Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Sonoma Farmhouse Brett StoutSonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,486
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,666
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
79
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
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Sonoma Farmhouse Brett StoutSonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout
Notes: This particular Brett stout was fermented with a slight funk of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and our house ale yeast. Then housed in Sonoma County red-wine barrels for up to 4 years. The result is 100% pure barrel-aged bliss...smooth, tart, and sultry, with a certain Sonoma-esque-ish-ness. Finely aged and finally ready to share. Ages well.

41 IBU
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The two previous reviews are so spot on in their assessment: so many unique things going on here that shouldn't work together, and yet they come together in a beautifully harmonious way. It won’t fully satisfy a BA stout drinker or a bold sour/wild drinker, but the needle is threaded well. Deep and dark, sour and funky, dark chocolate and dark fruit mixed with wine tannins and tart berries. So many notes covered, none really dominating, and all playing together well. This reminds me of a cuvée a Lagunitas rep recommended I try at a beer festival: Dark Swan mixed with Imperial Stout. It worked fantastically then, and this one (albeit differently) does the same now.

Feb 07, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of of brown around the rim and covering a third of the top. The aroma is of merlot, barnyard funk, horse blanket, and roasted barley. I’m tasting Merlot, roasted barley, and brettanomyces. The mouth is warm with alcohol, lightly chewy and sticky.

Sep 05, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark and creamy looking black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like red wine, chocolate covered cherries, roast, coffee, oak, and vanilla.

These sorts of things don't always work, but this one does well enough for me. There's a lot of barrel here - very fruity red wine, some vanillin, and a bit of oak. It all melds well with the sweet creamy milk chocolate underneath, and appears to the palate as chocolate-covered cherries with some port. I get a bit of coffee, and some roast. If it was nitpicking, I'd want more roast.

This is really creamy, with no booziness to it, and a really nice drinkability.

I'm pretty surprised with how much I liked this one. I was very surprised to find something like this on draft.

Jul 04, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage

A red wine BA stout fermented with brett? Yeah, this sounds like it’s gonna be incredible so I couldn’t turn this one down

Pours completely jet black with just a small cap of light brown head and leaves minimal lacing

Damn, the brett comes through even more than expected here. Vinous and oaky notes dominate the nose, with a bit of coffee roast and tart cherry to back it up. Only mildly funky with slight leather

The taste starts off with a tart bite, very earthy grape. The roast starts to settle in as it sits in the mouth, and turns to chocolate and sour funk

While this is full bodied, the sharp carbonation causes it to drink way lighter than it is. It’s rich and smooth without being heavy. Leaves a sticky finish

This is an interesting one. Walks the line between a wild ale and a stout, and does a great job of it

Jun 20, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 5/7/20.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Smells somewhat tart, with aromas of red wine, chocolate, malt, oak, coffee, some Brett, light toffee, faint licorice. Flavors of red wine, chocolate, malt, some Brett, grapes, some coffee and cocoa, oak, light licorice and toffee. A medium amount of tartness. Smooth, semi dry, somewhat creamy, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Not overly tart, not much Brett, but the barrels give up lots of good wine and wood. Lots of solid aromas and flavors, this got better as I worked through the bottle. Very enjoyable.

May 19, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour. Nearly black with thin brown head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Tart and roasty. Strong red wine and oak.

T.F: Tart and vinous... not overly sour. Expected stout roastyness. A bit of dark chocolate which mixed well with the strong red wine character. Oak and a bit of funk. Grape, baking cherry, and brett. Medium bodied and oily on the tongue. Hides its ABV. Lingering roast and cabernet at the finish.

O: A very well done red-wine barrel soured stout. Great flavor and super easy drinking. Reminds me of what Lagunitas used to be.

Apr 14, 2020
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IMN0P from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku. Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque with some light penetrating the edges to expose some mahogany with nearly three fingers of a cream filled coffee colored head. Eventually the head dissipated to a ring around the glass that clung to the glass with every sip. Red wine and tart vinous notes stole the show in the aroma with hints of cocoa, roast barley, oak, and the slightest funk. The taste follows the nose but is more balanced. While the red wine and tart vinous characters are still prominent the base stout has a bit more of an appearance. Tart grapes, red wine, brett funk, and oak are balanced against the roasty malts and rich chocolate that comes through from the base. It has a medium full body with a dry, sour finish.

