Bandito | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 bottles

Texas Wild Ale
Bandito is a sour red aged in retired wine barrels from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards.

Added by Mora2000 on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bisonkron
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep/dark copper in color. thin white head that fades quickly. the lacing is thin but really sticks. carbonation is there but a bit low.

S - There are strong sour cherry notes. The malts are there but not prominent. Its got a nice sweetness there as well.

T - the sourness really pops while it is still somewhat chilled. Its mouth puckering half way though the glass. There are great cherry and oak flavors that start to come out near the end, as it warms. A bit of caramel/malty nots on the finish.

M/D - Low carbonation but still there which really makes it great, very dry, which was great.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red with a thin white head that fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, grapefruit, citrus and acidity.

Taste: Sour all the way through with grapefruit, citrus, and cherry notes.

Mouthfeel: If I had anything negative to say it would be that I feel it's a touch over carbonated and It kind of takes away from the body and the taste of the beer. Dry acidic finish.

Overall: This is probably my second favorite sour they have made to date. It's complex, sour and refreshing.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sour version of Outlaw McCaw.

On tap during the recent bottle release of Bandito and Woodicus. This was one of five sours on tap at the event.

The beer pours a copper orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee along with some sour cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get some juicy sour cherries along with a little bit of funk. There is also some nice toffee and caramel notes in the beer. The beer is very dry and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes: Pours ruddy, auburn-colored. Initial impression is that its very tart, very acidic, harsh, almost. Tart nose and tart palate. There’s a sharpness to this that is balanced by the carbonation. It’s a sour, but as it warms it surprises with a wonderful sweetness that develops. Wow!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cwolffman for sending this!

A: ruby-orange with a light brown head.

S: some sweetness. light fruit. lactic acid, strawberries and some straw. hints of oak and wine.

T: light tartness, berries, and straw. oak and vanilla with some light vinous notes.

M: thin and carbed.

O: a great beer. subtle and easy drinking. wish i had more of this.

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Freetail. Served in snifter like glass

A - Appears as a dark amber to copper colour. Off-white 1 finger head that leaves minor lacing.

S - Tart fruits, caramel, some pepper, sugar candy

T - A distinct sour cherry flavour. The sourness is very well profiled and it was not over the top sour, awesome. Oak, lemon, caramel and pepper were also noted.

M - Puckering but not overly, sticky

O - I thought this was a great sour. It wasn't too tart and would appeal to a broader range of drinkers (i.e. people new to sours). Great beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange copper, white 1 cm head, light webbing with a ring that lingers.

S - When it's cold the cherry and a light vinegar dominate, as it warms oak and sweet toffee from the malts come out.

T - Cherry, oak, yeasty funk, and nice malt finish.

M/D - Medium carbonation and a dry finish are perfect for this beer. A nice sour to sweet transition makes this beer very easy to drink, I finished the bomber in an hour.

Ananke and Fortuna Roja were ok, but seemed pretty one dimensional to me. This and Woodicus have definitely stepped up in overall complexity. This is a similar beer to some Flander Reds and it's great.

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of inlimbo77
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, first batch
Freetail glassware

A: Hazy reddish brown. Half finger of light tan head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Sticky lacing.

S: Oak. Cherry. Balsamic. Sour funk. Wood. Dryness. Lots of wood. Very wine like.

T: Sharp tartness up front. Doesn't murder you. Oak for sure. Tart cherries. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied but very easy drinking. Thinner medium.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Bandito from Freetail Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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