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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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from Blind BIF 6, bottle # 5 Cork and Caged 500ml Poured into my Half Acre Tulip
Ive had the cage off for about 10 minutes while finishing up an email and cork has nearly worked its way out. Fantastic "POP" as the cork relieves itself of it's duties.

A Pours a slightly straw but burnt orange color. About a finger and half of a creamy white head, not quite the brilliant head your find with Brett but close, it could be the light. The head has receded back to about a finger of fizzy foam. No noted dregs. As i swirl this gorgeous liquid, the head instantly reappears and then receded back to about a finger. Plenty of little effervescent bubbles coming from the bottom of this one. 4.5

S I am immediately aware this is either a Gueuze or Lambic. The stable "acidic" smells associated with a sour are screaming at my nose. The smell of soured grapes, funk, wine & musk are all present. 4.5

T Fantastic! The flavor lends to quite a bit to the nose and I convinced this is a Gueuze or unblended Lambic. Wine barrel, brett, lactic acid, pedio funk, lemons, soured cherries, oranges and a bit of leather. At the end, just after the sour begins to fade I pick up more plum and a bit of apple. 5

M This is exactly how this beer should be and the effervescent bubbles dance on the tongue making my mouth happy. light, crisp and creamy all at the same time. 5

O I love this beer. This is something i would normally take to a tasting to share with friends and only get a couple ounces of. Having a full glass is great! Time to find out what it is i'm about to propose to. 4.75 should be an option

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4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage; drank 2/26/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Hazy orange appearance.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Mildly tart strawberry nose; intoxicating!

Medium mouthfeel.

Mildly tart strawberry flavor up front; nice sweet strawberry finish, crisp & dry. A delicious, balanced sour. I never had this fresh, but it certainly aged wonderfully.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy light amber color with a finger of nice foamy head that lingers nicely
S: strong scent reminiscent of wine, grapes and a sweetness similar to apples
T: pretty indescribable, sweetness, sourness, a slight cold bite that hits at the first sip, overall really nice
M: hits strong at the start but smooths out immediately and at the end, there is nothing left to even remind you you had taken a drink
O: really a great brew, not as wholely offensive as other sours Ive had and really finishes up smoothly

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4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:There's a little bit of balsamic vinegar along with other sour aromas. I also get some apple and grape skin. It's got a lot of complexity for a sour beer.

Appearance:Honey colored, low amount of head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

Taste:Great mild sour flavors on the foretaste of this beer. I taste grapeskin, red currant, rhubarb, apple or kumquat. This beer is a little strange for me because it actually gets more sour the more I drink. Also, depending on where it hits your tongue, some sweet apple flavors shine through more. The aftertaste has a strong nutty flavor, which is also odd in a sour beer.

Mouthfeel:The body on this beer is light to medium. It has some harsh astringency throughout, peaking on the aftertaste in the back of my throat.

Overall:Overall this is a wonderful easy-drinking sour beer with a lot of complexity. The mildness of it's sour flavors really lets the base beer grains show through as well.

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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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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml gueuze-style green bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a slightly hazed and chunkily sediment-disturbed orange-gold, very similar to a gueuze in this regard, with a crackling and alive head of fine white bubbles. Lacing is stretchy and patchy. Decent body, but almost no visible carbonation, which is surprising.

Nose is sharp and astringent, with big bold acidic tartness. It's slightly like very acidic fruit juice, and less of the robust, funky, rubbery characters you get off a good gueuze, but it really reminds me more of the Belgian style sour beers than the duskier, fuller American Wilds.

Taste is actually very pleasant, without a big spike of acidity, but without the too-full slightly sweet body that can sometimes come from a half-assed AWA. Here we have a pleasantly tart fruit character, with a crisp finish and lovely light mouthfeel that sharpens and directs the flavour into all the right zones. Exceptionally smooth for the sharpness and tartness; it softens the palate while staying exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

Awesome American Wild: probably fair to say the best I've had that didn't come from Russian River. The crisp drinkability and the directness of the acidity really hark back to the canonical Belgian lambics, but the smoothness on the palate gives it that vault into the new world.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- An orange hued amber brew that pour to a one finger off white head which dissipates rapidly into a thin skim, leaving spotty random lacing.

S -- As soon as it was poured from the bottle, I could smell the acid on this one. Pungent sour cherries, acid, and currant surface on the nose.

T -- First taste is highly acidic, sour cherry lemon / citrus zest are dominant. Light oak and earth, herbal tones work to balance the back end after a few sips. The overpowering flavors here are acid and earth, with afterthoughts of citrus and oak.

M -- Medium body with light carbonation, with a long, puckering linger.

D -- Solid brew, worth a try for the sour fiends out there. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I enjoy the style. For the uninitiated, this would turn them completely off to the style. If you are like me, buy it.

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

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue. Produced a nice cap of tan froth that dissipated. Some lacing. Loving the color of this.

(S)- A nice mild acidic vinegar. Some tart fruits of lemon and white grape skins and granny smith apple and pear. Very nice smell. Some funk in the oak nuances.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice fruit profile with a mild acidity and sourness. Finishes smooth and mild oak funk.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A nice mild acidity and sourness and fruit. The oak nuances are nice.

(D)- This is just plain enjoyable. Getting mixed reviews, but a great drinking sour; not super sour or funky, but I genuinely look forward to see how this develops further with age cause this here has the makings to be really amazing down the road. Crisp and refreshing, I could easily drink a whole 750mL bottle of this if it came in that size. It is relatively young in the bottle at this point, but its just fantastic for a mild sour and GREAT for the warmer weather creeping up on us. I for one was extremely impressed with this from Two Brothers!

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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 169 ratings