Overall it’s a unique stout that’s definitely worth a try. It is kind of like if stout rullquin had a heavier stout to blend with the lambics and then it were aged in red wine barrels. Delicious.

Mar 30, 2020
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this for yucks, the few beers I've had with "Brett" yeast did nothing for me.
Color is a typical stout, dark brown, small tan head, a little lacing.
Snot locker gets the wine right away, overpowering.
Taste buds get the wine, very sour, not much else.
Thin and watery for a big stout, more carbonation than expected.
Wasn't expecting much and that's exactly what I got. I think I'll cleanse my taste buds with a bottle of Lagunitas Willetized!

Mar 15, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body. One finger of tan head, with a touch of pale red. Leaves behind a good coverage of lacing spots.
Aroma of dark chocolate roasted malts with a considerable smell of rubber eraser yeast. Also has some hints of red wine.
Taste is sour, funky, and smooth chocolate malts. The flavors appear to be a mix, rather than one at a time during the taste profile. Enjoyable and important touch of the red wine barrel. No bitterness.
Quite a full mouth feel. Very smooth texture. Very good carbonation.
This beer expresses some patience and age before bottling. Not really to style, but provides a different but positive drinking experience.

Feb 09, 2020
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first tasted this beer, I wasn't sure what to think. It's quite different from anything I can remember. But the more I had, my opinion rose and rose and rose.

The appearance is dark brown, with a nice tan head. The smell is more wine than beer, lots of red wine and wood. It's a stout, sure, but the malt/roast you'd see from a stout are more in the background, compared to the wine character. The taste is again more wine than beer, but it's a really nice balance and blend of the two different beverages.

If you're looking for a traditional stout, look elsewhere. You might not like this. If you're adventurous, this is a heck of a beer. By the way, it's a terrific beer to have with a meal. I split the bomber over two nights, one night with a grilled steak, the second night with a mushroom/bacon/spinach omelet. It went great with both, and was better with food than just by itself.

Oct 30, 2019
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elNopalero from California

3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark coffee cola color with cocoa colored foam.
Lightly funky with a stout roast coming across as sipped. Curiously tart. A little chewy.

Enjoyed at the brewery.

Oct 14, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby brown or blackish with ruby highlights when held to the light. When held against intense light It appears to be clear. The pour produces a thin tan head of less than 1/4th inch. Lacing is so minimal as to be a pasty wash. Aroma is a woody, slightly lactic red wine note laced with Brett, red fruit (currant/cranberry), raisin and thin dark chocolate. Barnyard funk, red fruits and chocolate?!? Taste is similar with tartness and alcohol. The red wine is more prominent if anything here. The wine and yeast dance on the back of the tongue in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation; Crisp and thin for a stout it is yet silky but lively and tongue coating. Can't get over how both nose and mouth are very red wineish. Off-putting initially this stuff grows on you. Different and very surprising in pleasant sort of way. Be careful the 11.3% ABV will sneak up on you.

Sep 30, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A- Aroma has Brett and red wine hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a nice Brett and red wine flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Brett Imperial Stout

Aug 23, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black grainy body with dark tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, brett, grape must, charcoal, oak, cocoa and red wine. Taste is dry and funky, truly a stout unlike anything I have had before which is so exhilarating. The brett and grapes hit first, with a wave of dry cocoa, smoked malt, wood tannins, red wine, tobacco, and a light shot of toffee. Feel is dry, woody, smoky, chewy, and vinous, really neat.

Jul 30, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of funkiness, chocolate, coffee and burnt molasses. Chocolate, toffee, coffee and a funky bite from the Brett.

Jul 07, 2019
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Zorro from California

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light proof black colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate and wine. Brett funk and a sour scent to it. Faint scent of horse stall but not quite barnyard. Strong scent. Fainter scents of blackberries and mushroom.

Starts out chocolate and a trace of whiskey and oak. Mild sourness but like wine and not like vinegar. Get the taste of unripe fruit, think sour grapes and not lemons. Taste is a lot like a black berry yogurt.

