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Petit Mutant - The Alchemist

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 164
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-06-2014

An American Brett ale fermented entirely with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis; this rustic ale contains almost a pound of Montmorency cherries in each 16 ounce can.
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Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 30
Photo of mschantz
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a brief lived huge effervescent head. Straw and tart cherry on the nose - little else. The flavor is very fruit forward with just enough tartness to make this highly drinkable and refreshing. Finishes with just a bit of lingering tartness.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can received in a trade with Mark, thanks man.

This one pours a ruddy red color, with not much in the way of head or lacing. Looks really nice anyway.

This one smells very strongly of earthy, slightly tart, and slightly sweet cherries, with some definite brett aspects as well.

The intertwining of the brett yeast and the cherries gives this a very unique flavor. The cherry flavor is super earthy when laid on top of the mildly funky brett flavor. It's almost a dirty flavor. There's no sourness, and a mild amount of tartness that seems to be more derived from the cherries themselves than the yeast. The cherry flavor is full and rich, and really nice.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly creamy, but mostly juicy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really interesting beer, and nice to try something that isn't an IPA from the Alchemist.

Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is earthy, almost "muddy," but of red cherries.

The falvor follows with bright cherry flavor. The beer is clean throughout, although lacking in tart quality. It drinks towards a New Glarus with a dry finish and light carbonation.

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky auburn with a fleeting head of airy bubbles that dwindles to a fine ring. Funky black cherry and cider aromas front-and-center, with some phenolics, a little earth, and grapes. Flavor follows suit with less funkiness...tart, juicy cherries for days. Dry medium body with some puckering acidity on the gums. Not super complex - pretty much just cherries everywhere and I'm okay with that. Thankfully, nothing like cough syrup to me. Thanks, Pat!

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper brown colored beer, evenly clouded with a white, small tight head. Aroma is loaded with cherries, slightly funky/brettified, lightly tart, sweet and woody, a touch of red grapes, musky, and something similar to raspberries. Taste is pleasantly tart, packed with cherry, reminiscent of tart cranberry juice, fermented fruit, and again some woody musk funkiness.

Very enjoyable beer. Tart funky cherry pie...

Photo of Maverick88
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

D e l i c i o u s

Photo of Gose_girl23
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes amazing, doesn't have that medicinal cherry taste and isn't too sweet

Photo of SierraFlight
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of the big share at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy red body with pink to white head that quickly fades. Some spots of lace left behind. Aroma is sour cherry, brett funk, earthy yeast, and cereal malt. Taste is bitter bretty earthiness, tart, sour, and medicinal cherries, and some malty sweetness. Light body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter medicinal brett finish, which is where this one fell apart for me.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Pours a murky amber with a pretty large one finger bubbly off-white head. Smell is sour cherry with that brett brux making the aroma that of a kriek. taste is musty cherry, leather, tobacco, and a little earthy grassyness. Feel is minimal tartness, medium-high carb, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this is not a sour ale by any means. There brett is there to really dry it out and bring that funky cherry to play. Still a very nice beer to sip on.

Photo of 01001111
2.67/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Bold, cloudy, ruby red. Very loud carbonation.

S: Musty brett funk, vinegar, and cherry jolly ranchers.

T: The tartness is there but overwhelmed by the artificial-tasting flavor of cherries and a bitter, cough syrup finish. Honestly, this tastes a lot like Robitussin.

M: Not sure if the slight syrupy sensation is there or an artifact of the cough syrup taste.

