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Wild Ale
Ranked #38
Ranked #497
4.43 | pDev: 8.13%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: Wild ale with wild yeast, wild bacteria and wild black raspberries from my home town of Puxico Missouri.
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red to light purple in color. There’s a fingernail of pink around most of the rim. The aroma is of Pinot Noir and raspberries. I’m tasting raspberries and Pinot Noir. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

Jul 30, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Blend #3, bottled in 9/2017. Pours hazy very dark ruby red/purple color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/sour/tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/sour/tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit/wine tang; and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness and fruit/wine tang balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, and fruit/wine tang after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; super smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of enormously juicy/jammy blackberries and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great wine barrel presence/integration, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly top tier style example. Notes said #3 was 100% more fruit than the previous one, unreal amounts of fruit for sure.

Jun 08, 2019
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gibgink from Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3 shared on 3-31-18. Pours a dark violet, reminding me of wine. Smells great, with funk for days. Initial kiss of sweet followed by a smash to the face of tartness, and finishes with one of the best blackberry flavors I've ever gotten out of a beer. Could almost taste the seeds this was so flavorful. While I've heard from friends that b3 has been unpleasant, this bottle was fantastic.

Apr 02, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark purple ruby hue with a thin pink head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of big seedy black raspberries, jammy fruit, nice tart berries, light vinegar.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lovely jammy berry notes. Nice raspberries, good lightly flemmy vinegar, almost strawberry like, good red berries.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, but on the flemmy side.

O - Overall this was a very solid wild ale, great raspberries, though the finish is rather acidic.

Serving Type: bottle

Mar 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours like a dark red wine, a small purple bubbly head, thick dark purple reddish color.

Nose big musty raspberry bit of berry seed, black raspberry and some tartness, jammy berry

Taste big jammy fruit, lots of berry and raspberry, sweet jam raspberry syrup, black raspberry with some tannic seed and acidity, big acidity and tart jammy.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, big jammy little flemmy acidity

Overall a nice raspberry jammy beer, pretty nice.

Mar 11, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer that presents and immediate juxtaposition of colors - green bottle, deep purple hue. There’s just something appealing (even bold) about putting a delicate, well-crafted beer in a green bottle. Certainly speaks to the fact that Fencerow is a quintessential cellar beer and will never see a shelf at a store.

Purple, almost red, hue with a frothy cap of foam that dissipates quickly. Looks like a glass of red wine.

Aroma is spectacular - tart, jammy, raspberry pie filling, grapes, oak, fresh berries. More tart than sour; there’s a light funkiness to it that’s way down the line behind the fruit and wine-barrel flavors.

Heavy on the wine-like tannins, dry, woody, tart, sweet and earthy raspberry with hints of green apple and a melange of berries, from boysen to blackberry. Tartness hits like an electrical zap to the back of the tongue and corner of the checks. Huge berry taste but well rounded and not overwhelming. A classic.

Jan 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

no denying this is an amazing beer, almost hard to start in on a critique of something i enjoyed so much, but beers like this have to be measured up against the hype, because after all, the hype fuels the expectations, and this one didnt quite live up to the legend for me, in that its not one of the best wild beers ive ever had, i mean it is incredibly good, but i always expect side project stuff to be better than the field. the color is epic, melted red crayon saturation, the same color as the actual fruit when its smashed up. there is a fantastic funk to this, more mature than in other side project beers ive had for the most part, and an amazing bright tangy profile too from the bacteria and also from the fruit, this really has an awesome wild complexion to it. there is so much fruit in here its insane, but the flavor of the fruit, and the sweetness it comes with, cover up some of the subtle awesomeness i smelled in the culture. there is red wine to this, funky old wood, and a sort of raspberry jello element. its so absurdly fruit forward it almost comes at the expense of the beer, but at the end, the sourness comes back and so does the funk. a long, mouthwatering, delicious finish. somehow this is less complex than it could be, but its also just amazing, so at the same time less fruit would make a more nuanced beer, i dont really wish for it because its about as much of these berries as could possibly be packed in. really pretty impressive specimen here, as compelling as any of their fruited wild beers, and just a real treat to drink on, even if it didnt quite change my life...

edit: not sure what blend i had when i wrote this review, but either the current blend (blend 3) or some ageing have changed this for the better. not just fruit now, some nice developed funkiness pushing through, but also a way darker color now than i remember, not sure how thats possible, has it always been this dark? exploded purple marker or something, its as dense and saturated looking as can be, and there is an overloaded tannic thing from it, just amazing. i like this every bit as much as other fruited small bottle beers from these guys! wow.

Jan 22, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will be the first to say that I love raspberry in sours and fruited beers. Fencerow is one of the most pungently raspberry beers I've ever had. It's not particularly sour, but the tartness is quite profound.

Delicious beer, but I am glad I shared this with friends. I had to eat like six Tums afterward!

