Champs De Fraises
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #251
ABV:
6.33%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,363
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.37%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
53
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Notes: We searched high and low for the perfect strawberry to add to our wild ale. We were not satisfied with the fruit aroma and flavor until we discovered a unique variety from the Mount Hood region in Oregon. It’s bright red flesh, sweet perfume and wild strawberry character is the perfect match for our beer, Champs de Fraises (Strawberry fields). A generous dose of strawberries were allowed a tertiary fermentation with a wheat beer matured 5-24 months in 100% French oak barrels. A fresh sweet strawberry perfume gives way to earthy funk, bracing acidity and malt undertones. A lively carbonation and underlying oak tannins create a thoroughly refreshing beverage. Santé!
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Photo of Lucular
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap. Plenty of funk, oak, tannins, vanilla, and bracing acidity, but not much fruitiness at all (either strawberry or otherwise). It's a solid wild ale but I wish there were more strawberry.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Caged and corked. Bottling date of '07/25/19'. Batch No. 003. No. of cases: 1800.
Gold colored body with a tint of reddish orange. Slightly cloudy. Brief thin finger of white head quickly retreats to an active surface and ring. Thin strings of lacing are left behind.
Aroma of earthy funky yeast, sour strawberry, and oak tannins.
Taste is surprisingly tart, but somewhat balanced by a dry and earthy funk. The strawberry flavor suggests some sweetness but is ultimately sour. Oak tannins blend in with the funk. Quite dry at the end.
Medium mouth feel. Quite tart and vinegary, but not an enamel eraser. Very good carbonation, with some small bubbles acting up in the mouth.
Hints both ways of being sweet and being sour, and ultimately ends up as very tart, with some vinegar sourness. Playful interplay of the funk, barrel, fruit, and sour.

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Photo of Anders91
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4.5Look: pinkish orange, medium white head

Smell: sour strawberries, grass, funk

Taste: very sour, nice funk, a bit of a letdown in regards to the strawberries

Feel: very prickly, smooth end

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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I've been really impressed with the barrelworks series and was psyched to try this one. Not sure if came in trade or found locally (think this was in a box, so thanks to whomever sent it!!!).

strawberry is a hard fruit to make taste good in a beer and while the nose smacks of strawberry jam, the taste doesn't live up to the nose. although good, the pucker is just a bit too much and the body just a hint too fizzy for where I want this to fall. Overall a good strawberry brew, but no cask strawberry.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, cork and caged. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a golden yellow body, slightly hazy, one finger white head, good retention. Smells of strawberry jam, lactic acid, yogurt, touch of wheat and oak. Flavour is more of the yogurt and lactic acid; more of that west coast wild ale flavour and lactobacillus more so than the strawberry. Still, a tasty and moderately lactic sour ale. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, a bit sharp and crisp, refreshingly tart.

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Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL poured to Duvel tulip. Red tint to wheat base beer. Hazy with an active head of white foam is big then gone. Nose is big strawberry with lacto behind it. Strawberry flavor has plenty of presence with a finish of lacto and restrained wood. Llight stingy finish. Medium light body and above moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Tart strawberries, slightly funky, faintly vinous and oaky with a moderate sourness.

A: Light pink color, totally clear with a thin white head. There is moderate lacing in the glass.

T: Strawberries upfront, with a slightly sweet tart character. There is a light complimentary funk and oak character.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome; strawberries are fickle fruit to work with and this beer manages to capture the fruit in a funky clean slightly vinous twist. Refreshing and super easy to drink, especially on a hot day!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery with Dad in April of 2016,

Tons of strawberry on the aroma; smells like sweet strawberry jam.

Taste lighter on strawberry, bit more tartness. Medium amount of sourness. Taste lets me down in comparison to the smell.

It gets a 86/100.


*** Bottle review***

Bottled on 10/7/2015 and consumed on 10/8/2017. Poured into a Barrelworks Teku glass.

Pours a light golden-orange color with no head retention and soda-like carbonation.

Aroma yields freshly picked strawberries. Each waft yields a different stage of development, stretching the gamut from under-ripe to jam. A definite presence of funky horse blanket melding with a tart lactic quality arise. Delicious smelling beer.

Taste doesn’t have the same strawberry intensity as the nose. More tart and funky. A little glimmer of berry shines through at the end of the sip, but overall lactic acid and horse blanket dominate. Thin mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a drying finish.

Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps the beer was aged a bit too long, as the beer has lost a lot of the strawberry character on the palate, but it was purchased from the brewery a year ago (on a return visit), so aging clearly isn’t frowned upon. I see this pairing well with a complex meat and cheese plate, emphasizing something on the spicier side. I still don't believe the taste lives up to the nose. It now gets a 88/100.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml c&c bottle into a (Barrelworks) Teku at fridge temp.

Look: healthy orange—call it SRM 12—with lots of carbonation and a persistent sudsy white-peach head.

Smell: fruit intermittently identifiable as strawberry, plus occasional borderline disturbing BO-like funk.

Taste: pretty great. Tasty fruit (again, I'd believe pretty much any red berry), mild tartness; hints of oak, tobacco, vanilla, sage.

Feel: lively, fairly light, but somehow not particularly crushable.

Overall: this is a tasty beer that is for some reason a bit of a chore to drink. My rating's probably a bit low for taste but a bit high for feel. Maybe a bit of age will settle down whatever's diminishing the feel for me right now?

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Photo of The_Frake
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was very well done.

Poured into proper Barrelworks Teku. The color was exactly like the label color, bright coral/red. The nose is present from the moment you open it. Light strawberries with a hint of funk. The taste was amazing; one of the best strawberry beers I've had. It was slightly over-carbonated but nothing to write home about. It was very tasty...would fugg with again!

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Champs De Fraises from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 53 ratings