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Spontaneous Cheer - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 59
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaltySizzle on 12-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blended Sour Ale with no yeasts added. Base beer was spontaneously fermented for 6 months and blended with White Peach Concentrate at kegging.
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WOW. Just WOW.

Haven't seen the perfect balance of sweet and sour since Ommegang Rouge. This is even better, if that's possible.

It's a very clean sour, and I suspect this is because it's largely pasteurized juice added post fermentation. No funk at all here. And if you care about bacteria/yeast diversity: I don't see any of that here either. But you don't need that to make a killer sour. And this here is a killer sour.

Poured with a thick head, likely due to serving conditions. Remained hazy after settling, a pale golden hue.

Smells floral like a clean Gewürztraminer from Alsace. It's a fairly simple nose, but boy does it linger, and "simple" does not make a negative, just like "complex" does not make a positive, despite it's over use as a descriptor.

Tastes like? I don't know. I'd say white sweet tarts. Some may say peach, but this would be one unripe peach. This is sweet yet tart, like a sweet tart, but NOT chalky or dry. The front of the palate is lively and slightly savory, the mid is where the sourness kicks in, and the back has a nice--real nice in fact--lingering sweetness. Not cloying at all. Just a well balanced beer, and the perfect mouthfeel for a sour.

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8oz at the Salted Pig in Riverside, on tap. Almost no head, but the carbonation level of the beer itself is actually pretty good. Dark orange/amber/brown color. It's really sour but also sweet, not too sweet, just a perfect balance for the sourness. It's a really really good fruit wild ale.

I absolutely can't wait for it to be bottled. This will be a new hit beer from LA.

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