Askew | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Saccharomyces cerevisae and Brettanomyces. Transferred to oak foudre after initial fermentation. Foudre has previously gone through a spontaneous fermentation.

Added by ChugginOil on 05-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 88
Reviews by Hamsteroceros:
Photo of Hamsteroceros
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to try this one after hearing good things.

A- a very nice yellow-orange without a whole lot of head. As I often say, the more orange the better - and this has a very nice amber hue indeed.

S- vinegar, florist foam (yup, that's right), definite unripe apple or persimmon. Somewhat astringent.

T- there is an earthiness that I didn't expect, given the aroma. It sort of reigns in the tartness of the beer toward the back of each sip. Not so much hay, wood, or dirt, nor am I sure that it's the brett. It almost seems like a buttery or nutty flavor but it is so odd within the overal profile that I'm really stuck on exactly what it is, or if I like it. It is also maltier than a lot of sour ales. In any case, there is lemon, tart apple, and a nice vinegar finish to it.

M- Very light but not crisp. Light on carbonation compared to a lot of similar ales. I expected it to be drier from the nose.

O- Glad I tried it. I've only had a few offerings by Two Brothers that I have genuinely enjoyed but this one is among their best. We would be lucky if this hinted at bigger and better things to come.

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A -- Nice pop when the cork js removed. Pours light copper in color with almost two fingers of off-white head. Head fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Initially a big stream of carbonation slows down after a few minutes.

S -- White grapes and a bit of lemon tartness with a mild yeast funk. Some tart apple as well.

T -- Nice tart of tart white grapes and sour apple up front. Not much earthy funk really, but a small yeast presence. Faint oak notes. Middle seems to fall a bit flat. Finish is tart with a bit more funk coming through.

M -- Medium crisp mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant but not overwhelming dryness.

O -- This definitely has a white wine character to it. More earthy funk would be welcome, but still a pretty good sour. Just lacking some complexity.

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Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Dark amber, nearly ruby, with an off-white ring of foam atop, eventually leaving irregular lines of stick down the glass.

An enjoyable, complex, evolving aroma: vinous red wine notes, lots of oak, some vinegar, and a bit of berry character as well. The funky Brett yeast makes itself more and more present as the beer warms.

The flavor follows the aroma, with vinous notes, lots of oak, some vinegar, and berry character shining through, along with a very mild funky barnyaryd yeast character.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Very enjoyable sour.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from France 44 via mail order.

Pours a hazy bright ruby red color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of bright raspberry and strawberries with medium malts underlying everything. Also present are very slight hints of vanilla and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as crisp. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by slight tart raspberry flavors. Midway through small amounts of vanilla and funk come into play, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer, although the fruit flavors didn’t come through quite as strong as the nose intimated. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer has a deep dried orange body with a slight hazy and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a bubble off-white head that last as a thick ring around the glass.

S- The very soft brett white cheese mold note has a cedar quality that comes through as it warms and an aged vinegar note in the finish.

T- The nice polite tartness blends with some old wood character and a soft fruit taste finishes with a bit of a tart bite.

M- The light mouthfeel as a soft astringency but no alcohol heat and a velvety fizz.

O- This beer has a nice subtle taste of a young wild ale. The tartness is soft but balances the flavor and the aroma is a bit softer.

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Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into tulip.

A: The beer pours a thick fluffy head, that sinks fairly quickly. The body is a golden orange. The lacing is left in thin swaths.

S: The aroma is very fruity, with oaky undertones on a nice, big sour front. The level of sourness is not as strong in the aroma as it is in the overall taste.

T/M: A bold, mature sour character is present thought, with a lingering tart pie tone on the finish. A smooth and mellow mouthfeel, that has a nice level of carbonation. The taste does resemble a tart apple, with a good influence of brett. A bit of oaky vanilla on the finish. Flavors do add more layers as the brew warms, but oak is a bit in the background.

Overall: A nice wild ale, big sourness, but not to multi-dimensional with other flavors. A nice offering from Two Brothers and can't wait to see how this develops.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheDudeRules for this one by way of 666 BIF Round 4. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour produces a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, kiwi brown. Lacing is stringy with decent cling.

