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Wild Ale
Ranked #836
Ranked #14,917
3.92 | pDev: 10.2%
May 20, 2021
Jul 23, 2011
Very Good
Notes: Spontaneously fermented in wood with the addition of Barbera grapes crushed and de-stemmed, no added yeast.
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Photo of Sigmund
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

375 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, brewed 2010. ABV is 8%. Cloudy dark red colour, pink head disappears completely after a minute. Strong and intense vinous aroma, notes of red wine vinegar, oak and farmhouse. The flavour is also vinous, tart and medium sour, oaky notes. Very moderate hops. Does not taste as strong as 8%, nor by my own buzz-o-meter.

May 20, 2021
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

375ml bottle from 2013

Dark pour with sediment, decent head. The bottom of the glass has what seems to be old fruit jam pasted to the bottom. Unique plastic seal on the bottle cap, along with an annoying foil wrap. Smells very pungent and is similar to the flavor, vinegar soaked berries with lots of strawberry and cherry, also oak and slight diaper(!?)... equal parts ugh and delightful. Lots of berry and the complete lack of malt are a positive here. Beautiful and bright feel, and the 8% is completely hidden, but this stuff is very hard to drink for whatever reason, so it just gets a 2.5 on feel

I got this for $3 on discount and that may've factored into my appreciation slightly. Either way, it's quite unique in style, bottle, smell, and taste. Complex, interesting, powerful bitter/sour flavors... also overstaying it's welcome after ~4oz - BUT also I bought another for keeping, so that says something, either about me or the beer

May 20, 2021
3.94 by Dazka from Italy on Sep 28, 2019
4.1 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 03, 2019
4.14 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Dec 24, 2018
3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon on Oct 29, 2018
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on May 02, 2018
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 02, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DJ-Hophead from England

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
3.75 by macrosmatic from Florida on Jun 25, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by constantine_272 from Oregon

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
3.62 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 23, 2016
3.28 by PeterD10 from Vermont on Oct 30, 2016
4.35 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Sep 30, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RedSpecial1 from Florida

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
3.81 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Sep 18, 2016
3.87 by DispyDnb from England on Jul 29, 2016
4.22 by DrMindbender from South Carolina on Jun 22, 2016
3.77 by Beerbom from California on Jun 07, 2016
3.26 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on May 19, 2016
4.04 by spointon from Illinois on May 12, 2016
4.1 by ericdavidmorris from California on Apr 11, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Premo88 from Texas

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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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SomethingClever from Ohio

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
4.24 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on Jan 19, 2016
3.96 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Jan 03, 2016
4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Dec 30, 2015
3.6 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2015
4.07 by NHbeerfishing from New Hampshire on Nov 19, 2015
3.81 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Nov 14, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tbryan5 from Louisiana

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
4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Aug 23, 2015
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

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
4.1 by allenson21 from New York on Aug 15, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AJacob81 from Illinois

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
3.5 by Mattias from Sweden on Jul 09, 2015
4.09 by dcmchew from Romania on Jun 27, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.02 by jaymo18 from Virginia on Jun 14, 2015
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