Sourdough Wild Ale - Almanac Beer Co.

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 13
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 popery:
Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beerswag
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.6/5  rDev +5%

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3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Sourdough Wild Ale from Almanac Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.