S: Nose is woody, white grapes, lemon rind, sharp tartness. Yeasty. Aromatic, funky, and very clean. Almost Gueuze-like. Very tasty.

T: Opens tart, peach, lemon, oak, Brett funkiness. Very sour. Green apple. Finish is tart lemon, and a tart apple aftertaste. Simply but robustly sour with a good balance between the tartness and fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and sharp in the mouth and goes down smooth. Oily and messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Nice. Again, gueuze-like.

O: Askew is an American Wild Ale that, up to this point, resembles gueuze most closely. To me, that's its strength. Great balance and nice feel. Worth a try.

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Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cjacobsen
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Has a slightly cloudy orange color to it with there being some spots of brown in the deeper areas. Produces a thin white head.

(S) Vinegar, brett, sourness, citrus, some gueuze and oude bruin aspects. Definitely has light fruits like pear, apple, and grape in it.

(T) The vinegar sense is right up front with a mix of green apple and white grape. Has a fruity tartness. There is some pear that makes it's way in at the end.

(M) It's a pretty thin beer that isn't as dry as a lot of the other sours that I've had.

(O) This was a surprise, especially from Two Brothers. This is really good but I can see this being even better with time on it.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the Regional GIF. Thanks

Pours a rosy sort of amber color. Thin white head dissipated to film. Slight lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very funky and tart. Lemon. Smells great.

Taste is more funky than tart although it has a decent funk. Reminds me of a straight lambic or Geuze that could use some years to develop.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry as it should be. High carb.

Overall a tasty sour. Needs some age IMO but still good.

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Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clean orange/amber with a thick and creamy long lasting tan head, good carbonation running throughout the beer for a good long while.

The nose is very tart and a bit cidery, lightly sweet with some touches of tropical fruit mixing in with the funky bretty charachter.

The flavor is mildy sweet with a bit of apple and pear and a touch of white cheese, finishes with a dry tart funky basement quality, has just a bit of sourness at the very end.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a dry finish.

Very nice wild ale, nice combination of fruit notes and sour qualities.

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Photo of osusullins
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have this on draft during craft beer week in chicago. I have since had it several times from a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The fact that it took three years to brew this opus shows the amount of craftsmanship the brothers put into their beers. Much respect.

This beer is one of the best sours I have ever had. Pours a golden haze. Very little head.

The aroma is vinegar/sour with hints of funk and vanilla. Very subtle notes of white grape.

High level of astringency. Very sour. Not much carbonation. The vanilla and grape come through nicely. There is alot going on with this beer. It really plays on the tongue. My palate grabs something different each time I drink this. I find it very enjoyable. I love this brewery.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer screams apples, so I'll start by saying the body resembles apple juice, but with a high and tight white head.

The smell has the acidic qualities of a fresh granny smith apple. I also pick up white grape.

The taste is a plethora of white fruits... acidic and tart granny smith apples, pear, and white grapes. It has a young taste to it.

Crisp and tart mouthfeel. It is puckering, but not punishing.

A very good sour by Two Bros. It's not as good as some of the more well known sours, but certainly a solid sour and hopefully they'll put out more because it's easily accessable for me.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one a semi-recent MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I smelled the vinegar in the nose I was a little concerned at how this one was going to turn out. However, it was not present in the flavor which was nice. What I did find in the flavor was a very nicely balanced sweetness and tartness that made this one very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. My first brew from this brewery that I know of, and I hope it won't be my last. A very solid brew here.

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Photo of uberez8
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I thought I had missed out on this beer but got lucky to hear Two Brothers had it on tap at Small Bar during Chicago's craft beer week. Really glad I made the drive now.

It came out with a thin head and beautiful copper red body. The smell and aroma from the beer was amazing; I picked up strong scents of green apple and lemon. The flavor was just as wonderful with a powerful, tart flavor balanced with a light, sweet finish. The complexity of sourness seemed to change and become more interesting the further I got into the glass, going from a slight vinegar finish after each sip to almost a floral flavor all around at the end of the glass. The only thing I felt was it could use a little more carbonation to balance the tart flavor and make it more perky.

