Project Opus 10 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Project Opus 10Project Opus 10

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak for 16 months with sweet and tart cherries. Released 2007.

"Project Opus" on the label.

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 70
Photo of crossovert
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml green corked and caged bottle.

Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a big foamy tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is dominated by the cherries, there is also a hefty amount of oak scent. It is tart and earthy but sweet with a hint of vanilla. I would like a bit less sweetness in the smell but this is pretty good.

The flavor is very oaky with some brett on the back end. The tartness from the cherries is pretty absent though. There is a hint of tartness but not too much. The rest is some decent malts and earthiness.

It is different than a lot of sour beers and I think it is good.

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007

Project Opus 10 pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, but light easily passes through and shows garnet highlights. Carbonation looks to be quite active and yields a tan head that's around two fingers tall. It was very slow to dissipate and left a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. It kicks off with a very earthy, musky scent that's just a tad funky. It's more musky than funky, but that's not a bad thing in my book. Sour cherries are noted, but they aren't exactly strong. I was expecting more. Secondary notes of oak, light vanilla and yeast round it out. Alcohol is buried and isn't noticeable. Not bad at all.

The flavor isn't quite as impressive. It is earthy and musky up front. There are light funk notes of Brett, but they are secondary and have a subtle effect. I'm okay with that. I prefer a moderate Brett presence. Sour cherries are noted, and give it a slight tart flavor. I really was expecting much more, and am a little disappointed there. Light yeast and oak are secondary and complementary. Alcohol is not noted at all. Completely buried. Finishes earthy and musky.

Project Opus 10 has a light body. Carbonation is rather active and buzzy. It's not smooth, and is not very good for the style. Average is as good as it gets. Drinkability is also rather average. The flavor isn't bad, but it's far from great and grows boring. A 375 ml bottle might actually be a challenge to finish.

Two Brothers did a decent job with Project Opus 10, but if you're looking for a great Fruit Lambic, look elsewhere. At the end of the day, the flavor is okay, but isn't all that fruity or endearing in any other way. It's alright, but I don't love it. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it out nonetheless.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer. A fruit lambic is always welcomed in my house.

A: The pour is rich, blood red color with an initially voluminous off-white head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: A nice funky aroma to this beer. The sour cherries are there, of course, but the oak and grass notes are where this beer shines. A bit of a musty character is present as well.

T: The cherries are not quite as noticeable on the palate, though you can find them. Again, mostly damp oak along with some grass and hay. There's a touch of cork, and a moderate sourness.

M: The body is medium with a lively, rolling carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: After having Moaten, another of Two Brother's sour beers, I was unsure about this one, but willing to give it a chance. I was happy with what I found in this bottle.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of tartness, slight earthy malt, slight must, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness, tartness, and sourness. Tastes of alcohol, citrus, tart malt, and strong sourness. Overall, an interesting beer. There is definitely a strong recollection of a good wine.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the Map Room, 375ml bottle...The beer pouta a supre dark brown, almost blood red in the dim lighting. Light tan head, gone pretty quickly...The aroma and taste are both tart, not super tart. Hard to believe this is a kriek, not much cherries present. Light oak, mostly just tartness. Light feel, decently lasting. A little tough to finish the bottle...This is decent nothing special. A typical American brewer trying to do a lambic, just not quite there.

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Photo of beertooth
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into two Duvel tulips. Matt(emerge077) shared this one with me. Thanks dude!

This beer pours a ruddy reddish brown that's somewhat murky and full of yeasty bits. There's a creamy layer of light almost mocha head.

The nose is pretty funky with notes of cheese rind, soggy wood, horse, rotten cherries, buttery oak, and spicy yeast.

The taste is rather muted compared to the nose. Not as tart as I had hoped either. Mellow cherry skins mix with oak and horsey wild yeast. It's fairly tame and nothing is jumping out at me. It's losing some ground as it warms and the flavors become more muddled together, which I find a little odd. It's finishes oaky and dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft low level of carbonation.

This beer was by no means a drain pour, but I have no interest in trying it again. With that being said I had no problem drinking my share and it was fun trying to pick apart it's flavors. Two Brothers was on the right track with this series. I wonder what happened to it.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours mostly brown with tones of amber showing through. Nice tall foamy head that does leave behind a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of bold oak, cherry cough syrup, cheese, and leather.

