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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Brettanomyces-fermented ale aged on Missouri wine grapes.

Added by birchstick on 05-04-2012

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Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Vav at Alex's (Masterski) Birthday shindig at Pipeworks. 750 ml bottle served in a New Glarus taster glass. Bottle April 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy cherry color with some amber hues. A frothy white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice bubbly color that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Baby diaper up front. Definitely sweet grape with light oak. There is a mild white wine flavor on the finish. Slighlty tart with some big funk.

T: Grape juice like flavor is up front. There is an oak body with some sweetness. A slight acidity takes over and then this weird funk just takes over on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Funky finish.

O: This just had some odd flavors to it. I wanted to like it as it sound delicious, but the brett just really provided some off flavors that didn't mesh well with the base beer. It seems like it's night and day between the tap and bottle versions so I would like to seek that out.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fountainhead for their Perennial/Half Acre Event.

A - Pours ruby reddish/brown, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - The Missouri grapes shine though and are mixed with a nice layer of funky brett and oak. There's a vinous quality that works nicely with the base beer along some light tartness and grape skins that add some complexity.

T - Nice vinous notes, grape skins, yogurt, funky brett, and oak. There's a lot going on here right off the bat, but the oak/brett/grape combo works well together. Some light tartness and tannins also come though as the beer warms. The alcohol is really well-hidden and I would never guess it's 8%. The finish is light tart grapes and oak.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O - I had this beer out of the bottle as well, and I think the draft version is vastly superior at the time of my review. I think this beer will continue to develop on the bottle and I look forward to trying this one every few months to see how it's coming along. Good stuff, guys!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, caramel color with a pink tint. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sour tartness with good grape notes.

T - Good sour grape flavor with a touch of spicy yeast and some funky, phenolic flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a touch of pucker-quality. A medium bodied ale with some sneaky ABV.

O - This is a really good sour ale. Love the Bret character that come through.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this both from the bottle as well as on-tap. The draft version was superior, so I'll go mainly from that. Consumed at Foutainhead, out of a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and no lace. Murky cidery-like body.

S - A mix of vinous and sweet grapes, oak, sweet malts, tropical brett notes, and some mild lactic and blue cheese flavors. The bottle unfortunately suffers from some sulfurous diapers, but thankfully that flavor isn't present from the keg. Bottle shock perhaps?

T - Lots of grapeskins, sweet white grape juice, light malt, mild sourness, oak, and a slightly salty note? Some stone fruits and candy-like sweetness - mildly evocative of sweet tarts. Fairly consistent from bottle to draft, with more tartness on-tap.

M - Medium-full body, very dry with plenty of tannic grapeskins, no alcohol, moderate acidity and pucker. Carbonation is low in the bottles, but medium on-tap.

D - The bottles remind me a little of Oui Oui, complete with the heavy wine character and sulfurous aroma. I'd consider giving the bottles a few months to see if it carbs up and loses the sulfur. However, it's quite nice on-tap.

It's a low A- on-tap, but more of a low B+ out of the bottle.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dirty brown. has this bit of clearness with a muddy mess. looks nice. lacks head from pour, otherwise nice.

light grape, comes off as a white grape. fairly fresh. slight vinegar tones with a slightly oaky and funkiness.

light sourness, maybe a hint of tartness up front. as it fades, the grape flavor emerges and brings out the life in this. some light brown ale through the finish with a lingering funk. aftertaste is grape.

mild carbonation, but smooth. dry finish.

overall, this is good. would maybe like a bit more grape. i would not sit on this as once the grape fades, the complexity of this will fade. drink now IMO, would drink this again. drinks easily.

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Photo of birchstick
2.61/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a grapefruit red color with a thin white head. Nose is wildly funky with some rotting vegetables, funky cheese, and citric notes. Taste starts off with grainy malts and some grape flavors. Moves on to some sweeter malt flavors mixed in with a vinous character. A lot of corn flavors finish it off, with lingering vinous flavors. Decent body that goes down well. Overall, this one didn't excite as much as I hoped. It seemed a little rough around the edges in the nose and taste. It might settle out over time...I would sit on this.

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