De Proef Reinaert Wild Ale

De Proef Brouwerij Reinaert Wild Ale 9.0% ABV Do you remember when you were a kid and you would visit the petting zoo? Remember how after you left, for the rest of the day, you could smell the funky barnyard smell on your hand? And remember how you would keep smelling your hand every once … [ Read more]

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 17

Paradox Beer Company Skully Barrel No. 17 8.5% ABV What Reese’s did with peanut butter and chocolate, Paradox does with hops and sourness. This October 2014 beauty has a pretty, coppery-orange hue that’s bright and vibrant. The head is almost non-existent with a few scattered bubbles lazily making their way to the surface. The somewhat … [ Read more]

Uinta Wyld EPA

Uinta Brewing Company Wyld EPA 4% ABV, 29 IBU First sniff, this EPA exudes a strong, dank, damp-grass smell—the same aroma that you kicked up when you ran around the yard as a kid. You would think with such a strong smell, the hops would overpower in the taste. Not so: the malts balance out … [ Read more]

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale

Joseph Wolf Brewing Berlin Style Weisse: Sour Wheat Ale 4.3% ABV After 93-years since Joseph Wolf last brewed in Stillwater, his granddaughters began reviving his legacy with three flagship beers, including this sour wheat Berlin-style weisse. This straw-colored ale has aromas of tart lemons. The taste is slightly sour with a bubbly champagne mouthfeel that … [ Read more]

Destihl Brewing Wild Sour Series — Here Gose Nothin’

Destihl Brewing Wild Sour Series—Here Gose Nothin’ 5% ABV This is Destihl’s interpretation of a Gose, an old German style of unfiltered wheat beer with coriander seeds, lactic acid, and salt added to the boil. The beer pours a hazy yellow with some slight funk on the nose. The sip is refreshing, crisp, and dry. … [ Read more]

Victory Wild Devil

Victory Wild Devil 6.7% ABV Still a pretty young beer and already popping its cork with some diabolic authority! Pours a light amber with a frothy eggshell head, compliments of the Brett. The nose picks up an awesome bouquet of lemony citrus, fresh vegetal grassiness, and already a little bit of tart funk. What’s wild here … [ Read more]

Petrus Aged Pale Ale

Petrus Aged Pale Ale 7.3% ABV, 10 IBU If you are looking for a face tightening sour, this is your companion. This Flaunders Oud Bruin really brings greatness to the table. It pours with a two finger fuzzy head, exciting your nostrils with sour aromas, lemon, and a touch of funk. As you touch the glass … [ Read more]

Brau Bros Bancreagie 26

Brau Bros Bancreagie 26 ABV: 11.5% Add another unique beer to cross off your list! Medium to dark brown color, light head, and apparent smoke on the nose with a little funk! While one might be skeptical of smoke and sour, the peat and lactobacillus–induced sour notes meld well offering a mild tartness, then a … [ Read more]

American Wild Ale: A Profile

This Style Profile peers under the hood of American Wild Ale, the most interesting style this side of the BJCP. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT When discussing American wild beers, it’s hard to talk about “style.” The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) doesn’t have a listing for it. These beers are relegated to the … [ Read more]

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Founders Old Curmudgeon

Founders ABV: 9.8% | IBU: 50 If this beer tasted like its name, it would be a crusty, bitter, unpleasant man. Fortunately, it’s not. It pours a beautiful ruby orange color with a light creamy head. Brewed with molasses this beer could easily become overly sweet, but the prominence of mild hops generates a bitterness … [ Read more]

Brouwerij Timmermans Bourgogne des Flandres

Timmerman ABV: 5.2% | IBU: — Pours a reddish brown with a thin but lingering head. Carbonation is taught, leaving a tight lace. An initial sniff immediately brings to mind the malt room of your local brew supply store, dried hay, raw honey, and roasted corn husks. At first blush, the pallet is all malt … [ Read more]

Avery Old Jubilation Ale

Avery ABV: 8.3% | IBU: — A gorgeous rendition of a classic English Old Ale, and brewed for the merriest of seasons. At 8.3% ABV this baby keeps you warm without the boozy flavors or hot nose. No spices are added but the mingling flavors and aromas would certainly suggest otherwise. Toffee, chocolate, hazelnuts and … [ Read more]

Rodenbach Grand Cru Ale

Rodenbach ABV: 6.0% | IBU: — Grand Cru Rodenbach Ale is delicious to drink any time of the year, but is especially refreshing in the summer months. With a deep brown color and persistent off-white head, complexity is already obvious at first glance. The aroma of musty cherries, green apple, and damp wood are striking. … [ Read more]

Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale

Bells Brewery ABV: 4.8% | IBU: — Bell’s Third Coast beer is an American blonde ale. You don’t see too many of these around and it’s a shame. It pours a beautiful golden color and crystal clear. It’s a medium bodied beer with good head retention. Although it isn’t a huge robust beer, it has … [ Read more]

Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge

Bockor ABV: 5.5% | IBU: — Jacobins pours a gorgeous cola-like reddish brown, topped with a short-lasting creamy brown/white head. The aroma has everything [you should] look for in a Flemish Sour Ale: a touch of leather, tart cherry skins, old/wet oak, a hint of forest floor, perhaps some nuts, vanilla and raisiny fruit skin. … [ Read more]