Fuzzy | Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by coryking on 11-07-2013

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Photo of dwagner003
4.06/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Tulip glass.

A: Light gold with a thin crackly layer of white head. Good clarity but a bit of haze; a few dots of lacing but pretty good retention.

S: Horseblanket melds effortlessly with bright stone fruit (fleshy peach) and apple juice, rich white wine, with some definite floral notes in support. Light vanilla fills out the aroma. Maybe a bit of acetic acid. The peach is light but still noticeable.

T: Lots of peach up front, along with mild vanilla and some white wine. The brett is not really noticeable here, and overall the palate is lacking in complexity compared to the nose. Moderate to moderate-high sourness—any more time and I think this would cross the Rubicon in terms of acid. Also, I get a touch of acetic acid.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Doesn’t quite have the finesse (partly the heftier body) that better examples achieve.

O: Overall, a very good fruited sour, but decidedly below god tier. Glad to see that the peach is still as prominent as it is, given that it can be a subtle flavor.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pastel yellow settling to clear-ish gold, with a large foamy white head that dies to a thin ring.

I smell some spicy funk, peach, and peppery hops.

Taste is a little bitter, with spicy hay, weed, and horse blanket, contrasted by sharp Pez, and fresh peach, finishing dry. Good, but was not all I'd built it up to be. Sometimes I wish I'd not heard about some beers before trying them.

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Photo of eifster82
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend #2 at Side Project Cellar.

Lightly hazy golden color. Light funk, barnyard wheat, oaky, lemon and mild peach on the smell. Very lively. Taste follows the nose. Mild peach sweetness does show up as you drink along. Mildly acidic. Well carbonated and medium mouthfeel. Definitely drinks easier than 8%.

One of the best wild ales.

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Photo of morimech
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend #2 at the Cellar. Cloudy golden color with minimal head and retention. Aroma of barnyard, funky cheese, straw, and peaches. Mild acidity in the flavor but has a deep, complex funk that I seldom experienced. The only downside is that it overpowers the peach. The peach is just a faint wisp of flavor in the dry finish. Medium body and lively carbonated that helps the flavors come through. A beer that lives up to the hype and I am happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of tempest
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2. I'm immediately reminded of a gueuze after opening the bottles. Rich, wild barnyard character, but brightened by the peach on your tongue. This isn't as tongue-numbingly acidic as most lambics and I appreciate that. The fruit is mild with a slight sweetness before the acidity washes over again. It's such a nice contrast I'm almost surprised when it hits with every sip. It's almost a shame that a beer needing nearly three years to make is so damn drinkable. Check yourself if you get a bottle.

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Photo of W_Des
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a yellow hay color from the bottle. Smell was funk and peaches for days. Taste had a wonderful balance between the sweet peach and tart acidic flavors from the yeast strain. Very crisp and easy drinking with medium carbonation. A delicious brew from Side Project!

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Photo of FBarber
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored, clear and crisp with a bubbly white head. Smell was super tart and acidic with lots of citrus and peach notes. Lovely barnyard funk on the nose. Taste followed the nose - aggressive tartness up front with a ton of acidic character, lovely peach notes with some barnyard funk, hint of oak, lemon rind, citrus tart, just lovely. Feel was surprisingly light and crisp. Doesn't drink like 8% at all. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is the best wild ale I've ever had. Just incredible - its so much better than any other wild ale out there.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

At the brewery, small pour. Blend #2, "Missouri wild ale aged in French oak for 2 years and then aged on Missouri white peaches for an additional 6 months".

Not quite like Fou Foune. Super barnyard-y, cow shit, blue cheese, mold. Lemony, tart and bright, delicious. 8%? Drinks like a 4%. Will revisit

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Rustic hay yellow body with a lively, loosely bubbled white head.

S - Wonderful fresh toast and peach jam nose. Bright with a touch of lemon acidly.

T - Boldly sour, even for an American Wild. Fresh tart white peaches, soft wheat, honeyed bee's wax, and crisp meyer lemon rind.

M - Lively carbonation on a light frame.

O - A fantastic peach sour; brisk, crisp, and tart.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. 8 ounce sample pour of Batch #2.

Compared to other Side Project sours, Fuzzy has a restrained level of sourness. The fruit pops nicely on the palate, making for one of the better fruited beers in their lineup.

This was a very nice beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: look straw yellow and opaque
S: peach aroma but not overwhelming, but a nice aroma for sure
T: wow! this is a peach bomb. Holy flavor, i can't believe how much flavor their is compared to the aroma. Nice tartness as well.
F: so smooth and easy drinking.
O: freaking delicious!

