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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3.86/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
375ml bottle poured into snifter. thanks to @jackmax for the extra in our recent trade.
batch 1, feb 2013 bottling.
the beer pours a nice hazy orange-yellow colour with a solid head. the nose is of subtle tropical fruits and lemon. the beer has quite a dry taste to it, with a solid flavour profile thanks to the lemon zest coming through nicely. There is not a lot of sourness to this beer but it has a nice dry, tartness to it.
I also am on the bandwagon of wondering why the reviews of this beer are so low. I enjoyed it - maybe not as much as some other sours but it was quite a refreshing beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 21:55:00 | More by schnarr84
Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.