Eroica | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Lagunitas-ified version of a traditional farmhouse ale, aged in red wine oak barrels and funkied up with Brettanomyces yeast. It’s a golden saison-sour with a nice tartness that leaves your buds quenched and wanting more. Proost!

Added by gatornation on 03-10-2017

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by DougT:
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brolo75
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber color with a white head, no retention, no lacing, very little carbonation.

A: Sour, red wine vinegar, oak, tart cherries, light funk, no alcohol on the nose, pretty straightforward, not as much complexity or depth as other flanders oud bruin beers I've rated.

T: Initial hit of light sour, tart note, oak, red wine vinegar, finish is dry with lingering sour notes, picking up a tart cherry-like medicinal flavor.

M: Light bodied, lacks carbonation.

O: A very light sour beer, lacks a lot of complexity and depth of other sour beers, aromas and flavors are subtle, needs more sour and tart notes, didn't get as much barrel as I was expecting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stepping out of their hoppy comfort zone, the brewers at Lagunitas found themselves some red wine barrels and a whim to do something rustic, something old, something sour, something non-bitter.

And Eroica was born; a muted ruby ale with slight haze and a scant creme froth. Heavy handed with grape aromas, hints of cherry, apple and plum lurk in the recesses of scent and play out with a strong wine-like presence. Its taste is steely sweet and laced with light caramel and hard candy.

As the middle palate unfolds, the beer's fruitiness only gains intensity and shares a world of cranberry, raspberry, black cherry, date and apricot to go along with its strong vinous presence. Tart with balsamic and fruit acidity, a light acetic action creates a savory cider and vinegar combination that rolls into a peppery finish of toasted oak, peppercorn, cinnamon and red wine.

Medium bodied for sour ale, the beer's residual sweetness remains candied and resonating on the finish like flat cola and stale wine. Moderate alcohol, vinous spice and a medium intense acidity all aid in the dryness of the beer while its fruity demeanor keeps the taste savory and sweet. A medium length aftertaste of red wine and grape koolaid keeps the session fruity and floral 'til the not-so-bitter end.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought from BevMo! Love all of Lagunitas' OneHitters so far, but I have never had anything of this style before and at first I was disturbed. "What the hell is this? God damn it why does it smell like white wine? Why the hell did I buy this?"

But by the time I cracked the second bottle, I was ready to sit down and review it.

L: Pours with a foamy, active head and a cherry-tinged amber body dense with bubble streams. The brew stays carbonated for a good while, but the head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the glass, and no lacing to speak of at all.

S: Sour cherry, apricot, lemon, quince and young plum, then acetone, sour yogurt, and a faint woody musk that makes for a surprisingly appetizing finish. However, it's like no beer I've ever smelled, and it proudly proclaims that it will be an acquired taste.

T: Sour off the bat, with notes of pear, rhubarb, underripe plum, and lemon, however, a cheezy funkiness takes over rather quickly, followed by a drawn-out note of the aftertaste of cherry cough syrup, which made me wish I could take it back to the store for about half a beer. However, that sharp note dies in a fresh herbal bouquet featuring mint, cinnamon, anise and oak, and a creamy film clings to the tongue for a finish that is uncannily similar to nonfat greek yogurt.

F: Thin. This isn't in the lager range. It feels more like a soda, or even more like champagne. However, the crisp finish is unique to beer, and the creamy residue that clings to the tongue make for a super drinkable texture.

O: After a couple of these, I feel more against the act of drain pours than ever. I truly did not like this upon first sip. I didn't even like the smell of it; but I find it more inviting with each taste.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely worth a try. Very very good and exceeded expectations. It was in a 12oz typical beer bottle, and felt like after tasting it should have been in something fancier.

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Photo of WEBBEER
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is grand. Without a doubt it is one of the better offerings from Lagunitas. Pours an soft amber color with a firm tight sepia head that lingers like a stout. Smells tart like sourdough. Such a bright crisp tasty finish. The bettanomyce and other ingredient choices come together for a superior experience. I could drink this all day. But I won't. We're saving this brew for the first day of spring

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brilliantly clear amber beer is crowned with a mild foamy khaki head the quickly decides to leave the room without a trace.

The musty acidity and wood don't allow much else to come through except for a suggestion of raspberries.

Oak tannins and a medium tartness are about all that meets the tongue.

The feel is thin, acidic, and has a mild alcohol warmth.