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Photo of edthehead
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow straw color with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, but yields moderate lacing. Moderate funky nose with peach, apricot, and lactic tones. Really nice refreshing white peach flavor as the dominant taste, with some sour apple and apricot. Creamy mouthfeel for a sour, and nicely disguised ABV. Love it!!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fuzzy was great, smelled like a peach with just the right amount of funk. Loved the taste. A great tasting brew and definitely get the wine barrel in it too. Would love to have this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of my most desired and sought after beers that i had never had before, until now that is, and it was worth the wait! i think the fact that they use white peaches is pretty cool, makes it different, there is a very distinct difference in the peaches, yellow and white, and the tangy somewhat less sugary white peach is a perfect compliment to this more delicate sort of lambic type wild beer. shocked its as strong as it is, so well hidden, and definitely not grain heavy. its wheaty at the base sure, texturally interesting and all, but the peaches must have provided a lot of the fermentable sugar here for it to be so strong but so gentle too. hazy and summery, one smell and my mouth is full of saliva, its so sexy. fuzzy peaches for sure, the peak of ripeness, off the tree, just juicy and fragrant and incredible, the skins and the flesh too. the peaches almost provide the sourness themselves it seems, such a seamless integration between the souring cultures and the tang of the fruit, its stunning really. there is a lot of funk too, old world lambic type, oaky, and with some white wine acidity in the end. i had batch 2 on this, which i think is relatively fresh, but i could see this ageing really really well. in the peach or apricot wild ale hierarchy, this is way way near the top, one of the best and most dramatic and dynamic that i have encountered. makes me yearn for that first fresh august peach right off the tree, this is as good as anything being made in the world right now.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a light clearish golden color with a white head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Big peach and almost a medicinal smell to it. Earthy funky tartness.

T: Strong peach flavor very tart but not overpowering in any way. Very clean finish

F: Very crisp and clean nice amount of carbonation

O: A very well balanced funky sour.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bend 2:

A: Beautiful straw, golden color. Hazy with a little bit of white head that dissipates quickly. S: A little subdued by SP standards, but peach skin and flesh with some oak and that SP funk. Some tart lemon. T: A rich peach. Not the fruity sweet peach like say Wild Peach by NG, but an unripen peach. Some oak, white wine like barrel character. Storm hay and basement funk. Exactly what you want in a peach beer. M: It's a little fuller than your typical sour beer, and the carbonation is on point. Finishes nice and dry with some vinous quality. O: Corey King does it again. I look at these SP beers like I look at Hill beers. Just wonderful.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit underwhelmed, but even still I could tell this was a special beer. It tastes fancy, but also a bit dry. I'm excited I finally got to try this legend, but IMO there are certainly better Side Project brews out there.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 huge thanks to JLindros for this. Review #2700

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy straw hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of big cheesy earthy funk, genetic stone fruit, pits. Lightly medicinal, still very cheesy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, big cheesy notes, good lactic tartness, nice genetic stone fruit pit, good apricot, very nice floral tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp clean.

O - Overall this is a rather solid stone fruit beer. Very enjoyable, however, a bit too much cheesy funk.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy fluffy head fades quickly, hazy pear yellow orange color.

Nose brings loads of peach, fresh juicy peach, stone fruit with a touch of citrus, then big cheesy earthy funk, little medicine thing, stone fruit pit earthy thing, acidic like tangy fruit funk, a little sweet stone fruit icing.

Taste brings big dine stone fruit, great apricot and young peach, nice sour funk, tart tangy juicy peach, good acidic funk, bacteria sour funk, stone cheesy earthy funk. Finish fair acidity, nice tart peachy stone fruit funk.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, fair acidity.

Overall pretty nice, good funky base sour, great fruit.

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Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow color. White head with lace.

Very sour and tart. Lots of fresh peaches. Lemon acidity. Light funk. Earthy and herbal.

Light bodied.

Easy drinking sour. Very nice bottle.

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Photo of abb610
4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the easiest drinking beverages, next to water, that I have ever enjoyed. That said, this is one of those beers that was overhyped for me. I kept reading about the super fresh peach smell and taste which was there but much, much more muted than what I was hoping for. This falls into the "American Farmhouse" flavors more so than wild/sour. Not that it makes it bad, it just left me wanting more flavor and punch. The best thing about this beer is the light, airy, mouthfeel that makes the beer so chuggable. The bad thing about it is I needed more of it to get a feeling of satisfaction on the palate.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 drank in a Side Project flute or something similar on 6/18/2016

Look-golden orange, lots of carbonation but it went away quickly and leaves a really thick lacing unlike anything I've seen before from a sour

Smell-funky, acidic peaches. You can smell the tart. So potent. Amazing

Taste-sour peaches at their absolute best! Get plenty of funk, not too tart, oak especially after warming up some. Lovely fruitiness

Feel-coats the mouth. Incredibly drinkable. Not too tart.

Overall-simply amazing. Not an overrated beer by any means and one should seek this out if they enjoy this type even the least bit. Thanks Side Project for an incredible piece of work!!!

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