Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #356
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,354
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
809
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Agrestic #002 American Wild Red AleAgrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale
Notes: This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release.
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Photo of Anders91
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden, with a thin white head

Smell: very sour, peaches, lemon, the sourness can be tasted via the smell alone

Taste: sour, citrus, peach

Feel: prickly, the carbonation is everywhere

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Anders91 from California, Jan 14, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstandingly clear, copper colored body capped with a thick, billowy, spongy head. Excellent wild aroma mixing notes of brett, white grape, apple cider; sour. Very fine tart and lemony taste with a sour edge right off; a bit woody, a bit of wine tannin; very ripe fruit such as peach; lime. Medium body; smooth and silky; semi-dry with a fine acidic edge.

This is a wonderful wild ale with some colossal sensory qualities. Nicely balanced, richly complex, and an outstanding warm weather treat.

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beergoot from Colorado, Jul 18, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright tawny in body with off-white Head. Aroma of sour cherries, pepper, some wood, citrus skins. Tastes of sour cherries, pepper, citrus, light caramel and vanilla. Light bodied with high carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Sep 01, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby-tinted brown reminiscent of a cyser, thick soapy head that resists fading. Aroma is oak tannin, vanilla, black tea leaf, cherry pit, sandalwood. Begins light & tart, lots of flora funk, and then pivots into a creamy finish with notes of vanilla, tea leaf, obtuse citrus, dry cherry, mild grape tannin. It somewhat elicits a sherry. Finishes with a little tart kick but smooth on the tongue. Very well done.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Aug 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear honey amber with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice oak, little vanilla, tart acidity, vinous notes, solid lacto notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice bright vinous notes, really good oak barrels and vanilla. The brett is quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy and crisp on the finish.

O - Overall this was a rather solid wild from Firestone Walker. Held up really nicely and tastes like what America wild ales used to taste like years ago.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Aug 05, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles 7/13/15
Light fizzy head, bubbly, little lacing, hazy iced tea color, wisps of lacing and head as it swirls

Nose typical American sour, sour reddish malt, wine barrel vinous notes, little buttery oak, acetic acid fruity, flemmy funk

Taste big sour funk, flemmy, fair amount of funk and bacteria souring, plenty of buttery slight vanilla oak barrel, big red wine and vinous flavors, acetic acid, little flemmy fair funk late, sticky flemmy finish, tart berry

Mouth is med bod, plenty of tart acidity and fizzy carb

Overall petty nice, old school American wild

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Aug 05, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agrestic pours a brownish red that reminds me a bit of an apple beer or heavy cinnamon apple cider (non-alcoholic) - had me thinking of cold Minnesota winters and warm cider with cinnamon sticks. There's no cinnamon to Agrestic, but it definitely features some fruit - primarily cherry, and while it states cranberry as well, I must be missing those notes. The oak barrels add quite a bit of woody dryness to the taste and mouthfeel. It's highly acidic - I found myself digging out the Tums immediately (didn't help that this was my second Firestone Walker sour of the evening).

It's a very decent beer, but not a favorite. Sours that primarily feature cherries just don't do a lot for me.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, May 11, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch: No. 004; Bottled: 07/25/17

A: Pours a burnt red-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of Brett funk up front with some lactic sour notes and barrel influence. Vanilla, dark fruit, and oak readily present along with light caramel, spice, and earthy tones

T: Starts off with a bit of the lactic tartness and Brett notes and then goes into the barrel and dark fruit notes. Oak, vanilla, cherry, and toast lead the way on that front, followed by coconut, spice, citrus, and some earthy notes. Finishes surprisingly on the cleaner side, with lingering lactic and barrel notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good wild ale with great barrel influence. Hardly recognizable as DBA, but it doesn't really matter much. Nice to sip on and enjoy. Definitely worth checking out

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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy reddish amber beer with a white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - big sour cherry, oak barrel, lemon, slight pepperiness to it
T - very clean sour cherry, raspberry, slight sweet caramel malt, lemon, minimal breadiness. Very clean, easy drinking sour.
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, carb appropriate, aftertaste is sour cherry, lemon
O - good sour beer. Very easy drinking for a sour. Almost crushable. Clean finish.

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HopHunter19 from Missouri, Jun 29, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle dated 7/5/16 poured gently in a stemmed glass! Dark peach cloudy color with a 1inch head that sticks around throughout. Lacing rings the glass the whole way down. Smell is rich funk, oak, citrus fruits, slight vinegar notes, vanilla, caramel malts. Taste is very pleasant for this early spring day that mirrors the smell but initially you get the fruity esters up front then the tartness mid palate followed by shard acidity is in the back end. It feels light, effervescent, but I get a metalicy note that hits quick, and leaves fast, can't put my finger on it! Overall this is a solid wild ale but I prefer wicked Weed sours over this FW series, you get a 500ml that tastes a little better and the price is the same as this 375!

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BEER88 from Bahrain, Apr 02, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant copper orange color with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Cherry, strawberry and raspberry with notes of oak, vanilla and caramel, very nice aroma.

T: Cherry, strawberry, raspberry mixed with oak vanilla and caramel, and a medium Sourness a nice complex beer.

F: Creamy with nice bubbly carbonation.

O: A very nice and complex sour.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Mar 12, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very strong and aggressive carbonation rages within the vessel and dirty orange colored body of good clarity. A monstrous, dull eggshell white head is towering in size with soapy air pockets. Spotty and spacious vessel dressing, appear on the vessel.

S: Caramel-raisin, with some woody-orange floral notes are first on the nose. Light maple syrup sweetness.

T: The flavor has a touch of funky oranges, acidic, and very clean in delivery with a great belgian yeasty attributes. Musky fruit, sour strawberries, caramel with some sour lemony citrus hops.

