Solera (All Batch Numbers) | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same as all the other Solera beers. The number simply indicates the batch number.

Added by champ103 on 03-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter brought to me a ruddy, hazed brown color with a thin coating of tan foam. This is the Solara batch VI.

Nose consists mainly of woody, brett-induced caramely maltiness. Hint of sourness, but that aspect is pretty light.

Brettomyces shows more presence on the taste than the sourness. Nice and woody...balanced. Malts are really nice and provide a nice backdrop for the light sourness to play off of. Not much fruitiness here, more toasty. Bitter a bit on the finish, which is nice. I like this beer, but I could use some more sourness to bump it up into the 'A' range.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

This was Solera IV.

The beer pours a hazy amber color with no head. Even after swirling the beer in the glass, I could barely get any bubbles. The beer is definitely a sour ale as the aroma is strong tart cherries. The flavor is more tart cherries with some lighter malt mixed in. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Freetail brewpub in San Antonio. Served in an 8oz snifter. (Solera Batch II)

Attractive beer, with the Freetail Ale base showing a crimson body that gives off hints of gold and fiery orange. A scant wisp of tannish-white foam clings to the edges of the glass; quickly it builds and recedes with a swirl of the snifter. The aroma is absolutely intoxicating, with sour fruity notes of apple, cherry, orange peel, and lemon. Barrel-aged wood and sweet vinegar in the background balance with a hint of amber malts.

The taste is pretty incredible, too. Very balanced for a Wild Ale (which I like) and not overly dry. The body retains a hint of sweetness from caramel and amber malts, but the main players are sour: acetic acid, lemon zest, Bing cherries, Granny Smith apple, and a hint of wood from the barrel-aging. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but juicy and full of puckering sourness. The dryness does wear down on the palate after half a pint, however. Solera II could almost pass as a Flanders Red, as its flavor profile is quite similar to NB's La Folie, but not quite as sour. Freetail really hit it out of the park with this one. Lots of Austin BA's complain about Texas not getting enough sour ales, and thankfully it looks like Freetail is taking a step towards correcting that problem. Highly recommended.

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Photo of champ103
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky orange/brown color. A small, bubbly white head forms with little lace.
S: Malty sweet, tart and sour. Lightly vinous. Some funky yeast. Citrus and grapefruit hops. I like this so far.
T: Tart cherries are dominate. Some citrus and grapefruit and sweet malt lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. It is not over the top sour, so it is not hard to put back a few.

An interesting idea. This is a Barrel Aged version of their Freetail Ale with some bacteria/bugs thrown in for good measure. It works. Very solid, and something to look for.

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Solera (All Batch Numbers) from Freetail Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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