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Sans Pagaie | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

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Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours an opaque cherry/pinkish hue body with a light pink one finger head. No real lacing or retention, but the beer just looks really good.

S - The cherries come at you strong! Tartness and acidity back up the cherries. Clean with no funk noticeable, may'be a little oak.

T - Enamel scraping sour! Sour sour sour cherries all around with oak and acidity. And for some reason I like it!

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

O - Along the characteristics of a kriek this is not. But, it's so sour cherry forward and hits you in the back of your jaws. So good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love that appearance, its all like Zach Ryder, broski, pink and yellow all over this mug. Man this was a pungent sour cherry aroma.

This is enamel destroyingly sour. Very light cherry presence, its not dark cherry. Develops funk and vanilla in the mouthfeel. Really dig this beer, very good in a lot of different situations and weather.

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 4.7.14)
Consumed: 11.29.15

A: 4 Pours a hazy, pink-lemonade color with a small off-white head.

S: 4.25 Immediately there’s lots of cherry juice, fresh cherry, lactic tartness, and lemon. Unlike Belgian krieks, not much funk or jammy cherry on the nose. After a few minutes vanilla and orange juice show up.

T: 4.25 Quite tart up front with moderate cherry quality. Lemon and vanilla are stronger than the nose suggested and oak adds a tannic quality leaving a pleasant dryness. Strong acidity as the beer lingers on the palate leaving a last taste of fresh cherry behind.

M: 4.25 Body and carbonation are both very nice. Carbonation could be a bit more lively, but it’s definitely not undercarbonated.

O 4.25 Very flavorful and tasty fruited sour. Not The Bruery’s best and not up to Belgian standards for krieks in my opinion, but definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rosy pink with a decent amount of head and high amount of carbonation. This is the most sour beer I have ever had. It is like sucking on a Warheads candy, but in a good way - if you're into that sort of thing. Taste is overwhelmingly sour with cherries and just a bit of funk. Feel is clean and a bit refreshing. Overall very enjoyable as long as you can handle this level of sour and tartness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a long time to try this one, and was stoked to finally get the chance. i love everything these guys do, and every time i have their beer, it feels like an experience, a treasured time, something regal and special, and this beer is no exception. much anticipation, a hazy pale pink color, and a tall white head. some sediment in the glass, but its minor. the head is airy and lacy over time, and lasts. it smells great, tangy cherry first, acidic lacto second, and wood and funk third. its got a cool fruitiness to the smell, i get orange peel in there too, citrusy, but maybe thats the lactic acidity fooling me. the flavor is brimming with the cherries, which are unmistakable, but which also dont seem as from the tree as other kriek types. they seem sweeter here, with less of the fleshy natural fruit thing going on, but nevertheless a strong flavor. i get a little cranberry pucker in there too. the wood is more mellow in the taste than in the nose, and i almost wish for a little more of it, as this beer is quite acidic in the finish, and could stand a touch of mellowing. i like how alive it is, lots of carbonation and a real delicate body for how flavorful this is. some bretty funk is present, but its faint, and would also be welcomed in a slightly higher proportion. overall an excellent beer, curious to see how one might age though, as it drank a little young as kriek types go. another brilliant effort on the whole from the bruery though, they never miss.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What is basically a blonde ale turned pink by the use cherries. Impressive head for something so sour, almost 1/2", can't beat that.

Aroma was super tart and sour, lactic, cherries. Pretty clean, not much funk in it.

