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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

621 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 142 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Photo of jeff1973
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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-

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.