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Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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Sourdough Wild AleSourdough Wild Ale

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 14
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 jjdc:
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District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +26.9%

Hazy golden orange. Nice tropical fruit and a bit of Brett funkiness on the nose. Yeasty bread, lemons, tropical fruit and a bit of Mosaic bitterness. This is a really interesting, adventurous beer that is a lot different from other Almanac offerings. This may not be their best, but it is way better than a 79.

03-11-2014 01:25:58 | More by jjdc
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.71/5  rDev +8.5%

Looks medium hazey straw colored beer with little or no head. Big bubbles cling to the bottom of the glass, not very active looking. Smell is apricot, plum, peach and lemon..sour level is medium. Taste is fruity, pluma nd peach, with hints of lemon rind, and sour-apple..expected more peach essence and aromatics..the barrell is not apparent here, sour fruit notes take over. Not a complex beer, simple. Sourdough yeast is coming through now after a few sips, nice bready flavor.is Mouthfeel is bery light, with signifigant carbonation.. Overall needed more depth of wine from the barrel and flavors. Pair with light cheeses, or thin crust pizza. Shrimp and scallops with a lemon flavor should go well here.

03-11-2014 02:27:32 | More by Beerswag
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

02-10-2014 05:34:24 | More by mctizzz
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07-11-2014 03:35:35 | More by aquazr1
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

08-04-2014 04:45:39 | More by sourdog
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3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-27-2014 03:11:17 | More by 01001111
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-01-2014 04:48:52 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-21-2014 14:53:29 | More by mdaschaf
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

02-11-2014 07:13:25 | More by Tuckersmth
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2014 02:49:03 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-16-2014 03:12:06 | More by Roguer
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

03-10-2014 22:32:44 | More by jmccraney
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.65/5  rDev -22.5%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Earthy tones. Some grain. The acidity doesn't seem to brighten it much. Lightly funky.

Taste - Grain. It has a bitter and tannic flavor before the sourness takes over. Tough to pinpoint, but it isn't very good. Earthy sourness, if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel - Medium sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The finish is very strange. A lot of it is strange. Just doesn't work very well.

05-13-2014 00:45:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.91/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

02-22-2014 06:59:51 | More by flayedandskinned
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz bottle, bottled Feb 2013, batch #1. Pours a pale yellow-orange color with a small head. The smell is strongly of wine and I struggle to get much lemon or citrus out of it. The taste is similar with strong notes of white wine and a hint of lemon. Compared to Farmer's Reserve #4, you can barely taste the lemon. The Mosaic hops are a nice addition that add a bit more flavor to the beer. At this age, it is barely sour. Maybe some time would let some of the funk develop. It is lightly carbonated and drinks more like a wine than a beer to me. This is the weakest of their fruit-based sours that I've had, which is disappointing considering the price tag. Here's hoping this is a one-time deal.

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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.