La Fosse
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #12
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #175
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 7.27%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
386
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Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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La FosseLa Fosse
Notes: Our sour blond base beer (same as Fuzzy) but aged on a ton of Apricots.
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this right after having Fuzzy at the tasting room in St. Louis and they are neck and neck. I may actually prefer La Fosse, because the apricots have a more unique aroma and tartness that set it apart from Fuzzy more significantly than anticipated.

Nov 09, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy unpolished gold with a fizzy white blanket settling to a thin spotty film.

Having this side by side with Smooth, this is more sour, sharp and sweet, and also slightly firmer of body with a crisp fizz. The oak is almost vinegary in the swallow, and oh yeah, it's acetic. Funk and oak are less present here, but there's still a complexity of oak. However, it's less wine-like and more neutral. There are hints of yellow apple, mango and biscuit, but it's just way too acidic.

Jul 26, 2019
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had poured on-site at side project cellar from a 375ml bottle. Wow is it spectacular with a tart punch to the face that finishes smooth from the apricot. Very delightful mouth feel that makes this perfect for a summer day

Apr 19, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend #3.

A: Pours a fizzy, light pale orange color with basically no head.

S: Fresh apricot, moderate and well-integrated barnyard, and a bit of pepper and vanilla.

T: Apricot and earthy barnyard complement each other nicely. Light malty sweetness, lemon, and medium-light lactic sourness on a longish finish.

M: Medium-light body and medium-high, prickly carbonation.

O: Lots of fresh apricot flavor with well-integrated funkiness.

Dec 31, 2018
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gibgink from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to rate this beer. B3 from bottle to glass, pours an opaque orange hue, a lot like the juice. Very fruity on the nose. The flavor profile to me is very similar to Fuzzy(I guess I should have an actual peach and apricot side by side to really know the difference), which in the end is why I am rating it the same. Beautiful beer, that I think Side Project has improved over previous batches, as the acidity levels have gone down quite significantly in my opinion.

Jul 30, 2018
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bold tangerine and dark orange hues with a thin wispy white head that recedes quickly
S: Ripe juicy apricot with a complement of other citrus and stone fruits and slight hay funk
T: Healthy shot of tart grapefruit followed by a burst of muddled peaches; the finish is a robust funky apricot note that lingers
F: Medium bodied with light carb; rich and jammy
O: For a four-year-old bottle of blend #1 this has held up surprisingly well. The carb and head have fallen off slightly, but what's left is a concentrated wild apricot jammy experience. Another incredible fruited sour by one of the best in the game - well done.

Jul 04, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bottle poured into a Side Project wine glass.

Pours a super pulpy, bright, glowing orange body with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. Beautiful looking beer.

On the nose are heavy, potent apricot aromas, like a freshly sliced apricot. Bright and fresh, grassy, hay, with a sharp acidity and citrus aromas.

Taste mirrors the nose with a sharp but not cloying punch of stone fruit sourness mingled with apricot puree and citrus. Funky and pulpy stone fruits on the follow through. A bit yeasty on the finish. Crisp, medium body with medium-low carbonation.

One of the best stone fruit sours I’ve ever had.

May 21, 2018
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blend 2, consumed onsite at Side Project. Juicy apricots with a touch of oak and the signature Side Project yeast/sourness. Looks and smells incredible...very nicely done!

Sep 20, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i am surprised to learn this is the same base beer as fuzzy, which to me wasnt anywhere near this sour, this beer seems way more acidic to me, but maybe thats the impact of the different fruits on it or of its relative maturity, i really dont know. either way, this is up there with the very best beers i have had from side project to date. pale hazy lambic looking beer, with a fizzy white head that dissipates fast. the aroma is the best part for me, woody bretty funk with citrusy bacterial tang over a pale wheaty base, it is lambic at its core it seems, but the fruit is so vibrant here, soft super ripe apricots, their absolute essence, intense and amazingly enticing. sometimes apricots and peaches can be a little samey in beers, depending on how they are used, but there is no mistaking these apricots! so true to the real fruit, in its best form. the flavor is like that too, with a lot of the sourness and wild yeast flavor (and wood) on the front end, and all the fruit showing up later on. i like the progression of flavors moving this way, the fruit lingers long in the finish, but the beer is very dry. its a step more sour than it needs to be i think, it sort of hurts the teeth like that, has an overdeveloped bacterial sting, and sits litle vinegary in the belly. still nice bretty notes about, as fruity as the apricots themselves. great carbonation and a very light body. a very special beer, and perhaps as good an apricot wild beer as has been made in the states...

edit: just had a blend three from awhile ago now, and it was exceedingly sour, way past the point where i would want to drink even this little bottle by myself, its got a nail polish remover thing going on, and really is overly intense in that regard. i like the apricot still, and i like the flavor overall, lemony and natural, the fruit has held up well. unfortunately, this is another beer from these guys that is just way too sour at this point, they have all been trending in that direction, but its too much now. i liked it much better when it was fresh.

Apr 22, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

batch 2 drank at side project on 3/28/2016

this is overall a fantastic beer. this is a phenomenal showcase of an apricot fruited wild ale. it is a tad on the "too sour" side, but that is only if i have to nitpick this. really a beautiful beer and one I am glad to have tried. wonderful levels of oak, apricot, some other citrus notes, and acid. lovely beer

Mar 31, 2017
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Memphisjoe14 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch2 from the bottle release today. Look is opaque light orange. Smell is light funk at first, eggy, then heavy apricots as it warms. Taste is amazing. Sour then apricots all over the place. More apricots as it warms up. Dry finish. Wife and I have had almost all of the fruited sours and this is by far the best we've ever had from Side Project. They really hit the nail on the head with this one. This beer explodes apricots all over the place. Really really tasty.

