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:
740
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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102
Gots:
186
For Trade:
23
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque peach/pink color with almost no head or retention.

S - tons of cherry and lemon, can tell I will be puckering. Vanilla pokes through along with more lemonyness

T - tons of cherry, some lemon, almost a walnutty type oakyness, vanilla, wonderfully/intensely sour.

M - mild carbonation, kind of smooth but the vinegaryness kind of hides that

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We crack a 750mL of the 2013 stock, pouring a brew of sunset orange, with hues of rosy pinks when held away from the light, into our shiny new Ommegang Game of Thrones tulips. It puts forth a two finger head of fizzy white foam, but the majority of this bubbles away within seconds. What’s left is a loose, oily-looking film across the top of the liquid. A haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be light but diffuse. The aroma is tart and fruity as expected, giving notes of white wine grape skins, thick oak, mossy maple bark, easy pale malt chalkiness, rich dark cherry flesh, citric tartness, cider vinegar, light booziness, distant popcorn kernels, souring wild yeastiness, plastic phenols and vinyl bite, lemon juiciness, cloth, and warmed honey. Our first impression is that that has got to be one of the most puckering, lip-smacking wilds we’ve ever tasted!! As we sip, the taste explodes with souring, Bretty yeast, tall green grassiness, flashes of grape soda/pop, chalked pales, coiny metallics, lavender and honeysuckle florals, oaky diacetyls, the tartest candy sugars, red grapey and cherry sweetness, lemon juiciness, and resinous fruit vine. Mixing to the peak is continue woody warmth and sourness akin to a dry red wine, along with lactics and vinegars, grainy pales, chokecherries, juicy bite of wild yeast, aloe, dried straw, fermented cherry and strawberry skins, and acetone. The end washes with thick cherry fruitiness, under ripe nectarine pit grittiness, Pez and Warhead candy puck, and more of the same biting, tart cherry, lemony, vinegar, oak, and winey glory. The aftertaste breathes of light booze, lactic creaminess, warm diacetyls, huge oakiness, waxed parchment, tart cherry and peach fruitiness, tinny metallics, yeasty sourness, raw strawberry jam, and general grassy twang. The body is medium, and the carbonation strikes a high prickle. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but with decidedly less creaminess or froth to the lip. Finishing pop, helped along by the intense fruity and yeast tannic pucker, is supreme. The mouth is initially coated with an oily, resinous film, but the tongue squeaks clean with drying chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and although this brew is a sipper, it drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste. Actually, we found it pretty challenging to dissect through the thick blanket of sourness that cloaks each sip of this guy!! We were going to sit on it for a bit longer, but a friend suggested we hit it now, as its tartness would only enhance, so we decided to give it a go, and MAN, this is one of the most puckering, souring, wild things we’ve ever had the pleasure of sipping. After taking those first few sips to get a handle on what exactly you’re dealing with here, it starts to go down extremely smoothly, while retaining punch at every turn. Like many within the style, it is brewer with fruit, and while the cherry is certainly present, if we were told this was brewed with raspberries, or blackberries, or the likes, we wouldn’t contest it. That said, it is wonderfully executed from head to toe, and has that bright personality that only The Bruery can conjure.

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Sans Pagaie from The Bruery
4.09 out of 5 based on 740 ratings.
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