BeerBera
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,243
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,088
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
136
From:
LoverBeer
 
Italy
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Spontaneously fermented in wood with the addition of Barbera grapes crushed and de-stemmed, no added yeast.
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall I think this was a pretty good more tart American Wild Ale

Look: Red-purple hue with a very thin quickly disappearing white head

Aroma: cran-grape, wine

Taste: The flavor is red wine, grapes, cranberry, it's quite tart, no hint of the alcohol.

Feel: It is light and easy drinking.

Aug 03, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours light red with a small foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - fruits - cranberries/grapes, acidic and woody notes in the back. Taste - Tart, sweetish, ripe fruits - cranberries/raspberries/grape notes, oaky feel. Nice fruity sour.

Jul 01, 2017
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple and red fruit juicy. Cranberries on the nose and it follows through with cranberry and raspberry tartness with a slight creamy milkwheat. Vineous notes come through with a pinot noir rose. Tart, dry, crisp and salty.

Mar 25, 2017
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RedSpecial1 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red, nearly mahogany with ruby highlights, and no head to speak of. Smells very acetic with an underlying aroma of dark musty fruit.

The taste has a sharp acetic stinger up front with notes of sour apple and cherry underneath. The mouth feel is relatively light, considering the ABV, and the carbonation was on the lower end.

A very good example of the up and coming "American Wild Ale" style, though from an Italian brewer in this case.

Sep 22, 2016
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Premo88 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into tulip
(brewed in 2014 on label)

L: very flat-looking pour, looks more like wine than beer; no head forms, just a skin of big, airy bubbles that disappear quickly; clear crimson, brilliant up to light, almost purple ... deep dark red

S: fingernail polish, tart grapes, oak ... as it warms, has a slight sweetness to it, but still mostly sour, lemons; more sweetness shows as it continues to warm, not quite a sweet wine but a wine aroma with all the alcohol sting taken out

T: tart grapes, sweet kumquats, fingernail polish, lemon ... has a super earthy backbite, dirt, oak; as it warms, the grapes sweeten just a bit, though that "sour" fingernail polish flavor is never far away

F: super light, watery, easy to drink ... has the slightest bit of carbonation to it that helps fill it out a bit, but it's very watery

O: very similar to a dry wine, sour grapes being the dominant note ... the 8% ABV is hidden to the point of disbelief -- the beer comes off like a 3% table beer, it's so light and watery; a solid "sour" that toes the line between wine and beer

Apr 03, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4 oz pour on tap

A: dark amber body hazy almost no head

S: lots of grapes apples and vinegar

T: the grapes really hit your tongue hard and then you get the vinegar but not a lot of the bite. Then it ends with a musty grainy yeasty taste almost a cereal

M: medium feel low carbonation

O: very tasty beer but not tart as I was expecting very easy drinking very impressed with the grapes.

Mar 30, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap poured into wine glass. A very muddy murky brown and orange copper with no head. A pleasant sourness up front with a very strange aftertaste. Don't really know how to describe it but I like it. Like sour bread maybe...? Anyway, this was pretty awesome for me.

Oct 09, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper. Smells sour and tastes like a sour (not sweet!) grapefruit. Lightly carbonated. Had on tap at the Alphabet City Bar in NYC. Worth a shot if you like sours.

Aug 19, 2015
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AJacob81 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Masterfully subtle take on an American Wild Ale with authentic Italian grapes as the killer secret ingredient. Not a tannin bomb which may throw some sour seekers off track, and the layers of fermentation and bottle conditioning present due to the 3 years of aging impart a fruity, nutty and slightly cheesy flavor profile with sourness in support instead of the main attraction. Really digging Italian craft right now, but the price remains a barrier to further exploration.

Jul 10, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a sparkling dark pink, with no head or lacing.

This one smells quite grapey, with some cherry, as well, and a bit of lactic aroma.

This has a lot of fruitiness beyond just typical grapiness, there's some raspberry and cherry as well, with a pretty light sourness, maybe 3/10. It's got kind of sparkling champagne quality to it, with minimal funk. I wish this was a bit "thicker" per se, with a bit more complexity, but the grapes used here are undeniably tasty.

This is light bodied, fairly thin mouthfeel, with a higher level of carbonation.

This was tasty but I wished for a little bit more.