Feb 27, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

3.83/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at CBC 2016. I love sour beers, and there were some great ones there. This one was simply too much though; everything that would probably make this beer great as well gets overshadowed by the extreme sourness. Without a doubt the most sour beer I've ever had. As a bit of a novelty , definitely worth trying. But man, my teeth hated me after this one.

May 19, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich golden orange but has no head or carb to speak of
S: lots of ripe apricot with an intense acetic smell, you can tell this is going to be sour
T: apricot, funk, cottage cheese, yogurt, highly lacto and acidic
M: very dry but doesn't feel undercarbed
O: the apricots are here but overcome bu the enamel ripping sourness and acidity. My gut will be feeling this one in the morning.

Dec 17, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First SP fruited beer. La Fosse is fine, pretty good even, but it suffers from the overwhelming amount of acidity (reminded me of Upland). I definitely don't think it's worth what it trades for. If you want Apricots, I think nearly every other similar beer is much better (Aurelian Lure, Apricot Bu, Apricot Fruit Stand, Fou Foune, West Ashley, etc).

Nov 05, 2015
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Raziel313 from California

3.24/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

This is straight battery acid. Batch one and batch two are just straight acid. Batch one was even more so than batch two. This is easily the worst side project beer I've had to date. This will be a preference thing though. Both of my friends liked it while I poured the rest of mine in their glasses

Sep 20, 2015
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Quetzolcotl from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer definitely has apricot in it. The smell is there and the taste is there along with some punch you in the face sourness. This beer is very acidic and funky and plays well with the fruit. Did a side by side with Map of the Sun and de Garde's Imperial Apricot and this came in 2nd to DG, Map came in a distant 3rd.

Sep 08, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden yellow with minimal head.

The nose is like a funky apricot pureed.

The taste is a very sour apricot and vinegar blast with a heavy touch of wet hay funk.

As the beer warms, it becomes...not as good. Stronger on the fruit, but stronger on some of its flaws, too.

The beer finishes very dry with a lingering apricot note remaining on the palate.

Overall, another beer good beer from Side Project. Given what I traded for it, though, I think there are similar sours that can be attained for less than the asking value on this beer. Glad to have tried it, though in no hurry to repeat it.

Sep 08, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Very hazy orange body. Small white head. Strong apricot aroma. Oak. White wine. And immediately the taste is incredibly sour. The sourest apricots I can imagine. Overwhelming. Really great apricot flavor, but it just gets so sour. Just a bit of oak and white wine remain. Low carbonation. It’s good, but so sour. Completely covers up anything else going on.

Sep 08, 2015
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billab914 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of apricot with a moderate funk to the aroma. Sweet apricots mix with funky and musty sourness in the taste. A little sharp in the finish. Excellent overall.

Aug 15, 2015
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popery from California

3.52/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an orange juice gold color. Smallish white head. Very cloudy. Head dissipates quickly. The aroma is big on apricots. Pretty good lacto note. Not much funk. Quite a nice juicy fruit aroma. The taste is very sour. You get some nice fruit but the acidity is just too aggressive for me. There seems to be a nice beer hidden underneath that monster sour kick, and it's a real shame that you can't really taste it well. Some oak - a bit of a buttery white wine flavor - and apricots come through, but both are well in the background. Mostly lacto sourness, mostly just tastes like neutral acidity. Big pucker. Lots of back of the throat sour, phlegmy feeling in the finish. Fairly light body. As I wrote before, there's a good beer in there, but it's so sour that you lose complexity and depth of flavor.

Aug 01, 2015
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Beer4B from Florida

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic golden yellow, similar to the color on the label. Nose is full of sour and some peachy fruitiness gently in the background.
The sour comes at you hard upon first taste, overtaking your palate. Thankfully loads of apricots follow up the sourness and blend nicely. The feel is thicker then I was expecting and it was necessary to offset the sour. Really nice and long finish.

Jul 27, 2015
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bnelson997 from California

4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imcredible beer. Only had a small 3 oz sample at the FWIBF into a 6 oz snifter. The stone fruit shines and is comimented nicely with the puckering sour of the lactic acid. For a Side Project, these brews continue to take on starring roles!

Jun 04, 2015
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shadetree67 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Cloudy golden orange in color. Thin ring of white foam and minimal lacing.

S. Juicy apricots and some lactic acid on the nose. Not much funk here - just fruit. It smells really good

T. Tasty follows the nose; apricots and lactic acid. The first few sips were almost overwhelming with the amount of acidity / sour on my pallet. As it warmed the fruit came out more. The flavor lingers in your mouth for quite awhile after taking a sip. Not much funk or complexity - just sour and fruit

F. Just the right amount of carbonation for the style. The finish is very dry and makes you thirsty for more. It really coats your mouth

O. The warmer this got, the better it got. I found it to get less acidic and more fruity as it warmed. It is an excellent beer though not as complex as some of side project's other offerings. Highly recommended

May 28, 2015
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mgr78704 from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undrinkable due to the acidity. Had higher hopes for this one but it was a drain pour for me. Maybe a bad bottle, but see others with similar comments.

May 19, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at side project.

White head. Golden sunset orange.

This beer is very sour and tart. Still refreshing. Nice carbobation level. The apricot flavor is massive and dominate. Very fruity and fresh. Lemon acdity.

Very well done and very enjoyable. Tons of sourness. Awesome.

Apr 12, 2015
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