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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 695
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 107
Gots: 177 | FT: 23
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

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.
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Photo of gkatsoris
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pink grapefruit juice anyone? Goya guava juice.

S: Funkalicious. Wet dog. Tin/copper. Hay. Strawberry. Passion fruit. Cidar vinegar.

T: Delicious. Super complex. Crazy acidic man. Cherry vinegar. Strawberry vinegar. Lemon.

M: Thin and chewy.

O: Maybe the most drinkable wild ale I've ever had.

thanks redliner8!!!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of weltywm
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Barcade in Phily for Beer Week

Appearance: A really unique and cloudy pink color. Almost no head and no lacing.

Smell: Subtle, but still very funky and sour. Mostly cherry.

Taste: My friend Patrick was drinking a Supplication, and this was more mouth-puckering. Very sour, with lots of vinegar, tons of sour cherry, and some oak and vanilla. The sourness almost over-powers the different tasting notes.

Mouthfeel: Very sour, with a very long finish. Mouth puckering and delicious.

Overall: An amazing Belgian sour. Lots going on, but all tied together by extremely sour cherry notes. Would definitely buy again. Very good.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

A: Pours a hazed/cloudy red color. A pinkish head rises to about two fingers, but recedes in a second. Light lace. Looks really spritzy and Champagne like.
S: A tart acidic funk up front a center. Beautiful cherry tartness mingles perfectly with the Brett. Light wood and vanilla aromas. Excellent, and spot on.
T: The acidity is pungent and assertive up front. The fresh, tart, acidic fleshy cherries are amazing. Some vanilla mingles in the middle. Mixed with the Bretty funk and light wood flavors. Pretty much spot on for a straight up fresh Lambic Kriek.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly effervescent. Beautifully crisp, and finishes dry and refreshing. So easy to drink, the tartness pulls in the cheeks and I want to keep coming back for more.

Damn if this is not a traditional Lambic Kriek. Incredibly well done, and spot on for the style. I was really impressed with this, and highly recommended. Exactly why I put up with the lows of the Bruery. Because the highs are this good.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The color is cherry red and the smell has a lot of tart cherry aroma wtih slight sour scent of wild yeast.

The flavor has a great balance of cherry in the taste with the wild yeast adding some acidity and dry quality in the finish -recommend this as it is a very good cherry flavored wild ale.

a glowing rose color with light white head. The aroma has a tart cherry smell like sour cherry candy. The feel is tangy with sour acidity and light woody texture with heavy fruity tannic with light malt and sour puckering finish.

The taste is great with full cherry tartness and semi-sweet stone fruit with tart cherry and slight malt support of the sourness from the yeast and cherries with slight fruity floral quality of cherry skin flavor. Overall I found this to be a wonderful sour ale with lots of intensity

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Photo of dhbiker0889
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pink, almost grapefruit color. Fairly cloudy with little head and pretty much no lacing.

S- Sweet and sour. Can really smell the cherries with a slight hint of vanilla and strawberry.

T- Follows the nose closely. Very sour upfront and can definatly taste the cherry. A little bit of funk and a trace of oak. Overall very delicious.

M- Quite a bit of carbonation but it really adds to this beer. The body is not very heavy at all.

O- Very delicous beer. Simple flavors the work very well together. Would definitely like to try it again

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So good!!! Super super sour and great cherry taste. One of the most sour beers I have ever had and i really enjoyed it. Great sour feel and smell as well

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Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Excellent. Pours a pinkish-tinged, hazy orange color. Exteremly cloudy with a half finger white head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Good lacing on the sides, slightly spotted, but uniform. Looks like freshly squeezed passionfruit juice. Gorgeous.

S. Cherry, grape, must, barnyard funk, bready yeast, oak. Pretty good amount of funk on the nose, but I really like how it is undercut by the yeast and malt. One of the more enticing bouquets I have encountered on a wild ale.

T. Sour cherry, yeast, more barnyard, tannic oak on the mid and finish, resolving into a moderate cherry pucker on the finish. The acidic qualities are well balanced by malt and yeast: the blonde ale makes an excellent base. Light and tart fruit flavors abound on the palate in the finish. Excellent.

M. Light bodied, moderately carbed, crisp and puckery. Very clean beer here.

O. One of the best sours I have had. It is easy drinking and balanced yet retains the tannic qualities fans of these crave. Great creation here, I would definitely revisit.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

The beer pours a very pretty opaque pink color with little to no head and no lacing.

The smell is like a nice cherry tart, the confection crust, sour cherry, and vanilla oak all come through quite nice.

