Violet Underground
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #180
Ranked #2,112
4.28 | pDev: 5.14%
Apr 30, 2022
Sep 17, 2015
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Notes: Collaboration with The Wild Beer Co

The Rainbow Project paired seven UK and US breweries with one of seven colors of the rainbow, creating the theme of the brew. We drew violet. What followed was left to the imaginative and creative spirt among the collaborators. Violet Underground represents a partnership between The Wild Beer Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. A cuvée was born from Somerset Wild, a newly minted Golden and Sunrise Raspberry ale, and Barrelwork’s blending warhouse, Cowbell. Proprietary yeast from both sides of the Atlantic, fresh local California fruit and French candied violet petals went into the cauldron. The resulting potion is bursting with ripe fresh fruit, a hint of violet petals and anchored by a funky yeast foundation. A quenching acidity and lively carbonation rounds out the collaboration. A santé!
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Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
375 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch 002, bottled 2/15/19. Served in a Teku glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/amber color with about an inch white head that didn't stick around for a long time. Not much lacing at all. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like raspberries, oak, citrus, peach, funk and some floralness. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some grassy/straw, vanilla and white grape flavors. It's tart and tasty! Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick and smooth with a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was really good, should have bought more than just the one bottle when I had the chance!
Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Good head production, and unbelievable retention. 10-20 minutes later, and there's still a firm 1/4 finger of off-white foam. Body is a clear, lively amber, almost perfectly transparent. (Even after drinking 1/3 of the bottle; seriously, this head doesn't quit!)

On the nose barnyard funk, oak, and a light vinous sharpness lead the way. Straw and hay, pale malt; no significant presence from the raspberries or flower petals, although the latter are there in the background.

Surprisingly soft on the palate: fruit, flower, and funk combine gently, along with a touch of sour acidity and oak. Mild to moderate pucker; an intermediate sour/funky ale, not as potent as some, but not exactly for the wild/sour novice. In some fruited sours (especially lambics), the fruit might offset the sourness, but the fruit presence here is very mild - and raspberries are quite tart, anyway.

Bigger bodied than the sub-6% ABV might suggest. That works for me, but I can understand if some might prefer a lighter experience.

This is a very solid beer. The collaboration showcases what each brewery already does so well: Wild, with funky and rustic ales, Firestone with their barrel program and expertise.
Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear honey color with a one finger head; squiggles and dots

Smell: A lot of oak in the aroma, with the raspberry and candied violet both coming through; very floral

Taste: Tart but candied flavors forward, with the violet pronounced and the raspberry building; very oaky and somewhat vinous, through the middle, with the finish bringing both tartness on the side of the tongue and the sweetness at the tip

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: Quite impressive and distinctive
Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: dark golden with an inch thick white head.

Aroma: raspberry, orange, lemon, perhaps violets

Flavor: tart raspberry, orange, lemon, perhaps floral notes and oak.

Body/Overall: light to medium body. It is a very good Wild ale.
Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 02-15-2019
375 ml bottle

Appearance: Slightly straw yellow color. The beer has a generous-sized white head that slowly faded with nice good lacing. Nice looking wild ale.

Smell: Grassy/hay notes, moderate fruit notes, grapes, and mild barnyard funk notes.

Taste: Floral notes, tart berries, mild barnyard funk, and moderate citrus notes. While I wouldn't have been able to specifically point to candied violet petals as the source of the floral notes they are definitely noticeable and provide a nice contrast to the berry notes resulting in a nice level of complexity in the taste profile. The beer has a mildly dry finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a generous level of carbonation. The body has a nice level of heft to it for a wild ale.

Overall: A very tasty wild ale. The use of the candied violet petals provided a unique flavor profile. The beer is tasty with a unique flavor profile. Definitely worth picking up for those into sours.
Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Shared with appetizers. Struck me as more saison-like after the first few sips.
Bought two bottles from Tavour. The second entered on UnTappd.