O: Happy to have tried it, more than happy to never have it again. Given that I traded something quite good for this, I might have to power through this one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, earth, yeast, Brett, cherry, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour earth, Brett, and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the Brett makes things more earthy and slightly medicinal over cherry aspects.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. (?) can obtained on trade (thanks, gmr75!), unknown brewing/bottling date but most recent vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue The Day" large snifter glass, drank 05/01/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - red-maroon coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), tannish head pours fizzy and settles into a fine glass lacing persisting throughout the pour, small carbonation bubbles emerge off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - the predominant aromas are sourish cherry and lactic acid; there is also some background Brett barnyard/tart character; no hop aroma

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a moderate sourness - sour cherries - that, I think, verges on medicinal; in the middle of the mouth, there's some flavors reminiscent of oak and tannins (which is odd because the beer is not barrel-aged); the alcohol is definitely well-hidden; finishes dry and inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated (even effervescent) for an American wild ale; really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger

O: 8/10 - a really solid sour fruit beer that I'm glad that I had the opportunity to try - other than some medicinal/Robitussin character, this was an enjoyable sour from a brewery that I (obviously) associate with hops; would I trade for it again? No; would I drink it again if offered? Absolutely

TOTAL = 39/50

Photo of AlanBeerMan
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, cranberry red with a lovely pinkish head, reminding me a little of FFaC going by appearance alone. Nose: cherries. Duh. Taste: cherries. Double duh. Little else need be said, to be honest; you do get a bit of brett as well, but this beer is dominated by cherries. I think Wisconsin Belgian Red may be the only more straightforward representation of the fruit in beer. Neither are enormously complex beers, but both are tremendously delicious.

Personally, I love this stuff. I think this beer would have been received better by the craft beer community if fewer people expected to pour a true sour into their glass. Nota bene: 100% Brett does not a sour make.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can - sticky label, from the fridge into an oversize tulip.

Pour is gorgeous, not a word I would typically associate with beer. But this looks like cranberry juice with a thin layer of bubbles and a crispness around the edges.

Sour, dry nose.

Taste is underwhelming compared to the pour but in-line with the aroma; this is crisp, lightly sour with a good fruit presence.

Mouth is light, fizzy up front, almost nothing at the end. The carbonation is very faint, but there is enough to tickle your nose.

Really enjoyed this - missed it at the Brewpub so happy to have a second bite of the apple.

(220th)

Photo of rjp217
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my HF tulip...

A - Dark red color, decent head that leaves the glass fairly quickly. Pretty good lace retention

S - Huge cherry waft, some sour tartness, grape skin, Belgian yeast, grass

T - Cherry right up front mixed in with a decent amount of lemon acidity

M - Thin feel, high carbonation, a nice bite off the palate

O - I really enjoyed this. The cherries and sour mix well together. It's not quite puckering but gives you just enough. Great job Alchemist!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a short pinkish-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, wild Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a tart cherry flavor followed by an estery wild Belgian yeast flavor. The malt character is a bit heartier than most beers in the style. There’s a good balance for the style as well. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want a sour beer that isn’t over-powering.

Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has overwhelming brett funk that bring atty notes to the surface paired with cherry juice. Taste is moderately tart with a bit of fruity sweetness, and a heavy funk that seem to detract from the flavors the fruit is bringing. The finish is a bit syrupy with little lingering tartness. This definitely leans more to the wild side of things as opposed to the sour side. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for style with low carbonation. Overall, I'm not too thrilled with this brew. The brett doesn't work with the fruit for me.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm kinda lovin this one.

A- Kriek red ale look with medium lacing.

S- Kriek but up the ante on fresh sour cheeries.

T- Less emphasis on sour than a 3F kriek, but more emphasis on fresh sour charries.

M- Medium body for the style with medium carb

O- A very well done domestic sour cherry ale.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque deep red bodied beer with 1 finger of white head with a pink tint. drops down to a thin cap with thick ring around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Intense cherry, cherry piths, and cherry skins. Hint of dusty funk and earthy. So much cherries that the beer smells slightly medicinal like cherry cough drops or cherry cough syrup.

Taste: Mild tartness. Lots of cherry skins and loads of fruity brett are the prominent flavors in this beer. The cherries get slightly medicinal and slightly metallic in the middle of this beer; also getting more sweetness from the cherries than a sourness or tartness. Lots of brett and a hint of cherry flesh in the finish. Wish that this was much more tart.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is really nice, it has a very creamy feel to it. I wish that the carbonation had a little more of that crisp and dryness that most great sours have, but the mouthfeel of this beer is still very impressive. Very sessionable and drinkable brew. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall: I would call this a brett beer with cherries. Not really a wild ale in my opinion. Cherries and brett definately are what this beer is all about. Glad that I got to try it, but slightly dissapointed that it wasnt very sour.

