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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 557
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 48
Gots: 114 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-11-2011

This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release.
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can you say Consecration light? Firestone has it right here. This ale has a reddish color, a mostly sour base, and the accents of oak which works like a symphony in this ale. Many thanks to Joepeter for opening this worthy ale.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice sour red. Lots of carbonation and good balance of fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel was really good and this one seems like it will age really well over time.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Bagby’s Beer Co – Oceanside, CA
Served in an oversized wine glass – 05/17/1980

A: The Agrestic pours a rosy amber color with some shades of brown and orange swirled in. Nice clarity here. Light choppy suds form a khaki layer over top and retain surprisingly well for a wild. There is even some nice tiny dots of stick left scattered all across the glass walls.

S: Sour cherry with light red wine vinegar, oak, and a mixed berry medley. Has a sticky malt sweetness which combined with the fruit is reminiscent of candied berry or jam. I get some light cider action and just a whisper of sour lemon and grassy funk to it but not so much lacto really. Smells tart and fruity with some mild sour funk there. Not incredibly strong aromatics but nice.

T: Super woodsy from the oak and lightly sweet with a berry vinaigrette likeness. The beer I find at the same time is very dry with a great delicate balance in all the flavors. Some light apple cider acidity, stale citrus peel, and a hint of vanilla spice. Not incredibly funkified as I am getting more earthy tannin type notes but with some wet grass notes present. Tart cherry offers some piquancy towards the finish. Incredibly soft and balanced this is quite masterfully crafted.

M: Light to moderate filling body with a lower level of bubbly carbonation. Maintains a nice creamy fill with some decent sour pucker and a very dry finish. Has a light tea like tannin astringency to it that accentuates the dryness in the finish.

D: Super drinkable. Nothing over the top too acidic, tart, or sour. Just a master show in blending to get that perfect marriage of all the ingredients. I would put this in the same class as Russian River and Goose Island wilds.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

Agrestic Batch No. 2 6.8% ABV

A: Pours amber-orange color with an off-white creamy head, lots and lots of carbonation, looks unfiltered, hazy, great head retention, looks good.

A: Funk, tart, sour, raspberries, picking up some oak, leaning towards a sharp tart aroma, smells really good, nice balance of tart notes and oak from barrels.

T: The aroma is definitely more tart, slight tart flavors, some oak, hint of vanilla sweetness, with a dry, sour finish, oak reemerges in the after taste, complex, lots going on.

M: Light bodied beer, dry finish, massive amounts of carbonation.

O: It's a little rough around the edges, not as easy drinking as other sour ales I've tried, I'm thinking this might need some time in the cellar as the flavors don't transition that well, tastes great but I feel that it needs some leveling out, going to age some and revisit but not disappointed at all, going to pick up more if I find it.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker's Agrestic, American wild red ale. Soured and blended DBA. 6.8% ABV,

A: Red-orange in the glass, getting deeper in tone in the center. Dull yellow in the dimple. About two fingers of loose head.

S: A very unique aroma to this one. Kind of oaky, and funky, and sour. The sourness is fruity, but not quite cherry, and not citrus. More stone fruit, I guess. There is a sharp edge to it, like the sour powders used for candy. More like that of Warheads.

T/MF: Right away it's fairly carbonated and crisp, with more of the Warhead sourness upfront. Very slight medicinal bitterness in the back. Moving towards stone fruit pit, which lingers for quite a while. It leaves the feeling of a fine layer of foam in the mouth. I do feel it could use some fruit, because the flavors are a little lacking, but it's still quite good. I must say, it doesn't remind me of DBA in any way. It's wholly transformed from it's roots.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White head. Copper orange.

Lots of cherry and cherry pie filling. Some sweetness but more tartness. Light acidity. Light vinegar.

Solid sour, but nothing super crazy.

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Photo of Absolut
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured on tap 8-9-15 at the Blue Palms Anniversary Party

interesting sour with a lot of tartness. tastes of oak, vanilla, berries and oak. a lot of flavors going on, but they meld together nicely.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Second time having this beer. Much more raspberry forward than batch 1, IMO. Got more of the lactic character as the beer temp increased.

Definitely another winner for FW.

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Photo of Moose90
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from 375mL bottle

A — Pours a reddish and coppery hue. There is great clarity and a nice tall white colored head on it that leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of bright fruits, oak, barrel character, sweet malts and little bit of a red wine note. Bright lemon and citrus.