Overall, this felt like I was drinking more of a white wine than a beer. It's not bad by any means, but perhaps a bit one dimensional. Cheers!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsquared59
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely looks nice despite the non existent head. Super clear and tantalizing color, but a bit too astringent and thin bodied. Tastes much more like champagne or other white wine varieties. Definite wine barrel woodiness along with a sour green grape astringent character. Sort of funky in a way that doesn't work super well in such a thin bodied and fizzy brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored with a fingernail of bright white about the size of a half dollar in the middle of the glass. There's a moderate haziness present. Lightly tart sour aroma, but I really have to seek it out. I taste tart apple, pear, and peach. The mouth is crisp and somewhat flat in texture.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that fades back into a thin patch.

Smell: A funky and sour aroma with a scent of brett and red wine. Upfront scent of lacto brett funk. Red wine barrel scent with some oak and acidity. Hints of Belgian yeast. Fruit hints of green apple, pear, and banana. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma gives off, a funky, sour, and fruity taste with notes of brett, red wine, and fruit. Big taste of funky lacto brett. Red wine notes with some oak, wood, acidity, and tannins. Notes of Belgian yeast along with fruit notes of green apple, grape, pear, and banana. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, puckering, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good Sour. Nice mix of brett, red wine, and Belgian style fruit notes.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear and bright orange in color with a white, near finger width head that peels back rather quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface and a fair ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Fruity tartness hits the nose first, like sour cherry, while hints of oak linger beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tart cherry upfront, then a bit of woody oak notes come in as the sourness fades.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker that goes down stupid easy with a dry, welcoming finish. 8%? Drinks like 5.

Overall - A pretty simple but quite drinkable sour. At $12 a sixer it's hard to argue against the bang-for-buck value.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was having a bad day and was expecting a case of IPA from my draconian PA beer distributor.... and well hell I was in for a sour surprise! Very good for the price; $47 for the case.

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Photo of dertyd
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Eroica"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "271 7 2 1989 1748"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a hazy golden-amber colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. Surprisingly good head retention for a sour beer. The aroma suggests tartness and fruitiness, mainly grapes (red or white? Or both?), and some mineral and earthy character. The flavor brings in more sweetish golden malt than the aroma suggests, and it's not really that tart, just enough. Ahh, I see this is aged in red wine oak barrels which explains the grape character. There's also some cherry and apple. And it's got Brett which is giving it the tartness but its other characteristics are fairly muted (there is some leather and mineral, maybe wet straw). It's not very bitter at all but it still finishes dry, tart, and fruity with some oak. It's really easy to drink, very delicate, refined, and balanced - which could be a little bit of a problem at 7.4% abv! Medium-light in body and gently carbonated.

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Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dark reddish-amber brew. Translucent, nearly transparent. Head production is subdued, and retention similar.

The nose is a fascinating blend of honey, wine, oak, funk, peach, orange liqueur, and syrup.

Flavor definitely leans more toward a lightly sour American Wild Ale than a Brett saison, but you can attribute that to the aging in wine barrels. Brett funk is present, and suggests this beer will develop wildly with age. Flavors are quite similar to the nose all around: red and white grapes, oak, vanilla, Brett, orange, and honey.

Very mild pucker; it's more pungent than sour. Very easy and lively on the palate.

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Photo of norinco
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a golden Amber color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is cherries and vinegar. the taste is light sour cherry and wine.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a hazy, yet translucent golden orange color. Topped by a big foamy white head that dies down after a few minutes, leaving a thick ring that leaves some spotty lacing.
The nose gives medium-plus tartness, offering notes of wild cherry, lactic acid, apple skin, apple cider vinegar, and toasted oak. Fairly pungent red wine character, deep red grapes with lots of oak tannins, cherry, apple, and pear notes.
On the palate, you get lots of sour cherry, red apple skin, and apple cider vinegar upfront. Medium-plus tartness with some slight funk and barnyard character. Notes of hay, pear, and lemon as well. Fairly acidic. On the back end, big red wine character. Notes of red wine, red grapes, plum, toasted oak, hay, and booze. Finishes with some fruity, cherry sweetness, and lingering oak tannins.
The mouthfeel is medium, moderately carbonated, finishing lightly sweet with some balancing sourness, and some drying oak tannins.
Overall, a decent barrel aged sour. I wish it was a little more sour, a little less sweet, and a little less boozy from the wine, but it's still pretty good overall.

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Eroica from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 186 ratings