T: Nice oak for sure. tart cherries and lactic acid up front. Hints of yogurt, and dark fruit. Mild enjoyable tartness from start to finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good. Solid, but not great.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this one about a year ago from imperialking.. big props Jeff on a great trade. Shared a while back with a few friends.. reviewed from notes.

Descent head.. deep brown with deep red highlites.

Nose is a bit acetic with a bunch of cherry and some dusty brett... woody and tart.

Flavor is only mildly funky with a thick cherry base beer.. almond? wet leather .. a tad sweet but the beginnings of a fine sour are certainly present.. good body, but the carbonation is on the shy side.. vinegar builds as it warms.

Thanks again Jeff.. this was one of my whales for a long time... Great trade.

All 4's

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 oz green wine bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2007 date on the back.

A - Pours out as a tawny brown clear color but it's black, yes, black in the glass. Holding it up to the light only shows a teeny fragment of color. The head is light tan and fizzy-effervescent with decent retention for starting at three fingers. Bits of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells more like a funky wine than a Kreik. Almost no cherries in the nose but what it does have is an abundance of oaky wood notes and a vinegar spike to the grape-like fruit aspect. Definitely has a heavy barn funk to it too.

T - I'm actually a bit scared of this first sip...
No where near as terrifying as I was expecting it to be. It's a sour, super woody (think sucking on oak wood-chips), funky beer. A light fruitiness is present in the background but only as a small afterthought. Complex in a very weird way.

M - Sharply carbonated and uber-sour with tons of wood, it's a weird feeling beer. Also pretty tart. Medium in body.

D - I really can't finish this. The age is too much and I'm a little upset with myself for not having it sooner (although I bought it about six months ago). The black color scared the crap outta me too. I wish I was experiencing it fresh but for it's age, it's pretty interesting at least.

I don't expect this review to reflect properly on the beer but rather reflect it's age and a warning to NOT keep it long.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a small, off white head. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, vanilla, wine, and funky leather.
Taste is of the aromas with obvious cherries, along with oaky vanilla tannins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and well balanced for a lambic.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle thanks to JB175. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of lactic acid, yogurt, sweet malt, and cheese. Flavor of oak, malt, and lots of funk. Definitely on the lactic side, but enjoyable. I don't get a distinct cherry taste nor do I get a real lambic feel from this one--more of a sour ale, really. Kind of odd overall, but I still liked it!

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2007 Bottling

A big thank you goes out to emerge077 for sharing this a couple days ago, thanks Matt! 10 flows into my glass a murky, nearly muddy, maroon with lighter highlights along the edges of the glass. The beige head slowly grew to thick cap that stayed tight throughout the drink and left some drink lines after each sip.

The nose is something to behold. There are a lot of leathery, earthy, mineral qualities running throughout this brew. Bing cherries and the pits make an appearance along with wet rock. The earthy characteristics bring some chalkiness that's really unique and welcomed. Mild caramel and oak bring up the rear. The nose draws me right in.

Everything the nose suggested was found in the aroma with no exceptions. A lot of tanned leather leads the way with the chalky, rocky mineral qualities I've become to thoroughly enjoy. The malt backing comes across and balances out the earthy qualities to perfection. Caramel and toasted white bread backing brings up the rear. Bing cherry pits run throughout this brew in the most delicate of ways. My only, small, quibble is that I'd like a little more tartness.

Two Brothers nailed the mouthfeel on this brew. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is active and lively. While this is generously carbonated the bubbles are soft and airy. 10 reaches the hard to get mouthfeel of some of the best Belgians out there.

I would like a bottle of this to myself. It would go down with no problem. The supreme balance and near perfect mouthfeel make it hard to not drink this beer fast.

I missed 10 when it was first released. I'm glad I finally got the chance to try some; it's a gem of a beer. So, again, thanks for sharing Matt, you brought along two stellar Two Brother's offerings!

