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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 89
Gots: 147 | FT: 16
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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Reviews by russwbeck:
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Part of my Reserve Society allocation.

A: Blood orange to grapefruit in color. Hues that vary from pink to yellow. A finger or so of white head builds up on the second glass, but not the first. A decent amount of sediment lasts at the bottom of the bottle.

S: Fruity, but very tart aroma. Vinegar and cherries certainly with hints of funk. Almost like a cherry pie, with some breadiness and almost cinnamon qualities. Sweet and tart.

T: The tartness just keeps on coming, and I love it. Subtle cherries, big funk, underlying blond ale, and a balancing sweetness. Really a nicely concocted sour ale. One of the better American Wilds I can remember having. The cherries are integrated very well and the level of sour is perfect.

MF: Light body with a perfect level of carbonation. It's so balanced the drinkability is perfect. Aftertaste of tartness and lingering bitterness keep you coming back for more.

O: One of the better American Wilds on the market. Huge props to the Bruery. So glad I have two more bottles of it. I would recommend this to anyone. Between this and Filmishmish I have to say they've knocked it out of the park.

08-19-2012 03:59:47 | More by russwbeck
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-09-2014 00:51:21 | More by DanGeo
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%

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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-01-2014 02:06:22 | More by jamato3000
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

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 +1.9%

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.

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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.