Sans Pagaie | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sans Pagaie translates to “without a paddle” and is our take on the Belgian-style kriek, a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The base beer has a subtle funk that melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of home made chocolate cake.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
749
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
189
For Trade:
24
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is of sour cherries, slight vinegar, and some tart and funky aromas. Taste is of sour and tart cherries, funk, and some slight vinegar flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some very nice aromas and flavors.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a long time to try this one, and was stoked to finally get the chance. i love everything these guys do, and every time i have their beer, it feels like an experience, a treasured time, something regal and special, and this beer is no exception. much anticipation, a hazy pale pink color, and a tall white head. some sediment in the glass, but its minor. the head is airy and lacy over time, and lasts. it smells great, tangy cherry first, acidic lacto second, and wood and funk third. its got a cool fruitiness to the smell, i get orange peel in there too, citrusy, but maybe thats the lactic acidity fooling me. the flavor is brimming with the cherries, which are unmistakable, but which also dont seem as from the tree as other kriek types. they seem sweeter here, with less of the fleshy natural fruit thing going on, but nevertheless a strong flavor. i get a little cranberry pucker in there too. the wood is more mellow in the taste than in the nose, and i almost wish for a little more of it, as this beer is quite acidic in the finish, and could stand a touch of mellowing. i like how alive it is, lots of carbonation and a real delicate body for how flavorful this is. some bretty funk is present, but its faint, and would also be welcomed in a slightly higher proportion. overall an excellent beer, curious to see how one might age though, as it drank a little young as kriek types go. another brilliant effort on the whole from the bruery though, they never miss.

edit: the newly bottle terreux version is about like i remember it, with the fruit really popping and a lot of wood. its maybe more sour than this was, but its impossible to compare at this point. same recipe i would suspect, with a little refinement. both exceptional!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tale of two beers- one of youth, bright, tangy, zesty and fruity. The other of maturity, rusticity, pungency and earth. Yet the flavors balance to near perfection as the tastes intertwine over the tongue.

Slightly hazed and a shade off of blood orange, the beer's ramped carbonation cuts through the haze with champagne-like zest. Arid and fluffy, its head falters to the acidity within seconds. Pushing its pungency upward and outward, the nose captures wafts of white wine vinegar, weathered wood, sour fruit, sea air and hints of cellar must and saddle leather.

Its taste is slight with sweetness, offering only a wafter-thing grain character to support the sourness, fruitiness and earthen bouquet. Its barnyard perfume lifts as the sourness of tart cherry, crabapple, dry cider, souring milk and severely under-ripened berry pierces the taste and brightens the palate with its bracing acidity. Closing with brine and iron, its taste seems moderate though its body is light.

Trending dry, palate-stripping and thirst quenching, the sourness projects more, inviting a return of earth, fruit and almond in aftertaste. Its a beer that's both bright and earthy; young and old; aromatic and pungent- alternating with every sip.

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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and appealing label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high; historically I haven't liked The Bruery but I've been realizing recently that their stouts and sours seem to be the exceptions to The Bruery's overcharging-for-garbage modus operandi. I'm a big sour fan, so I'm excited for this.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is quite modest. Body colour is a dull muted orange-red. Maybe tangerine to get pretentious. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, wild yeast, fermented fruit, fruit skin, light oak. I look for cherries but cannot find them; I just get vague fruit. Then again, me nose is broken. A moderately strong aroma, though it lacks the assertiveness and obvious acidity of most good sours I've had. No alcohol comes through.

T: Bright fruit and fruit skin merged with sourness and a light tart kick. Not sour enough nor tart enough to really satisfy me, but it's a pleasant beginner's sour I suppose. Some pale malts. An oak undertone. The finish has a resurgence of tart sourness accompanied by a luscious malty crispness that I quite fancy. I wish the entire body were as flavorful as the finish. No alcohol is detectable. The fruit is curious; it's not at all cherry - at least not in a kriek sense - but I'd hazard to allege that it's sort of peachy. What cherries were used? Unfortunately, it's worth noting that it's just a bit watery, which really wrecks the build. In spite of that transgression, I'd still call it a mostly balanced beer - albeit a somewhat muted one.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit undercarbonated. Good thickness. Supports the flavours by not intruding, but it adds little to the beer.

Dr: A drinkable beginner's sour, but probably not worth its high pricetag. There are better sours from this brewery at around this price, and I'd see no need to get this one again. Not worth seeking out; its flaws ultimately make it a disappointment. Maybe I was wrong to start being so optimistic about The Bruery.

High B-

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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tim for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Bright reddish color, spray of spotty white foam in the glass.
Cherry smell, clean and lactic, slightly sharp.

Slightly artificial with a cherry ludens cough drop aftertaste, sharp and super sour up front with biting acidity. Very spritzy and dry, fully attenuated. The sharpness is a little much and more sour just for sour sake, adding little dimension to the beer itself. This was nice to try, but a little one-dimensional.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pink color with a golden hue. There is a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: This is a very tart one up front with a lot of cherry showing up. There is a hint of fruity vinegar along with a light funk. Just a bit sweet.

Taste: Lots of cherries here. The cherry note is very natural. I'm getting some funk along with a mild citrus sourness. The finish is quite sour with a lemon like quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Tons of cherry here. I enjoyed this beer overall. Not overly complex, but rather enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, pepper, wheat, bread, and light leather/vinegar on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tannic/sourness balance. Lightly puckering, but not overwhelmingly astringent. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/tannins; increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden, a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour kriek style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the elevated level of acidity. Awesome balance of fruit, Lacto, Brett, and oak flavors; with just enough malt to keep this from being overly puckering on sourness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. Nose has some bright cherry and shows some initial acidity. Flavor is quite tart with cherry and light skin. Light body; needs more carbonation. Sad to say, this is another disappointing Bruery sour after some others (particularly dark base sours) have shown so much promise.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with rudzud as part of our RS share.

Light fizzy head fades instantly hazy reddish pinkish orange amber color.

Nose nice tart fruits, tart cherry, sour malts, slight gueuze like, acidic like pink grapefruit tartness, very slight hint of funk. Bright and effervescent. Warming it reveals even more aromas with light bready malts, light vanilla and dusty oak, sharp acidity, and more pink grapefruit.

Taste is super sour, lots of sour cherry and tart Balaton cherry like. Just a touch of funk with lacto and decent amount of acidity, crisp and bright. Fruity but tart fruit. Long sour fruit finish, a hint of bready malt spikes with a flash of vanilla oak but disappears quickly and it turns to mouthy phlegmy tart cherry juice.

Mouth is nice, med bodied but light feeling, a bit too light on the carbonation though.

Overall quite nice. Barely a blonde ale anymore, more American sour ale with nice sour cherry juice and tart fruit with that slight flash of oak. And mouth puckering sourness.

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