Agrestic Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Agrestic Ale
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Barrel Ale fermented in toasted American Oak barrels, then transferred into a mix of used American barrels from the Firestone Walker Union and used French Oak barrels from various wineries on the central coast including Opus One winery in Napa; inoculated with lactobacillus as well as natural wild organisms.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-11-2011)
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Agrestic Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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