Dogpatch Grand Cru | Almanac Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dogpatch Grand Cru blends a Flanders red-style sour ale with red wine grapes to craft something truly unique. We layered California-grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Tempranillo grapes with a special imperial version of our Dogpatch Sour ale, combining the best characteristics of the beer and wine worlds.

Tannic red wine notes mingle with complex sour yeast flavors and French oak barrel character to create an exceptionally original new brew. Pair with beer-braised beef dishes and savor on special occasions.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-12-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by 2GOOFY:
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, pours a little head, but no retention or lace.

Funky, wine aroma.

Good acidity, but not overly harsh, nice depth to the funk, lots of leather, some acetic. Grape tannins are certainly noticeable, but they're complimentary and not overbearing. Light oak, field berry and tart cherry.

Moderate body has a pleasant acidity and a drying finish.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into teku glass.

A: Pours a deep cranberry/red wine color with a short-lived light tan film that quickly fizzed away into nothing.
S: An incredibly layered and complex nose that smells of wine almost as much as beer. I get hints of red berries, especially raspberries, musty damp basement and old wood, and tons of vinous red wine notes. There is a bright acidity there as well that reminds me of a mix of lactic and acetic, as well as undertones of earthy brett and a very mild funk.
T: Follows the nose with much of the same profile translating to the palate. Flavors remind me an Oud Bruin with red berries and vinous red grape flavors up front and a mix of musty earthy flavors, caramel, and raisin in the finish. The aftertaste has an acetic/lactic tartness near the finish and just a touch of acetone/sharpee. Red wine grape flavors come through more than I am describing as this really does have a vinous red wine presence. The aftertaste even finishes like a tannic, dry, red wine. There’s a subtle spiciness throughout the flavor, along with just a touch of volatile booze.
M: Medium-full body, very fine carbonation that froths up on my palate and feels like it is made of fizzy, tight, small bubbles. The mouthfeel is drying, especially the finish, while the acidity rides the line of smooth/harsh (it’s on the smoother side). For having double digit alcohol content, the booze is hidden rather well.
O: Definitely their most complex sour, and a fairly complex sour as a beer in general. I loved the melody of red wine flavors mixed with musty sour red ale. I hope they continue to produce beers as good as this. Easy to sip, highly drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a world class grand cru sour red ale from these guys, brewed with a number of unique red wine grapes, the beer has aged really well just like its white wine counterpart from 2015, and this was a memorable drink at their new taproom with a close friend. ruby red in color, deeply stained from the heavy inclusion of the fruit, tons of wood on the nose, sweet jammy red grapes, black cherries, tart blueberries, and sharp acidity, this is almost shocking to breathe in deeply, so much going on, unique and as sexty as the packaging. the flavor is fantastic, maybe even better than the white one, with such rich red grape and red wine character, tons of muddled berries, light mulling spices, wet oak, and even a citrus note. more grain character than the white one has, biscuit and chestnut notes underneath all the fruit. a huge wash of acidity, some vinegar some more conventional lacto type, comes on late, making this more winey than fruity specifically, and leaving an almost chalky dryness on the palate on the swallow. the fruit is amazing in this, hard to place specific varietals with all the grapes and time on this, but there are similarities with other beers ive had made with tempranillo grapes, so i am going to say those are the lead dog in here, but thats a reach i know. overall a delicious and special glass of beer, i liked both the 2015 versions better than the 2016 versions, hard to compare such different beers i know, but these were both outstanding!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy in color with no head. The aroma is an intense melange of different wine grapes including Merlot and syrah along with Brettanomyces. This is an intensely flavored wild ale that is a hybrid of wine and wild ale. I'm tasting tart Brettanomyces, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot. The mouth is very carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of acurtis
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Maroonish/redish/purplish with thin fizzy head that goes away super quick
S- Cherry, vinegar,wine tannins, dark berries
T- Not as sharp on the acidity as some other Almanac sours. Cherries and dark, tart fruit
F- Medium
O- Great smell and taste. Not as tart as some other Almanac sours which makes it super drinkable. If this weren't nearly $30 a bottle, I would be stocking up

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nataku00
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ebin6
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - pretty much like cranberry juice. Incredible clarity though, which is what bumps it up for me. Almost zero head, though a vigorous swirl can elicit one.

S - mostly the wine grapes on the nose. For me, the tempranillo is most evident. Some fruit (plum) behind all the grapes.

T - crosses the worlds of beer and wine better than anything I've had before. Slight sense of hops on the front end then the grapes and lacto take over. Sweet and mouth-puckeringly sour, this is worth every penny.

M - one of the best mouthfeels I've had in some time. Really packs a punch on the back end.

O - one to seek out, it's essentially sour wine. Unique is the only word to describe it. Aging another one for some time; excited to see what happens.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WaterFurnace
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Madtownbeerguy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal flanders red type sour with a massive wine-forward kick. So well-balanced that the wine and booze really overpower nothing. Sought this out in Sf and it didn't disappoint. My only issue with Almanac is that their beer is financially undrinkable. Seriously, I know you live in a city of multimillionaire tech fuckers w money growing on trees, but I'd really like to be able to afford your damn beer next time I'm in the Bay. But yeah, great sour. ;)

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Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dka67
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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