Taste is one of the most sour American wild ales around. The cherry input is lighter, its not a dark ass cherry contribution that would overwhelm the blond base. A hint of wood. Good summertime stuff, just be careful because these become sour as fuck with time.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Dave_Treat
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottles, served cold and allowed to warm. Pours a pink/red, medium head that dissipates quickly. Smells funky, tart, cherry. Taste follows exactly. Tart, but not too much. Would like just a slight more cherry in the flavor, but it is good none the less.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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 chefbrady
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly bright red , familiar bruery sour aroma of musty funk. Pleasantly surprised it's not overly sour as bruery beers tend to be. A fair amount of tart and sour cherry flavor, however mellow, somewhat dry finish. Agree with other posts not very "krieky" but tasty sour blond none the less. Drank the whole bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.92/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pour is a murky dirty orange with a small amount of white head that fizzes away immediately. Nose is a bit medicinal, strong cherry aroma, band-aid brett. Flavor is harsh, highly acidic, moderate acetic acid, some cherry puree, and some band-aid brett. High carb, lighter body, dry finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tale of two beers- one of youth, bright, tangy, zesty and fruity. The other of maturity, rusticity, pungency and earth. Yet the flavors balance to near perfection as the tastes intertwine over the tongue.

Slightly hazed and a shade off of blood orange, the beer's ramped carbonation cuts through the haze with champagne-like zest. Arid and fluffy, its head falters to the acidity within seconds. Pushing its pungency upward and outward, the nose captures wafts of white wine vinegar, weathered wood, sour fruit, sea air and hints of cellar must and saddle leather.

Its taste is slight with sweetness, offering only a wafter-thing grain character to support the sourness, fruitiness and earthen bouquet. Its barnyard perfume lifts as the sourness of tart cherry, crabapple, dry cider, souring milk and severely under-ripened berry pierces the taste and brightens the palate with its bracing acidity. Closing with brine and iron, its taste seems moderate though its body is light.

Trending dry, palate-stripping and thirst quenching, the sourness projects more, inviting a return of earth, fruit and almond in aftertaste. Its a beer that's both bright and earthy; young and old; aromatic and pungent- alternating with every sip.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like pink liquid bread. Smell is that classic Bruery smell, taste is addicting. It's not the most sour, most, cherry-like, or best interpretation of a traditional Kriek. But it's damn good nonetheless.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle share and special thanks to my good buddy Joe -

A: Pours a gloomy orange, ruby reddish/pinkish color. Head if slightly off-white with some retention, and little lacing

S: Flowery, funky, acidic, and wild: Aroma hints at an assortment of cherries, vinegar, yeast, orange/lemon zest, citrus apple, vanilla

T: Sour black cherries and they’re delicious too. Nonetheless, notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, vinegar, oak, and yeast are a bit funky, acidic, and tasty

M: Mediocre-ordinary carbonation with an oily light body

O: A Pleasing and enjoyable sour where the sourness, cherries, and sour cherries are all very much prevalent and are all very excellent

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Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a clean, light ruby-pink color with a thin, short-lived, off-white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness.
S: Drying and woody oak barrel, earthy funk, tart cherry and a touch of vinegar. Smells very earthy, funky, and dry, with a nice kiss of cherry. The funk is on the cheesy side, with some barnyard as well.
T: Follows the nose with tart and light flavors of cherry skins balanced by slightly sweet cherry juice. The funk isn’t as prominent as the nose, but there is a nice earthy layer to the flavor. The finish has a touch of lemon, raspberry, and woody oak, and the aftertaste is dry, tart, and has lingering notes of cherry juice.
M: Medium body, smooth and tingly carbonation, drying and lightly tart mouthfeel. Dry but drinks very well.
O: A clean and enjoyable cherry sour. Great funk on the nose that reminds me of the Belgians, but sadly this didn’t carry over to the taste as well as the greats of the style. Solid all-around though.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Westvletern XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 25, 2014
Misc.: 2014 edition; Bottle says 6 percent ABV; Had about 2/3 of the bottle left when I got it

Thanks Chris!

