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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

Sans PagaieSans Pagaie

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

445 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 445
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%


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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flayedandskinned

California

4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an extremely murky, cloudy salmon colored hue of pink, almost akin to ruby red grapefruit juice. A mere wisp of a half finger head forms and fizzles out completely in a matter of seconds; which is consistent with it's style. No lacing is left behind. I've never seen a beer quite like this. It really is a milky pink.

Aroma: (4.75)
As soon as you raise the beer to your nose, it is immediately clear that this is a very sour brew; tons of bright citric acidity bursts forth; fresh lemon juice and a familiar tart cherry pie scent that is found in a great number of sour beers. There is however a gigantic and very vibrant, fresh cherry aroma underneath the standard cherry pie character. The lemons and cherries are encased by a lovely, funky barnyardness from Brettanomyces; mostly light leather and slightly musty, wet hay. The amazingly, the fresh cherries really cut through the funk from the Brettanomyces and souring bacteria. As the beer warms, a subtle, but firm vanilla presence becomes more apparent from the oak barrels.

Taste: (4.75)
Tart and acidic lemon juice your palate immediately, quickly follow by a mild Brett funkiness; more the musty, wet hay and leather that is found in the aroma. Just before the very dry finish, something unexpected happens; your palate is completely overtaken by waves of fresh cherries. The cherries are so in your face, you would have sworn you were chewing actual bing cherries. The beer finishes really dry and pleasantly tart with lingering notes of cherries, and a creamy vanilla and light tannin character from the oak barrels. There is a faint, but distinct nuttiness in the finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms that makes me think the Bruery added not only the cherry flesh in, but kept the pits intact as well.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Medium, creamy body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: (4.5)
Another brilliant beer from The Bruery; They managed to really harness the sheer essence of cherry in this Kriek(as every Kriek should!) The beer is just sour enough to be refreshing but still leaves enough room on your palate for the cherry character to really shine. I'd recommend this any 'sour head' or anyone who loves cherries!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:15:40 | More by flayedandskinned
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Appearance- Upon opening the bottle, I notice a strange looking filament around the rim of the bottle under the cap. Kind of pinkish/grey. I might have been concerned if it wasn't a sour, but whatever.
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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.