Overall it was like a delicious whiskey sour in the form of a complex, well made wild ale. I have to say I am more than impressed with this offering by Two Brothers and almost upset with them that this is a one time brew. If I could buy this year round it would always be stocked in my refrigerator.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of claaark13
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by aasher. 375ml poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Bright orange with a nice white and bubbly head, turning slowly into lacing.

S - Funky lemongrass, notes of brett and vinegar. What I would describe as vinegar reminds me of some very sour cherries as well. In your face.

T - Light vinegar, tart lemon, light notes of cherries. The sour notes stick around a bit; I can feel it eating away after each sip.

M - Lighter to medium, carbonation level is medium. Nice.

O - This beer seems underrated. Pretty good overall, I could drink this regularly.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a burnt orange into my tulip glass with about half a finger of slight white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Tart fruits, hints of white wine vinegar, oak, floral notes. To be more descriptive about the fruit aromas, as the beer warms up I detect, granny smith apple and lemon zest.

Taste – An immediate pucker, though not terribly tart/sour (but more than I was expecting after reading a few reviews). The slight vinegar flavor melts with the tart apple and lemon up front. The fruits fall off to a lighter floral side, though the malty vinegar taste continues on. The sip ends with a slight sweet backbone mixed with oaky earthy notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slight prickly carbonation, finishes clean.

Overall – Honestly, not a bad beer. I am not a “homer” by any means – I just moved to IL from CA and have never really had many beers by Two Brothers. For their first real attempt at this style, it is better than expected. Is this Russian River? No, but the fact that I live twenty minutes from these guys and they are at least dabbling in the style makes me happy knowing in the near future we could have some more local American Wild Ale’s available. I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these and let them age for a bit to see how the beer develops. Also, at nine dollars, it isn’t horribly expensive and there really isn’t much else in this style around the area that can be had cheaper (reviewer below me, let me know what other sours are cheaper than nine dollars a 12.7oz around here!)

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Photo of birchholz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, straight down the middle. Half an inch of crackling white foam rose up and receded after a few minutes, soon resembling filtered cider in the glass. Some irregular bits of spotty lace clung to the sides here and there. Sunset orange tone, good clarity with a very slight haze. It glints gold when it catches the light.

Lightly acetic cider nose, white wine vinegar, funky apple orchard, lemon and lime zest. Fruit forward and with a sharp hint of acidity.

Fruity taste with a moderately sour, acetic bite. Juicy apple, lemon, sour grape, some crabapple sharpness. Clean and effervescent, it dries up quickly, with a hint of Brett, crackery malt, and wet barrel oak in the dry aftertaste. Flavor is fruity and fairly complex, the woody hint in the aftertaste is pleasant too. Carbonation is light, and it has a fairly vinous character to it. Quenching and tasty.

Great to finally see Two Brothers bottle a sour ale from their foudres. Askew was even more enjoyable than previous wild ales Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone (though all were different stylistically). Hope this is a sign of more sour things to come...

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Photo of machostacos
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 12.7oz (very heavy) green bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber, a little hazy, with a finger or two of somewhat soapy head that leaves quickly. Incredibly effervescent! My first thought was "this looks like champagne" - and it really does.

S: Wow - immediately gets my mouth watering. VERY tart and puckery-smelling. Zippy. Tart apples, lemon meringue, and acetone mostly. I get a little oakiness and some peppery alcohol peeking through as well.

T: Very puckering tartness and sourness - like the Warhead candy :) A big flash of lemony acetone in the middle, finishing quickly. Some unidentified herbal spice character is hidden in there somewhere as well. Aftertaste is light, lemony, and biscuity. It's strange to think that something so similar to nail polish remover and Lemon Pledge would be so tasty!

M: Nice, medium-light body. A little slick and oily. Very tart and puckering - this'll make you gleak! Bubbly, crisp, refreshing.

O: Only my second sour, and my favorite thus far (ha.) Incredibly drinkable, less accessible, but hardly offensive in any way. On the contrary, in fact - very crisp and tart and refreshing. A lovely sour, and certainly one you should try whether you like sours or not.

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