Mouthfeel is stout.

Overall, not bad but Napa Parabola is better.

Jul 05, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just above average body with a little bit of a creamy oily thick feel
Aroma is black coffee,milk chocolate, bakers cocoa roasted malt. All of this follows a dry,tart, grape juice,wine aroma
Taste is dry grape juice, wine, wood,earthy. The coffee,chocolate is there underneath but grape/wine dominates
It's very good,well done , but I can see some people aren't going to like this. The wine was very dominant and I thought the stout could have been fine on its own. Not sure I would seek this out again

Jun 24, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pushing the envelope of what stout can be, the curious but cautious minds head into Lagunitas' roasty, funky, winey dark beer with many reservations to say the least.

Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout has one foot in the roots of Belgium and the other is high because the beer's musty scent of attic and cobweb that drifts above coffee grounds, cocoa and red wine. As its sweetness crawls across the tongue, its initial taste is of caramel, hard candy and chocolate.

But as the brettanomyces yeast starts to control the middle palate, dryness comes quickly and chases off the malt sweetness for a semidry taste of coffee, char, cocoa and pecan. Woodsy in taste, the musty and mossy scent is soon met with the playful tang of red wine and oak. Light on bitterness, the beer leans on woosiness, tartness and char to balance the mild sweetness that remains on the late palate.

Full bodied, creamy and still with an arid maltiness, the beer's unique taste is met with an equally unique texture. As the light warmth of red wine keeps the tartness highlighted, the finish comes with equal parts coffee and wine, right down to a medium long aftertaste of weathered woods and that slightly watered down coffee and wine concoction. ...but in a good way.

Jun 17, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black tan head small tasting. Aroma tart notes, wine notes, chocolate and toasted makes. Tastes is good Brett and farmhouse upfront, toasted malts chocolate and wine notes. Nice stout and farmhouse blend well together in this one, nothing over the top. Mouthfeel is solid big medium mellow carbonation. Overall I like this one.

Jun 15, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a think tan cap that falls away quickly but leaves nice leggings on the glass when swirled. Aroma is full of the funk from the brett. Flavor follows the nose. Feel is medium bodied. Overall I'm not a fan.

Jun 02, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: complex, oak, dark roasted malts, woody, hints of red wine, dark chocolate, tart, warming finish. Same with the nose. Black/brown hue, semi opaque, delicate head and lace. Medium body. Boozy kick. 41 IBUs

May 21, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of malt, yeast, a vinous quality, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a good amount of brettanomyces yeast (but not obnoxious about it), moderate chocolate notes, a surprising amount of red wine (fascinating), a good amount of malt, and a tinge of coffee. One of the more unusual stout flavors I've tried. It takes a moment to get used to the vinous quality, but it grows on you after awhile. Pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An offbeat, but likable stout. Worth a look.

May 20, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Semi thick body with a tan head rising roughly half a fingers length with a hard pour. Body was somewhat but mostly opaque with medium bubbles.

Smell: Smells a bit like Cabernet Sauvignon, deep deep aroma hovering the nostrils creating a unique smell for any beer. Awkward but good all at once.

Taste: Touch bitter right off the bat, the red wine aging is super apparent consisting of red grapes, yeasty with another dose of malts but still has a subtle sweet undertone.

Mouth: Like red wine this beer is dry, super sticky and favorite characteristic of the beer. Putting the glass down you truly think you're drinking a carbonated carbernet.

Overall: Good brew, but unless you Love red wine it is a tough beer to lust. I will tel you this, next time i have it wil be with steak...I can certainly see this being the perfect beer to go with one. Salud!

May 19, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black body, finger of tan head

S - red grape, subtle coffee and chocolate. farmhouse funk

T - Follows the nose. Good tart cherry.

F - Full, thick stout body

O - Impressive barrel aging feat.

May 13, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is red wine, oak, leather and funky brett.

T - The taste dark chocolate, coffee, red wine, oak and funky brett.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very tasty sour stout. The brett and lacto pair well with the stout base. Defiently worth checking out.

May 04, 2019
Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 79 ratings