Poured a dark pink lemonade color with light off white head that dissipated almost immediately. No lacing along the sides of the glass. No retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled artificial cherry (on a sundae), sour cherry, black cherry, cherry ice cream, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, cherry Bubble Yum, Gobstoppers, light orange zest and very light vanilla. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted even more cherrier than the nose. Got sour cherry, cherry Bubble Yum, Sweet Tarts, black cherry, cherry ice cream and light oaky notes. Cherry notes (lots of them obviously) are mostly sugary artificial. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, sour fruity finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Cherry is the only way to describe this beer. A nice sour, especially if you are into cherries. Yum, yum. (Overall - 4.00)

4.06 | 91 | A-

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Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Mar 2013 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Seltzer-like fizzy white head builds and dies within seconds. Nectarine nectar colored body.

S - Skull tingling sour with an undercurrent of tannins, lemon pith, canned tuna in water, and soft barn notes.

T - Stings so good. Acidic lemons, black cherry jello powder, orange zest, roasted carrots. Backdrop of tinny canned cherries.

M - Light frame with a smooth body. Puckeringly sour finish.

O - Definitely in the upper tier of the most sour beers I've ever had.

4.13 Sans Pagaie
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 3.75 3.25 2.75 4.00 4.00 3.63 10% 0.36
S - 3.20 4.75 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.66 20% 0.73
T - 4.60 4.80 4.60 4.50 4.10 4.25 4.48 40% 1.79
M - 3.90 4.25 4.10 3.25 4.08 4.50 4.01 10% 0.40
O - 4.10 4.60 4.25 4.00 4.25 4.25 4.24 20% 0.85

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Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

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 Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Preservation Society bottle.

A - Cloudy pinkish orange, super effervescent (it was a gusher). No head or lacing, fair enough for the style.

S - You can smell the tartness. Assertive notes of sour cherry and background of light brett funk.

T - Extremely sour. Mouth puckering, forehead sweating, eye twitching sour. Big cherry notes, hints of cherry pie brett notes. Hard to discern much else.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky.

O - Great AWA, not as subtle and nuanced as excellent kriek, too heavy handed in the tartness. Still delicious and a treat.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/17/14.

Pours a cloudy pink. The one inch white head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spotty lace. The appearance is reminiscent of pink grapefruit juice cocktail.

The smell is of vinegar, barnyard funk, cherry skins and a faint unpleasant sulfur aroma.

The taste is of tart unripe cherries, white grapes and vinegar tartness.

The texture is light bodied with high carbonation.

Excluding the aroma, this offering hits the target on all aspects: Light and refreshing with tart cherry flavors, only the faint sulfuric aroma prevents this from being a top-notch sour.

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Photo of weltywm
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750ml bootle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Cellar temps.

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.
Almost clear, but still hazy pinkish/red with quick one finger bubbly white head that didn't leave any trace.

Smell- Light cherry, citrus, mild vinegar, belgian bready yeast. fruit forward and very Belgianesque.

Taste-Cherry is totally there folowed by lots of lemon and grapefruit. Wheaty and yeasty, but not funky. Very sour. In the realm of an aged Rueze, Beat, or Mother Funker. As it warms the cherry is super prevalent.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated and very sour. Mouth puckering. Light in body though.

Overall- Another very sour sour from the Bruery. Nice fruit notes and Belgian characteristics. A pleasant drink overall.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 3/22/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a strange, opaque, murky pink peach-like hue, similar to grapefruit juice, with a rapidly fading pale head. Zero retention and no lace.

Smells tart with vinegar, funk, yeast and sour fruit.

Flavors are sour but somehow rounded. Tart cherry, smooth oak, apple cider vinegar, acidic sour lemon, wet hay, funk and a dry yeasty character.

Light to medium body with mildly tingling carbonation. Near puckering finish with sour cherry and oak.

Pretty good stuff. The tart cherry complements and smooths out the sour. Not something I'll hunt for more of but nice enough that II enjoyed this try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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 alaimoa
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Teeters on the line of good and great in my opinion but easily buyable again and very enjoyable to sip.
Pours almost the color if pink grapefruit juice with no head to speak of. Smell has sour cherry, oak and a hint of vanilla. Taste a nice mix of tart and bittersweet but not overpowering with mostly cherry and acidic fruit notes.

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