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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #56
4.61 | pDev: 7.59%
Sunday at 01:17 AM
Nov 07, 2013
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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4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer was the color of a peach. It was orange with red hues toward the center.

Smell - The beer smelled like sour peaches. There was an undercurrent of sweetness, like vanilla.

Taste - The profile was quite acidic, like a soured peach. Notes of peach and peach skin were detected. There seemed of be the presence of vanilla sweetness as well. The profile had a nice sour peach finish.

Mouthfeel - The body had little carbonation, but a pleasant smoothness.

Overall - This is a sour that I can enjoy, and I am not a sour guy.

Sunday at 01:17 AM
4.32 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on May 07, 2022
4.81 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 29, 2022
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4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by elNopalero from California

This was a guest beer on tap during the 2021 Zwanze Day celebration I attended.
2020 Fuzzy, at a year’s age.

Loved the nose on this. Stone fruit in season, white peach and a hint of funk. It’s tart, without being overly sour, with a nuanced finish. More of the peach notes, leaving the palate tingling. Fantastic.

Jan 28, 2022
4.73 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

A: Tangerine pour with fiery hues to apricot. The neck films a shade of macaroon cream that’s dismissive per inscription, from the preset retention. Howbeit, an irksomeness to turns offers lace docility, as the intervals thermally protract. There’s a touch of transparency upon the settlements of course, while effervescence becomes a mobilized variance

S: Pierced rusticity for white peach with esterification authorities. Illustrated by, a bitingly tart eruption that’s tamed enough for the developing – wild yeast – appearances. The progression opts for some grainy malt to the motivated horsed phenols, which quietly idle funk steps. Principally, satchels and farmstalls with soiled mold. Nonetheless, acidity is tenacious on fruit bouquets, as the lactic stability is detrimental to frowzy quirks. There’s elements of solvency thru the open air drafts, which incriminate nail polish and naphtha agents. On the other hand, that piece is often stupefied, given the peppery phenol attunement to floral hops, and biscuit-y malt brackets to stone fruit minerals

T: A clean, consecutive, punch-down stomp that puts natural peaches in vanguard. Notations subtly follow in ripening depictions of Goldrich apricots and Armking nectarines, while briny minerals perimeter Neptune grass. In correlation, an engine for Eugenol to promptly pump in cloves and nutmeg, while maintaining that peppery attenuation. The ongoing drive is earthy and persistently bright, with calming acidity on the advances of rural funk. To that end, the move adds haystacks atop the citrus connotations, but keeps that musty jazz in a distant place. Aerial attacks begin setting in, from oak dragged elasticities, and prompt in some leathery satchels. Whilst, Chardonnay attenuates a staleness for Budapestlängd with an oxidative nuttiness

M: Does not puncture with puckered acridity, but rather maintains a level of energy that rationally aids. Namely, a backend for rustic brettanomyces, and a pillar for biscuit-y grains. The approach is brisk in carbonation, as the approach is crisp in sensation. Thus, cleanly bright with minor overextensions in the presetting bites, but pleasingly uplifting in the dry – erosional – reliefs

O: Showcases clean peach natures with a caustic effervescence that’s costly to the preliminary entwines, of wild yeast. Though, development is rapid enough to calm the impaling authorities, and make rational moves. In this situation, light malts provide an aid to earthy hop kicks, while acclimating spiced esters with musty phenols. The approach is thereby tart with brett funk complexions, and spurs wooded fruit tannins on an astutely dry/crisp exhibition

Nov 08, 2021
4.65 by o29 from Texas on Sep 25, 2021
4.96 by ajcuster89 from Indiana on Aug 03, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - Great clear golden color with a slight white skimming
Smell - nice slight peach wild ale smell
Taste - Fantastic peach easy going slight tart
Feel - Crisp with a medium body
Overall - just fantastic

Jul 31, 2021
4.54 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jul 01, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
Photo of santig0nzalez
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Excelent beer

May 11, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dboon from Florida

Bottle generously shared by Seth. Cloudy pale yellow pour with a white head. Sour peach aromas. Big tart/sour notes with peach highlights. Lemon zest and citrus lowlights. Good body and mouthfeel.

Apr 30, 2021
4.75 by dontknojack from Louisiana on Mar 25, 2021
4.45 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 09, 2021
Photo of WCW
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WCW from Michigan

Blend 4. Delicious and well balanced lambic style fruited Wild Ale with Loads of peach and stone fruit flavors. Nice and tart but not overwhelming. Love this beer.

Mar 07, 2021
4.51 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 04, 2021
4.58 by Dadthew from New York on Feb 15, 2021
4.2 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by brokensail from California

Bottle @ Perennial. Hazy golden pour with a tall white head. Super fresh, juicy peach nose. Hints of lemon juice and green apple. Some light oak and white wine as well. The peach flavor is great, but the lactic sourness is just too aggressive to be a supremely crushable beer. A nice juicy fruit sort of tropical character and some nice grass and damp wood funk.

Feb 05, 2021
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Jan 31, 2021
3.99 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 10, 2021
4.71 by LumpkinBrews from Colorado on Jan 08, 2021
4.31 by Jo_Renish from Vermont on Jan 07, 2021
4.44 by delusion_408 from California on Jan 03, 2021
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4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Such incredible depth & balance.

Jan 02, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

375mL bottle into a Teku
Blend 4 (aka Vintage 2020)

A: Pops and is a gusher which is inexcusable as this has sat undisturbed for months. Several ounces wasted and sedimentation disturbed from the bottom. Color is apricot yellow/orange with a fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantaneously. Once that’s gone it actually looks flat. It’s quite hazy, nearly opaque. Certainly not much of a looker.

