Wild Ale #7 (Surf Mountain Sour) - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.59/5 rDev +1.7%
Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces not head from this completely, and expectedly, flat beer. The color has a hint of red in its gold depths and when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, bright-gold hue. The nose smells lightly tart up front, but more like fruit with cider and perhaps a hint of pear and even kiwi leading the way. There is an acetic edge to the aroma though this is quite light and accentuates the fruity aromatics. Funky smelling with notes of musty, damp limestone, touches of urea and a touch of Brettanomyces induced phenolics that lightly scent the nose with plastic, perhaps a touch of medicinal like character and the afore-mentioned mustiness. Solid grain aromatics provide notes of dried hay, chewy pale wheat crackers, and even a hint of doughy sour-dough bread character. The nose is actually not all that bad, I wish it had more of a bright, lactic component to it, but it manages to not be overly acetic, which is quite nice.
Quite a bit more sour than I was expecting from the nose, there is a fair amount of lactic character, but there is certainly an acetic edge to the sourness that provides a biting edge to this beer. Flavors of grapefruit, perhaps a touch of tart melon and even some strawberry like flavors are brought out by the sourness here. Up front there is a touch of hay like grain character with a touch of cracker / rustic white bread flavors, but this is much reduced from the aromatic nose. The finish actually has some hop bitterness to it, it is not much, but it is enough that I noticed it and there might even be a hint of herbal hop flavor here. For a flat beer the body is actually not all that bad, I was expecting this to be a lot thinner and watery than it actually is; in fact it has a touch of viscous character to it and even a certain light heft to the body as it rests on the palate. As the beer warms up more of a cracker like grain character becomes noticeable in the finish and this adds some more balance to the beer. The acetic character becomes a bit more pronounced as the beer warms up too.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from a flat Sour that is not a Lambic, and I was pleasantly surprised by this beer; it would certainly be better with an expressive carbonation, but it actually gets by without.
08-22-2013 03:16:06 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Very clear, pale color. Not much head.
Smells quite acidic and sour. Tiny bit of vinegar aroma in there.
Tastes very balanced and well-integrated. Some nice cherry and raspberry flavors mingling with the sourness.
Light on carbonation but medium bodied.
Overall - I was really impressed here. I would love to try some more of the stuff coming out of Santa Fe now...
05-30-2012 20:22:26 | More by Spider889
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Review from notes. Had at the Moo Bar.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with very little head or lacing. Some bubbles release from the bottom of the glass.
S: Very funky and tart on the aroma, rather oaky as well. Hard to really pick out an specific flavors besides some apple.
T: Similarly acidic, very sour. One of the most sour beers I have had. There is a little bit of apple and some citrus as well as a little wheat.
M: Low carbonation, medium bodied with a very dry finish.
O: Not really sure how I feel about this beer. I loved how sour it was, and it was great sharing the bottle with a bunch of people. Not sure if I would have felt different drinking an entire pint or so of it.
02-08-2012 21:50:43 | More by mdaschaf
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
This was an unlabeled extra from injuredreserve, it had painters tape wrapped around with all info handwritten. Shared with inebriatedjoker.
A: Nice deep orange color. I managed a very loose soapy looking head by pouring this from about a foot above the glass. I had already realized this had no carbonation, so I tried to give it hell.
S: I guess upon the first whiff this seems like supplication light, sorta similar. Vinegar is predominant along with various sour treatments. Smells lactic- kinda tart and sour.
T: Just as the aroma, lacto, vinegar, and whatever they infected this with really light up the taste buds. It's really tart with some bits of sour cherry. This is acidic as hell, it really hurts the teeth. It has some ok flavors.
M: Horrible mouthfeel. This stuff is soooo flat, it really kills this beer for me. Very oily and acidic.
O: This isn't really something I would seek out but it was a really cool extra. These flavors would have worked so much better with any carbonation at all. I guess if I had another bottle I would try to share it with as many people as possible.
01-22-2012 16:12:49 | More by schwaeh
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
Consumed at Zwanze Day 2011. I forget who opened this beer but thanks for the pour!
Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon Tulip with a hazy golden straw color. About half a finger of white head that leaves slight spotty lacing.
Smell – Slight citrus and funk, heavier vinegar, granny smith apples, and oak.
Taste – I had heard about Santa Fe’s Wild Ale’s and was excited to try this because of their insane enamel peeling tendencies. This was not anything like I was expecting. Oak and vinegar, slight citrus and fruits such as the aforementioned green apples, very little funk.
Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, decent carbonation.
Overall – The only positive is I did not taste the alcohol in this beer. This was nothing special – perhaps I was having amazing beer overload that day, but this one just missed the mark. Would like to try some of the other counterparts to the series, though I doubt I will ever be able to.
10-18-2011 23:52:15 | More by SpdKilz
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
A - Yellow orange beer with a little bit of a white head that left some spots on the sides.
S - A somewhat vinegar forward beer. Has some apple and citrus with a bit of funk.
T - Fruit, tannic notes, more vinegar. Funk is more subdued. I find this kind of ho hum, vinegar too present, little apple, some wood.
M - Kind of sticky, lighter bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Unlike the enamel-peeling prior versions, this one didn't deliver in that category and just wasn't all that great anyway. Pass.
09-22-2011 03:05:05 | More by AgentZero
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
From 08/17/11 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Thanks Michael. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.
a - Pours a murky orange color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells sour fruits, vinegar, and some apples. Light citrus and grassy/earthy notes too. Decent, but pretty average.
t - Tastes of citrus, tropical fruits, sour fruits, vinegar, and light grass. Again, pretty average.
m - No carbonation and light to medium body.
o - Overall not a great wild ale, but I didn't dislike it as much as most people at the tasting. Wouldn't seek it out again but would be willing to try it again at a tasting or something.
09-01-2011 19:24:17 | More by mdfb79
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks for sharing this one, Jeff.
A: The beer pours a pale golden color with a small ring of white head.
S: A rather simple nose to this. As I've come to expect from Santa Fe sours, some vinegar is noticeable, though nowhere near the level of #6. Some nice tropical fruit notes to it and some grass and oak.
T: The flavor is similarly plain, but it's still good. A light tannic oak note along with some lemon, vinegar, and tropical fruits. Lightly grassy, which is really the only "funk".
M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Definitely more drinkable than other Santa Fe sours. A bit too simplistic, though.
08-29-2011 17:54:40 | More by womencantsail
Wild Ale #7 (Surf Mountain Sour) from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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