Bliss - The Wild Beer Co.

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 02-22-2013

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Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a murky amber brown colour. Dirty mocha head poured light and wispy... no carbonation bubbles at all... some light sticky lacing..

Aroma - sour and earthy roasted apricots, some nuttiness, pumpkin traces, some funk, light vinegar notes, some leathery notes, oaky wood, black pepper spiciness, hint of nutmeg and cinnamon

Taste –- Pretty much as above... a messy mix of sour roasted apricots, earthy spices (allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg), and some funky wild yeastiness, quite bitter, toasted bread...

Feel - Fairly sharp and dry... medium bodied

Overall - A very messy brew that could do with a lot of tidying up... not much to recommend here

More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a frothy white head. Taste is reminiscent of Rodenbach's grand cru but a bit more balanced and less vinegar. It's sweet, sour, tangy, and a touch of spice. Actually pretty well done. Taste is more Flanders red than saison.

Photo of Tuckersmth
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Farmhouse from the UK??? I should have been suspect from the start. This was listed as a sour at Pangeae In Sacramento but it's no sour . Slightly bitter aftertaste but too dark/ heavy for a farmhouse

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a very hazy caramel brown with a finger of fine off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet and sour dark and light stone fruit, earthy with saison style yeast. Flavor is unusual, quite earthy with lightly roasty biscuit malt, woody spices, mild dark and light fruit and finishes with earthy, peppery saison yeast and spicing with a mild buttery element. Medium bodied with pleasant active carbonation. A unique take on the season style, like an herbal ale crossed with a spicy saison. Starts a bit more earthy and woody than expected, but the flavor was intriguing enough to keep interest throughout the glass. I did not taste the apricot flavors, but there was a dark unidentifiable fruit element to the flavor. I'd like to try something else from this brewery, which is new to me. Obviously able to push the envelope and still have an interesting and drinkable ale.

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass and wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose along with some notes of spices and hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of apricot but these aren't overly strong as there are notes of spices such as ginger and nutmeg. There are only some hints of sourness from the brett.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer and fact that it's not overpowered by apricots makes it very easy to drink. I'm not sure if I would have this again, but it was interesting. Maybe this is a beer that you really need to lay down for several years to let the brett yeast to further develop.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange in color, very dark for the style. Bready, and an off putting funk. Decent carbonation. Drain poured the last few sips.

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy amber/brown pour with a white one-finger head. Sour aroma with some hints of apricots, bread and spice. Initial tastes of strong spice (nutmeg stands out most) and smoke that are a bit overpowering. Can taste a hint of apricot and dried fruit. Finishes with the taste of burnt spices.

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%

Another bottle picked up in a moment of weakness at Hunger 'n' Thirst when I still had a steady income. I hope that it is kind of like what Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers once said in that "Times of Beer and No Money Will Get You Through Better Than Times of Money and No Beer."

From the bottle: "Secret Spices + Roasted Apricots + Wild Yeast"; "Drink Wildly Different"; "We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion, it's not just a process. Never average, every Wild brew is a result of Wilds minds conceiving, creating and crafting beers that explore the boundaries of your palate. Brewing doesn't need to be confined by rules, tradition or ingredients; by adding a Wild 5th ingredient or process to our beers we want to give you a truly memorable drinking experience, altering your perceptions and thrilling your taste buds."; "We love nothing better than Belgian-style saison but with tis blissful version we've added our own Wild interpretation of the style by adding a dash of funky Brettanomyces yeast plus roasted apricots and a hush-hush blend of spices. All of this makes for an extraordinary beer with an array of aromas that leap out of the glass followed by a spicy, fruity, tart and peppery palate and a long lingering finish."; "Bliss can be drunk fresh or left to age when it becomes drier and more complex as the Brett (the yeast not our brewer!) gets to work in the bottle. This is the sort of beer where study and contemplation is essential, or if you're hungry why not try it with chicken jaffrezi or lamb tagine[?]

