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Unblended (Barrel #40) - Side Project Brewing

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Unblended (Barrel #40)Unblended (Barrel #40)

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.33%
Wants: 124
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 06-27-2014

Unblended will be the label for single barrel releases of barrels that are just too nice to blend with anything else.

Barrel #40 was a 100% spontaneously fermented blonde ale that saw time in our coolship. This barrel was beautiful after 13 months of aging and I decided to bottle it as is. Our first coolship beer to be released.
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by CSO:
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

375ml bottle, split 4 ways. Poured into a taster glass 9/5/2014.

A- Light straw-yellow in colour, half finger white head that is quite short lived. Some lacing is left behind at the end. [4]

S- Aggressive lactic acid with a nice white wine component. Some stone fruits come out- a bit of peach and nectarine. Oak, a slight bit of pepper. [4.5]

F- White wine, oak, sweet pale malt. Not particularly sour in terms of flavour but it really shows up in the mouthfeel. Sweeter than expected- stone fruits in particular come out a lot here. Peach and nectarine sweetness, if not the flavour, comes out a lot here. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, substantial for what it is. About the right amount of carbonation. Surprisingly, this beer feels sour if it doesn't quite taste as sour as it feels, which has been typical of Side Project as of late. Lots of lactic acid that really comes across on the mouthfeel, causing my glands to burn up. [4]

O- I'm starting to get a bit weary of Side Project here; their mainstays (Fermier, Fuzzy) are phenomenal but all of these limited 300 bottle count releases trade for quite too much when they all start tasting and feeling so similar to each other. Perhaps this is simply just the base beer for the vast majority of their beers. Still, this is a very good beer that is very much worth drinking should you come across it. [4.5]

Final score: 4.425

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Smell - Lots of stone fruits. Lightly acidic. Woody and white winey.

Taste - Very woody. Much more lemony. Not as much of the stone fruit flavor. Kinda grassy. Finishes with a yogurty tartness.

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Unblended (Barrel #40) from Side Project Brewing
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