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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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588 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 89
Gots: 146 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JonBarley, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4/5  rDev -3.8%

12owls, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy watermelon-pink with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap and solid ring, with a few spots of bubbles. Funky cherry and cherry pie, lemon juice, and some nice funk. The Bruery's funky beers are becoming more and more recognizable, and very delicious. Great cherry flavors, like tart pie cherries, with oak, brown sugar, tart lemon juice, and more funk. Light and crisp mouthfeel, with a medium-thin body, good carbonation, and a dry, puckering finish. Another solid Sour from the Bruery!

jsanford, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. Light pink, in color with a thin fizzy head to it. The head faded away rather quickly, but I really liked the color.

The aroma has a very nice sour cherry presence to it. It's got some sharp, tart, moderately acidic notes along with some must and funk to it as well. Really nice aroma overall, the cherries compliment it very well and I really like the bold sour, funky and tart flavors.

The taste shows even more of the cherries, which I'm loving. They show more of the sweeter fruitiness up front, while in the finish the tart sourness really comes out. It's a little sharp up front at first but the finish really dries out and leaves a lingering sour, tartness.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation feeling towards the lower end of the style. Overall, I thought it was a great beer and one of the best American sours I've had in a while. Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of cherries in anything but I really thought the fresh, fruity, tart cherries were fantastic in it. I thought it was one of the best cherry infused beers I've had and also a very solid American wild ale. Very enjoyable beer overall, and probably my favorite Bruery wild ale so far.

billab914, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brotherloco, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of dfillius
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate Pour yields 1/3 finger fizzy chalk white head with poor retention. More head would be nice. Hazy strawberry blonde liquid.
S: Cherry, tart lactic aroma, slight clover honey. Not terribly dynamic but strong for what is there.
T: Tart and yeasty. Tart cherry, lemon juice. What I wish New Glarus Belgian Red would be like - less sweet/cough syrupy. This is not cloying, though does have a pleasant bit of sweetness.
M: Nice and lactic, yeast is hearty, yet yields to the tartness. Puckering lemon juice/atomic warhead character. Me gusta mucho.
O: Quite refreshing. I would love to have another and would by again (or in the first place - thanks warnerry for sharing!)

dfillius, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of frozenjogurt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

frozenjogurt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a nice pink with a 2 finger large bubbled white head. Minimal lacing resides quickly.

S- big vinegar, green apples, and some light raspberries.

T- tart green apple and vinegar, and raspberries. Very much follows the nose.

M- light body and medium to high carbonation. Not as acidic or effervescent like many sours.

O- nice sour. 6/10 sour. Nice tartness balanced with slight raspberries and lower effervescence makes it easier to drink than many sours.

kawilliams81, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of AleApostle
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleApostle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of joshwith
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

brycevolk, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with a continuous peripheral ring of fine white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fruit and yeast, including some pronounced brettanomyces, are found to be in excellent balance. Little sourness is suggested here, which contrasts the actual flavor.

T: Begins very dry, with bread, baker's yeast, and assertive cherries that marry well with the tartness and high acidity. Faint vanilla is present in the middle as fruit fades somewhat. The finish is mild by comparison, where lactic acidity stands out the most but bitterness is absent.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This respectable sour has vestiges of Russian River Supplication, particularly in its yeast and fruit qualities. While distinctly sour, it lacks the sharpness of that other beer. It is well-rounded overall, with late lactic tartness and lingering fruit combining for a strong finish.

beagle75, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bauermj, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

litheum94, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of arash1000
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

arash1000, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

JosephThompson, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of fo1ksguitar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

fo1ksguitar, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of dhbiker0889
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pink, almost grapefruit color. Fairly cloudy with little head and pretty much no lacing.

S- Sweet and sour. Can really smell the cherries with a slight hint of vanilla and strawberry.

T- Follows the nose closely. Very sour upfront and can definatly taste the cherry. A little bit of funk and a trace of oak. Overall very delicious.

M- Quite a bit of carbonation but it really adds to this beer. The body is not very heavy at all.

O- Very delicous beer. Simple flavors the work very well together. Would definitely like to try it again

dhbiker0889, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Poured into a Pinocchio's tulip

A: Pours out a blush pink color. Even without the yeast in there, it's fairly cloudy/hazy. Initially a faint line of bright white head. This fades into nothing really quickly. No lacing left on the glass.

S: Smells of sharp tart sourness. Lactic acid. Nice cherry character is there. Some vanilla. Then the tart green apple and a touch of vinegar.

T: Tart acidic bite on the tip of the tongue. Then you get some nice cherry character in the medium of the mouth. Not that medicinal cherry, but natural fruitiness. Definitely getting some barrel hints with touches of vanilla. The close is fairly puckering and dry. This is a really well done beer, kriek in style.

M: This is a BIG light leading to medium bodied. It's a very round mouthfeel.

inlimbo77, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a very cloudy/murky blush red color (looks like grapefruit juice). Some white froth formed.

(S)- A nice clean, albeit dry oaky profile with some crazy fresh berry fruits: strawberry, raspberry, and cherry; very vibrant.

(T)- Again, very clean (no funk). Tons of fresh fruit and a subtle dry oak. Very very subtle acidity.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance of acidic fruit and oak. A rather subtle sourness, but it is there.

(D)- Another solid wild ale from the Bruery. The sourness is subtle, but such a vibrant combo of fruits and dry oak that I almost did not miss it. Time might help the sourness to round out though.

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -3.8%

nickhiller, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.