Wild Ale #6 (Bordeaux Series) | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Wild Ale #6 (Bordeaux Series)Wild Ale #6 (Bordeaux Series)

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged in Bordeaux barrels.

Added by GabrielM on 10-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Javi for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a moderately sized off-white head that dies down to a spotty layer on top.

S: Very acetic, tons of vinegar notes along with some sour cherries and other dark fruits. A fair amount of oak, but the acetic acid is really overpowering.

T: When cold, the vinegar is in check and there's some cherries, blackberries, and raspberries in there. However, as this starts to come to temperature, the vinegar just dominates the beer and it's beyond sour.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a dry finish and tongue abusing sourness.

D: I'm normally one to appreciate a very sour beer, but the red wine vinegar nature of this beer was a bit too much for me.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Thanks Javier. Enjoyed at lost abbey barrel tasting 2010. Appears dirty brown with a reddish tinge, small beige head. Aroma is highly acetic, with moderate citric notes, some oak, and some dark fruit. There's a nice berry undertone beneath the acetic character. Flavor is highly acetic and very sour. Mouth puckering and palate punishing with a high dark fruit tartness and a tannic attack. I feel it burning my stomach lining burning. Wow this is sour and acetic. Burning acetic finish, ouch. An intense beer, not bad, but is this sort of thing acceptable in New Mexico? This is dangerously sour.

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Photo of DaveMarner
4.87/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with GabrielM
Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an amber orange color. Very little off white head.

S - A lot of apple and citrus. Some floral notes also come through.

T - Extremely sour. Sour apple, cherry, oak, some citrus. The first sip woke up all my taste buds.

M - Hits hard up front and then finishes nice and smooth. Medium amount of carbonation.

D - The massive sourness is balanced very well with the fruity notes.

I will definitely be having another one very soon.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 bottle of 432, this batch was aged in Bordeaux barrels. Poured into a tulip.

A - looks almost identical to apple cider with a slightest bit of white head on top, which quickly dissipates. Beautiful color.

S - cherries, oak, apples, citrus, raspberries. The sweet/sour smell is very intense and refreshing.

T - extremely tart cherries right up front, which transition nicely into semi-sweet apples and a delicious grape and oak barrel presence. Refreshing and absolutely delicious.

M - very, very tart and great combination that lead to an extremely smooth finish.

D - I could literally drink this all night. A fantastic sour from Santa Fe Brewing and I feel very lucky to have one of the few bottled.

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Wild Ale #6 (Bordeaux Series) from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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