The flavor is the same as the smell mostly, though it is very sour, more than I expected, though it's great. Again, like a sour cherry pie or tart.

The feel is nice and well carbonated, great tartness, medium feel.

Overall nice! Very good sour, one of the better bruery sours to me.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle on trade (thanks, John Serra!), unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my Bruery "Rue the Day" glass from Urge Gastropub, drank 8/3/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - ruby red coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), carbonation very quickly dissipates into almost nothing , no alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of pungent sour (especially vinegar) notes admixed with cherries and other barnyard qualities

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a strong sourness - vinegar, sour cherries; in the middle of the mouth, some of the vinous qualities start to rear their head probably from the oak aging - tannins and cherries; the alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming in the taste; I taste alcohol but no malt to speak of

M: 3/5 - moderate bodied but undercarbonated for an American wild ale; I had drank Russian River's Supplication earlier tonight, and the sourness lingers too long with this one; however, I mostly detracted points for the undercarbonation

O: 9/10 - another solid offering from The Bruery, which continues to emerge as one of my favorite American breweries; they nail sours better than any other American brewery to my palate and this is another must have for fans of American wild ales

TOTAL = 43/50

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-grapefruit like color that is almost clear with a medium white head that disappears instantly. Scent is heavy with the cherries…a ton of funk reached my nose the second I popped off the cap. A bit of citrus on top of the cherries…I’m picking up grapefruit and tangerines. Just a touch of vinegar. Taste is initially delicious tangerines, which graceful transforms into tart cherries. Finish with a sweet cherry flavor on the back of the tongue. At first this beer seems extremely sour, but as you take more sips, it becomes much more balanced. Nice cherry sweetness to this beer. A bit of oak in the middle of the palate, but not nearly as much as Otiose. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very fizzy, almost soda-like. Puckering sour leads to sticky sweet. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is another outstanding sour from The Bruery. I was worried the cherries would not be as noticeable as I was hoping, but it definitely pulled through. Bravo Bruery!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy bright orange-red with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet grainy malts, wheat, sour cherries, vanilla, oak, funky yeasts, lemon and other citrus zests, lactic acid.

T - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, sour cherries, tartness, vanilla, oak, funky yeasts and lactic acid, tart lemon and other citrus zests.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, tart, and funky finish.

D - Great wild ale. Good sourness and tartness with good overall balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is of sour cherries, slight vinegar, and some tart and funky aromas. Taste is of sour and tart cherries, funk, and some slight vinegar flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some very nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a slightly hazed orange with a light red hue topped by a half inch of dense white head that is quick to fade to a small collar
S: smells of sourness, funk and some cherries
T: tastes of intense sourness, some cherry, a bit of funk and oak with a bit of vanilla and more sourness. swallow is some sour cherry flavor with a bit more oak and funk.
M: medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish
O: A very well done sour with a nice fruit addition. Not a Kriek in name but it does have that flavor.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy grapefruit pink color with a foamy white head of tiny bubbles at first. Strong hiss at the time of opening.

S: Funky grapefruit tropical fruit and lacto aromas. hay and pils malt

T: This is a funky American Wild ale. One of the better I have had from The Bruery so far and even after only having a few sips, wish I had more of these to open down the road. Tart green apple granny smith taste with sour grapes.

M: Crisp and highly carbonated, light mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is definitely done right.

O: Again, one of my favorite Wild Ales from the Bruery to date. I hope at some point down the road they will make some form of smaller bottles with these sours and Imperial Old Ales or Imperial Stouts at 16-18% abv.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a decanter and decanted into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.

Thin spritz of a head dissipates quickly into nothing. No lace. Beer is a cloudy, pink peach. Great color but not much else.

Nose is surprisingly funky. Cherries are very upfront with notes of wood, plastic, a mild tartness, and fruit punch. Brett funk with a light cheesiness too. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Taste is really spot on. Opens cherry tartness with some Brett funkiness floating in the back. Fruit sweetness floats in and out as this one warms in the mouth with a creeping tartness that peaks right at the end. Some cherry pit bitterness in the end and finishes with more fruit sourness in the aftertaste. Really good.

Light bodied with plenty of bubbles. Spritzy and aggressive in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

A really oustandingly done AWA. This is one of the best of the style to come from the Bruery without question.

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Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. Light pink, in color with a thin fizzy head to it. The head faded away rather quickly, but I really liked the color.

The aroma has a very nice sour cherry presence to it. It's got some sharp, tart, moderately acidic notes along with some must and funk to it as well. Really nice aroma overall, the cherries compliment it very well and I really like the bold sour, funky and tart flavors.