Photo of FFreak
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a HF Willi glass.

Appearance - a hazy deep pink raspberry color with very small pure white head that quickly dissipates

Smell - My first thoughts were that I was smelling a really good California Pinot Noir. Its all about cherries.

Taste - Again all cherry, with a slight green hay-barnyard funk thing going on. Its so easy drinking, its really hard to not drink this down like the first cold beer on a hot day, but you want to savor it too, and experience all the flavor nuances.

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - Another fine example of what the Alchemist can do. A truly wonderful fruit beer.

Photo of MarcWP
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Alchemist stemless.

Appearance is a dark blazing red color, active pink head that fizzes out, strong carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Dark and hazy, how many pounds of cherries per glass?

Smell is cherry cider, funk, merlot, and strawberry banana. Wicked to say the least.

The taste follows the nose. Juicy, funky, yet clean. Fermenting peach, cherry pulp, pink wine, basement musk, and a touch of blood orange pith. The cherry flavor is big, but it's not sweet or fruity like it can be in some framboise's. It's more of a pulp,fresh pitted semi sweet cherry flavor. Finishes almost completely dry. Just a touch of fruity sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel is great. Heavier side of light body with nice fizzy carbonation that cleans the palate.

Overall a unique "wild" ale. The cherries are all up in this beer. A welcome and toned down brett presence adds complexity. Besides all that, the beer actually drinks smoothly and feels clean so to say. A few more tweaks and this would be top tier.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is an opaque deep pinkish purple with a tight light pink head. Nose has a light muddled wheat with a strong fleshy cherry. Flavor has more sourness than I anticipated, strong cherry and assertive sourness. Muddled what up front, medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a touch of metal/seltzer through the finish.

Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip. This was released a week ago today, so is very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a raspberry red, and leaves a couple fingers of off-white (with a red tint) head which fades quickly to nothing. Even though the beer is near opaque, carbonation bubbles can be sparsely seen around the glass.

Smell: Interesting. Some grassy funk. Some deep black, cherry, cherry cobbler, some breadiness.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Cherry cobbler, some mild funk. The second half of the flavor is filled with sour cherry (but not too sour, just a tad) and a bit of breadiness. Not a whole lot of complexity, but tasty.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, tart body. Finishes just a tad try, but not much.

Overall: A nice cherry brew. Not entirely complex, but a solid beer for the style. Lots of cherries and some nice funk and sour as well.

Photo of DanH83
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What a let down.

A- Poured fresh from a can into a HF stem glass. Pretty terrific cherry red color, some quickly dissipating white head.

S- Here the trouble began. Not much in the way of sour funk, but plenty of artificial, semi-medicinal cherry notes. It was off-putting from the first sniff.

T- Not very sour, not a whole lot of Brett charachter. Robotussin came right through the middle, finished that way too.

M- Fine, not thin, not syrupy.

Overall this was disappointing. It didn't have the sourness that you'd expect and the cherry flavor was a little perfumey and artificial on the nose and pallet. This was fresh, would age change it? Don't know, but worth finding out.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Nice bright red/maroon. Very little head, who cares, though. that color is beautiful. Smell isn't quite as good, but still not bad. Ripe cherries, and sourness, a little funky. Sometimes in ipas I can see a decline from aroma to taste. This is the opposite. I'm not a huge fan of the smell, but it tastes way better. Taste is very sour, lots of cherry. Over ripe cherry skin. A little funk and a lot of sour. Tastes like someone poured a few shots of natural cherry juice in here. Nice bubbly mouthfeel, medium bodied, cherry aftertaste stays on the tongue for a while. Having had all three of their canned selections, and Donovan's red, it's clear that all of their beers have great mouthfeel. It's always nice to switch it up. Really glad to try this. Easy to drink and full of flavor. Hopefully he cans it again in the future.

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Petit Mutant from The Alchemist
91 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.