Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 671
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.95%
Wants: 107
Gots: 164 | FT: 16
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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 steenkampa
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got two bottles through a friend in the Bruery Reserve Society.

Pink, fluffy, high carbonation....very bright colored sour.

By far the most sour "sour" I have had, but in a good way. Wasn't overpowering, just slightly lip puckering.

I loved it, and bought a few more bottles later on. I have them cellared for drinking in a few years.

Would highly recommend. (363 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 8/4/13. No date on the bottle. Bottle obtained via trade so I can't give an MSRP.

A: Grapefruit juice. The beer pours a ruby-tinged light brown color that reminds me of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (not the ruby red concentrate stuff). It's actually probably the most uniquely colored beer I've enjoyed this year. Not quite brown...not quite red....quite distinct. No head and minimal lacing are apparent.

S: Ahhhh....the smell of a good sour beer. Deep sour green apple and citrus fruit notes with a little bit of Brett funkiness. The nose is not overwhelming as some of the best sours....it's quite subdued. A little bit of oak - not much. Unfortunately, I dont get much in the way of cherries in the nose.

T: There are those cherries! Initial taste is of sour cherries and it hits you - hard - on the back of the tongue. Subsequent oak and toffee notes from the barrels and malt are apparent later in the sip and provide a respectable backbone to the sour cherries. There is some funkiness there, but you have to search for it. On a scale of 1:10 of sourness, this ranks up there - I'd say a 8. It's definitely more sour than I expected.

M: Slightly undercarbed for my taste in sours. I'd bump up the carbonation by 5% or so. Other than that, mouthfeel is dry sour excellence.

O: I'm overall quite pleased with this beer. I think this ranks up there with SiTR as the best sour that Bruery produces. It's mouth-puckering, sour goodness. That being said, I found this beer slightly too one-note and slightly too sour for my taste buds. It's just not as complex as some of my favorite sours on the market, probably because of the massive amount of sour cherries used. I definitely recommend tasting this if you have an opportunity, but I wouldn't trade a whale for it or anything. (1,825 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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 (1,259 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Very hazy, deep ruby grapefruit in color, with very little head and little to no visible carbonation. It's not exactly a pretty beer.

S: Sour, tart, vinegar, sour cherries, barnyard, wet grass, funky with hints of feet and vomit...in a good way.

T: Big flavor of sour fruits up front (cherry and raspberry), very tart, sour, vinegar. Mouth-drying with just a bit of wood dryness and tannins right before and after the swallow.

M: Medium body, moderate alcohol presence, low carbonation sensation but not quite flat.

O: This was pretty good. It lacks some of the depth of flavors that the best sour beers have, and I found it borderline too acidic for my taste. But overall quite enjoyable! (781 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
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! (2,273 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Finally got to crack open this offering from the Preservation Series that I signed up with a friend. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a teku glass. No freshness or bottling date, although the label in the back states that it's best consumed fresh? Huh? Sours SHOULD have a long shelf life, last time I looked.

Pours a delightfully rustic yet slightly murky and ugly shade of pinkish, tomato juice reddish, brown. Very hazy, and not much clarity or shining qualities that I usually admire in the style. There's an initial fizzy, white head, but it eventually dissipates to about a thin ring which soon vanishes altogether. Not too many legs. No lacing at all. Not horrible, but not too pretty.

The aroma is a slight step up, but is not without its bizzarre elements in midst of the good ones. First, the pros: there's an elegant, mellow fruity flavor that melds well with the oak to create a slightly acidic, soured phenolic quality - although where the cherries are, is beyond me. Rather, I get big citrus notes (almost soapy), apricots, grapefruit, and woody, faded sweetened tannins. Then, there's the ugly: tomato puree, cabbage, and basil immediately vanquishes these flavors in a strange manner, although less horrible than you'd imagine. Why is this happening? And seriously, where's the damn cherries?! I admit I am fascinated with the tomatoey notes, but I really am not looking forward to trying it.

Right, the flavor does take things a step up, although not as much as hoped. There's none of the vegetal notes to be found, and instead, there's an initial burst of soured, dried fruits (especially apricots, definitely raspberries - although no cherries), which soon meld with the wood to turn into a highly acidic yet overall creamy finish. Vinegar and vinous qualities soon follow as well, and eventually turn into a lactic acidic complexity that bittered yet slightly saline in nature. Definitely good in terms of texture, although pretty weak in terms of body, which comes off as thinned and grainy as you'd never expected. Not too much restraint in terms of battling the sour yeastiness and woody tannins - disappointing in feel, and perhaps too much of the cherry skins screwed up whatever they were trying to go for here.

This is a poor way to start off the series, and I'm starting to lose faith in this brewery. Not really the worse wild ale I've had, but I've heard these guys can do better than this. It's drinkable, but many factors I mentioned above do not make this wholly memorable. Not a bad way to start off a meal, but could use some serious pruning, especially if The Bruery is supposed to be composed of barrel aging geniuses, and whatnot. (2,673 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 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 harrymel
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled once

Looks like cherry 7-up. Clear, no carb except a few loose bubbles at the bottom. Smells primarily of oak, sour cherries, some raw wood, a little tea and some sour character. Tart, cherries (bing with a little pie cherry), oak, slight sweet character in the background, some earthy character I'm having difficulty articulating. Fuck, this is good. Thin with low, but prickly carb and a dry finish. I'm sad to have had this just because more would be hard to get. (475 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. This bottle has been cellar aged a year.

