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Sans Pagaie - The Bruery

Sans PagaieSans Pagaie

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%

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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Photo of mdaschaf


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:39:21 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:58:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:48:10 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:58:08 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ehammond1

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Glowing, light cherry color with a small light khaki colored head that doesn't stay for long, eventually leaving irregular dots and spots of lace down the glass.

Pleasant aroma of sour cherries, mild funk, oak, some floral notes, along with good amount of stinging sourness. There are significantly better smelling krieks, but this was one smells just fine.

Bright cherries marry extraordinarily well with a moderate level of biting sourness, mild funk, definite oak, and some grass. Complete, and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carobnation. It could use more bubbles, truthfully.

I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:43:43 | More by ehammond1
Photo of russwbeck


4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of my Reserve Society allocation.

A: Blood orange to grapefruit in color. Hues that vary from pink to yellow. A finger or so of white head builds up on the second glass, but not the first. A decent amount of sediment lasts at the bottom of the bottle.

S: Fruity, but very tart aroma. Vinegar and cherries certainly with hints of funk. Almost like a cherry pie, with some breadiness and almost cinnamon qualities. Sweet and tart.

T: The tartness just keeps on coming, and I love it. Subtle cherries, big funk, underlying blond ale, and a balancing sweetness. Really a nicely concocted sour ale. One of the better American Wilds I can remember having. The cherries are integrated very well and the level of sour is perfect.

MF: Light body with a perfect level of carbonation. It's so balanced the drinkability is perfect. Aftertaste of tartness and lingering bitterness keep you coming back for more.

O: One of the better American Wilds on the market. Huge props to the Bruery. So glad I have two more bottles of it. I would recommend this to anyone. Between this and Filmishmish I have to say they've knocked it out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:59:47 | More by russwbeck
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace for sharing this bottle. thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed 8/14/12.

Appearance: light red bodied beer with no head.

Smell: cherries, mild vinegar, lemon, oak and funk.

Taste: Big cherries mix with lemons for a moderate tartness. Nice oak notes and a touch of earthiness. Mild lingering tartness in the finish that is great!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is another great bruery beer. I enjoyed this beer way more than oude tart!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 17:25:54 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Treebs


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for sharing.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy grapefuit color with a thin white head forming on the pour. Ite recedes to a thin ring and leaves some small splochtes of lace behind.

S: Oaky with some tart cherries up front. Sour berry with a slight malty sweetness. Light grassy hops on the finish.

T: More sour than tart. Cherry skins with a litt green grape tartness. The finish is malty and sweet.

M: Light bodied with a nicely carbonated body and drying finish.

O: Nice drinkability and it was pretty balanced. Nothing was over powering, but that being said it wasn't anything spectacular either. Better than average, but nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 21:05:33 | More by Treebs
Photo of Duff27


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short white head on a murky light ruby red/grapefruit body. No head retention or lacing...no too appetizing looking.

Grapefruit/cherries scent. Smells like I'm gonna die from the sourness.

Starts sour, finishes cherry sweet...great ending. Tart throughout. Major yum factor.

Medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

Highly drinkable, just kept wanting to drink this in large proportions. We all thought this was better than Oude Tart. Thanks egrace84 for the Bruery share.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 02:35:01 | More by Duff27
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/03/12 notes. Got via the Reserve Society, shared with some friends.

a - Pours a murky reddish orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, sour dark fruits, tart cherries, oak, light vanilla, light grapefruit. Very nice nose; tons of sour cherries and dark fruits, which I love. The spice makes it seem a little Belgian like.

t - Tastes of spice, tart cherries, sour dark fruits, vinegar, oak, some vanilla. Acidic and some vinegar, but still not too sour. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit acidic, but nice body.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; probably one of the better Bruery sours I've had. While it is pretty sour, luckily it is not overly sour like Mother Funker, and finds a nice level of tart cherries and sourness. The nose is great, and I'm very glad to have a few more bottles of this one. Curious to see if it gets funkier over time like Filmishmish has become.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 15:49:25 | More by mdfb79
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Light strawberry red with a big glow throughout. Small film of off white head that was scattered as large bubbles.

S - Sour and tart up front. Lots of oak. Some cherry aromas, but not as much as I expected.

T - A huge sourness up front with some funk and lots of oak. Tart cherry flavour adds a nice layer of complexity without taking over the beer.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 16:04:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Photo of rudzud


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Photo of drabmuh


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Photo of jaasen64


4/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9%
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
Photo of warnerry


4/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of womencantsail


3.8/5  rDev -8%
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
Photo of tobelerone


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of siege06nd


4.5/5  rDev +9%
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
Photo of JayAre46


2.4/5  rDev -41.9%
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
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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 -5.6%
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 +3.6%
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
Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.