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Fuzzy | Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde American Wild Ale that was fermented and aged in Chardonnay barrels with Missouri grown White Peaches. The Batch 1 cocktail for fermentation includes both spontaneously captured yeast and bacteria from our family's farm and our house wild blend.

Added by coryking on 11-07-2013

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
3.75/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea why this one gets the hype that it does, but by all means feel free to trade away half your cellar for a 375 of this. Just another average sour

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. Carb is perfect. Color is beautiful and the taste is perfect. Despite a lot of tartness upfront, there is a good amount of residual peach on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - a million little bubble form and stay. awesome carbonation and a nice foamy/hazy peach color. its gorgeous.
S - that funk is amazeballz, seriously reminds me of a Cantillon aroma. Some serious tangy peach flows into the nostrils. It does smell a bit acidic but I'm not sad about it, lets dive in...
T - peaches!!! so good, super carb which makes it light and crisp and full of fruit.
F - a bit acidic at first but the more it sits, the more fluffy and soft it becomes, bordering later on a creamy mouthfeel which is pretty awesome.
O - One that I'm super happy to have finally scored. Side Project holds a special place in my heart and I consider moving to St. Louis overtime I have one of their bottles, just awesome stuff.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 2 from a bottle
L: Golden warm peach and honeycomb hues with a thin 2mm white fluffy head
S: Strong funk aroma complemented by apricots, nectarines, and of course, peaches
T: Lactic punch up front recedes into a delicious peach, marmalade, and tangerine melange with a crisp finish
F: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
O: This was an incredible wild ale and had a gorgeous fruit-forward flavor profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing golden color with a thick head that dissipates and lingers in the form of an outer Saturnal ring. Smell is overflowing with peaches, chardonnay, oak. Flavors reflect the same with excellent balance between the 3. Can't say enough about the feel, perfect carbonation. Exquisite beer.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle. Super peachy. Nice head with serious ring. Beautiful peach and oak on the nose. Really get that Chardonnay with ink the oak as well. Man oh man this is good. Super tart peach that explodes. Sour wine grape helps as well. Just dances on the tongue. Amazing.

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Photo of CTAdams
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Looks almost like a slightly darker champagne. Smells faintly of peaches. Flavor is strait peaches with slight sourness and a touch of oak. Mouthfeel is light with a slight puckering effect without being overly sour. Easily my favorite sour that ive ever had. Would fight a bear for more.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 2 poured at the Side Project Cellar. Peaches and oak on the palate...sourness isn't overwhelming, non is there a great deal of acidity, but it is definitely a puckering beer. Excellent overall!

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Photo of gibgink
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 poured at the Cellar. Pours a "peachy" darker yellow, with a fluffy white head that quickly dissapates. Hints of peach on the nose. I really think Cory nailed this one, because the taste is a beautiful blend of peach an sour. This is not overly acidic in my opinion. Just a great beer!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color. The nose is an eye watering sour fragrance with a lot of peach behind it. The taste is a "creamy" sour with an interesting finish. An overall very good beer, but probably not as good fresh.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Currently drinking on tap at the sp cellar. Hooray for this place!

I can't believe how well the peach is holding up on this.
Look is slightly cloudy. It's dark in here.
The smell is what you'd get opening a paper bag of peaches and realizing you left them to ripen a couple days too long.
Peach carries through on the taste. Tartness emphasizes it or masks it depending of your method of sipping (when I exhale, I really get it)
Mouthfeel fine. Not thin.
Overall the best peach beer I've had (better than fou for sure). And since my buddy just bailed on me, I have another glass to look forward to!

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Photo of billab914
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice sour peach aroma, a little more acidic than funky. The taste has a lot more of the funkiness coming through mixing with the sweet peach and acidic sourness. Nice balance to it for the style. One of the best peach sours I've had.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a light straw color with a small white head. weak retention but leaves behind a small lacing. hazy and pretty opaque.

Smell: strong peach, huge tartness and some vinegar. vinous and white grape character.

Taste: strong and very juicy peach. quickly the funky and vinegar qualities take over. the back end has quite a bit of white wine/grape character. oak is throughout and lies nicely under the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: oaky and funky, vinegar and tartness.

Overall: a very nice fruited sour. the fruit character is spot on with great funkiness and complimentary wine notes. definitely a stand out in the style

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Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +3.2%

The aroma has lots of unripen white peach, with lots of tart lemon quality.

The flavor follows and is quite tart. There's peach flavor up front, with some Warhead type tart quality. A touch of funk with a smooth medium plus mouthfeel for the style. A nice dry back end.

Slightly disappointing for the huge hype behind this because of the slightly aggressive tart quality.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a hazy peach-influenced honey color; the head is modest but leaves a few streaks behind

Smell: Peach and funk, with lemon and vinegar tones

Taste: Lactic lemon and peach flavors, with a growing vinegary funk; earthy, after the swallow, with a decent pucker factor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering

Overall: Excellent flavor and a well-balanced sour; not as peachy as I was expecting but it made up for that with the other attributes

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -28.6%

Pour is a pale yellow, very hazy, with a tight white head. Nose has a bit of cheese and rubber up front with a light touch of fairly ripe peach. Taste has a fair bit of fuzzy peach, a faint touch of rubber mid palate, moderate to strong acidity in the back, slightly bitter finish. Body is a bit fuller and heavy, well carbonated, semi dry in the finish. Gets a little sweet in back.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Dave tonight.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a solid amount of lacing.