Appearance is clear orange gold. Head dissipates immediately to a ring, with some motile lacing on the glass that quickly runs back down into the beer.

Nose is funky, cheesy, wet hay. There are some cherry notes in there, but not very strong. A little sulfur and some green grassy hops.

This tastes much better than the nose would suggest. Immediately a tart, light cherry and lemony flavor envelops the palate. The sour level is spot on (for my taste) with just a bit of underlying acetic acid, but nothing close to being vinegary. Some green grass hops in the finish round it out. Aging this has brought out a bit more sourness than when fresh, IMO, and I like that, but I wish there was a bit more cherry flavor to work with. Would not recommend aging further, as the little cherry there is will fade.

Body is light and the carbonation is just fizzy enough to give this a refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel. Overall, pretty dry.

A good sour "kriek" that is refreshing to drink on a warm day. (1,079 characters)

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

Poured into a wine glass.

Rose-orange, with a hint of haze. One inch of bubbles rises after a second and fizzles away just as quickly.

Funky nose. Tons of barnyard and hay stink, a little lemon, pear, vinegar and tart cherry.

In the front of the mouth, sweet and tart cherries make a good showing among hefty funk, lemon peel and pear syrup. Massive vinegar tartness swallows all that up during the swallow, but there's a lingering sweetness and spice that reminds of mulled cider. Good stuff.

Light, effervescent body. Moderate carbonation breaks the beer into a giant amount of fizz as it moves.

I like it. A bit too much to handle by myself -- I feel like I just pounded a glass of vinegar. But tasty. (711 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite sour from The Bruery is Sour In The Rye; until I had this fresh. I have had many The Bruery fruit forward sours, and I waited too long; so I learned my lesson. I had this one right away. Loved it. Sour blonde with cherries. Delicious. I am so happy that I have two more bottles to enjoy. Keep on with the good work (326 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL split. Thanks!

A: Ruby grapefruit with lively carbonation swarming the glass. Zero head.

N: Loads of cherries and ample oak. Some grapefruit, lemon and fresh leather. A little funk and some zesty pepper.

T: Oak, high levels of sourness and some chery. Strappings of leather. Grapefruit juice and lemon zest. If you wanted to point to the normal taste of a Bruery sour, this is it. Could use more fruit to differentiate.

M: Very lively. Light mouthfeel in keeping with the style.

O: A good beer that needs more fruit to distinguish itself. (552 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
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!!! (324 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to a tulip. Bottled 4/2012?? So a year and 3 months of age.

A - Clear, brilliant pink/rose' color. Clear head that disappears immediately.

S - Sour cherry, light white vinegar, musty barnyard notes, although slight.

T - Sour cherries and white vinegar are forefront. Lemon juice and a slight white wine character. Slight blue cheese finish (very slight and actually enjoyable). Much less puckering sour than I remember.

M - Light and crisp, although it seems to have lost a little carbonation, I think it works to its benefit. Not watery at all. Nice balance.

O - I like it much better than when I had it fresh. Flavors meld together well. Much less vinegary than I remember. Might be benefiting from some age. (740 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 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 alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (725 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 ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for breaking out this bad boy
The beer pours a hazy pinkish with almost no head. The nose is sweet, tart and aromatic. The nose is slightly reminiscent of cherries and chlorine but there is so much sourness going on that it's just not distinct. The taste is sour with a great amount of fruit and yeast. Very tart, sour mouthfeel that has a lingering fruitiness. Very tasty beer that is worth trying if you're in the mood for a cherry sour. (450 characters)

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

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to blake for the share.

Enjoyed from a bruery sniftery tulip.

murky orange pink with thin foamy white head and spotty streaky lacing. smells awesome. tart and fruity. tastes funky and sweet and fruity. a little watery tropical fruit. watery and prickly at the same time. overall nice, not mind blowing, but REALLY good. (362 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

This was a beer that I have had a few times since it's release, but was never really impressed by. Having heard some really positive things about how this was aging, I decided to give it a go and see if time has done this beer some favors. The beer pours a light pinkish red color, very clear with a few bubbles rising to the top. A very lively off white head appears momentarily, lots of large loosely packed bubbles, much like a soda, but is gone almost instantly leaving behind no trace of film or lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, heavy on the cherry, mild funk, a good amount of pie spicing and sweetness. It's simple, but to be expected of a Kriek style ale, the Cherry is a bit lighter than I was hoping for, a bit more reminiscent of sweeter canned preserved cherries rather than fresh tart whole cherries. The flavors are almost identical, more cherry than the nose and thankfully it's more tart than sweet. Additionally, there is a decent amount of pie spicing, light vinegar, and a bit of sweet biscuit malt at the finish. The body is nice and light, carbonation is a bit lower than I would have expected giving this a bit of a syrupy feeling.

Verdict: A decent Kriek style Ale from The Bruery, but I'm still not sold on this one. The flavors are almost there, but still come off too artificial and sweet and the syrupy body wasn't doing it for me. I applaud the effort and definitely enjoyed this beer, but it's by no means one of the better sour offerings from The Bruery. (1,534 characters)

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