Pentagram (Surly 5) by Surly Brewing

Rating: 4.25/5

Pentagram (Surly 5) is Surly Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Ale. It is an 8.2% ABV Wile Ale. Made with 100% pure Brettanomyces aged in Red Wine Barrels. The result is a beer that maybe only sour ale lovers will understand. I love Jolly pumpkin ales so this is very similar. Here is some info from the label:

In the Surly brewhouse, brewing our Anniversary beers mean one thing: forget what ya know and try something different. In honor of FIVE glorious years we bring you a 100% Brettanomyces fermented dark ale aged in red wine barrels. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic “brett” barnyard funk balanced by dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at celarr temperature for a couple years. 

Although this beer is sour, it has some nice sweet flavors to balance it out. Flavors of wine, raspberry, cherry, caramel, vanilla crème, iced tea and toasted bread . The acidic vinegary taste while not big as other sours, it still somewhat hides some of the other flavors. Although this could be that way due to the age of the beer. As time goes it, maybe the sourness will increase. I think as I try more, the beer gets better. Surly has some…umm interesting art work. Not sure if many conservative or religious people would approve though. I know some would probably think , WTF…LOL then again I didnt seem to get that reaction from the Stillwater Artisanal Echatological ale I tried a while back. That one was even more devil looking >.>. The only evil thing about this beer is the sour part. But it is really is delicious.

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