Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 672
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
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Gots: 166 | FT: 16
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. Nose has some bright cherry and shows some initial acidity. Flavor is quite tart with cherry and light skin. Light body; needs more carbonation. Sad to say, this is another disappointing Bruery sour after some others (particularly dark base sours) have shown so much promise. (301 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tim for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright reddish color, spray of spotty white foam in the glass.
Cherry smell, clean and lactic, slightly sharp.

Slightly artificial with a cherry ludens cough drop aftertaste, sharp and super sour up front with biting acidity. Very spritzy and dry, fully attenuated. The sharpness is a little much and more sour just for sour sake, adding little dimension to the beer itself. This was nice to try, but a little one-dimensional. (491 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Reserve Society Party 2012

Pours sort of a pinkish red color with a pink head. The aroma features plenty of cherry, but there does seem to be a mild butter aroma at first. A little bit carbonic (sort of a soda-water note). A bit of vanilla and wood, not quite as tart as I’d like. The flavor has plenty of cherry. A bit on the sweet side, sort of cherry pie-like. Some oak and vanilla are present on the palate as well, maybe a bit of grass. Not much in the way of funk. (483 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Clusterfork #3.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pinkish red with an initial white head which fades rapidly to a few bubbles around the rim. Not much lace.

N: Fresh, bright cherries with some tartness and mild funk.

T: Loads of juicy fresh cherries. Mostly juice with little skin or pit. Semi-sour and astringent on the finish.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. A bit to thin and watery for me and left wanting something more substantial.

O: Nice attempt, but came up a little short. Has potential with some time on it. Still refreshing and clean, but young feeling. (577 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pink color with a golden hue. There is a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: This is a very tart one up front with a lot of cherry showing up. There is a hint of fruity vinegar along with a light funk. Just a bit sweet.

Taste: Lots of cherries here. The cherry note is very natural. I'm getting some funk along with a mild citrus sourness. The finish is quite sour with a lemon like quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Tons of cherry here. I enjoyed this beer overall. Not overly complex, but rather enjoyable. (643 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with rudzud as part of our RS share.

Light fizzy head fades instantly hazy reddish pinkish orange amber color.

Nose nice tart fruits, tart cherry, sour malts, slight gueuze like, acidic like pink grapefruit tartness, very slight hint of funk. Bright and effervescent. Warming it reveals even more aromas with light bready malts, light vanilla and dusty oak, sharp acidity, and more pink grapefruit.

Taste is super sour, lots of sour cherry and tart Balaton cherry like. Just a touch of funk with lacto and decent amount of acidity, crisp and bright. Fruity but tart fruit. Long sour fruit finish, a hint of bready malt spikes with a flash of vanilla oak but disappears quickly and it turns to mouthy phlegmy tart cherry juice.

Mouth is nice, med bodied but light feeling, a bit too light on the carbonation though.

Overall quite nice. Barely a blonde ale anymore, more American sour ale with nice sour cherry juice and tart fruit with that slight flash of oak. And mouth puckering sourness. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reddish-amber pour with a thin fizzy head that retained as a small ringlet, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Sour aroma, funky and cheesy, essence of tart fruits, lactic, some candy-like sweetness. I like sours just fine, but this one was way over the top. Big sour/tart hit up front, cherry/cranrazz/lemon, Sweet Tarts, lactic and acetic, some leather and cheesy funk in the background, but the sourness and acidity pretty much just overtook everything. Mouthfeel was on the harsh side, this was an almost instant palate wrecker, body was medium, overall came off too green and unbalanced for me. I thank whoever shared this bottle, but I definitely wouldn't pay the [most likely] overblown Bruery mark-up for it.

When blended with the somewhat lack-luster Cpt. Lawrence Barrel Reserve Raspberry and a dash of Rubaeus, it actually turned out pretty good! (867 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and appealing label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high; historically I haven't liked The Bruery but I've been realizing recently that their stouts and sours seem to be the exceptions to The Bruery's overcharging-for-garbage modus operandi. I'm a big sour fan, so I'm excited for this.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is quite modest. Body colour is a dull muted orange-red. Maybe tangerine to get pretentious. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, wild yeast, fermented fruit, fruit skin, light oak. I look for cherries but cannot find them; I just get vague fruit. Then again, me nose is broken. A moderately strong aroma, though it lacks the assertiveness and obvious acidity of most good sours I've had. No alcohol comes through.

