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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 89
Gots: 148 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

nickhiller, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

oline73, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

redfacedshooter, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

xpimptastikx, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerHunter76, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

doucmehu, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MikeRMII, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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.

mdaschaf, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ctwinne, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ffOpusx, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bbadger, Sep 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

John11486, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

750ml bottle into a decanter and decanted into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303.

Thin spritz of a head dissipates quickly into nothing. No lace. Beer is a cloudy, pink peach. Great color but not much else.

Nose is surprisingly funky. Cherries are very upfront with notes of wood, plastic, a mild tartness, and fruit punch. Brett funk with a light cheesiness too. Moderately aromatic. Solid.

Taste is really spot on. Opens cherry tartness with some Brett funkiness floating in the back. Fruit sweetness floats in and out as this one warms in the mouth with a creeping tartness that peaks right at the end. Some cherry pit bitterness in the end and finishes with more fruit sourness in the aftertaste. Really good.

Light bodied with plenty of bubbles. Spritzy and aggressive in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

A really oustandingly done AWA. This is one of the best of the style to come from the Bruery without question.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Beer pours a slightly light yet hazy ruby red grapefruit pink color. There are some darker amber hues to it as well from the haze. There is a thin head that build up from an aggressive pour. When it recedes it leaves a nice white ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma of strong tart cherries. Some dry funk in there with some woody notes as well. The tartness seems fruity but with some vinegar lingering in there. There are nice tart lemony notes as well.

Taste starts off with some sweetness that quickly turns into intones tartness. Pixie sticks come to mind. Seriously though. Some vinegar notes on the background with more fruity tartness up front. some lemon notes and grapefruit with mild cherry sweetness and tartness. Pretty sour stuff. Refreshing and light with some medium carbonation. Finishes tart and dry with some funk notes intermingled in there. As it warms some more sweetness can be perceived.

Pretty good sour. Straight forward yet delicious.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

redliner8, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kk73, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dtx00, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Diomede, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ms11781, Aug 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BeerThursdays, Aug 24, 2012
Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.