Because of their huge variety, I'm still unsure what the average Wild Looks like... but this one is fine; lively from the corked and caged bottle. Smells are like this potpourri from the flowers and petals and barrel and bret and almost whatever else the mind can reasonably imagine. Such diversity also comes together in the Taste as part of a mild approach for the main show of grapes and lemons leading this fruit medley. Present throughout, the tart finally pushes to prominence and finishes semi-dry. Lots of bubbles, cleansing for more appetizers. The hit of the first part of the meal.

I'm a big fan of FW and how the Duvel group lets FW create. I'd like to be a big fan of Wild Beer Company, but alas have only found three. Putting these two masters together in a collaboration has made my day. Cheers !
Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Jul 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 2/15/19

I finally caved. My first Firestone Walker beer. I’ve heard amazing things, but the prices are always off putting. Let’s see if this was worth a $10 bottle

Pours a cloudy light orange with a finger of white head that reduces to a ring quickly

Damn that wine comes through heavy in the aroma, tons of sweet and sour grape. Not really sure what to look for in the violet petals, but there’s definitely a floral note, but I can’t tell if it’s that or the brett. Mild funk and jammy raspberries in the nose too

This one is very acidic when held in the mouth for a bit. On the front end I get tons of tart, underripe raspberry, very raw from the barrel. On the back end this comes through with more funk and grape, still quite tart, and a mild mint note, probably from the violet petals

This is light medium bodied and has moderate spritzy carbonation, which leads this to drink stupid easy. Finishes mostly dry with a wonderful tartness

Goddamn, this is incredible. Incredibly expensive, but a wonderful treat. Think I need more from these guys!
Jun 26, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by allenson21 from New York

Jun 01, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by craigbelly from Iowa

May 09, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

May 02, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by Benish from Wisconsin

Apr 19, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by caffeinelogic from New York

Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Crystal clear, somewhat effervescent, bronze pour with a faint bubble ring and surfacing. Smell lets that oak fly, with white wine, raspberry, slight plum, grape, and the bright floral and sweet candied violet rounding it off in a unique way. Perfume like. Taste is superb, really brings great depth to the oak, violet, and tart fruits, white wine accents in a rewarding fashion, yet really clean. Feel stays light, delicate with a strong tartness, vinous underpinnings, and a general wild feel from the yeasts. A really pleasant wild ale that is highly drinkable.
Apr 07, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of of berries, caramel and sour lemon. Nice raspberry taste with some funkiness and sweet caramel.
Feb 12, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by IRONRakkasan from California

Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by smi69 from New York

Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 4.66 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pour an effervescent gold with a thin layer of ivory colored head. Below averag head retention & lacing

S: Berries, a little wet hay, citrus

T: Follows the nose, plenty of tartness up front. Acidic berry, some orange tartness as this warms. Finishes tart, dry with orange and raspberry

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation, some enamel peeling stickyness

Pretty solid offering, well worth picking up if you like these types of ales
Nov 27, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by denver10 from New Mexico

Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by brew-Ed from Texas

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden yellowish/orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like floral and sweet funk, berries, white wine, citrus, oak, and herbs.

The violet petals add a cool floral/sweet dimension to the beer, giving it a unique and herbal funk. There's some berry type flavor, and a bit of citrus, and a lot of oak. I don't get a lot of specific raspberry flavor, which was to be expected given the color of the beer. There's some nice wine barrel, too.

This is light bodied, crisp, and clean, with an acidity that doesn't linger for a while on the tongue. It's very drinkable.

This is super unique, and I really enjoyed it. It all came together very well.
Nov 04, 2019
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A very fragrant and tasty beer!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing. Very pleasant floral and fruit smell and taste. Slightly sour cherries with sweet dark berries flavors. Enjoyed it this cool evening.
Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow, not really pink or purplish at all. Aroma is tart and wild/brett with wheat and white wine. Taste is similar and VERY sour. I love sour beers, but the sourness takes over the beer more than I would prefer. I wish I could taste the other flavors more as this is clearly a complex brew.
Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Sep 26, 2019
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