Agrestic #003 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.26/5
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Agrestic #003Agrestic #003
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by REVZEB on 12-16-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
49
pDev:
6.1%
 
 
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1
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Photo of Ssippisam
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish brown with a quarter inch light pinkish head that settles to a thin ring and leaves virtually no lacing. Smells of oak, cherries, lemon and sour funk. Tastes of tart cherries, lemon, oak, vanilla and a sour funky finish. Light bodied and carbonated, mildly dry and puckering finish.

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Photo of taospowder
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afeo
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 07/05/2016

A: Pours a dark orange/reddish color. At first a bubbly and dense white head forms, with good retention initially., and a small ring lasts throughout as it fades a little. A bit of spotty lace as well.
S: Oak and vanilla are big up front. Which leads to a great musty, almost pungently funky yeast. Some tart fruits, like cherry pith and lemon rind.
T: Follows the nose, with that great oak and vanilla. Mixed with a great basement like musty yeast flavor. Puckering and tart. A touch acidic, with more tart fruits. Cherry and lemon specifically. Very nice.
M/O: A medium body with high carbonation. Spritzy and almost prickly at first. Though I love the crisp carbonation bite and finishes beautifully dry, along with a touch of tannins. The puckering dryness makes this something I want to keep coming back to. Really enjoyable to drink.

I haven't had a lot of the Firestone Walker Wild Ales, but this is really well made. The yeast and oak complement each other perfectly. I will have to seek these out more often. This has also held up really well at over a year since its bottled on date. Well done and highly recommended.

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Photo of kitch
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch No. 003, bottled on 5th July 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear amber copper colour with a one finger tanned head that dissipated slowly while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, lemon, oak, vanilla and coconut.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, lemon, cherry, oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Nice, enjoyable and great to drink.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finger of very openly woven foam that is gone almost wen you pour it, eggshell white with a good deal of larger bubbles, the lacing looks like an exploding Mandelbrot set. The liquid is clear and an orange tinged reddish-brown, huge storm of bubbles fill things below the surface. The nose is sour but too full to wield a sharpened blade, sour oak with dill notes, dried yeast bits, sour cherries, pulped lemons, and autumn forest floor matter, not as aggressive nor longlasting as expected. Medium-bodied, creamy mouth feel allows it to soak in right off the bat, most sour as it finishes and as residue. The cherry aspect shines brightest and the sour oak pops in and out. More citric bite and here you get more of the underlying caramel, butterscotch, especially if allowed to warm. Earthy and leafy, a few notes of tar or black tea leaf. Carbonation is expansive and supports both the creaminess and well as fresher ending. Flavors fade at the end leaving the tingling sensation of the sourness behind. Tactful to the point of sacrificing focus.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl.oz. (375ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Inman Square Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Batch: No.003
Bottled: 07/05/16
Served in a tulip

Outstanding appearance. The crystal clear, dark amber liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, two-finger tall, cream colored crown. Excellent retention. The head fell ever-so-slowly to a thick, foamy, lasting cap. Streaky, patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was extremely yeasty and dry initially. Super powdery. Somewhat tart and Bretty. Bit of sweet caramel malt character too. As the beer sat and the head died down, the nose turned extremely funky and musty. Loads of damp cellar notes. There was almost a bit of a moldy quality as well. As much as I love a funky nose on a beer, this was almost a bit too extreme. The tart, Bretty notes took over again later in the session.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but somewhat more tame. Tart and very Brett forward. Bready and caramel malts were noticeable on the front end. Touch of sweetness. Lemony and acidic in the center. Pithy rind-like notes appeared on the back end. The beer finished with big, dry, oaky tannins, more lemon pith and a good dose of acidity.

Nice lively, sprightly mouthfeel. The liquid contained a large bubbled, fairly aggressive effervescence that gave the beer a light, fluffy, frothiness. Toward the end of the glass, I could feel the acids in the beer starting to strip the enamel from my teeth.

Agrestic #003 really pushes the boundaries of an American wild ale. I could have easily mistaken this beer for an authentic Gueuze, and a damn good one at that. I gave my bottle a year-plus of aging and would recommend others to do the same, especially if you are a fan of funk.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BergBeer
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbgratz
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled July 5th 2016.

Deep copper red, opaque body, with a real nice light tan to khaki colored frothy and even bubbled head. Reaching out at a supper creamy two fingers and giant one finger solid retention puck. Nice repopulating light and khaki bubbles on the side to help repopulate.

Bang on aroma. Thick rich oak and round sensing caramel with excellent tangy and wild yeast aromas. Funk and thickness, with a big depth of malt and barrel character. Sour lemon and citrus all around, thick and rich and bursting. Great aroma on this brew.

Palate is delectable, if a bit more simpler. Rich caramel and oak, through a soft but simple body on first sip. Palate gets into toffee and citrus notes and keeps the funk a little more subsided. Palate even gets a little creamy touch of vanilla, more oak richness and leaving mild funk and acid notes of fruit to sort of get a little buried.

A real neat tasting wild, but looses much fruit and estery quality to big tasty oak and caramel. But very little to complain about the overall effect.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brick with a thin cream colored head

Smells of tart cherry, and not much else

Nice oaky flavor, cherry, a slight bit of funk. I get some lemon as well.

Moderate to high carbonation, but very crisp. Not overly sour or funky, it is quite refreshing

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Photo of Mikexw
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Agrestic #003 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 49 ratings