The taste shows even more of the cherries, which I'm loving. They show more of the sweeter fruitiness up front, while in the finish the tart sourness really comes out. It's a little sharp up front at first but the finish really dries out and leaves a lingering sour, tartness.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation feeling towards the lower end of the style. Overall, I thought it was a great beer and one of the best American sours I've had in a while. Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of cherries in anything but I really thought the fresh, fruity, tart cherries were fantastic in it. I thought it was one of the best cherry infused beers I've had and also a very solid American wild ale. Very enjoyable beer overall, and probably my favorite Bruery wild ale so far.

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Photo of dfillius
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate Pour yields 1/3 finger fizzy chalk white head with poor retention. More head would be nice. Hazy strawberry blonde liquid.
S: Cherry, tart lactic aroma, slight clover honey. Not terribly dynamic but strong for what is there.
T: Tart and yeasty. Tart cherry, lemon juice. What I wish New Glarus Belgian Red would be like - less sweet/cough syrupy. This is not cloying, though does have a pleasant bit of sweetness.
M: Nice and lactic, yeast is hearty, yet yields to the tartness. Puckering lemon juice/atomic warhead character. Me gusta mucho.
O: Quite refreshing. I would love to have another and would by again (or in the first place - thanks warnerry for sharing!)

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the reserve Society membership split with JLindros.

A - Pours a rather hazy murky pinkish orange....ruby red grapefruit juice? A super fizzy almost nonexistant one finger head faded immediately to minuscule wisps.

S - Aromas of light yeasty blonde notes. Faint tart cherry aromas along with gentle barrel notes. Quite inviting.

T - Taste blows my glands off. So deliciously sour and tart, mouth puckeringly sour. The blonde is there, boredom on the end. So much big, bold cherry notes. The sour cherry jumps off the tongue and coats the throat in that tell tale sour film. There is a faint vanilla barrel note that I get lingering in the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is very good as well. Starts super sharp in carbonation but quickly fades into basically a mouthful of straight up sour cherry juice.

O - Really enjoyed this beer, definitely lived up to what I wanted. Not quite as good as Filmishmish but definitively delicious. So far, The Bruery has yet to disappoint us with their sour offerings.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MarkVegas. Thanks buddy! Pours a lightly hazed pink-tinted amber with a moderate white head that dissipates rapidly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of tart cherries, oak, funky, musty barnyard note. Smells complex and promising indeed.

Delightful sourness and tart cherry flavor with mild oak character, less funk and mustiness than in the nose, but still some present. Lots going on. Moderately strong acidity, dry tannic feel. Close to an authentic kriek in overall vibe.

Somewhat light bodied, with good carbonation, crisp and clean with a puckering, dry finish. Refreshing and delicious, one of my favorite Bruery offerings so far.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace for sharing this bottle. thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed 8/14/12.

Appearance: light red bodied beer with no head.

Smell: cherries, mild vinegar, lemon, oak and funk.

Taste: Big cherries mix with lemons for a moderate tartness. Nice oak notes and a touch of earthiness. Mild lingering tartness in the finish that is great!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is another great bruery beer. I enjoyed this beer way more than oude tart!

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Photo of aasher
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of claaark13, thanks Sean!

Sans Pagaie pours a lighter bodied grapefruit juice pinkish red in color with good carbonation but no head or lacing. It really does look like grapefruit juice or strawberry lemonade. The nose is great. It's tart and fruity with a fresh cherry juice presence. I dig it. The flavors mimic the aromas. There is a lot of sour cherry juice with nice acidity. It isn't overly complex but its a nice sour. It drinks light and dry. I'm a fan. This beer isn't too far away from a Kriek in flavor, just lighter with more tartness and is a tad on the juicy side hut its worth trying. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle brewed in march 2013 into a New Glarus flute glass. about a year old.

pours a very interesting and attractive murky red that i really dig. smell is very acidic with a tad of cherries... taste is lip puckeringly sour with the vinegar and acidic notes. cherries are present but have faded noticeably in a year. as it warmed up it became a tad less acidic. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall a lip puckering sour. i dig those but maybe not for everyone.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured a rosy pink red with a minimal fizzy white head that subsided to none fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, sweet cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart cherry, sweet cherry, sugar, funk, subtle saltiness, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cherries on this one were one of the most intense experiences I have had to date with this fruit with both sweet and tart going on at the same time. The funk laid a nice foundation as well to follow-up everything. The mouthfeel on this one was great to say the least. Felt like little scrubbing bubbles dancing on my tongue. Definitely a must try for any sour fan out there as this one is really close to a Kriek in my opinion.

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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.