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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

545 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 90
Gots: 146 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sans Pagaie translates to “without a paddle” and is our take on the Belgian-style kriek, a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The base beer has a subtle funk that melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of home made chocolate cake.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

We crack a 750mL of the 2013 stock, pouring a brew of sunset orange, with hues of rosy pinks when held away from the light, into our shiny new Ommegang Game of Thrones tulips. It puts forth a two finger head of fizzy white foam, but the majority of this bubbles away within seconds. What’s left is a loose, oily-looking film across the top of the liquid. A haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be light but diffuse. The aroma is tart and fruity as expected, giving notes of white wine grape skins, thick oak, mossy maple bark, easy pale malt chalkiness, rich dark cherry flesh, citric tartness, cider vinegar, light booziness, distant popcorn kernels, souring wild yeastiness, plastic phenols and vinyl bite, lemon juiciness, cloth, and warmed honey. Our first impression is that that has got to be one of the most puckering, lip-smacking wilds we’ve ever tasted!! As we sip, the taste explodes with souring, Bretty yeast, tall green grassiness, flashes of grape soda/pop, chalked pales, coiny metallics, lavender and honeysuckle florals, oaky diacetyls, the tartest candy sugars, red grapey and cherry sweetness, lemon juiciness, and resinous fruit vine. Mixing to the peak is continue woody warmth and sourness akin to a dry red wine, along with lactics and vinegars, grainy pales, chokecherries, juicy bite of wild yeast, aloe, dried straw, fermented cherry and strawberry skins, and acetone. The end washes with thick cherry fruitiness, under ripe nectarine pit grittiness, Pez and Warhead candy puck, and more of the same biting, tart cherry, lemony, vinegar, oak, and winey glory. The aftertaste breathes of light booze, lactic creaminess, warm diacetyls, huge oakiness, waxed parchment, tart cherry and peach fruitiness, tinny metallics, yeasty sourness, raw strawberry jam, and general grassy twang. The body is medium, and the carbonation strikes a high prickle. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but with decidedly less creaminess or froth to the lip. Finishing pop, helped along by the intense fruity and yeast tannic pucker, is supreme. The mouth is initially coated with an oily, resinous film, but the tongue squeaks clean with drying chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and although this brew is a sipper, it drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste. Actually, we found it pretty challenging to dissect through the thick blanket of sourness that cloaks each sip of this guy!! We were going to sit on it for a bit longer, but a friend suggested we hit it now, as its tartness would only enhance, so we decided to give it a go, and MAN, this is one of the most puckering, souring, wild things we’ve ever had the pleasure of sipping. After taking those first few sips to get a handle on what exactly you’re dealing with here, it starts to go down extremely smoothly, while retaining punch at every turn. Like many within the style, it is brewer with fruit, and while the cherry is certainly present, if we were told this was brewed with raspberries, or blackberries, or the likes, we wouldn’t contest it. That said, it is wonderfully executed from head to toe, and has that bright personality that only The Bruery can conjure.

10-09-2013 23:06:11 | More by TheBrewo
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-09-2014 00:51:21 | More by DanGeo
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steenkampa

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

Got two bottles through a friend in the Bruery Reserve Society.

Pink, fluffy, high carbonation....very bright colored sour.

By far the most sour "sour" I have had, but in a good way. Wasn't overpowering, just slightly lip puckering.

I loved it, and bought a few more bottles later on. I have them cellared for drinking in a few years.

Would highly recommend.

08-08-2013 21:26:26 | More by steenkampa
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tectactoe

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2014 11:46:57 | More by tectactoe
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Notes from May 2012

A - Reddish-orange liquid with one finger of short-lived white head. Settles to a collar, but leaves no lacing.

S - Prominent cherry aroma that is bot sweet and tart. Moderate yeast funk. Aroma is more earthy than tart.

T - Nice tart beginning with a distinctive cherry presence. Middle has a nice earthy funk. A bit of lemon sourness. Actually quite tart. Pretty tasty, if a bit too assertive. The cherry seems to get a bit overshadowed.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with consistent tartness and a dry finish.

O - Not as refined as Filmishmish, but still pretty enjoyable sour from The Bruery.

07-20-2012 01:39:41 | More by warnerry
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-26-2012 21:20:09 | More by Callmecoon
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07-13-2012 14:08:32 | More by Skye1024
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Glowing, light cherry color with a small light khaki colored head that doesn't stay for long, eventually leaving irregular dots and spots of lace down the glass.

Pleasant aroma of sour cherries, mild funk, oak, some floral notes, along with good amount of stinging sourness. There are significantly better smelling krieks, but this was one smells just fine.

Bright cherries marry extraordinarily well with a moderate level of biting sourness, mild funk, definite oak, and some grass. Complete, and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carobnation. It could use more bubbles, truthfully.

I love this beer.

08-23-2012 01:43:43 | More by ehammond1
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

I really liked the pink meets yellow appearance, reminded me of Hulk Hogan when he would wear his feather boas. Small even more pink head to it, about 2/5" I would say.

Aroma was tart, sour, the small kind of cherry aroma, lactic acid. Wasn't heavy or pungent, nice deft touches to the aroma. Minimal funk.

Taste, plenty sour, even the blond ale character comes through in the body. The cherry isn't deep or rich like New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, its a different creature altogether. Its a lighter, more bitter, more tart/sour kind of cherry. There is just a touch of wood and vanilla along with the sour notes.

It was real 'fresh' in terms of the cherry notes back around NYE (Another bottle opened courtesy of koufax21 at the Velasquez/Dos Santos 2 fight). Nice and dry delivery, relatively low alcohol makes this a great beer for summertime (wheels turning, should open one at Silva/Weidman pool party fight this summer). While there is a little bit of sweetness, its well placed with this beer. Funkiness to a minimum, which I tend to like. Carbonation is light, which is fine.

05-21-2013 22:31:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.