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Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle brought by rallison to the SeaO'Floydster tasting, thanks a lot Ryan for this treat, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Dark reddish brown color, thick one inch off white head, good retention, some lacing
S-Cherries, other berries, caramel, biscuit malt, oak, caramel, Brettanomyces, and sweetness
T-Starts off with a big cherry flavor, toasted malt and other darker fruits in the middle, finish is a little tarty with some lingering cherries, caramel and oak come out more as it warms, not tarty enough but not overy sweet either
M-Sweet, slightly sour, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, could probably use some more carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could drink this bottle and that is probably about it, seemed high alcohol for its style, kind of heavy with sweet accents, slightly tart finish helps though

I think this one is two years old now and it is a great anniversary beer for this brewery, look forward to seeing what other lambics they produce in their new Project Opus series, would like to have this gain, recommended

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Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I was looking forward to trying this beer.

Poured a dark brown with an inch of head, some great retention and lacing as well.

Nice funky fruit aroma at first with some berries, caramel, and toast. Some powdery sweetness in the background and oak.

Toast and tart fruits upfront with a semi-dry finish. Some black cherry and raisins as well. Medium-high carbonation. Very tasty beer. Hope I get to try this again.

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Photo of BgThang
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thx to peanutski at the dilly deli for having this available and allowing me to buy it.

I got the three last bottles on the shelf. Do not know if it was the last of them or not. I have been wanting to try this for awhile now.

Appearance this has the look of puree cherries its dingy maroon brownish color'

Nose icherry comes through with some funk on it but very slight. has other sour notes and that of some astringent stuff in a good way

Drinkability this is a nice beer that gives you the fruit taste without the sweet syruoy mouthfeel like some lambics.

I am glad I got to try this and I have two bottles left. I will be cellaring them and will try them again in a couple of years.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of brewcrew76 at Dark Lord Day 2007.

A: The ale is a dark, ruby red. Black to the untrained eye. Luckily I trained my eye as I poured it. The dark color is ruddy brown. A finger of head on pour is perilously holding on for its life.

S: Lots of cherry sits atop a funky aroma that is both acidic and barnyardy. The acidic tartness is fairly mild but strong enough to get my mouth watering following a sip.

T: Each sip induces a pucker effect up front. The tartness is palpable, jumping out immediately with an acidic bite. The brett is not as evident in the taste, rarely adding a horseblanket flavor. The ale is well carbonated, coating the mouth with a bubbly cleanser that slowly reveals the bready malt body. The cherry that is more prevalent in the nose bides its time before appearing. At the tail end of each sip, a sour, tart cherry flavor emerges. Its sweetness is full and a nice compliment to the tartness of the critters.

M: The mouthfeel is tart, deliverng a pleasant punch that catches you off guard.

D: Too bad this is my only bottle. As lambics go, the funky tartness is exquisite.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly dark. Decent head , some lacing.

Aroma of mustiness , vinegar, and tart fruit.

Apple sweetness with some tart cherry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light , good carbonation.

Although this hasn't been my favorite style, a beer like this could change my perception.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby brown color with three fingers of somewhat chunky off white head.

Scent of tart cherries and some breadiness initially apparent, some cinnamon and vinegar lurk deeper in the scent. I like this scent, but it is a little unbalanced.

Taste of cherries, charred oak, some yeast and mild spices. Finishes with oak and faint cherries. This is some good stuff, but the oak character could have blended a little better.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, slightly have and with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with just the slightest red hint to it. Head is full of carbonated bubbles gathering at the top. Smell is tart cherries. Taste is tart cherries and a little funk. Most impressive is the creamy fullness in the mouthfeel. This has a truly luxurious mouthfeel. A decent beer that given the chance would probably drink again.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darker than expected. dull brownish dark ruby. consistent volume and foam. traditional lambic smell, cherry, wood, and vanilla. not particularly sour. smooth cherry that doesn't come sweet but oaky. wood and light caramel palate with nice density in the finish.

wonderful start on lambics for this brewery, but essentially doesn't have that gueze with fruit attitude. not sour. surprisingly similar to the Ichtegem flander without the tang. still have to say that i'm proud of the brothers for making this.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition, cellared 16 months.

There seemed to be more of a forceful pop with this bottle, the pressure allowed the cork to be pulled by hand, without a corkscrew! Deep ruby tone in the light, with suspended particles. Surface has splotchy patches in the foam, similar to what Goudenband displays. Head retention is excellent, the foam is zealous at first, then sustained.

