R2 Koelschip
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,577
Ranked #28,459
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Of note, the bottle is proudly emblazoned with the Draai Laag Brewing Company name, rather than the Strange Roots Experimental Ales moniker.

A: Hazy gold with a two-finger white fizzy head that fades relatively quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation present.

S: Lemony citric acid and funky. Almost like a mix of Pediococcus and Lactobacillus, but neither dry nor funky enough to be most (or all) of either, I don't think. Cracker malts and a little vinous. Maybe some oak here too? I'm not convinced. It smells rather tart and dry, but not overly of either. Interesting, and not bad at all.

T: A moderate lactic tartness, with citric acid and lemony citrus. Some modest barnyard and drying hay funk. Light cracker malts and vinous dryness. A mild pilsner character to the malts comes out as warms. It finishes dry, lemony, and tart.

M: A very fizzy mouthfeel – borderline obnoxious over-carbonation. A light body with fairly low alcohol presence.

O: Just not my favorite. The (over) carbonation might be the worst part, but the funk and acid levels just aren’t working for me so well. I’m all for coolship beers, but this one is gonna need some fine tuning. Perhaps fruiting would have helped smooth things over – like a raspberry or something. But as it is, it isn't sour enough to carry it, but also doesn’t have the funk to stand on its own like a gueuze.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've Had 23 American Wilds. On one hand, this must be proof that I am open-minded for a grumpy old man. On the other hand, this may be evidence that I'm a slow learner because after 23, I should know by now that the unpredictability of the sourness of American Wilds are not for me.

All that said, R2 Koelschip, is not bad... primarily because its sour is mild, restrained and plays nice with appetizers and cheese. It Looks and Smells like its many American contemporaries piling into this surprisingly fast-expanding market, but R2 distinguishes self in the Taste and, particularly, the After-Taste by being moderate and sensible. (Something this country needs to find again. Are we up to that in 2018?)

At any rate (or editorial)... this was my first from Strange Roots and they are riding the trend of farm-to-table and other cool stuff. I consider myself lucky to have found in Chicago a bottle of this small Pittsburgh brewer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a touch of haze and a massive effervescence. Head is a thick layer of fizzy foam that appears to be at a rolling boil due to the huge effervescence; I love it.

Smell: sweet, slightly tart, and slightly funky; there's also the unsurprising zip of carbon dioxide. Not crazily complex, but an interesting wild ale.

Taste: a bit more tartness than the aroma suggests, followed by a bit of orchardy fruit character and a bit of farmhouse funk. It's kind of a tripel-meets-bière de garde-meets-a splash of lemonade. I like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a massive carbonation and huge, if ephemeral, creaminess. I dig it!

Overall: this beer really appeals to me. I like super fizzy Belgian-inspired beers, and this one really works for me. It's very, very drinkable.

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Photo of MFMB
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, slight chill haze with a fairly bright white head that goes quickly. Fair amount of carbonation. Nose is of light yogurt. Sour grapes be mild grass. Taste is of sour grape skin upfront but a tame sour. Was expecting more funk and sour with this one but it's just not there. Pretty tame. Creamy Greek yogurt and slight peppery kick to it. Body is medium to thin with a dry red wine like finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to drink some of this at the most recent Eclipse party. Enjoyable beer from a new brewery (to me).

Has the yellow/golden sour base appearance, forms a nice 1/3" white head on the top. Aroma sticks with the non descript sour aroma, golden grains, lemon and other citrus with a mild barnyard presence.

Taste, drops more lemon and green apple, golden waves of grain. Carbonation is up there, but not a problem. Mouth feel is relatively clean for style. Easy to drink, not overly sour or acidic. This is like a session wild ale, I think its a subgenre that is plenty welcome. I can't factor price in here, I don't know what these go for. Whether I would bang again or not depends on cost.

