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American Wild Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #38
4.65 | pDev: 7.74%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: Blonde American Wild Ale that was fermented and aged in Chardonnay barrels with Missouri grown White Peaches. The Batch 1 cocktail for fermentation includes both spontaneously captured yeast and bacteria from our family's farm and our house wild blend.
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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely spectacular in every way. Had a 375ml poured into a tulip glass. This is a beer I will remember for a long time, maybe even haunt my dreams. The flavor and intensity builds on your palette but doesn't leave an after taste.

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Photo of hopley
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, 375 ml bottle, drank out of a Hill Farmstead tulip wine glass on January 21, 2001.

Poured clear gold with a nice white head that settled out with a little white head remaining around the edges. Smelled tart and slightly acidy. Taste was the same but not as in your face as I had expected (this was my first Side Project beer). Mouthfeel was about right with the medium pucker and quench. Really enjoyed this - reminded me someway of Fou Foune even though that one is apricots. Cheers!

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hopley from Massachusetts, Jan 22, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very similar to Smooth.


Light color from the white peaches

Nose is more delicate. Definite peach aroma.

Taste follows the Bose. More delicate flavor that allows the base beer to be more cohesive with the peaches instead of a punch of nectarines. Also slightly more acidic

Feel is also more delicate

Overall, this is a more delicate, better balanced beer than smooth. If you like a more fruit forward beer, smooth is where it is at. However the nuance of fuzzy is fantastic. You get more of the base beer, and more of that great Missouri micro Flora.

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jheimbigner from Washington, Apr 16, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clouded amber to orange color with a fizzy, small head, which immediately diminishes to a small coating.

Smells of leaf wrapped ripe peaches, offering a bright fruitiness, which comes close to actually cut a peach into half and enjoy its aromas. This inherits not only the fruit‘s pulp but also its stone pith quality, adding a soft soothing quality to the sprizzy, slightly perfumy and floral fruits.

Has a higher, finely nuanced carbonation, with an effervescent finish, among a lighter, yet versatile and intense lighter body.

While this is doubtlessly focussed entirely on peaches, the flavors of the beer offer an initial mineralic quality, white bread dough and matured, still slightly bitter herbs. Peaches enter the palate with an early fruit sugar peak, which stays till the end, but fades down slowly and constantly. The fruit itself is defined by a pleasant tartness, sweeter peach pulp, a light moldy touch among a flowery mildness, which allows a rustic barnyard profile, consisting of leather and cream cheese, to cut through. Develops an almost creamy finish with an astonishing smoothness of the fruits and a finely beaded mouthfeel, leading to a surprising, well interweaved juiciness, in which the maintaining tartness manages to shine.

This tastes great, everything comes together perfectly, due to the beer‘s awesome mouthfeel and balance. It is just as complex as a Lambic with a cleverly integrated tartness, labeling this unmistakably a sour, but with a complexity which assures to be able to pick up the beer‘s subtle nuances.

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aleigator from Germany, Nov 12, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B3 - I have to say I like how this is not as acidic as the other vintages. I mean sure, it’s tart, definitely, but it’s millions of peaches, peaches for free/me/us! Dug it.

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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts, Sep 25, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Blend #2. Pours a hazy gold with white head. Big sour funk aroma of lacto with peaches. Taste is very sour. Flavors of peaches with lactobacillus. Very nice peach flavor with a lot of pucker.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good peach sour. long finish. ren's bottle. spider lace. not overwhelming sour. very fruity. a delight. great balancing. A bit of orange fruit colour.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Mar 25, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything's just peachy at the Side Project brewhouse when the brewery takes their Missouri raised fruit and embellishes a Brussels' styled sour ale. Aided with chardonnay barrels, the character of this sour ale simply keeps building.

Fuzzy comes with a slightly peach stained gold color. Hazy with suspended microflora and a touch of wheat, the beer's light froth casts a sour scent over the senses. Sour peach, white wine, citrus, oak spice, sea air and an earthy drift of saddle leather captivate the nose while tepid sweetness teases the early palate with sourdough, light candy and whole wheat.

Sweetness is short and easily dissolves once it hits the middle palate. Meanwhile the sourness gains steam and brings an underlying taste of lime, lemon, crabapple, gooseberry and sour white grapes to the tastebuds. Its piquant sourness is laced with white pepper, oak and a abrasive spice of acetone and rice wine vinegar. Dry hay and grapefruit peels decorate the finish while the overcast of peach and nectarine encompasses the entire session.

Light in body, the beer's bracing acidity easily strips the thirst from the palate and replaces it with a crisp peach flavor and a puckering sourness that quickly dispels in a peppery, briny and oaken aftertaste.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Mar 14, 2018
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly one of the best sours out there. Hard to get your hands on but worth the price. Unfortunately, when you get a pour or bottle it does not last long. I had this at Side Project bar in early 2017, visiting a friend in St. Louis. I believe it was the second batch, good haze with a bright orange. Had a sweet complexity of peaches that developed into everlasting funky, earthy, acidity that beckoned another sip. Must try if you are a sour lover.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Nov 13, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

B1 Starbright, mid-high clarity, champagne effervescence, appropriate head and retention per style, straw-green hue; errupting notes of underipe apricot and peach, lemon zest, lemon juice, flesh, damp slate, damp grass, damp barnyard bedding; under and over ripe peach, apricot, peach pit sweat, lemon rind and juice; pleasant and thin feel with appropriate effervescence, residual and cloying acid and sugars;

B2 Bright, straw, moderate haze, great head and retention per style;

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PhilHarmstead from New Jersey, Nov 10, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma is funky and floral with unripe peach and apricot and hay notes. Taste is tart, fruity and lactic with some fruit pit bitterness.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Sep 20, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Firestone Walker 2017 Invitational. The long line paired well with the hangover I was nursing in the heat. Pours innocent and yellow with a chunkee or two floating around and a super thin mild head that was gone before I took a sip. Wow, what a great aroma. Peach, brett, barrel, funky yet dry. Pretty top notch in that department.

