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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 102
Gots: 152 | FT: 15
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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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Ratings: 638 | Reviews: 104
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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