M: The mouthful had a good amount of carbonation vibes, silky cream texture.

O: A very nice and clean flavor, well mannered sour, well crafted but at $15 a bottle 12oz may cause some hesitation. Very polished drinking experience, not overwhelming sourness, but one that is particularly sharp and clean in flavor.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Mar 06, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cherries, raspberries and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the oaky flavors are stronger and also contribute hints of vanilla. There is a little sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, acidic, and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly sour but has interesting flavors of berries with some sourness.

Note: Batch No. 2, Bottled 7/15/15

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Mar 03, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

Bottled 7/15/15; drank 5/13/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque dull orange rust appearance.

Small bright white head; minimal lace.

Fresh peach notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peach flavor up front; sea salt & mild tartness on the finish. The salt notes added a pleasant gose vibe; fruity, simple & very effective. An effervescent treat.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Feb 20, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by one finger; the head fades and leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Cherry and lemon, with a hint of oak

Taste: Lactic sour tones of lemon and cherry, up front, with green apple through the middle; oak and a touch of pithy bitterness, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty decent sour

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Dec 25, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Translucent red-brown with a thick cream colored head.

Nose: Bing cherries, tart funk, oak, slight vinegar, warm oak, floral notes, tart cranberries.

Taste: Mellow tart, fresh cherries, light tart cranberries, earthy funk, hints of vanilla, warming oak, and peppery herbs.

Feel: Mellow overall tart. Light-medium body. Clean and easy drinking. No booze.

Overall: A beautiful American wild. The sour is so well dialed in and the body is so complex and flavorful. Absolutely brilliant sour.

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BergBeer from Virginia, Jun 20, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/10/15.

Pours an attractive reddish tinted amber, a little hazy, with a one and a half finger head, a ring of clingy foam. Smell is malt, yeast, cherries, brett, some oak and vanilla, white wine as it warms, an aroma of herbal spiciness. Taste is lead by malt and cherries, then, cranberries, light vanilla, some red wine, oak. It's tart as much as sour, and not all that much of either. Dry, crisp, smooth, solid body, the taste lingers for a bit. Great mouthfeel on this one.

Well blended and balanced. Lots of flavor. Look forward to trying future batches.

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stortore from Illinois, Jun 15, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 07/15/15

Appearance - Relatively clear and orange amber in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, then fades to a fair, broken layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edges.

Smell - Wild cherry, lemon, a faint oak undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lemon and cherry sourness. A bit of granny smith as well. Tartness dies down in the finish, uncovering distant notes of oak and a touch of lemon pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty, but ouch(!) on the price. Doesn't taste much different from other 'favorable' sours I've tried, but interesting that this started out as DBA. Goes to show you what wild yeasts can do to a beer. Something I'd probably try again on tap, but bottled price is too steep for my blood.

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TheSixthRing from California, May 31, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice carbonation and coloring with a decent lacing with a light distinctive wild aroma. More of the taste is wrapped up in the feeling and aftertaste of this wild, similarly as with the Feral One, Batch 3. Fizzy as this is that, it really doesn't relate to taste as I perceive taste, just the fizzy appeal.

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LXIXME from New Mexico, May 15, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4/21/2016
Batch 2, bottled 7/15/2015 served cold in a teku

Appearance: light brown, clear with some red hints and a fuzzy white head.

Nose: lacto, lemony, tart and delicious, funky Brett, oaky tannins, cherries, cranberries, raspberry

Taste: tannins, oaky, cherry, cranberry, light red wine, very dry Champagne like finish, tart and crisp, not too funky

Overall: great sour offering from FW here. Not too tart and smacking sour but it let's you know that there is some funk in there.

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ClavisAurea from New York, Apr 22, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is a cherry/lemon smell.Taste is a tart cherry taste with a touch of lemon.I am not usually a big sour fan but when I saw this on the shelf I wanted to try it because it was Firestone.It is really very good.I would buy it again.Give it a try.

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Motleydrunk56 from California, Mar 22, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive American take on the style. Oak, vanilla, tart cherries, funk, & apples. Almost buttery at times from the oak. Very balanced equal parts barrel, tart cherry notes, and funk. Finishes dry, reminiscent of how RRBC sours finish which is second to none IMHO. Well made beer. Recommended.

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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California, Mar 12, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 7/15/15
Palate Contaminants: cheese

A Barrelworks bottle! Not in California!

Appearance is an opaque tea-like tan.

Smell is good, it's got grapefruit and unripened orange, along with some burned sugar candy.

Taste up front is plenty tart, and the grapefruit is even more intense. The bitterness hits, then it fades to a nice smooth, mellow, savory, and mildly malty flavor with sweet cranberries and citrus, with sour and bitter echoing.

Feel is not what I expected with the head. It's actually substantial, even silky, I'd say.

I'm not the biggest fan of sours, but I can definitely appreciate this. The aftertaste is actually really nice.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, Feb 20, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A light cranberry juice / copper type color. Clear in appearance
Smell - Tart, cherries, berries, funk, vinegar, wine
Taste - Tart cherries/cranberries, oak, hints of vanilla, acidity/vinegar

Overall - A very tasty wild ale from FW's Prop Vintage series! I would most definitely drink this again.

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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey, Feb 16, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Harrys Hofbrau. Not overly complex, but crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. Tart and sourness are on the lighter side but still solid. The Red Ale flavors do come through but are complementary. I think the bottle may bring a different experience for some reason. I got virtually zero nose because of the tap serving. This got way better as it warmed up slightly. Overall a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Chcshammonde from California, Jan 29, 2016
Agrestic #002 American Wild Red Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 809 ratings