T — Tastes of bright oak and a little bit of vanilla sweetness, bit of spiciness, lots of great tart, sour, red fruit notes. No fruity sweetness. Excellent barrel character.

M — Finished bone dry, crisp, clean, little bit tannic and chewy, great.

O — Fantastic, this is what De Garde Tableau Rouge strives to be. Hands down the best "red" sour I have ever had.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first venture into the sours. It was unexpectedly really great! I only got one because I had no experience with sours and didn't know what to expect. I wish I had purchased more because I loved it and now its not available. It seemed at the time a little spendy for such a small bottle. Now that I've had a few different sours, this is my favorite.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprised by the fluffy head that lasted for a while. Body is orange.

Fairly lemony aroma with cherry, vanilla, and oak.

Dunno why the flavor kinda sucks compared to the aroma on this. Comes off kinda muted. Body is thin and medium carbonation. There is a mild tartness to it and not all that funky. Ends dry. Barrel comes through in the flavor. A little toasty and fruity.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at HG. Tulip.

A: Served a slighty opaque iced-tea color with a thick and fluffy white head that faded into a fuzzy and long lasting collar. Streaks of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Complex nose full of spices, dried fruits, oak barrel, pepper, and spearmint, stone fruits, oak barrel, and red fruits.There is a black tea quality as well.
T: All flavors are mild, muddled, and blended, with a very soft flavor profile overall. No one aspect really stands out. There's some definite tea like flavors, a mild bitterness, and mild vanilla. Spice and dried fruit seem to dominate with hints of grapes. Red fruit lingers in the aftertaste. There's a very mild cheesy funk as the beer warms.
M: No tartness at all, or at least it's very mild, with no acidity. The body is super dry, with exceptionally creamy carbonation and a super soft mouthfeel. Flavors are buttery (greasy) overall from the heavy barrel aging. I get a couple of tannins as well.
O: Subtle and complex. A nice soft sipper. Smooth as hell, delicious.

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Photo of Matonika
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the best wild ale you can get. It is not so sour you couldn't have a bottle of it like so many sours. It is balanced and refreshing. The finish is medium and does not linger for a long time but enough to taste the nuances of the beer. It is funky and citrusy. This is a great beer. FW knocks it out of the park again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Every time I have this, I love it even more than before...

That's how I began my initial review of this, and I've since had a couple more bottles/draughts...and I swear to God every time it somehow gets better. At the very least, it sure as hell never gets worse, such consistency sadly uncommon to so many beers. Seriously, though, this is incredible stuff. Hallmark of FW sour beers seems to be their incredibly unique and absolutely flawless barrel characteristics. You get tons of oak barrel but zero oak astringency, just toasty, woody notes, light vanilla and earthy funk. You get lemony zip, red fruit overtones, and slightly musty wafts of sour bacteria goodness. Palate absolutely pops, it's tart/sour without going to warhead status, nor without getting overly acidic and barf-y. I'm almost at a loss to describe, except to say that it follows many of the characterstics of the nose, more of the tart fruit, and has a really nice level of carbonation. I'm not sure what else I want in a sour, to be honest. Outside of something like 3F's Oude Geuze, I'm hard pressed to think of a wild ale I love more. Kudos, FW. Kudos.

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Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
375 ml bottle

Appearance: Clear amber color with a generous sized light beige head that slowly faded with nice lacing. A good looking beer.

Smell: Moderate barnyard funk dominates with some tart cherry like notes also present. I also pick up some mild leather notes.

Taste:The moderate funk funk shows up in the taste along with some mild leather-like notes. I get some citrus notes as well with some oak notes drying out the finish. More tart rather than sour. The finish also brings some grassy/hay notes not in a bad way but adding to the complexity of the palate.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a generous level of carbonation. The mouth-feel is right where it should be for a sour.

Overall: My first Barrel Works beer from Firestone Walker and I'm liking what I drink. This beer fits in well with their line up.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Medium white head.

Smell - Lots of wine barrel. Kinda cherry smelling. Malt. Oaky.

Taste - Quite malty. Wine barrel is strong again. White wine. Oak. More caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Kinda malty, kinda sour, kinda boring.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium-dark amber, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells like a sour Double Barrel Ale, which is cool. There's a good amount of oak, some hay and funk, white wine, and caramel.