Jun 21, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head small, short-lived.
The aroma takes us to the village in the full sense of the word, there's a little stable, cheeses, and there are cherries and strawberries.
The taste is sour cherries, a little red fruit. There are flavors of the village barn, stable. The beer is dry, with a hint of bitterness.

Mar 29, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sisky for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Brewed in 2012.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of rubber, plastic, floral, fruit, and grape aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape, fruit, and rubber flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that seems old and has some odd rubber and plastic qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 09, 2015
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2011

Appearance: It has a nice dark ruby/brown color to it. It has practicly no head and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of red grapes, tart cherries, a decent amount of oak and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some red grapes (some red wine characteristics), tart berries, woody oak and some funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Not quite as sour as I hoped it would be but the flavors still work well together.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 30, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a deep red colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly and ends up being gone.

The smell is of tarty fruit, grapes that is, with more than a whiff of the oak aging.

Tastes match the smell; grape tartness and well integrated oak/woody flavours.

Good mouthfeel, the carbonation is on the very low side. It does drink stronger than the abv would suggest.

This bottle from 2012 was very nice.

Nov 16, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Deeply integrated fruit and the mellow patience of wild ale pull from sour sour tendencies to give a punch of tang and tart with fruit at its center. LoverBeer brewers continue their flirtation with characterful microflora, embarking on a strong sour worthy of celebration and reward.

Its tawny burgundy pour releases a dainty eggshell creme that swirls upon the ale, unleashing its sour and fruity brunt. Aromas and early flavors of condensed grape, vinous red wine set the pace while complementary esters of blackberry, plum, date and fig play a supporting roll.

Its balsamic sourness is balanced with fruit and malt sweetness, seeming to give impressions of fruit an more ripe, vibrant and more dense character. Its medium statured malt sweetness is delicately of wheat bread, brazen caramel and almost of chocolate and toast. Its condensed fruitiness is woven together with oxidized sherry notes for a middle palate that's every bit as savory as it is sour.

Its acidic finish is puckering and playfully astringent but also smooth and relaxed. Its trailing sweetness begins to fade and the fruit acidity pulls forth for a palate-stripping quality for ultimate thirst quenching and refreshment despite the fruit and tangy sweetness dissolving closely behind.

Oct 07, 2014
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sjccmd from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Brewed in 2011.

Pours slightly murky, burnt red with hints of both ruby and orange. Thin tiny white head that recedes to just a ring around the glass with some lacing and legs.

Rich tart cherries, vanilla, oak, almond, bright red wine notes. Very complex. Tartness and fruit balance nicely with earthy oak.

Quite tart upfront giving way to an incredibly unique beer. Sour cherries, pomegranates, and currants. Vinous in the back. Warming alcohol, oak, almonds. Very fruity but quite dry.

Low almost no carbonation, but it doesn't detract for my tastes. Slick mouthfeel with a decent body.

Drinks more like a wine than a beer, but quite interesting and very drinkable.

Sep 01, 2014
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse during one of their Italian takeovers, or makeovers, or something completely different, I forget now.

Pours a dark red colour, slight purple touch. Head is white, just a rim. Not bad, nice colour.

Smells vinous, nicely sour. Grapey vinous notes with balsamic, port, and a touch of dark cherry. Very enticing.

Taste is far more yeasty than it should be. Starts with nice, tart vinous notes then gets some slight yeasty notes midway, which become hugely bready, crusty towards the back. Definitely needs more tart edge and more freshness. Starts well but disappoints.

Bit of pull, decent body but yeah ends up quite dry.

All the right elements are there but something's happened to lend that overly yeasty note and dropping the delicious tartness which should dominate.

Jul 18, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

Poured into a large goblet last night at Bittercreek's 2014 Funkfest... A hazy reddish/brown brew produces decent head and spotty lacing.

Nose is weird... candy like sweetness punctuated by a musty/lightly funky bretty character.. Flavor has a big oaky essence that is punctuated by a tannic element... this one is for the geeks, I am not sure what to make of it... not really anything that I commonly associate strictly with grapes, but there is an overall round very background sweetness that I guess is grape.

Weird ... very weird ... tasty, but certainly is not going to be everybody's favorite.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Jun 20, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer this one. No yeast is pitched: instead natural yeast from added grape skins ferments the beer, much like the process you'd expect from traditional wine-making. Tried on-tap at Open Baladin in Rome.

