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Agrestic American Wild Red Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 504
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 30.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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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 Absolut
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.6%
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 +6%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.6%
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 +7.5%
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 +8.9%
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
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have this, I love it even more than before, such great oak characteristics popping out of the brew. It's not as "rich" or even fruity as something like Rodenbach GC, but this has some serious character. Love it.

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Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -16.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +4.3%
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 -4.8%
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 +2.7%

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 -6.3%

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 -3.4%

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 +5.1%

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 tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this one tastes like something jester king would make, or has made even. its a nice mix of bretty weirdness and conventional lacto sourness in the finish, and has a nice red malt middle, a ton of bubbles, and a pungent stenchy dry finish. its wild ale at its finest. i dont get a done of oak on it, and it has a nice clarity to its pale amber color. jovial white head rests on top, only slowly dying back. tartness and mildewy brett, its dank and funky and super weird, like a hay bale thats been wet too many times and starts to reek, this beer is the epitome of farmhouse. nose and flavor alike, its just a clever yeasty oddity, with some appreciable red malt underneath it all, testing caramel and irish red as a base. too dry for any of that though, and carbonated to high heaven. it comes furiously out of the tap and never chills out, but the maturity of the flavor profile more than compensates for the juvenile mouthfeel, and i mean that in the best way possible. as good as any of the firestone beers, their young but already highly acclaimed sour program is off to one heck of a fine start!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red orange color with a decent white head and little lacing

S-tart cherry, oak, slight vinous, hint if vinegar

T-tart cherries, oak, slight red wine vinegar, light caramel malt, vinous

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-nice sour red ale, this was better than I expected

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(misplaced review from May, 2014)

On tap at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA.

Wild like an Angelina Jolie adoption and solid like Hank Aaron during his home run trot...Yep!

Wonderful red ale/oak barrel sourness like Alvin The Chipmunk after a bender

Just do it, my children.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Khoury's Las Vegas

Nose is fairly subtle of oak, white wine, red fruit and tartness.

Taste is similar to nose. The oak really comes through especially on the finish. It is tart but not overly so, which pleasantly doesn't overpower the other flavors nor make your cheeks burn. The fruit note is difficult to place: cherries, raspberries, grapes and a bit of apple. This is not an overtly flavorful beer. The tartness is complimented by the addition of mild oak and wine flavors from the barrel aging. Body, carbonation and mouthfeel are excellent as you'd expect from Firestone Walker.

Overall, a quality sour with the brewery finding flavors that go well in combination. In comparison to other pricey sours such as from the Bruery this will come across as less flavorful and milder tartness but for me that is a positive.

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Photo of Spiffaz
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, 10/10 would order again. I just had several, so forgive the review's sloppiness. Very nice red ale. The tart cherry is fantastic. Almost no head to speak of, but a great color and the taste is somehow clean and cleansing while still being plenty sour. Check out Firestone's website on how this beer is made; it's pretty impressive. Don't pass up the chance to try this, very good, very different.

YAY beer!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark copper that has a subtle purpleness to it. A blanket of pretty white froth sits atop my next Firestone Walker experience. Lacing is speckle and random.

S-Not overly aromatic. When I really dig in, I get a clear sour component that is augmented by some maltiness that must be the base beer coming through. Some faceless sour fruit and some very light oak.

T-It's plenty sour. My main gripe would be that Agrestic Ale is sour without any specific flavor coming into the picture. I struggle to find flavors I can connect to besides the blatant sourness. I did pick up some oak. It's very tart with a whisper of sweet malt and maybe some generic sour fruity tones.

M-Light, airy and drinkable. A pint is enough for me though; all that wild yeast limits how much I can consume before I get dat bloat.

O-Flavorful but lacking depth. I'm nitpicking, though. The flavor was refreshing and tart and nothing beyond that.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap last night at Sunset Grille, Allston, MA. Plentiful notes taken to my phone and transcribed here.

A- Red body ale poured from the tap to a snifter. Tiny white crown in the beer that is a mix of foamy and frothy. A small ring remains leaving a few small sheets of lace.

S- Aroma reminds me of a fruited wild ale. Juicy red fruits with lactic sours and some straw barny funk, wet oak, apple, cherry, slight brown malts, vinous grape tannins.

T- Wine and fruit flavors really take precedence here with the lactic funky bacteria, oaky tannins. The Double Barrel Ale can be felt here with oak, brown malts and some caramel that disappears when tartness grows. Reaches a strong tart grape intensity eventually.

MF- Light body that is dried up from the bugs. Carbonation at a medium-high level and some frothy texture on the palate. Finishes with a tannic grape tartness coating the taste buds.

Solid Wild Ale with the feel of the base beer and eventually a huge fruity tannic-vinous tartness.

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Agrestic American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.