You can definitely tell that the base of this one is Double Barrel Ale, the funkification of this one didn't cover it up entirely, which adds to the complexity. There's caramel, toasted bread, a very large amount of oak, some lemon, hay, funk, and white wine. Really tasty stuff.

This is medium bodied, with a dry, crisp mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation.

This is really tasty, my first wild ale from FW. I need to try some more for sure.

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Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very clear amber brew. Decent head, understandably short life based on style.

Incredibly complex and subtle aroma. Caramel, toffee, coconut, oak, vanilla, honey, and of course sour. Musty, almost like dog musk, with sour grapes.

Very sour, but not overwhelming. Slightly sweet and fruity. Balanced oak and vanilla.

Disappointingly thin and oily mouthfeel; the only part of this brew that is less than outstanding.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at ABV.

A mildly murky orange brown with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring leaving nice lacing. The nose is dominated by Brett funk. Clove, barnyard, wet dog, mild plastic, a little honey, wet hay. Solid, I'm really digging it. The palate opens mildly tart with a fruity, berry like acidity, mildly messy, chewy and gritty. Sourness is mild, it's definitely neither lactic nor acetic, closer to the tartness you find in beers deliberately stressed when fermented secondarily with Brett. Dextrinous on the mid palate , the funk really dominates here. Clove, barnyard, wet dog, wet hay, damp earth. Fullish on the finish with plenty of dextrinous, wheaty body bit minimal sweetness before disappearing into a mildly watery finish. A very nice expression of Brett here. Recommended.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer has been hit or miss for me over the last two years. When tasting it for the first time, I was like "Hey Firestone, good try at a sour". But the more and more that I drink this beer, the more I understand its complex story. This beer is not "in your face" sour, but it is pretty complex. The beer pours like a normal DBA...nothing special. The aroma throws you for a twist. Initially, I get some musky grape aromas with a ton of oak. I will admit, this beer is better in the bottle. A bit of vanilla and sour aromas. Taste is tart up front...and the tartness remains throughout the flavor, but drops off pretty quick to make for a user-friendly sour. Drinkability is very high, as the acidity is pretty low and the flavor/sour is mellow. Overall, this beer is exactly what it wanted to be. It is the DBA of sours. DBA is the beer of craft beers. Hats off to you Jeffers! Love this beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a light red body, or maybe reddish brown/light copper is a more fitting description, with two finger head that left a lace ring down whole glass as I drank.
The aroma is mostly a combination of tart cherries and sourness although notes of oakiness/woodiness come in as do touches of boozy sweetness.
The woodiness keeps it smooth, light to medium bodied, sharpness is minimal but sour fruit patches and tart flavors like cherry are evident.
Balance is there thanks to some fruity sweetness on the backend.
I did enjoy this beer but it just seemed a little bit off to me.

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Photo of parris
4/5  rDev -3.6%

On draft in a tulip

Deep copper in color, thick white lacing

Sour aroma with tons of oak

Taste is sour cherry, vanilla and oak, very tasty

Mouthfeel is super thin with low carbonation, it kind of takes away from this otherwise great beer. This might be due to an over pressurized keg, I saw that it was all foam off the tap.

Overall this is a really fun Firestone offering

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours burnt amber and relatively clear in color with a thin off-white head.smell has some notes of oak barrel apple cider vinegar and hints of cola. Taste follows nose with a great hefty sour presence up front followed by oak barrel more sour and and a slight musty sweet grape fruitiness. Mouthfeel is lighter in body highly carbonated yet sticky from the sour. Dba was not really detectable through all the sour but it was an all around great beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch no. 2. Bottled on 07/15/15.

Smells like apple cider with a pinch of citrus and dark fruit accents. Just a touch of barnyard aroma. The taste is of tart apple cider with and a twist of lime. There is a subtle sweetness reminiscent of white wine grapes and dark cherry skins. Only moderately sour.

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, low carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy

Smell: sharp sour mix and slight wood smell

Taste: A great mix of oak, sour mix, toasted malt, and graham crackers

Mouthfeel: sour with a touch of sweetness, medium in body, low carbonation

Overall: Another winner from Firestone Walker. Not the most complex American wild ale that I have had, but it sure is tasty. It is right up there with my favorites for non-fruity sour ales. I would get this again in a heartbeat if I could find it on tap.

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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.