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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Ratings: 443
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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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 23:41:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.8/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 21:01:43 | More by womencantsail
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:51:05 | More by Thorpe429
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:35:54 | More by MasterSki
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 20:10:46 | More by emerge077
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:00:05 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:09:43 | More by jlindros
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 03:52:04 | More by Halcyondays
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 15:49:25 | More by mdfb79
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3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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-

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 06:24:41 | More by kojevergas
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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 14:51:11 | More by Rifugium
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:49:04 | More by stakem
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 17:28:09 | More by DoubleJ
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 22:31:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:58:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 05:17:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 23/11/13 thanks Kmat10 for bringing the bottle

A slight haze in a salmon body, just a short lived finger of foam fizzes out like a cola leaving no lace

S cherry, raspberries, some wood, a hint of burnt match, or better yet a struck match that didn't catch fire, very faint solvent and pear with a little vinegar

T the cherries tart, some black currents, no sulfur or solvent is an improvement over the nose, vinous notes and wood

M shes pretty sour, has some pucker to it but not turning my mouth inside-out, tangy with red fruit lingering

O decent beer but not mind blowing, quite sour but remains easy to drink

I'm not sure if I'd want to power back a bottle by myself but it worked well for out bottle share

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:36:07 | More by wordemupg
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 10:47:58 | More by thagr81us
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:07:39 | More by johnnnniee
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1255th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

Purchased from Bruery Provisions for $20

App- A few colors make this one up. A mix of pink, red and orange. A huge two finger head is there and then 15 second later is gone. Very fizzy. No cling or lace.

Smell- I am sitting 30 inches away from the glass and I can smell copious amounts of Cherry. Its got big funk, sour, earthiness and vinegar.

Taste- A very nice sour. A lot like Funker with an intense sour when its cold, as it warms its more layered with cherry, small vinegar and some wheat flavors. Making me have a rumble tummy. 1st time for that! I need some Tums!!

Mouth- A light medium body with a medium carbonation level. A bit dry. Huge amounts of cherry and funk remain.

Drink- Kudos to the team at The Bruery for doing this every month. They got me into sours and probably will keep me here.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:09:25 | More by FosterJM
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:32:10 | More by rudzud
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.1.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, off-pink orange with a fizzy white-pink head that fades fast.

S - Tart, Cherries really come out.

T - Very tart and sour. Sweet cherry and oak.

D - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Very tart with a nice sweet oaky cherry flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 06:08:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:43:43 | More by ehammond1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 16:04:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:15:55 | More by ngeunit1
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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.