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Reviews: 27
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-26-2010

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage bottling. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, strawberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, leather, light red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, raisin, currant, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wild ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Moeder Lambic based on the recommendation of a friend. This is a very interesting, complex and unique beer. I think that really shows in the variation of the scores.

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Photo of Colter3057
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep red color with little transparency. Nice funk in the nose with slight hints of the oak barrels. tartness is nicely balanced. just a wee bit to carbonated for my liking, but not holding that against it. Crisper than i thought it would be.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours copper with a large fading head. Nose shows a mild funky barnyard note, bubble gum, rose and soft oak. Flavours include funk Brett, rose notes, light sweet malt, red berries and oak. A little cloying. Could benefit immensely if this was sour!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a slightly hazy brew of red, 1" of foam, laces like a champ.

The nose is a big mix of tart cherries and Brett. I can't decide which is stronger.

Tart cherries, funky flavour, just as I expected. The label says strawberries, raspberries, and red currants...umm...okay. Not cherries, my mistake. I do get them there fruity flavours *after* reading that. And you know what? I dig them. Astringency? Holy feck yes.

Light body, zesty level of carbonation, good mouthfeel and the brew got cloudy with the last few ounces added to the glass.

This is very good, but again, as with most Italian craft beers, the price is out of whack for the size of the bottles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this recent haul of loverbeer has been awesome, i wish they gave a little more information on the packaging, such as which grape varietals are in this beer? a red variety or two no doubt, but thats all we know, and we only learn that from the pink cloudy hue of this beer. a nose a little perfume heavy like the plum one, but with a lot more of the wild yeast evident right up front. not fruity at all really, maybe just delicate fruit character, but grape is not readily apparent. musty yeast, very wild, similar but lighter than the other beers I've had from these guys. the grapes are a little winey in the taste, and its all on the front end, while the weird yeast is all towards the finish. it never gets sour, not even tart really, but its farmy and animalistic and seemingly ancient. i really like that its a little peppery, a little fruity, and just so different. a cool way to finish an already unique beer. carbonation is really prominent, and the bubbles are enormous, giving it a real lively feel. still creamy in texture though, never feels like soda or anything. dynamic layering of old world flavors in a beautifully executed beer. my only real issue with it is its price. can't afford to drink beer like this real often, but wow is this one a treat!

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased in Rome.

A: Pours a reddish auburn with a frothy beige head.

S: Pretty funky aroma. Mild acetic acidity, horseblanket, cherry-like sweetness.

T: Taste brings very gamey brett, light vinegary tartness, a bit grapey, some caramel maltiness.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a very funky beer, with the brett almost out of control. A bit more refinement would be good here.

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Photo of seand
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy red with a small amount of off-white head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Tart and lightly sweet, with notes of sour cherry.

T: Medium sweetness, with a light candied cherry note. Slightly tarter through the finish.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, interesting, and also refreshing. The 8% is mostly hidden.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 euros on tap. Servedin a teku.
A somewhat hazy purple with a good head that eventually does fully die off.
Smells like sour grapes, in a very good way, and has a nice earthy presence to it as well.
The taste is slightly sweet with a good sour punch; really refreshing and enjoyable. Again there's a little earthiness in the back end.
Very nice and smooth with a bit of tingly carbonation that really keeps it alive.
Wonderful beer, not as intensely sour as some lambics or even some other Italian sours but very good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Birreria in New York, NY

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium garnet reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some mahogany highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness - currants and grapes stand out. Light hints of vinegar and oak.

T: Upfront there is an intense sourness that features fruits - grapes, currants, and lighter notes of raspberry. There are also light notes of oak and vinegar along with some hints of white wine. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish underneath the tartness.

M: Light bodied to low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This is not one of the easiest beers to drink but if you like sours, this one is intensely so... The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden but the tartness is very strong. Nice amounts of complexity in the taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet at Local Option.