T: Bright fruit and fruit skin merged with sourness and a light tart kick. Not sour enough nor tart enough to really satisfy me, but it's a pleasant beginner's sour I suppose. Some pale malts. An oak undertone. The finish has a resurgence of tart sourness accompanied by a luscious malty crispness that I quite fancy. I wish the entire body were as flavorful as the finish. No alcohol is detectable. The fruit is curious; it's not at all cherry - at least not in a kriek sense - but I'd hazard to allege that it's sort of peachy. What cherries were used? Unfortunately, it's worth noting that it's just a bit watery, which really wrecks the build. In spite of that transgression, I'd still call it a mostly balanced beer - albeit a somewhat muted one.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit undercarbonated. Good thickness. Supports the flavours by not intruding, but it adds little to the beer.

Dr: A drinkable beginner's sour, but probably not worth its high pricetag. There are better sours from this brewery at around this price, and I'd see no need to get this one again. Not worth seeking out; its flaws ultimately make it a disappointment. Maybe I was wrong to start being so optimistic about The Bruery.

High B- (2,404 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Bone white foam quickly settles to a partial collar. Hazed salmon pink body.

S - Cherries, vanilla, lactic sourness, light funky tropical fruits. There's a nice lemon tart vibe with cherries on top vibe going on. No alcohol, nor would you expect any at 5.8%.

T - Again, it's a nice mix of lactic sourness, pie crust malts, sweet ripe cherries, vanilla, and a slightly seltzery and carbonic finish. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still pretty enjoyable.

M - Good heft for 6% - definitely medium-bodied. Pleasant carbonation, moderate acidity, and a dry and tannic finish. Quite easy to drink..

D - This is quite nice - definitely one of the Bruery's best sours. Nice mix of tropical fruit juice, lemon tarts, and cherry pie. I'd gladly have this again, and I probably could drink an entire bottle of this one on my own. (904 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/03/12 notes. Got via the Reserve Society, shared with some friends.

a - Pours a murky reddish orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, sour dark fruits, tart cherries, oak, light vanilla, light grapefruit. Very nice nose; tons of sour cherries and dark fruits, which I love. The spice makes it seem a little Belgian like.

t - Tastes of spice, tart cherries, sour dark fruits, vinegar, oak, some vanilla. Acidic and some vinegar, but still not too sour. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit acidic, but nice body.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; probably one of the better Bruery sours I've had. While it is pretty sour, luckily it is not overly sour like Mother Funker, and finds a nice level of tart cherries and sourness. The nose is great, and I'm very glad to have a few more bottles of this one. Curious to see if it gets funkier over time like Filmishmish has become. (985 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is pink / hazy with a thin white head that has no retention at all.

Aroma is oaky and tart, almost smells like Rose de Gambrinus.

Beer is sharp and bright on the palate, really sour but not overwhelmingly so. Strong but drinkable. I really enjoyed it personally. It took a while to finish but overall I did enjoy it. (366 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade on this Jay.

A: Pours a hazy pink/grapefruit juice color with a very small head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring on top. No lacing.

S: Nice cherry aroma with a little bit of funk and sharp sourness. The cherry aroma is a bit sweeter than more krieks. Slight oak/woody aroma as well.

T: Whoa, this one has some tartness going on. Nice cherry flavor upfront, again a bit lighter and sweeter compared to most krieks, but I am liking it. Some faint oak and vanilla.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation.

O: A very solid wild ale, definitely a fan and would drink again. (612 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew streams a pale color of pink cool aide that rests in my glass looking more of an orange with yellowish golden coloration when held to the light. A white finger of froth is quick to recede to a thin film holding around the perimeter of the glass. Some spotty lace sticks to the glassware as the cap fades and a swirl revives an effervescent finger back to the surface that is again short lived.

The aroma is funky with stinky feet coupled with a medicinal aspect of fruit. More smells reveal a very natural essence of cherries. Earthy and pitted smelling with a bit of yogurt, lacto and more cheese. There is a bit of an oak element that evolves as the brew warms up. Once beyond ideal temperature, the aromatics become increasingly fruity with almost a sweetness derived from what is reminiscent of PEZ candy. Very strange but unique and enjoyable.