Smells absolutely incredible- bracing tartness, lactic acid, strong sour peaches, vinegar. Smells incredibly sour.

The taste is really incredible. The peaches start to come through after a few sips, they are quite sour, not really sweet at all, subtle and delicious. The barrel comes through strongly, huge taste of tart white wine, with blinding acidity- huge lactic character here. One of the best sours I've ever tasted.

The body is fairly light, but not thin, with a tart and crisp mouthfeel. The sour lingers for a very long time.

Next level sour here, absolutely incredible.

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle shared on 8/26/14

IMO, whatever mistakes Cory made in the first few beers he brewed at side project he quickly figured out how to correct them. This is yet another world class beer from Cory. The white wine definitely shines in this one, the acidity and funkiness are phenomenal as always from an SP beer and the subtle peach finish leaves you wanting more and more. Don't see any reason to sit on this beer as the peach is already somewhat absent and the sourness is there already...drink up!

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Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +8.2%

This should come in a 750, unlike any other peach beer ive ever had and I had this with a dozen or so peacb beers. Had a peculiar quality and taste that fasinated me. Lots of people at a peach tasting would expecting more, I guess I was suspecting far less. If it was readily available I would stock up

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%

From 08/19/14 notes. 375 ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby stemware. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross!

Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head. Super sour nose and taste, peaches, sour white wine, oak, floral notes. Taste is very vinegary and has more sour fruits and oak. Acedic , light to medium body.

Overall a really good sour. Way more sour and vinegary than fruity, but really great. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -8%

The beer is hazy and a radiant yellow with a white head. Aromas of peach and misc. stone fruit, wild yeast. Acetic and medium bodied with a sour, puckering finish. A tasty beer and well done.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: aggressive pour yields two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Rich golden-peach color, yeast accumulation in the bottom of the bottle but doesn't follow to the glass. Leaves legs on glass that dissipate slowly. Looks nice.

S: prominent sweet peach aroma with a definite vinegary complement. Some distinctive funk, a bit musty, lemony, cheesy, almost gueuze-like. A slight bready aroma underlies, almost like a peach danish.

T: lemon, vinegar, lots of funk, cheese, yogurt tartness. Peach flavor is definitely there but a bit overwhelmed by the significant tartness and acidity. tastes like an earthy gueuze with peach added.

M: thick, rich, coats the tongue with almost a yogurty smoothness. Pretty dry despite the adequate carbonation. Pretty unique.

O: much different than I expected. On one hand, I don't get as much peach flavor as I expected or as much as other American peach sours I have had. On the other hand, its gueuze-like character is good in its own way and the peach complements it well and in a unique way I have not ever encountered. I just think the vinegar and funk overwhelms a bit. While not necessarily my favorite peach sour, it is well-done, complex, and unique. Dunno if it is worth the price of admission but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of willis870ace
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

A truly amazing sour. Very powerful lemon taste, not much peach for the taste, but a very powerful peach smell.

This was the first sour I had from Cory, and it has changed my perspective of what a sour can be. Looking forward to what else he is is making.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a sampling tulip glass at a beer festival. So happy that I got to try this beer! Cory from Side Project is an absolute beer artist and a really good dude. It pours a peach color with a slight haze and a bit of white head bubbles. Aroma is awesome, sour scent with hints of peach. The taste is perfectly balanced with quite a bit of puckering sour that finishes with a very refreshing flavor of fresh peaches. Hard to believe this beer isn't higher on the ratings. Definitely one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Side Project Wine Glass, enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a soft pineapple, champagne-like color, hazy and cloudy with a fizzy, white head that has low retention and yields a few spots of lace. The aroma is a masterclass, soft peach at first, definitely get the acetic sour qualities but as the beer warms and opens up, the peach because spectacular, the "fuzzy" peach skin becomes so pronounced and prominent along with the juiciness of the fruit, it really is something special and truly incredible, perhaps the truest expression of peach, or any fruit for that matter, I've ever encountered in a wild ale or lambic. The flavors however, fail to live up the aroma, juicy peach, that quickly turns sour, very acetic, light tartness with some nice funkiness, pale grain is more detectable along with some oak and white grape. The balance is less nuanced, much of the focus is on the sourness and acetic qualities rather than the fruity peach flavors, and while I definitely enjoyed sipping on this, it never really opened up. The mouthfeel is nice, fizzy, lively, coats the mouth well and finishes somewhat easily with a bit of a crisp bite.

Verdict: A very nice American Wild from Side Project and the peach character in the aroma is world class. However, the overly sour flavors and lack of established balance really brought this one back down to earth. Not sure that time will help this cause, but hopefully it's all part of the learning curve for Side Project and that their future wilds will find some more balance amongst the base beer, the adjuncts and the cultures.

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Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing
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