Petit Mutant | The Alchemist

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Petit MutantPetit Mutant

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Brett ale fermented entirely with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis; this rustic ale contains almost a pound of Montmorency cherries in each 16 ounce can.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-06-2014

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Reviews by jaasen64:
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4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz silver can labeled with a petit mutant sticker, picked up at the Alchemist release yesterday. Supposedly this is a 18 barrel batch brewed with 3700 lbs. of cherries.

A- Pours a fairly dark opaque purplish red, a thin off-white red head forms that recedes to a thin layer, consistent carbonation. You can tell this was brewed with a ton of cherries just looking at the color.

S- Tons of cherries, cherry pit, cherry skin, a decent amount of barnyard brett but not overly funky, just a faint tart smell that blends nicely with the cherries. Fairly aromatic with a very fruity smell, if you like the smell of cherries and brett you will love this aroma.

T- Tons of montmorency cherries, cherry juice, a bit of cherry pit, and a little bit of cherry skin, a nice level of tartness and some barnyard funk balance out the sweetness of the cherries nicely so that it isn't overly sweet. Finishes with tart cherry juice that lingers on the palate. Can really tell they just loaded this with as much cherries as possible, but the brett does a nice job of balancing it out without making it overly fruity or sweet.

M- Just the right acidity level letting the tartness come out but not becoming too mouth-puckering, just the right amount of carbonation to complement the beer but not be over-carbonated, fairly drinkable although not sure if I could drink more then a can of this easily as 16oz is more then enough- almost recommend splitting.

O- The Alchemist has yet to disappoint and Petit definitely lived up to my expectations. The cherries came through very nicely but didn't dominate the beer making it overly sweet like a lot of fruit beers I've had. This is easily probably one of the better fruited brett ales that I've had and at $6/can with a case limit at the release you absolutely can not beat this. Unfortunately since it uses so many cherries I think at the most this will be produced once a year dependent on the cherry yield.

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Photo of 01001111
2.67/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Bold, cloudy, ruby red. Very loud carbonation.

S: Musty brett funk, vinegar, and cherry jolly ranchers.

T: The tartness is there but overwhelmed by the artificial-tasting flavor of cherries and a bitter, cough syrup finish. Honestly, this tastes a lot like Robitussin.

M: Not sure if the slight syrupy sensation is there or an artifact of the cough syrup taste.

O: Happy to have tried it, more than happy to never have it again. Given that I traded something quite good for this, I might have to power through this one.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of csniezek
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of LGB362
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickBourne
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Alycrocker
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Shawner
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper brown colored beer, evenly clouded with a white, small tight head. Aroma is loaded with cherries, slightly funky/brettified, lightly tart, sweet and woody, a touch of red grapes, musky, and something similar to raspberries. Taste is pleasantly tart, packed with cherry, reminiscent of tart cranberry juice, fermented fruit, and again some woody musk funkiness.

Very enjoyable beer. Tart funky cherry pie...

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Photo of whatname
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SunDevil12
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear red body. Lightly pink head.

Smell - Smells kinda bland. Musty cherry and some cough syrup. Yeasty, too.

Taste - Much better cherry flavor, but it is a bit medicinal. Light tartness. Grain. Like wheat.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. A it abrasive.

Overall - Not really impressive. Artificial tasting.

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Photo of Gmanofleisure
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mobius387
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Petit Mutant from The Alchemist
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