Pentagram 2014 Vintage – Surly Brewing Co

From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Pentagram” 2014 Vintage a beer that was opened 2 years after its release in 2016.  This beer is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented beer.  The beer pours a deep reddish orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of vinegar, cherry, earth, oak, wine and funk but is a bit understated.  The flavour is of notes of vinegar to start with cherry, berries, some brett funk, oak, wine and maybe a hint of tobacco.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.66%.  I was expecting an overly sour beer when I poured this beer but it was fairly subdued.  This is a sour beer that you could easily drink a bunch of (If you could get a bunch).

Commercial Description:  100% Brettanomyces dark beer, fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels. “Brett” is a unique yeast strain that produces flavors that would be offensive if they weren’t intentional. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and classic “Brett” barnyard funk, balanced by Dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

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