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Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

Sourdough Wild AleSourdough Wild Ale

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%


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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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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flayedandskinned

California

3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2013
Poured into a Duvel glass

Appearance: (4)
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.

Aroma: (4)
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.

Taste: (3.75)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4.25)
Full and creamy bodied with firm, assertive carbonation. The addition of rye and rolled oats really give this beer a nice texture.

Overall: (4)
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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popery

California

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber and quite cloudy. The head is thick and frothy. It's a mass of white bubbles that bears a striking resemblance to the bubbles produced by bread yeast. The aroma has a good amount of tropical fruit and peach hoppiness. There's also some white wine and oak character imparted by the barrel. Lemon is present but pretty subdued. Taste is primarily sweet, fruity and oaky. There's an undercurrent of sourness but it's mild. It's an interesting mix of flavors. Ultimately, it's really not all that sweet and finishes pretty dry. Lots of fruit from the Mosaic hops. A bit more lemon. Fairly light with some body to it. Interesting beer. I enjoyed it more than I thought that I would. The sourness is quite light and the funk is also pretty subdued, but there's a very nice balance between fruit flavors and barrel.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 09:22:28 | More by popery
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-15-2014 23:04:42 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-14-2014 23:45:18 | More by beernads
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Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

04-12-2014 04:56:43 | More by GABrew
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Bottle barn in Santa Rosa. Pours clear golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Not a lot going on in the aroma. A bit of pale malts, some doughy yeast, a bit of lemon, some dry brett like character. Flavor is sweet malts, a bit of Brett like dryness, ever so slight tart, and some lemon. Not much wine character here expect maybe a little extra booziness. A hint of vomit character here. Light bodied yet too sweet with medium carbonation. A miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:53:06 | More by BMMillsy
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Jack_Tripper86

California

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

04-10-2014 05:32:20 | More by Jack_Tripper86
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vonnegut21

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-09-2014 19:01:55 | More by vonnegut21
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-07-2014 18:36:14 | More by TXhomebrewer
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-07-2014 03:00:32 | More by st9647v3
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-06-2014 21:30:52 | More by RuckusDu
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-05-2014 13:05:27 | More by InspectorBob
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

04-04-2014 13:17:24 | More by JohnnieNepal
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-04-2014 01:42:35 | More by vermilcj
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-02-2014 23:12:43 | More by jschott75
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-31-2014 08:00:31 | More by dertyd
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Arkay

California

4/5  rDev +17%

03-31-2014 04:10:42 | More by Arkay
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17%

03-30-2014 18:39:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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logicerror

California

2/5  rDev -41.5%

03-30-2014 02:59:33 | More by logicerror
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a nice head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: Vinous, with tropical fruit notes and leathery tones

Taste: Opens with a bready character that is quickly joined by a vinous white wine aspect; tropical fruit notes build and a leathery Brett character adds complexity; after the swallow, the hops kick in to add a hint of bitterness; lemon and wine barrel tones round out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A name like Sourdough Wild creates expectations that the brewer never intended for this beer; get beyond that and you will find a beer that is refreshing, has significant complexity and the potential to build in sourness over time

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:14:22 | More by brentk56
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IndyDad

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-29-2014 03:15:44 | More by IndyDad
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Great-Pyrebeers

California

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-28-2014 06:33:16 | More by Great-Pyrebeers
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brianmandell

New York

3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled Feb 2013; Pours a clear pale gold with no head and some fine lacing.

The aroma is big on apple juice, grape, lemon and tropical fruit notes.

This is a very unusual tasting beer. There is clean, bready malt, apple, grape and tropical fruit notes, an apparent hoppiness, and an overriding citrus bitterness like chewing on a lemon peel. The acidity is mild and overshadowed by the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is clean with creamy carbonation.

Taken in parts there is some interesting stuff here. As a whole, it doesn't come together. As a result it ends up being a mediocre, unbalanced beer. I think some tweaking of the recipe - primarily reducing the lemon peel bitterness - could result in a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:50:37 | More by brianmandell
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -41.5%

03-28-2014 00:18:48 | More by Rhettroactive
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siege06nd

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-28-2014 00:18:45 | More by siege06nd
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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.