Askew | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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

375 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date, but picked this up when it was released in 2011. Pours slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, cherry, cider vinegar, spiciness, hay, grape, lemon, oak, and funk. Very nice aromas with great balance of everything. Nothing is too overpowering. Taste of big tart apple, cherry, grape, lemon, pear, spiciness, grass, earthiness, light vinegar, and oak. Nice tart and sour finish; with some lingering notes of apple, grape, vinegar, spiciness, and earthiness. Very nice balance of sweetness with the acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected from the style. Overall this is an outstanding and well balanced American wild ale. Very complex and smooth drinking despite the acidity.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to funkyaudio for including this as an extra.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with just under a finger of off white head. The head fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Quite sour. Vinegar and tart citrus. Mild sweet and fruit notes.

Taste: Tart up front, again I'm reminded of citrus and vinegar. The sourness fades during the sip and there is a very mild malt sweetness as well as some oak. The finish is mildly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good sour ale. Much better than the last sour I had from Two Brothers. I would definitely have another.

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

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a light fizzy head dark orange peach hazy color.

Nose has a nice sour malt, tart cherries and fruit, great sour tart malts, hint of lacto, great fruit, hint of wild funk.

Taste is great, tart sour funk, sour fruit, tangy lacto and bit acidic, sour cherry and light lemon and other fruits, a bit sticky, a light oak and vanilla round the flavors off. A long sticky finish with sour tart fruit and a little malt lingers.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little carbonation but decent.

Overall great, nice tart sour fruit flavors, light lacto and funk, acidity is balanced well, nice light oak and vanilla rounded flavors.

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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Askew pours a largely clear peach skin hue, capped by a small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

A lot of fruity lacto on the nose, with balsamic vinegar and slight acetone behind. Ripe stone fruit, strawberries, mild barnyard and nail polish. Pretty decent.

Tastes better than it smells. Quite sour and fruity, there are some nice strawberry, peach and pineapple flavors going on here. Very lactic and slightly stomach churning, though it narrowly avoids coming off as harsh.

Carbonation is on the lower end of medium, it could probably use a touch more, but it's not a large detraction. The finish is mild, lactic and fruity again, pretty mouth watering from the acidity.

Surprisingly good on the whole. Not in the upper tier of American sours, but better than I was expecting.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, brett, light oak or wood, and some light vinegar. Definitely a lot of funk and sour fruits in the nose; really great.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, vinegar and acedic notes. Again, very nice, but not quite as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but still pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was one of my favorites of the tasting and the biggest surprise. Loads of funky brett and sour fruits; a really great sour. If I could buy this on the shelf I'd definitely buy a few of them. Would love to have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The beer pours an amber-orange color with a fizzy off-white head that is not retained very well.

S: A very intense aroma. Lots of grass and lemon which provides a ton of sourness. Fairly heavy on the oak, and a little bit on the musty side. A mild fruitiness as well as a surprising amount of vinegar.

T: The vinegar flavor is quite strong, as is the lactic/lemony sourness. This results in an intensely sour beer. Very, very heavy on the oak as well. A mild cherry flavor provides a bit of fruit. Surprisingly, a little bit of malt on the back end.

M: This is medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The vinegar character was just a bit too much, and the oak was too strong as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

This beer pours a nice dark and murky copper in color with a bright white lacing around my snifter. It smells of Brett, Sach, and tart cherries. The light cherry is a nice addition that some sours lack. It tastes of tart cherries and brett. Those are generic adjectives for a sour but this is nicely done. It finishes tart and dry. The finish is nice and to be expected and the cherry is excellently portrayed. It drinks very well and I wish the volume in my glass wasn't disappearing. Overall this is a fine sour and for the first time, I'm impressed with Two Brothers.

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally, a use for those damn foudres. This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white grapes (very vinous), brett, tart strawberry, tart raspberry, lemon zest, light lime zest, maple syrup, and light cranberry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, raspberries, brett, lemon zest, blood orange, red wine, and currants. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable wild. It focuses on the sour fruit, but doesn't overdo it (you get to keep your enamel).

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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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