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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
Brewed by:
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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
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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 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 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 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 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 Maverick88
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 hillvt4me
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-left in the can, in spirit of HT (next will be a pour, some to age); light red hue with tiny bubbles surfacing

S-notes of sour Brett, cherry, salt, sugar and herbal-malt.

T-prominent cherry flavor dominates, some sour Brett mixes in and some funk.

M-mild to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation; extremely smooth

O-extremly balanced, especially for the degree of cherries inbued within the flavor of this beer. Highly recommend; my first sour in a can.

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

I was just at Alchemist delivering a new automated hand truck. One of the brewers kindly asked me to try a "brand new" beer. He approached me with a small tasting glass, filled with a slightly frothy red tinged ale. As soon as I brought the glass to my nose, I immediately was taken aback by the wonderful aroma of fresh cherry and a funky finish. The first sip brought to mind dry vinous qualities with a lingering sour kick. The aftertaste was gumball sweetness. Wow did this beer pop! One of the best sours for my money. They said they will be releasing it soon in cans. I'll certainly be on the lookout for it when it comes out!

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 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.

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 BoldRulerVT
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can into an Alchemist Willi Becher.
Pours a hazy light cranberry with minimal head.
Smell is of cherries, strong cherries and tangy, tart yeast.
Taste is an explosion of vivid flavor on my tongue. Tartness, unreal developed cherry flavor but not especially sweet which is amazing. The yeast provides a distinct character to this, tart, tangy, yeasty. Lots and lots of sour.
Mouthfeel is perfect. It finishes dry, tart and clean. Leaves your mouth watering for another sip. Perfectly carbonated. Lots of lots of tiny bubbles.
Overall, this would be any other brewer's magnum opus. This is a masterpiece. Another one for John Kimmich.

Photo of ajthegreat
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into HF tulip. A beautiful, clear, rose colored pour. Insane amount of cherry on the nose and some sour Brett. Taste is cherry, cherry skin and more sourness. Very smooth and pleasant mouth feel.

This is my second time trying this beer and it doesn't disappoint. The first was an aged batch from the brewpub days that I was fortunate enough to try at last years Alchemist Xmas party. A bit of age takes some of the cherry away and ramps up the sourness. This is a great sour at a great price point. Must try given the chance.

Photo of jaasen64
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz silver can labeled with a petit mutant sticker, picked up at the Alchemist release yesterday. Supposedly this is a 18 barrel batch brewed with 3700 lbs. of cherries.

A- Pours a fairly dark opaque purplish red, a thin off-white red head forms that recedes to a thin layer, consistent carbonation. You can tell this was brewed with a ton of cherries just looking at the color.

S- Tons of cherries, cherry pit, cherry skin, a decent amount of barnyard brett but not overly funky, just a faint tart smell that blends nicely with the cherries. Fairly aromatic with a very fruity smell, if you like the smell of cherries and brett you will love this aroma.

T- Tons of montmorency cherries, cherry juice, a bit of cherry pit, and a little bit of cherry skin, a nice level of tartness and some barnyard funk balance out the sweetness of the cherries nicely so that it isn't overly sweet. Finishes with tart cherry juice that lingers on the palate. Can really tell they just loaded this with as much cherries as possible, but the brett does a nice job of balancing it out without making it overly fruity or sweet.

M- Just the right acidity level letting the tartness come out but not becoming too mouth-puckering, just the right amount of carbonation to complement the beer but not be over-carbonated, fairly drinkable although not sure if I could drink more then a can of this easily as 16oz is more then enough- almost recommend splitting.

O- The Alchemist has yet to disappoint and Petit definitely lived up to my expectations. The cherries came through very nicely but didn't dominate the beer making it overly sweet like a lot of fruit beers I've had. This is easily probably one of the better fruited brett ales that I've had and at $6/can with a case limit at the release you absolutely can not beat this. Unfortunately since it uses so many cherries I think at the most this will be produced once a year dependent on the cherry yield.

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.

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