I had been agitating this one, also, having seen lees in the punt of the bottle. This may help to explain why people do not like to drink with me - I believe in waste not, want not. A pseudo-cascade quickly produced two fingers of fizzy, light-tan head with low retention, quickly becoming wisps and leaving no lacing to remember them by. Color was a muddy Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27). Nose was redolent with spices, almost like a Pumpkin Beer! This in a Saison?!? Mouthfeel was very effervescent and carbonated, which acted as a nice way to start out since it kind of cleansed the palate. What a melange of flavors! The secret blend of spices was immediately apparent, followed by the combined earthiness of roasted fruit and Brett yeast. I am not usually a fan of either Saisons or Sour/Tart beers, but this seemed to be a very pleasant confluence of everything that was involved in its production. Warming, the pepperiness of the Saison yeast became more assertive. This beer was truly the sum of its parts as indicated by the (+) signs. The finish was plenty dry despite not being terribly old (to the best of my knowledge). It was a tad expensive so I will not be buying any to age until I get back on my feet, but it might be worth a go.

Photo of Seanniek91
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 11.2oz screen printed bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Complete blind buy.

Appearance- Murky off-orange/brown with two finger off-white foamy head. Mild lacing.

Smell- Light orangey-apricot with lots of warm spices. Light funky yeast. Can't pinpoint too much else. Not bad at all, but not much going on.

Taste- Apricot up front, but quickly taken over by warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and a lot of ginger. Ginger is predominant here. Flavors work together, but there's a little too much spices. Would be nice as a holiday porter?

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Light booze heat (it's only 6%). No real tartness.

Overall- Interesting beer with wild yeasts, but it feels like it hasn't had enough time to develop yet. Who know, maybe with time, the yeasts will develop more and this will be a completely different beer. I won't be doing that experiment though.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask this is amazing, the deep grilled apricots and spices remind me of a pie. The body from a hand pump is great. Please do yourself a favor and support it on cask, after reading the review I'll pass on the bottled version.

Photo of AMack11
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint 30 minutes after removal from the fridge.

A - Murky orange/copper with 3 finger off white head.

S - Sour hops. Smoke. Bread notes. I didn't find the smell overly appealing to be honest. Has a sour, almost cheese like aroma.

T - Sour, spicy, smokey. Hints of apricots, orange and coriander. Short finish.

F - Light, alot of carbonation.

O - Not bad. The smell is not pleasent in my humble opinion, but the taste makes up for it well. I would definitely consider this a session beer. Perhaps served a little cooler than this, maybe only 15-20 minutes out of the fridge.

Photo of abagofit
1.73/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This might be the worst beer I've ever had. Pours a muddy brown, little to no head. Taste is bready, slightly funky and tart. Hints of nutmeg. Flavors do not blend well, drain poured half way through the glass.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a really nice looking dark colour - black, getting slighting lighter higher in the glass. Slight lacing and a small head.

Smells of quite dark and roasted fruit - apricot and honey, sweet with a hint of yeasty funk.

Tastes reflecting the smell with respect to the fruit, but with also the addition of a ton of quite dark spices and also some burnt malts. Bit too heavy on the spice though, resulting in it being a rather harsh taste.

Overall an okay attempt and a very imaginative beer, but ultimately not a great beer.

Photo of highdeserthophead
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

classic saison flavors, a little too peppery for my tastes, sourness is very one dimensional and not at all acetic. The apricot is too subtle, was expecting more.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing looking cloudy rusty coloured brew with a decent and long lasting head of foam.

It smells sour of the fruity kind. I can't put my finger on which fruit is involved.

Apricots. I guess I should have read what was on the label. Roasted apricots? They do taste on the slightly burnt side but it doesn't interfere much with the tasty sourness.

Mediumy body and carbonation.

I'm getting some light notes of Brett now but overall, this is not a brew that I fancy very much and isn't worth the money I paid for it. Kind of Meh, to be honest.

Bliss from The Wild Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.