Wolaver’s Brown Ale

Wolaver's Brown Ale
Wolaver’s Brown Ale is yet another beer from my home state of Vermont (Middlebury, VT). The beer is unique in a number of ways. First, all the ingredients are organic. Second, the label lists “Vermont well water” as an ingredient…not too often that you see something like that. I’ll attest that Vermont well water is delicious.

I have to say that I was a bit hesitant to try this one. It came out of a friend’s fridge, and my friends basically begged me to drink it because they disliked it so much. I felt challenged, thus it ended up in my glass.

Let’s whip through some of the easy details, and then I’ll discuss flavor:

Color: Medium/dark brown.
Thickness: Relatively light.
Head: Limited.
Aroma: Pickled something? or is it olives?

The smell, combined with my friend’s glowing review, certainly had me worried. I wasn’t going to back down at that point though! The taste was sour. Sour olives, like olive pate! Wolaver’s website states that the ale has “hints of cherry and black currant”. I’ll give them the currant…maybe…but I didn’t pick up cherry at all. The sourness wasn’t overpowering (e.g. Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour).

I got through 80% of the 12oz bottle before calling it quits. I felt like it was curdling the food in my stomach, although it was probably in my imagination. I have to call “foul” when it comes to their labeling. This “brown ale” was only a brown ale in name. “Sour” should have been somewhere one the label!

As I appreciate organic food & drink, I’ll definitely be trying more Wolaver’s beer, just not the Brown Ale. Too weird for my taste.

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Wolaver’s Brown Ale”

  1. Hey, sorry about the bad tasting Brown Ale. That beer had most definitely spoiled. I assure you that what you described is not anywhere close to how our Brown Ale should taste. The Brown has a low hop profile with a malty flavor. I’d add hints of chocolate to the currents and cherry. I hope that if you have the opportunity to try another of our Brown Ales, you will us a second chance. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
    Robert Wolaver

  2. Robert:

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog and comment! I now feel a little sick thinking that I powered through most of a beer that had gone bad! :) I’ll make an effort to find some Wolaver Brown Ale this weekend (assuming I can find it in my area) and then write a new review!


  3. I think the brown ale is 95% organic, the hops are not organic. I plan on trying the pat leavy's all american ale, mentioned by robert above, which is 100% organic.

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