Pours a deep, purplish red, initially with some pinkish foam forming, but this settles out to almost nothing by the time it arrives at the table. Carbonation is weird. It starts out almost like a reverse cascade, but quickly runs out of steam and ends up flat. Very unusual at the very least.

Nose is weird. There's no denying it. Fairy floss, cherry and a cranberry tartness. It smells a bit like non-alcoholic wine—grapy musty, but not really vinous in the proper sense. And there's those candy characters as well, floss and strawberry bubblegum. Extremely odd stuff.

Taste has more of the wine characters. Slightly tarter, a little tannic on the front-to-mid. More cranberry comes through, creaming soda and pinot noir grapes. Wet but limp through the centre. Fizzy alka seltzer and aspro clear in the finish. Feel is not very full. It leaves the beer hanging and it needs a bit more.

Overall, this is utterly unique stuff—and really genuinely strange. I always love when a beer gives me such a new experience. I'll give it an A for originality, but it's not a fully realised beer.

May 04, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

one of the strangest beers out there, the most curious side of spontaneous fermentation, brutally expensive at 21 bucks for a small bottle, but so are many of the italians, especially sour types. dead flat in terms of carbonation, but the dark pink liquid entices me. still waiting for a beer wine hybrid to really pop off, this one is certainly strange, with pieces of grape skins at the bottom of the bottle, raw. the nose is not super tart, certainly not like i am used to in sour beer. this has more of a fruity tartness, like cranberries pucker. i don't get grape specifically. the taste is so strange. fruity on the front end, purple grape and cranberry, maybe tart cherry, but the finish tastes just like cheerios cereal, grainy or bready, plain, and long lasting, trumping the fruit and any acidity or sourness. so strange. this feels like a meal. i miss the carbonation, and would regard this a bit higher if it had some, but i love how different this is, how it challenges my palate, and how the wild side of this is so unconventional. its almost vinegar without the acid, not the bretty or lacto characters we are accustomed to. i appreciate this for what it is, am glad i had it, but will never pay such a price for it again. i encourage the sour beer geek to try it though, because its just a totally different direction on the fermentation side. very cool.

Feb 22, 2014
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes immediately and leaves no lace. Brown/red murky color. Fizzy carbonation and medium bodied. Sour grape nose and flavor is sour grape with hints of sweetness, almost a wine. Can we call this a beer if there is no yeast in it?? There are numerous sour ales that are far cheaper, not worth trying at $19.99 for a 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. Brewed 2010.

Nov 20, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes is very interesting with subtle acidic notes. Taste is a nice mix between loads of oak which brings out cherry tart notes with a light acidic finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another great sour from this brewery though I must admit that there is quite a few resemblances between their Flanders Red.

Aug 15, 2012
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peabody from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off the cap comes off tough and makes a crazy noise like breaking glass. Strange cap with the plastic insert.
This pour is like a mini movie. Initial pour yeilds mounds of off-white suds adorning a clear and effervescent root beer colored brew. Then all at one time the bubbles quickly leave and these snakey bubbles fight each other for dominance. Gotta give that a 5.
Smell is very bretty and oakey with grape skin and sour green apples. Some malt and sugar way in the back along with that nose burning yeast.
Taste is bitter/sour like putting alum in your mouth as a kid. The flavor soon turns to oak and brett wine. There is alcohol here but stays in the shadows.
Mouthfeel is very clean but there is an aftertaste that is almost like formaldyhide(sp) or at least like it smells. Not a bad thing , just an odd thing.
Overall this is a great beer and the only thing I would have against it is the price.19 bucks for 12 oz.
I will buy this again and mabey put it away for a few years to see if the odd taste mellows out.

Jul 20, 2012
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KDawg from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 375 into a tulip. Pours a dark red color with a small head.

Good dark red fruit aromas with some tart aromas of leather, dark red cherries and some funk.

real nice medium body with a good tartness to it. Not overly tart though with good flavors of funk, leather, and dark red fruits.

An extremely good sour styled beer. Not cheap, but still a real good beer.

Jul 03, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, label says brewed in 2010. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/purple color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing. Aroma is very fruity, it smells like dark berries (both sweet and tart), grapes, oak and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma (it's a mostly fruity brew), but there's also the addition of some lemon peel. There's a nice mix between the sweet and tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Worth a try.

Jan 15, 2012
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