Taste, oh man I could drill this all day. Nice soft white peach envelopes the mouth, not overly acidic or sour, just right. Carbonation on point, the nice little white wine notes are complimentary. It is definitely upper echelon fruited wild ale territory. Doubt I would ever trade for such a thing because it is so damn valued and there are comparable beers like this in my neck of the woods (De Garde- The Peach). Its almost as good as O'so's peach wild ale. So I'd say it is running #2 in the Midwest, which is still a huge compliment. Peach and sour fans will dig it.

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Photo of Beerse
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What an excellent beer. Amazing nuance and waves of flavor. Perfect fruit balance. Very well done. Best beer at Shelton Bros "The Festival" 2017 IMHO.

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Beerse from Georgia, Aug 31, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 4oz pour at a bottleshare. Look wasn't anything crazy but the smell was so complex showcasing barrel,funk, and loads of peaches in perfect balance. The taste was both jammy and some dryness in the back. The feel was medium and effervescent. Overall a great BA fruited wild ale that i hope i can get my own bottle to share with the wife.

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BEER88 from Bahrain, Aug 20, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 375 from the most recent batch with my brother. This was my first beer from side project and I think he gave away a little much for it. I like this beer overall and was very drinkable. I thought while tart and sour it wasn't over the top like some are saying. At the same time it wasn't very bold. I could have crushed the whole bottle to myself easily but in the same vain of IPAs I'm not really a session guy. Just expected something more.

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Photo of -Rick
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 375ml bottle

like biting into a fresh peach. So juicy and just the right amount of sour. Nose explode with peach, tangerine and a hint of acidic apples on the back end. A great beer!

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-Rick from Massachusetts, Jul 18, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been wanting to try this one for a long time and it did not disappoint. Perfectly carbonated with just the right amount of sourness and so drinkable at 8%. Just wonderful.

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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey, Jul 10, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Golden straw, clear with careful pour, Large bubbled foamy head pops out into bubbly collar and floating islands.

Aroma is tart peaches mixed with ripe and sweet peaches mingling with yeasty funk.

Fresh real peach flavor is light, but not mistakable. It blends perfectly with the barrel which adds a robust earthiness. Tart but not puckering.

Effervescent moderate carbonation and dry/crisp body.

Overall a well made and excellent brew. Light touch in every aspect combines into an incredibly balanced final product.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Jun 18, 2017
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4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale and transparent straw color. Creamy lacing with great retention and glass sticking. Awesome peach and acid aroma with mild wood. Initial burst of tartness on the palate, vinegar and lightly citric. White peaches midway: sweet, light, dry and perfectly integrated with the delicate malt. Subtle oak and funk with underlying white grapes. No way to tell this is 8%. So subtle and well blended it tastes like 5%. Light and creamy feel, perfect carbonation, dry finish. Subtlety and balance are hallmarks of this gem. As close to perfection as any beer can achieve.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Apr 25, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head even on a small 5oz pour. Head foams up quick with large bubbles, and yet despite this retains well. Aroma gives off notes of apricot and yeast with little else to distract. Flavor profile is the same with an addition of grape. The flavor profiles packs a light tartness that mingles on the edge of sour. It's nothing crazy wild in terms of sour, but just enough to add another dimension to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is fizzy and fuzzy with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, this beer is flavorful. It drinks more like a champagne then anything else.

Served from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed glass. Reviewed from notes.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Mar 12, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear peach color in the glass with no head. Smell is fresh peaches. This beer has aged a bit, but the peaches are still bursting out of the glass. Sour peach candy, wet hay, bread cracker, oak, subtle band aid. The taste is mouth puckering tart and bursting with peach skin and juicy peach flesh, green apple, white wine, and some lemon. Oak and subtle funk add complexity. I've never had this fresh, but it would seem this is developing some nice complexity in the bottle. Mouth feel is sturdy and on point. Carb is rich and full bodied. Nice acetic vinegar notes add strength to the flavor and edge to the mouth feel. Excellent.

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danh53 from Florida, Feb 23, 2017
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best American sour I have ever had. This is on par with Cantillon for the funk and sourness. This beer was super sour and tart, but so drinkable. Loved it.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, it's sort of one-note. It tastes like a sour, unripe peach. That's it. I wanted the Side Project funk, and it's just not there. It's just flat out warhead sour. Good, but I am wanting more.

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StoutSnob40 from California, Jan 15, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with a light cloudiness and a fingernail of dishwater white. I smell peach, pear, and green apples. The taste is a delictable lightly tart green apples, pear, peach, and tart Brettanomyces. The mouth is bone dry and moderately carbonated.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Dec 22, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange color with heavy white lacing.

S - Dominated with lemon, citrus, and funk.

T - Tart citrus peel, puckering lemons, and a puckering finish.

M - Medium body, dry, but mouth watering at the same time. Makes the mouth salivate.

O - Despite my vague review, this is a fabulous beer!

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Dec 15, 2016
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