Apparently this just translates to "Grape Beer". Fair enough. It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light vinegar, wheat, light cinnamon, and a pinch of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some maple syrup and and sweet raspberry. The sweetness and tartness seem to struggle with each other and ever really coalesce all that well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a nice little sour thing, but one that really doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some berry, grape, wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where I love the quality of sour beers from Flemish regions of Belgium, there's an underlying savory character that I find familiar in this Italian brewed example.

And like those Flemish red ales, D'uvaBeer pours with a dark cherry hue with garnet and crimson highlights that penetrate event the heavy yeast haze. A fizzy and eruptive pour tops the beer with a spritz of effervescence that settles into a loose knit head of foam and lace. Standard as it is, the beer isn't phased by its own acidity or dryness.

Very aromatic the the scent of cherry, plumb, prune, and grape, the savory and succulent fruits evoke mouth watering properties with plumpness and invitation. A sour backdrop of balsamic, cider, lime continue the fruit development and propell them into the taste yet to come.

Sweeter and robustly fruity to taste, the Italian sour ale blend those sour taste with richer malt and fruit notes in the most alluring ways. First the sweetness of malt weaves into the richer and bruised taste of prune, grape, and fig while more acidic tones follow with oak, balsamic, and cherry follow closely behind. A closure of raspberry, blackberry, and currant allow the tart closure to commence with the most lactic tart possibilities.

While not as dry or as clean as classic Belgian sour ales, the relaxed malt textures actually give a lot of identity to the lucid acidity and round it out beautifully. Capturing a touch of sweetness here and there, the beer closes with understated winey warmth, mild grapes skin astringency, and wood tannin.

Reminding me a lot of may favorited Flander's red ales, except this beer is less vinegary, less cidery, sweeter, and more plumbish than cherry- the beer captivates the palate just the same!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a hazed reddish/amber color with an off-white head. Smell is surprisingly catty, but very tropical as well. Lots of melon, some grass, and a definite sweetness like all their sours seem to have. The flavor is moderately tart with some of the same tropical and melon notes. Not terribly complex, but there is a little bit of grass and oak, some berries, and maybe a bit of apple.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color beer with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and light tart cherry with some vinous notes as well. Taste is a great refreshing mix between some oak with light tart cherries and some vinous finish. Not too sour and very light acidic notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Too expensive for what it is but very enjoyable noenhteless.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

D'uva Beer pours a murky reddish orange color when backlit, otherwise a dull auburn shade. All attempts were made to decant off the yeast, but a small amount snuck in. The surface foam is creamy and off white in color, and leaves no lace. It has pretty good head retention, and a thin veil of skim is ever present, fed by many tiny streams of rapid champagne carbonation.

Aroma has a soft acidic fruitiness, apple/pear and grape, with a hint of wine-like alcohol warmth. As it warms there's a fair amount of oak, and a tangy sharpness of alcohol only when swirled.

Medium bodied and fairly well carbed at first, the charge peters out and it gets a little flat towards the end of the glass. Tangy grape, minerals and dry bitter tannins, some apple butter traces. Finishes dry, initially moderately tart, though that seems to diminish also.

Interesting to try, not sure if it's really worth the pricetag though.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clear dark Copper colours with a fizzy tanned head that dies almost instantly

S - Nice sour notes and some lemon spice. Belgian Geuze like with some woody notes.

T - Up front some nice sour like characteristics, with some nice oak following, the fruit is a little subdued. The finish is nice a bitter with some residual sweetness.

M - Light body and fullish carbonation.

O - The beer starts of with a bang but is a little uninteresting on the finish. LAcks the sophistication of a true Belgian sour but its a damn good effort. Not sure it's worth $37 a bottle though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to Brad for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky brown orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour grapes, spices, fruity malts, sour fruits, and light wood.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, sour grapes, spices, yeast, and light earthy notes. Not as sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent fruit beer. Some nice sour grapes to it, especially in the nose. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a muddy hazy orange ochre/medium brown color and is topped with a fizzy light tan soda pop like head. Fairly poor head retention this one disappears rather quickly and doesn't have much lacing to speak of.

