Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.91/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Duvel glass
Pours a a hazy straw gold with a thick, creamy 2 fingers tall pure white head. The head retains a good while, leaving behind a healthy coating of sticky lacing behind as a it gradually descends.
Wow, as soon as you raise the glass to your nose, you're absolutely blasted by fruity Mosaic hops; big, tropical notes of passion fruit, peach, green pear and grape fruit. Beneath these very aromatic Mosaic hops are notes of lemon rind as well as a unique, bread like yeastiness, that I can only assume is from the the addition of San Francisco sourdough yeast. Despite being fermented with Brettanomyces, there is a surprisingly low amount of barnyard funkiness and mustiness. As the beer warms, some cracker-like malt and a vinous barrel character becomes more and more apparent. Very unique smelling wild ale.
Much like in the aroma, your palate is greeted by a quick blast of tropical hops; notes of passion fruit, peach and grapefruit. Layered nicely underneath this initial burst of hop notes are some familiar, but young tones of Brettanomyces; wet hay, musty earth and light horse blankets. Before the bitter and dry finish, your palate is kissed by some spicy rye notes paired with bitter lemon peel. Long, lingering notes of dried lemon flesh, bitter grapefruit peel, light horse blankets and some subtle, under laying vanilla tones from the barrel.
Full and creamy bodied with firm, assertive carbonation. The addition of rye and rolled oats really give this beer a nice texture.
Almanac is really doing some interesting beers lately; Whether it is their bourbon barrel aged sour porter, or their Strawberry and Nectarine sour, they have really been exercising their creativity. I look at this beer as a 21st century, West Coast answer to the classic Orval; Instead of it being dry hopped with Styrian Goldings, it is dry hopped with the very in vogue Mosaic hops. If that wasn't enough, it is fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces and San Francisco Sourdough yeast and aged in wine barrels. This is a very unique beer that I am very much looking forward to aging and further developing in the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 06:59:51 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.35/5 rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear, pale gold. Thin foam head, nice streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose is all white wine, with almost a grape bubblegum character. Probably the most wine-like beer I have ever encountered based on the smell. Very intriguing.
The taste is also very vinous, with a tropical fruit zest and subtle notes of Brett. The sourdough breadiness doesn't stand out, but shows up more toward the finish. Has a decent bitterness too, so you know the hops are well into play, but it's interesting you can't really tell how much of the fruit character is coming from hops, or from the lemon/Brett/wine barrel. Light to medium body, decent carbonation.
This is an awesome beer that is severely underrated. I think anyone expecting a sour beer is going to be let down, but in reality, this is one of the most unique and interesting beers I have tried. It does help if you like white wines, because that is a very dominant feature here. Well done!
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 06:12:36 | More by bennetj17
3.65/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
For a sour ale this beer has a nice large white head, good retention and amazing lacing, it is hopped well. Dark gold, depending on how vigorous the pour is you can manage the cloudiness of this beer.
Doughy and yeasty base, then the hops shine bringing in very tropical aromas of passion fruit, pineapple, white fleshed guava and lemon citrus. The entire profile of the aroma is somewhat musty and cloudy, the yeast brings in an attic-like funk and the oak dulls the hops a bit. I am really digging the tropical aroma on this one.
Bread dough and chewy yeast on the forefront is supplemented by lemon peels, white wine, Brett funk and more mustiness. Finish after every sip is filled with salted lemon peel, oaky tannins and a dusting of baby powder. Dry and fairly bitter.
Muted carbonation, fairly flat though I suspect this will change with age. There is a bit of body to this beer, especially if you allow the yeast to pour in. Drying sensation and high bitterness leaves the door open for some astringent flavors.
Not really wild...yet. This beer currently is singing out with the Mosaic dry hopping as the headliner, additives give it a Belgian pale flavor and complexity while the barrel smooths everything out. It will be interesting to revisit this one in time.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 07:39:47 | More by rawfish
3.56/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Toronado.
A - Very cloudy. Reminded me of a cloud of hay. Lots of dark yellows and a small head.
S - Lots of lemon, citrus, and strong malts. Not picking up any sourness.
T - Wow, the name isn't kidding. Very bready. Lots of yeast and almost a flour taste. The warmer the beer became, the more the passion fruit and lemon really started to shine.
O - Very odd ale, but very enjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 21:48:13 | More by ThePaleRider
3.6/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: Liquid gold with a wisp of head.
S: Lemon candy and slight pine resin.
T: Bitter hops, bitter lemon peel, sweet malts, brett funk.
M: Crisp but with a touch of syrup. The bitterness is drying.
O: Most Almanac beers are excellent, this one is just good. A bit like a funky, Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I wonder if this is just one that refused to sour.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 03:11:17 | More by 01001111
Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
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