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Somerset Wild - The Wild Beer Co.

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Somerset Wild
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BA SCORE
80
good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-04-2014)
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Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy light golden color with a three finger white head that hades quickly.

S- Some pears and lemons, grainy cereal malts, slightly tart. Not bad, but doesn't make me excited to try this beer.

T- Better than the nose, but still something seems just a little off that I can't put my finger on. Sour lemon, light fruits, slightly funky, again cereal like malts, kind of light in flavor.

M- Light body, crisp.

O- Kind of disappointing but drinkable. There is something slightly off about this beer I feel, has potential but doesn't really deliver.

larryi86, Jul 20, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at Draft House in London.

Pours a very cloudy pear-juice colour, almost green-yellow. Head is a little frothy, but very thin, leaving only a little mess on the top of the glass. Lacing is minimal. Looks pretty interesting at the very least.

Nose has definite sourness to it, plus funk and a bit of decomposition. Lemon sherbet at the sweeter end, green olives at the more dank end. Probably some Brett to it, but the guy behind the bar seemed to think it was a sour mash, so perhaps not. Still, it's pretty complex, if a bit whiffier than the cleaner, straighter wild ales.

Tart entry on the palate, more vegetative notes towards the mid-palate and a bit of rotting undergrowth or wet, mouldy grain. Slightly briney on the back, with lots of acid. This leaves it bone-dry, but astringent and very sour at the same time. Finish cleans it out: champagne-like, dry and tart, and slightly salty.

Feel is dominated by the acid, which has free reign to shape the palate.

Overall, it's very crisp and drinkable especially on the back. I like how truly acidic it gets—blended with the funk it ends up being a pretty complex and impressive package.

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with how much I loved the base somerset saison with all of its sorachi ace glory, I wanted more from this little guy. supposed to be featuring some wild yeasts, it comes to me a little to passive to be a sour, and not funky enough to be a wild. like partially fermenting compost, its more bitter acidity than anything bacterial in the beer sense, and just not as flavorful a base beer as the other one. the dominant smell and taste for me here is pilsener malt, with very little else. some light farmy weirdness to the yeast finish, but its all stale and turning grain in here. I like its lightness, but think it largely unsuccessful as a wild ale. I want it to be more dry, more funky, and have some distinguishing element, but it all seems a bit generic too me. I appreciate where the wild beer co is going, but this is not the best illustration of their work.

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Straw yellow. Very pale.
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Wouldn't buy again.

shleepy, Sep 08, 2014
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Somerset Wild from The Wild Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.