S: Tangerine essential oil (like when you squeeze a tangerine zest seems to intertwine with Nebbiolo grapes. Faintly in the background a very aged vinegar shows as well.

T: This is really a unique beer. Very yeast driven yet I have to profess I've not tasted anything like it. Vinous and complex the flavors range all over. Red wine like acidity meets an earthy funky quality reminiscent of wine from southern Rhone(even though the grapes come from italy).

That said this is very beer like too and does not try to be something else. Malt driven sweetness, toasted wheat, and malted barley show up right along with everything else... And there is quit a bit.

Along with the grape, White pepper, and wet earth take charge. melding stone-fruit driven flavors fill in the middle, Namely apricot, black plum, and wild strawberry. Some bitterness shows suggestive of a citrus pith. Finishing again with an unripe grape like acidity. Very crisp along with a high degree of complexity, not an easy thing to achieve.

M: Prickly and very carbonated (not unlike soda)

O: Very good and refreshingly unique, this beer accomplishes a lot. It is made with italian grapes which provide all of the wild yeast used. Nothing has been added outside of whatever was growing on those grapes. A pretty cool idea which I would like to see explored more... Terrior. This is one to age for sure, I would think lt has the ability to get better for the next 5 years at least.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for sharing this brew. Served in a Dark Lord mini-snifter.

Pours a muddy reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. The nose carries a bit of cherry plus a good amount of grapes. Moderate acidity; mostly lactic with a bit of an acetic character. Faint oak. The flavor focuses on the fruit and has some acid in the background. Light-medium body with a good bit of acidity. A nice brew.

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really cloudy amber with white suds that lace the rim of the tulip. These dissapate quickly but the effervescentness of this brew is quite a site to behold.
The smell is sour grape skins and some clove or other belgian yeast aromas. No alcohol is detected here.
Taste is very sour like a sweetart with just a hint of boozyness at the end. Stays very sour throughout the tasteing.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the sour cleans the palate of most of the stickyness.
Overall just a 4 but it might be higher if it didn't cost so darn much. ( I know cost shouldn't come into play but in this case it really does.)

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BBF
Look: The beer pours a purple color with a nice head
Smell: Malts, caramel, dark grapes berries, raspberries and some wood
Taste: Sweet than I expected. Taste is similar to the smell; caramel, raspberries, dark grapes, cherries, earthy and some citrus
Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily texture, low carbonation
Overall: Nice beer

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Photo of Geuzedad
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this beer with Galengeueze courtesy of Matt from Capones in Philly. Poured into a tulip.
Poured a hazy reddish brown with a minimal head that quickly faded leaving no lacing.
Smell was tart with funk noted as well as grapes, oak, and vinegar.
Taste was that of cherries, oak and sour, although somewhat watered down. A subtle bitterness noticed in the finish.
Mouthfeel was tart, dry, and slightly acidic, with very minimal carbonation noted, almost like drinking a wine as opposed to a beer.
Overall this was a very interesting beer although it does not quite live up to its Belgian cousins or the wild American ales like Russian River. For the price (20 dollars for an 11 oz bottle) I would take Cantillon or RR over this any day.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours rusty burnished orange with a thin khaki head. No lacing.

S-Vinous tartness. Musty old wine barrels, watered down balsamic vinegar.

T/M-Vinous tartness on the tip of the tongue, but it fades almost instantly into fizzy carbonation driven bready malt sweetness. A thin line of white wine grape acidity carries through to the finish. Medium bodied.

O-Way too expensive for what it is. Just okay.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brownish red in color, the beer poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is somewhat sour and has light to moderately strong aromas of grapes and red currants.
T: A lot of sourness is present in the taste, which has complex flavors of grapes, oak, raspberries and red currants along with notes of white wine and hints of citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, extremely tart and a bit acidic on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer but you really need to be able to get past the intense sourness and strong amount of tartness to drink this beer easily.

Note: 2010 vintage

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