S: Aroma is a great balance of fruit sweetness and tart sour characters. Huge fruit flesh characters with big peach as expected but also tangerine and apricot. Lactic acidity and sour citrus to balance, I would say the tart/sour characters are moderate on the nose. A bit of melting plastic like funk and mineral notes round it out.

T: Taste is very delicious. Much more sour than the nose, with huge puckering tartness. Wonderful sweet fruit notes to balance, it’s very orange-family fruit forward with notes of oranges, tangerines, nectarines. Peace is primarily on the finish, but is quite nice. Pretty big lemon tartness as well. Really fantastic.

M/D: Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, carbonation is appropriately high even though it looks flat in the glass, drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, this is an excellent beer, no doubt. Although #37 overall rating on BA seems damn high. Fair or not, I always compare these American Wild Ales to traditional Lambics, and even very well done ones such as this tend to lack the depth and complexities of most offerings from the likes of 3F and Cantillon. Regardless, still a treat, and would happily drink any day of the week.

Happy New Year BA’s!


Dec 31, 2020
4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Dec 31, 2020
4.81 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Dec 28, 2020
4.46 by wolfpac255 from Illinois on Dec 10, 2020
4.84 by Jrjr0891 from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2020
5 by Destiney from Indiana on Nov 25, 2020
4.74 by notchucknorris from California on Nov 10, 2020
4.26 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Nov 01, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Beautiful looking beer, pungent aromas of fuzzy peach skin, under-ripe white peach flesh, lemony acidity, and a hint of peach rings and oak. the nose on this is really wonderful.

wish I could say the same about the taste - I feel like this could be used as an effective cleaning product. there is definitely a robust and complex peach flavor that is very impressive, but the overwhelming dryness and acidity detracts from that and probably drowns out some of the more subtle complexity. getting some grainy character and hints of vinegar, white grape and vanilla. don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this beer, but it was sour and acidic to the point of almost being harsh ... I tend to prefer more subtle and delicate examples of the style. As I finished the bottle I thought well this was good but I would have been fine with 8oz, which is something I have never said after drinking a 375mL of world class fruited mixed ferm.

Oct 30, 2020
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

It’s good, not too tart. Worth trying if you can find easily. Def a great sour and well balanced.

Oct 24, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Review #500: Side Project - Fuzzy

Batch 4 (2020) 375ml - poured into a tulip at 42°F.

Pours a moderately foggy sunglow orange, not dissimilar to the peach on the label. A thin, coarse, broken off-white head almost forms, before quickly falling, leaving only a razor-thin collar, and constant streams of effervescence. 4.25

Nose: Signature Side Project pale base, with evident crackery grains, a touch of malt, and some dusty silo. The peaches are restrained - apparent, but not loud, lending a very organic white peach aroma, much like nectarine. The acidity translates as fresh lemon juice, and just a splash of apple cider vinegar - tame, and bright. There is a ton of wet white oak - woody and musty, playing with some funky wet hay, raw honey, stone cellar, dusty attic, leather, parchment, honeysuckle, lilac, dried leaves, and peach blossoms. Not aggressive funky or tart.

Palate: Fuzzy greets the palate with a quick flash of tartness - lactic and acetic in nature, lending some lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. The peaches, once more, are very natural and ripe, but not jammy. These are fruity, bright white peaches, with most of their fructose fermented out. Huge stone fruit notes of peach, nectarine, apricot, and a big plum presence. Remarkably floral, with honeysuckle, lilac, gardenia, and even a hint of honeydew melon. As the acidity curves, oak begins to show, along with a hint of sweet grain, which adds nice balance. Some farmhouse notes of hay, wet wet, stone, and earth emerge, providing that true wild touch, with the brett adding a nice dusty, sweaty, overripe element. It finishes remarkably clean, with a general stone fruit presence behind a fading acidity, some subtle grain, and drying wet white oak, with nothing really lingering.

Mouthfeel/Body: It's incredible how Side Project can produce these 8% ABV wild ales with such clean, crisp, snappy fluidity. Fuzzy is light-bodied, with no real malt weight, and quite dry, with no significant residual sugars. Perhaps a touch less sparkling than champagne, but with a similar feel - airy, clean, bright, and snappy. Acidity is tart - sour, even, but definitely shy of puckering. The finish has some nice drying tannic oak. Ultra-clean.

Overall: Fuzzy is a bottle with a lofty reputation. Long considered one of the finest fruited wild ales. That's a tall order. Is it the greatest wild ale I've ever had? I wouldn't say so. Is it the greatest peach sour I've ever had? Most likely. What it most certainly is, is the definition of Side Project. Yes, it is one of the more sour offerings, using their high acid blonde base, but it isn't overbearing, and it's one of the more subtle offerings - beautifully showcases the delicate nuance and balance that they're so great at. The tartness, the minerality, the organic nature of the fruit, the oak, the gentle funk, all meticulously blended. It really is a world-class wild ale, and one everyone should try at some point.

Oct 20, 2020
4.36 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2020
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of jeffreed61.
Labeled as blend #4.
L: hazy tangerine juice. Slight carbonation in the glass, which funny because it wouldn’t stop overflowing out the cap for 10 minutes.
S: Peaches, tart, funk.
T: peachy goodness. A little funk. A little sweet. A lot of sour. Almost like sour candy. Some notes of lime, vanilla, oak, barn.
F: slick and dry. Mouth puckering.
Overall: Solid all around. Didn’t enjoy the gushing out the bottle but otherwise great.

Sep 23, 2020
Fuzzy from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1019 ratings