Black cherry is noticeable at a distance, up close it's more of an oaked cherry cola. Hint of vinegar, restrained wood and wild yeast.

Mild tartness, oak tannins figure largely in the taste also. Vague fruitiness in the end, mingling with scorched popcorn kernels and dry woody oak traces.

It holds it's carbonation well, and it had a full bodied feel at room temperature. Overall this comes off as a nicely aged Flanders Oud Bruin, with minor cherry touches.

2010: This seemed to have peaked in '09, the '07 bottle opened in '10 wasn't as tart and was starting to show oxidation.

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Photo of tayner
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green bottle with a sticker that says 10/07 on it.

after about 20 minutes fighting with the cork I finally unleashed a brown liquid heavily tinged with cherry colored highlights. Small offwhite head.

Smell is a funky sour nose. sour cherries. Makes my mouth water, but could be a bit stronger.

Taste is a mix of flavors. Some sips i get more sour cherry, sometimes more funky belgian-ish yeasty character. Some sips are very tart, and some seem to be a more sweet, fruity flavor. I would have to say it is a decent balance between sweet and sour. The cherries are not overpowering in fruitiness, but bring tartness to the table. I like the taste of this one.

This one has enough carbonation to make it easy to sip, but due to its nature alone, being a kreik lambic, it is a sipper. I could, though, sip on this one all day.

I hope to get my hands on a few more bottles of this, but not likely.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle of this today at Binny's for $7.99 or something. I've really been into Lambic/Kriek/Wild Ales lately so I'm stoked to try a local one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brownish red with a small half finger bright white head. The head dissipates very quickly leaving basically no cap and a thin weak collar. Very little lacing.
Smell- Very tart and funky with bits of wild horsehair and wet blanket. Some dark, tart cherries and pungent cider vinegar. Light vanilla and a soft sweet brown sugar are subtle and oaky. Spicy and yeasty it's pretty much how you'd expect the nose to be (for the most part).
Taste- The taste is a bit behind the nose. The nose is spunky and wild while the taste is fairly average and is lacking a bit of the tartness that I was wanting/expecting. Slightly dirty and musty with a mild cherry fruitiness that is very subtle. Green apples and maybe even some overly ripe raspberries that are slightly bitter/tart/sweet. Finishes with a light sweetness that is vaguely vanilla and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel- Very aggressive Champaign like carbonation with a light crisp body.
Drinkability- Overall this isn't too shabby. It's a bit behind all the great ones I've had lately but for being local I definitely can't complain. I will give it up to Two Brothers though. They definitely aren't afraid to make some unusual brews and they are really fun to try!

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to younger35 for throwing this in as an extra in our recent trade. 2007 vintage.

a - pours a very, very deep burgundy with a huge cappuccino head, great retention and lacing, lots of sediment on the bottom, wouldn't think this was a lambic just looking at it

s - sweet and sour cherries and oak dominate the nose, a little leather

t - more of a sweet cherry flavor than tart or sour, but definitely a mild tartness at the start, mixed in with a strong woodiness, lingering sweetness and oak on the finish

m - fairly low carbonation for a lambic, medium-bodied, fairly sweet finish

d - pretty drinkable b/c of the lower tartness compared to other lambics I've had

Not a bad effort from Two Brothers though I'd like to have a bit more sourness and tartness. I like to see American breweries take a shot at brewing lambics. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang tulip glass a beautiful dark brown color with a nice deep red tint. Pretty clear too. Thick pinkish head drops quick to a nice 1/4" layer and turns whiter. Lots of lacing.

Woody smell with a fruity sweetness. Very sweet without being cloying.

Sour cherry taste with a funky woodsy flavor. Awesome flavor.

A bit thin in the mouth but the carbonation level is good. A lot like champagne (which I assume was the goal).

Very drinkable, surprising that the sweetness didn't slow me down at all. This is the real "champagne of beers" no matter what any other brewery says...

Tasted on 4/4/08. Bottle was stamped only with the year 2007 and the cork was nearly impossible to open (I needed pliers).

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Project Opus 10 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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