists in good form throughout, leaving a layer of lacing.

Aroma is a little musty, some fruit and white wine.

On tasting, waited for it to warm up. Tart and sour. Quite drying. Fairly mellow. No vinegar notes. A hint of white wine.

Mouth just about medium, finish dry and sour.

Overall, pretty laid back sour, which I appreciate more than the completely mouth puckering beers.
Jun 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this out, consumed October 2018. Didn't even know this beer existed before he cracked it.

Pours a mostly orange and amber colored brew. 1/3" white head, I mean, it looks like golden blend to me. Nice. Has a citrus edge to it in the nose. Mostly lemon, but not exclusively. Not getting the otherwise frequently referenced fruitiness of this one.

Taste is more of the lemon sour power with a drying woody mouth feel on the back end. Interesting they made this 8%. Not sure why. Could be a better beer without the alcohol heat. Nice astringent wood, lemon and pear feels to it. Some graininess is perceptible in a minor way. Restrained acidity that is well done.

It didn't quite come off like the commercial tug job (gueuze) pulled at, but for a wild ale, its pretty well done without relying on being extreme other than the alcohol. The barrel had more of a white wine feel to it. I liked it, but at $15/500ml, I dunno if I would buy at that price point.
Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Proteus93 from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a couple of bottles, both dated that they were bottled on 03/23/18 and consumed on 12/13/20.

A: Golden hue with a fizzy, tall head that is quick to release the aroma of the esters in the beer. Retention is moderate, and a ring of lace remains a couple of minutes after pour.

S + T: Fruity esters, a little bit of the barnyard funk, and a pleasant sweetness. The flavor is very similar and the bottle makes reference to pear, which is certainly noted--enough so that there are similarities to some ciders. Quite nice.

M + O: Carbonation provides a sparkling body which dissipates a bit upon a swirl in the mouth so that the finish is not too bubbly. Overall, while others often have a lot more funky aromas and flavors, but this one is a great aroma and flavor.
Dec 14, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020-10-25
500ml capped/waxed bottle served in a pair of SIP Fest 2020 snulips. Dated 3/23/18. No longer remember where I acquired this.

Until the sediment came out, it was a pretty golden color, nice and clear, with a medium to small head that has surprisingly strong retention. Light carbonation. Smell is tart, lemon and oak, very nice.

Taste is similar -- tart lemon, oak, woody tannins, medium bitterness, something really appealing about this.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost fluffy, approximates the mouthfeel I associate with Cantillon. Overall, this is really good.
Oct 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy amber-tan color. Short head that quickly collapsed to a patchy skiff, leaving no lacing. Couldn't see many bubbles rising, but it was a bit too hazy to see much.

Smells of sour funk, with an emphasis on the sour. Some cut lawn grass. Swirling the glass kicked up something from the mint family, some light citrus, a touch of barnyard, and a host of minor scents.

Taste is very tart but and lightly sweet. The funk and sour combine to taste like some unnamed tropical fruit (passion fruit mixed with feijoa?). Some fresh ground peppercorn notes add to the flavor around the middle. The aftertaste is of the tropical fruit turning to a sour funk. A little bitters show up to enhance the fruit.

Foams up quickly but doesn't feel very carbonated. A fuzzy, astringent dry mouth feel shows up after swallowing. It's like getting a pile of tannins only with the aftertaste.

Finally a North American beer that comes close to a Belgian Gueze. The only way to become more authentic would be to collect a culture from a brewery in Pajottenland. The sample I had was bottled almost exactly 2 years ago. I'm curious what is considered the optimum time to spend in the bottle before drinking; i.e. did the brewery cellar it for 20 months and then release it, or is it stale dated.
Feb 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.54 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 3/23/18, enjoyed 15 months later.

Pours a vibrant golden tan with brilliantly bright foam. I get an aroma with notes of wet hay and macerated cherries lingering on the back end. The palate matches the aroma, funky and nuanced all around. Wonderfully effervescent and deliciously dry, with a gentle tartness that just pops on the end. Yum.
Oct 14, 2019
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with about an inch of white head that had quick dissipation and no lacing.

On the opening of the bottle, the aroma was a blast of tartness, some grainy malts, and a touch of wood. After a minute some fruit and spice showed through as well.

Very similar on the tongue, with all those aspects being brighter and bolder: the grains more solid, the spices brighter, the fruit earthier.

The body was light, crisp, sharp, had good carbonation throughout, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was good. I might not have 2 in a row, but would certainly drink it again.

Overall, a very good brew, worth grabbing if you see a bottle.
Oct 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by taospowder from New Mexico

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.
Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.
Jul 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jul 22, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.
Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.
Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by wilymobastardo from California

May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.
May 21, 2019
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.
Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Irrationalist from California

Apr 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by stratusjeans from Washington

Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 16, 2019
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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.
Mar 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from Washington

Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -1%
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.
Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by WA_Brian from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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.
Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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...
Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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!
Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.89 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Jan 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Jan 02, 2019
The Ages from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 79 ratings