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Photo of drtth
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml bottle the first 250 ml pour goes into a Corsendonk goblet a clear dark golden yellow with a 1/2" white head that slowly but visibly recedes to a thin layer of foam and a small ring around the glass but without leaving any lacing on the sides. There's a continuing stream of carbonation rising from the nucleation point and the thin layer of foam persists for the whole pour. Sipping creates a sheet of lacing that slides back to the liquid leaving a few small leggy patches of lacing.

The aromas are light but noticeable and have a nice mix of pear and green apple combined with a slight earthy mustiness in the background.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with the pear and the green apple tartness up front. There’s also a touch of sweetness and the light earthy mustiness stays well in the background.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the small bubbles of the persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins about mid-way through as the green apple tartness slides away followed by the hint of sweetness as both slowly disappear to let the back of the palate turn slightly dry and musty.

This is a fine beer from a brewery that specializes in wild ales and is showing great promise both for growth and for producing even higher quality offerings. The beer is clean, crisp and very easy to drink. I could easily have another. So, if I see more on the shelf, I'll get at least one so I have another to age a bit and try again after the wild yeast introduced during spontaneous fermentation has had time to do more of it's work.

The second pour has a bit of the yeast sediment in it and is hazy. The yeast also mutes and smooths out some of the crispness of the flavors and aromas. Interestingly in this case, while the presence of the yeast makes the beer less sharp and clean the effect is not unpleasant and also makes the beer drinkable in a different way than it was after the first pour. It is less challenging but in many ways just as enjoyable. That said, on the whole I prefer the first pour without the yeast and that is the one I based my review on.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice champaigne like qualities in this beer. Dry and a little bretty but well balanced. Slightly tart but not sour. I enjoyed this one. Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore.

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Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was lightly funky overall, with suggestions of peach, lemon rind, apricot, and clove. The finish was a very faint earthy clove note. Satisfying enough, but kind of one dimensional.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release to the state. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow/amber color wiht a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, peach, strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, light leather/funk, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, peach, strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, light leather/funk, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, peach, strawberry, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and tart/spiciness as well. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a great wild saison style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served cold in a teku. No bottling date found.

Appearance: great bottle presentation here. Beer poured out a hazy golden orange with a stark white head of small bubble foam. Tons of sediment in the bottle and some made it to the glass. No biggie for me.

Nose: tart lemons, peaches, apricots, crackery malts, fair amount of funk, very citrus forward.

Taste: very Geuze like, Boon perhaps but with more spicy hop character, weirdly. Follows the nose well with lemons, spicy hops, oranges, tangerines, peaches, apricots and crackers malt, biscuity, clover honey. There is an underlying sweetness to the beer that is very nice. Great funk from the Brett strains here. Medium sourness, more like a tart saisonthan a traditional Geuze. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste but at 4.2% it's to be expected.

Overall: delicious wild Ale from a Brewery that I was unaware of but not too far from me. I look forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Wild Ale/Saison combo from Pennsylvania (don't let the Flemish name fool you). Inoculated with wild yeast in a koelschip (as per Belgian tradition) this beer has all the right funky aromas and flavors. The nose gives you hints of sourness and barnyard. The flavor is of mild sourness, hints of sweetness and definitely funkiness. Mouthfeel is of smooth carbonation and surprisingly thick. Appearance is murky orange and with not much of a head. Overall a great beer and for a price that is a fraction of what one would pay for equivalent imports.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent beer. The tartness is just right and just a little bit of funk makes this beer so enjoyable. One of my favorite wild ales, and a great go-to for a sessionable sour beer. I will buy this by the case whenever I can get back to Pittsburgh

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange with champagne carb trails, initial head dwindles away fairly quickly. Spotty lace.

Aroma is all Belgian saison yeast, botanicals and lightly phenolic clove. Very slight cheese rind Brett.
Taste is pleasantly tart with white grape and crabapple notes, bone dry with a dry saison chalkiness.
Feel is good, it's light and crisp like a Berliner, with the barrel bugs of a wild saison.
Brisk carbonation that scrubs the palate clean.