The taste is funky and sour with flavors of natural pitted sour or unripe cherries. Like the aroma hinted, there is a pretty solid oak/wet wood inclusion throughout. The fruited element mixing with some tartness and wood makes for a bit of a medicinal feel. The sourness is at times a bit lemony with a very familiar overall feel about this brew that lasts inside the mouth with a pitted fruit flavor of unripe cherry.

This is a light bodied brew with a short lived light level of carbonation visually but inside the mouth it is a bit effervescent and uplifting. I went back and forth between thinking this was just ok and really enjoying it. The last couple of bruery sours I drank I was not the biggest fan of, this one however is much better balanced and overall enjoyable. I am glad I have another bottle of this to revisit sometime. Worth trying if you get the chance. (1,779 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The beer is pinkish with a small head that recedes rapidly, leaving sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers pink grapefruit, wild yeast, pink lemonade. Smells fruity and sweet, with the addition of wild yeast. Sweet / tart citrus with a splash of lemonade. Alcohol well disguised. Medium bodied with a bit of a syrupy, sticky feel on the palate. Overall, this was solid. (434 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a lovely Provencal rose with a mild fizzy white head, soft inviting look to it.

S: Cherries and some red wine vinegar, a fairly standard smell with a lot of The Bruery sours.

T: Tasty true cherry flavour with rose petals, citrus, and a hint of melon. Complex and tasty.

M: Smooth, with a lot less heavy acetic than I've had from The Bruery in the past. Moderate acidity, crisp and light-bodied.

O: One of the better sours I've had from these guys, impressive and tasty. (507 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured at The Bruery, on to the beer:

These sour ales sometimes bring an unusual color uncommon in the beer world, and Sans Pagaie does that with its grapefruit red body. Not much head stays on top. Its aroma brings to mind melon, cranberry, and acidic fruits. It has the taste of sour cranberry, and adding to it is a note of wood. Acid. There's additional vagueness of tart fruit with a rustic kiss. Added all together, you have yourself an enjoyable sour ale. (477 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened with a hiss and foamed over about 4 oz of beer before I got it into my glass. Pours a hazy amber orange color with a faint pink hue and a huge head that disappeared almost instantly. Smells of sweet malt and sour cherries with enough funk and sour tartness to keep me interested. The tartness pricks the tongue at first sip and never lets go. I get lots of lemon and tart cherry flavor and I swear I'm getting coconut as well. Earthy and fruity tart describe this one fairly well. The finish is quite dry with a long lingering tartness on the palette. Medium to thin body body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart almost salty mouthfeel. This is a nice tart light beverage to drink, but it's not my favorite. (741 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazed red with a touch of orange. Doesn't produce much of a head, but there's plentiful bubbles in the liquid.

S: Slightly artificial smelling cherry syrup with a little barnyard funk underneath.

T: Tart and clean. Not a whole lot of fruit flavor, but enough to make it interesting.

M: Light, refreshing, with lots of carbonation. Gets your mouthwatering nicely.

O: One of those beers that's better than the sum of it's parts. This is simple and clean and delicious, and considerable better than most Bruery sours, in my opinion. Also, kudos for making an American Wild with a reasonable ABV. (608 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in my most recent trade with MCorrea... Thanks a bunch Matt!! Shared tonight with Buckeyeboy... Poured into my slim tulip, a very short lasting white head dies instantaneously.. The brew is hazed light orange with I swear a pink tinge.

Nicely funky... musky... plenty of cherry presence... almost a maraschino element.. lactic and mildly acetic..

Flavor is awesome.. lemon juice and and great cherry essence.. almost like a sour fermented cherry pie... yep, there is even some light malty notes that add a sweetness that ties everything together.

Surprisingly full body for a 5.8% brew.. carbonation is a little light... Very yummy.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5 (664 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Light strawberry red with a big glow throughout. Small film of off white head that was scattered as large bubbles.

S - Sour and tart up front. Lots of oak. Some cherry aromas, but not as much as I expected.

T - A huge sourness up front with some funk and lots of oak. Tart cherry flavour adds a nice layer of complexity without taking over the beer.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation. (424 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (624 characters)

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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.