Papillon | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
(a.k.a. I Can Do This Too, Cory King). American Wild Ale aged in gin barrels with wild yeasts.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 38
Photo of 5toutman75
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very sour and wonderful if you like a tart sour. From the funky smell you know this will be a tart beer. I gave it a lower rating on the smell because it just doesn’t smell good. It smells too sour. I wonder if the aging has made it more so than when it was fresh. Lightly carbonated. I love the flavor and the way it comes together in the end. I hope they make it again.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lumpy white foam appears creamy and soft but quickly dissipates to leave behind a nearly still peach-amber body.

The nose smells really acidic with notes lemon, grapefruit, and orange, while also being botanically floral.

Taste is actually quite refreshing, bringing lemon, white wine and botanical gin barrels, with some acetic pickle notes, rose wine and balsamic vinegars.

Frothy and soft but thin and crisp, with a semi-dry finish. Really sour!

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"One-off aged in Gin barrels with wild yeast" aka "I Can Do This Too, Cory King".

Draft snifter at Northdown, quick review from notes.

Pale pastel yellow gold color, thin compact layer of white foam that lasts for the first few sips. Minor spotty lacing around the edges of the glass.

It has a complex aroma, woody, funky, fruity, botanical. White wine and cheese rind funk.

Taste is similarly complex and fruit forward with a solid dose of funky cheese from the wild yeast and barrel bugs. White wine, underripe peach or plum, sour green grapes, bloomy Brie cheese rind. Intricately funky aftertaste after the initial wave of tart fruit subsides, traces of wet wood and cheese rind again.

Body is light and spritzy, though has enough substance to carry it along.
Overall it was really enjoyable and a nice one to savor, hope they make more in the future.

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Papillon from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 38 ratings