Not super sour or "extreme", so the intent is surely lost on some. Makes a great table beer to pair with cheese and charcuterie. Interested to try their other beers.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's sour and not much else. I do commend the brewers for using spontaneous fermentation. As most of us know, it is not easy and is very unpredictable. Good effort

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Draai Laag R2 Koelschip ale in a 1 Pint 0.9 Fl. Ounces curved bottle %4.2 ABV.

Look: As I poor this one you can see the cloudy goodness going into the glass as is the case with their other beers as well. It is an extremely cloudy golden sunburst color because of the wild yeast that they use. The head on this one was small at first and then dissipated to a tiny ring.
Smell: It smells kind of like a Belgian wheat, but more like champagne than anything else.
Taste: Like an extremely sour champagne. Is this what a farmhouse ale is supposed to taste like? If so, I do not like it. That is what they call this on the Draai Laag website, a tart, Belgian style farmhouse ale. I think if you have a sour taste in a beer you should make it somewhat subtle. The sourness on this dwarfs anything else going on and it is so powerful that it is disgusting. I hate champagne to begin with, but sour champagne is just way too much for me. In fact, I didn't want to waste money, but I couldn't finish this one. I got through maybe almost half and I gave the rest to my dog Zeus. He will drink any beer thrown at him and didn't hesitate.
Feel: I guess it was........, I dunno I couldn't stand it!!!!!!
Overall: sour champagne and that is all I got, I kid you not.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Tommyguz for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a tulip. Appears a beautiful polished clear copper color with white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is lemony with some wild character almost phenolic like plastic (but faintly) with brine, apples and pears. Cidery in nature as it warms up.

Tastes tart with lemon then some plastic phenolics, dry grain, earth and pear/apple skins. Once the brew breathes and warms up, it really has some cider character about it, almost moreso than beer.

Light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent even though I dont dig cider. I realize the nature of spontaneous fermentation and its commendable that they produced something thats even drinkable with this method.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft. Pale golden color. Aroma is soft, mostly pale malt with a little field fruit (strawberry mostly). Taste features lots of crisp pale malt, some wheat and a little tart fruit flavor (I got some cherry). Not very lactic or "sour".

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A session sour? Perhaps... this beer pours a bright amber yellow color clear with a bit of head that fizzes out rather quickly. Smells of Brett and sour lemons with some grains. Taste is not bad better than the Gose I had earlier slightly sour and grainy with a smooth body.

Overall for $4.50 a 16oz bottle I didn't expect much but it is a very session able sour ale. I may revisit

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Photo of atone315
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I should have waited another year or 2 to drink this one. Not really sour, it tasted like it might get that way with some time on it. I may look for another bottle or 2 to stash away for a few years.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, and earth 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 a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is funky, fruits, tart. Taste is sour, earthy, peaches, wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth, and overall a different flavor profile for me. Hard to believe that after damn near 2,500 reviews, this is my first of the style. Anyway, a decent beer, but I won't be needing another.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immensibly drinkable. Perfect carbonation that in no way compromises the flavors. The pale malt is bread and traceable, but not overbearing. Next choice for a bomber to go.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was refreshing and full flavored for what it is. Earthy tartness. Perhaps the atmosphere at the grand opening of the beirgarten made this seem better than it really is. Will have to re review

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Photo of micropale
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle. Looks very drinkable with it's light colored body. Smells a bit like stawberry yogurt. Subtle taste of cotton candy with some mild hop aromas. Feels great and overall maybe one of the best wild ales I've ever tried.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Draai Laag

A- pours a hazy golden color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a ring, leaving nothing behind

S- earthy and yeasty, with some fruit peach and citrus undertones

T- toasted and wheaty with some underlying peach & lemon fruit notes adding a light tartness, earthy finish

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry finish

O- light sour notes and high drinkability

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R2 Koelschip from Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 107 ratings