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Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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Sourdough Wild AleSourdough Wild Ale

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 18
Gots: 46 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer was fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops. This unfiltered ale is alive in the bottle: drink fresh for a bright, passionfruit aroma or age to develop the wild yeast funk.

(Beer added by: Jtrigonis on 01-30-2014)
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3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale yellow color with a thick white head that fades slowly leaving a a full wall of lace. The smell includes notes of lemon, somewhat rindy and zesty but finishes with almost soapy qualities. The taste is very bitter and oily almost soapy with some sweet wheat or candy notes underneath but seems unbalanced and too bitter. This is light bodied with big effervescent carbonation. This brew has some high points to it but the bitterness really clashes with the tartness.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.3/5  rDev -32.9%

Pour is a transparent golden amber with a decent bit of bubbly white head. Nose is adjunct grain, stale dough, pale malts, musky citrus hops. Taste is sweeter, still some adjunct grain, less doughiness to it, pale malts, citrus and sugar in back. Low carb, syrupy body.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 375 mL bottle into a teku glass.

A- Monstrous pale white head, fluffy and light. Sticky lace is plentiful. Cloudy peach or orange-colored body. 4.25

S- Big passionfruit and peach aromas. Lemony and lightly citric. Somewhat like crackers or otherwise minerally and bready. Pretty splendid smell. 4.5

T- Starts off fruity, still thinking peaches and fainter passionfruit, but then it gets funky pretty quickly and even, yikes, a bit puke-like at the finish. Lemon zest comes on pretty strong and aggressively on the finish, but some sweet maltiness does a good job of offsetting it for the most part. To a certain extent, it reminds me of a Brett IPA minus the hops. That make sense? I think it tastes almost too yeasty at times, unfortunately. 3.5

M- It's got a juicy quality too it and is easily sipped. Very yeasty at the same time and the finish brings a zesty bite that is smoothened by some creamy malt. 3.75

The yeast on this could be toned down quite a bit, but otherwise there are some great flavors in here, particularly the passionfruit and peach. It's a beer with great potential that slightly disappoints.

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Pours a nice gold, mildly hazy, with a thin white. There's a good amount of visible carbonation as the head fades to foam.

S: Tart, lemons and wine, with light Brett presence and oak. A fairly light and delicate aroma overall.

T: Big funk and tart lactic up front. Horse blanket melds with tropical fruit bitterness from the hops, white wine-chardonnay, oak dryness and yeastiness. The sourdough yeast definitely adds something in the way of acidic tartness. Funk and the tartness in the hang.

M: Light bubbly body, and very low alcohol presence.

O: A very different sour to be sure. I get that this may not be for everyone, but I found it to be fairly enjoyable, though not the best Almanac offering to be sure.

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2.56/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.