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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 146 | FT: 16
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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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-04-2012 02:25:44 | More by nycwinter
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-02-2012 02:45:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2012 16:58:09 | More by JMRSN
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to axeman9182. Poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a very hazy orange, yellowish, grapefruit red with a thin white bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Not too much carbonation, some spotty lacing that slowly fades.

S- Sour cherries, some light vinegar, oak. Fairly tart, but not overly sour.

T- Sour cherries followed by acetic vinegar and some light vanilla oak. Decent amount of sour acidity, but not overly so. Light cherry aftertaste with a little bit of vinegar that lingers.

M- Light, not much carbonation at all, easy to drink. A little bit too flat in opinion.

O- This was a decent sour, but it definitely wasn't anything that stood out compared to other sours such as Cantillons, HF, etc.. Definitely could have used more flavor (especially with the cherries), carbonation, etc.. Easy to drink, interesting to try, would recommend trying it- but I probably wouldn't spend $20 or go out of my way obtaining it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:44:33 | More by jaasen64
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-29-2012 00:13:37 | More by AgentZero
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

The beer pours a very pretty opaque pink color with little to no head and no lacing.

The smell is like a nice cherry tart, the confection crust, sour cherry, and vanilla oak all come through quite nice.

The flavor is the same as the smell mostly, though it is very sour, more than I expected, though it's great. Again, like a sour cherry pie or tart.

The feel is nice and well carbonated, great tartness, medium feel.

Overall nice! Very good sour, one of the better bruery sours to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 03:09:05 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from May 2012

A - Reddish-orange liquid with one finger of short-lived white head. Settles to a collar, but leaves no lacing.

S - Prominent cherry aroma that is bot sweet and tart. Moderate yeast funk. Aroma is more earthy than tart.

T - Nice tart beginning with a distinctive cherry presence. Middle has a nice earthy funk. A bit of lemon sourness. Actually quite tart. Pretty tasty, if a bit too assertive. The cherry seems to get a bit overshadowed.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with consistent tartness and a dry finish.

O - Not as refined as Filmishmish, but still pretty enjoyable sour from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:39:41 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-19-2012 05:38:47 | More by KHM
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-16-2012 14:45:18 | More by Popp24
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-13-2012 23:58:39 | More by roblund
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-13-2012 14:08:32 | More by Skye1024
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MarkVegas. Thanks buddy! Pours a lightly hazed pink-tinted amber with a moderate white head that dissipates rapidly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of tart cherries, oak, funky, musty barnyard note. Smells complex and promising indeed.

Delightful sourness and tart cherry flavor with mild oak character, less funk and mustiness than in the nose, but still some present. Lots going on. Moderately strong acidity, dry tannic feel. Close to an authentic kriek in overall vibe.

Somewhat light bodied, with good carbonation, crisp and clean with a puckering, dry finish. Refreshing and delicious, one of my favorite Bruery offerings so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 22:34:29 | More by tobelerone
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-12-2012 19:37:42 | More by ste5venla
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Excellent. Pours a pinkish-tinged, hazy orange color. Exteremly cloudy with a half finger white head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Good lacing on the sides, slightly spotted, but uniform. Looks like freshly squeezed passionfruit juice. Gorgeous.

S. Cherry, grape, must, barnyard funk, bready yeast, oak. Pretty good amount of funk on the nose, but I really like how it is undercut by the yeast and malt. One of the more enticing bouquets I have encountered on a wild ale.

T. Sour cherry, yeast, more barnyard, tannic oak on the mid and finish, resolving into a moderate cherry pucker on the finish. The acidic qualities are well balanced by malt and yeast: the blonde ale makes an excellent base. Light and tart fruit flavors abound on the palate in the finish. Excellent.

M. Light bodied, moderately carbed, crisp and puckery. Very clean beer here.

O. One of the best sours I have had. It is easy drinking and balanced yet retains the tannic qualities fans of these crave. Great creation here, I would definitely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:30:53 | More by siege06nd
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2.4/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml poured into a snifter with a hazy pinkish orange color, reminds me of....oh just a little vomit, giving a thin white head that falls to nothing almost immediately without any type of linger. The nose is sour upfront with light sour cherries, lemony zest and a touch of something sweet in the back. The taste is just dominated by vinegar and an acidic presence that is just off putting. The beer needs more cherries and something else for balance. A thin layer of cherries, oak and lemon work against too much bacteria for sure (lactobasillus?) without any type of structure...now that I've had mother funker, oui oui and now this; I'm starting to gather a typical vinegar presence from the bruery wild stuff that is uninviting and narrow. There is a minimal amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel is medium with a very dry finish. Overall I wanted to like this beer but the truth is, is that's it's a terrible kriek and needs to go on home. A sour, acidic, vinegar, light cherried mess that looks like chunkless vomit. $20 are you fucking serious? I'd rather eat a bag of shit.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:08:53 | More by JayAre46
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -12%
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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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Thanks to my Reserve Society trustee JRSD fo getting this out to me.

Sans Pagaie pours more of a deep orange than a true red, with a good bit of haze to it. A couple fingers of white foam crown the beer, showing little head retention and no lacing. The nose is excellent, led by a blend of earthy funk and cherry skins. A solid supporting tart aroma rounds out the picture. The flavor profile has far more acidity than I expected. It really takes over the beer and drowns out the cherries and brett. They're both still there (though definitely the former more than the latter), but this is a very different beer than the nose had suggested. The body is very light,and paired with an expansive, active carbonation. The mouthfeel is champagne-esque. Sans Pagaie is a bit aggressive for a beer that's just out of the gates, especially compared to some classic Belgian krieks. It's definitely not without its charms though.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 04:34:53 | More by axeman9182
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy red with a minimal white head and lots of bubbles.

Smells like cherry pie filling with some barnyard funk and mustiness.

Very tart more due to acid than cherries although there is a subtle fruit flavor. Very clean flavor profile.

Light bodied high carbonation.

A very solid wild from the Bruery. Tart and clean, incredibly drinkable although no one aspect really stands out as elite.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 14:26:09 | More by jmarsh123
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-30-2012 07:11:05 | More by tylermains
Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.