Jan 15, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of blend 3. Served in a Side Project stemmed glass. Pours a dark purple-reddish body, much like a red wine; fairly dark with a one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Again, looks very much the part of a red wine. Smell is rich jammy raspberry, a bit of seediness, moderate acetic acidity, slightly dirty and earthy funk, a bit of red vinous character, touch of lemon. Rich and aromatic. Flavour is a really nice jammy and seedy raspberry with accompanying acetic acidity, sweet raspberry flavours also combine with the citric and acetic acidity to balance things out some. Red wine tannins on the aftertaste, which really smooths things out while adding body. Funk is a little less apparent on the flavour as it is on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry, moderately acetic on the finish, perfect carbonation; where there is plenty of it, it sort of seems like a still wine at times. Overall, one I've been waiting to try for a long time and it did not disappoint. I was concerned it would be too acidic based on the reviews of blend #1, but this was excellent.

Jan 09, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Intensely vibrant dark reddish-purple with a loud magenta foam that settles to a Merlot-like surface.

Nose is more balanced than the palate, with a nice blend of peppery berries, light funk, spiced wood, and even some wild herbs and weeds.

Taste is nicely tart of raspberry and blackberry with a malic acidity, an almost red wine oak and a nice measured lactic funk, finishing with quite a pucker and a near burning tingle.

Body is light and thin but actively bubbly, with a semi-dry to dry finish.


In late August 2019, I did a side by side of Blend 3 Fencerow with a bottle of Raspe, and holy shit was the difference surprisingly drastic. Fencerow comes across more like a berry wine. A deep, rich and almost pastry sweetness pairs with dark oak and red wine. Raspe, on the other hand, is immensely seedy, fruity and more tart and crisp, with a more old school framboise or Gambrinus herbal vinousness, and a lighter oak and mild funk presence.

I love them both actually, but it helped me realize just how much I truly enjoy Fencerow.

Jan 06, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We picked this brew up from Side Project Cellar. From a thick 375 ml bottle, this one is a dark purple brew. Wonderful light purple head. The aroma is raspberry...intense and genuine. Fruit forward without a lot of malt and no hop at all. The taste is dry, with a tart refreshing. Wow. Excellent.

Dec 24, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very nice looking reddish purple color. The smell has a very a nice jammy fruit aroma to it. Kind of reminded me of VSB a little bit. The taste of the beer has a tart funkiness blending with the raspberry which always works well. The feel is medium bodied. Overall I thought the beer was great.

Dec 16, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, blood ruby hue with a faint whisper of lavender at the apex. Akin to a lush wine. Aromas of blackberry jam leap out of the bottle upon opening. Tart up front, with acetic characters coming in mid to late palate. Perhaps one dimensional, though very tasty.

Dec 10, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jam packed with the raw, true and authentic character of raspberry, the Missouri Wild Ale of Side Project undertakes this fruity facelift for a session of succulence, sourness and unadulterated culinary art.

Fencerow pours with a rusty mauve hue with a dense ruby appearance. Its scant and effervescent froth pushes a wealth of fruit aromatics onto the nose. Raspberry concentrate goes into the robust world of blackcherry, blackberry and even prune-like richness. With an aura of funk, fauna and spice wafting about, a winey tone soon takes hold. An early sweetness seems of hard candy and fruit juice concentrate but only for a brief second.

The ale swiftly embarks upon the middle palate and sheds its sweetness with ease. A sour fruit flavor resonates soundly in its wake. Red berries, dark berries and hints of cherry and cranberry come with waves across the tastebuds, carrying hints of cider, white wine, crabapple, red grape and rhubarb into a bracingly sour finish of brine and burlap.

Spicy, woodsy and lightly piquant, the medium light bodied sour ale lays long and sour tracks along the finish and aftertaste while a moderate sense of saddle leather, weathered woods and an overall waft of the sea come over the lingering fruit with steady echoes of flavor.

Nov 21, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3 drank in a white wine glass on 10/17/2017

Deep dark red beer, a beauty for that matter, with a pretty thin head for a 6%er....minimal lacing. The smell wasn't overly potent, but the oak and fruits were there. One of the best tasting sours I have had. I am not familiar with the black raspberry flavor at all, but my goodness this is amazing. Incredibly unique in flavor but a perfect fruit presence and one that goes with an almost perfect mouthfeel. Medium tartness, bold, flavors linger, a little funk, and the tartness is certainly not overpowering. They upscaled this one to perfection. Amazing work, SP!

Oct 19, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a black raspberry bomb. Aroma is huge on fruity jammy goodness. The Flavor is wonderful, so rich my wife called it close to wine. The tartness is very pleasant. The back end is very clean, that almost leaves a void after all the other intense flavors

Oct 18, 2017
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 3 poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial wine glass. pours a dark purple with purplish pinkish head. smells like wine to me. this bottle is at least 2 years old if not more. the acidity i remember from it fresh are virtually gone. tastes of oak, jammy raspberry and blackberry, and red wine. mouthfeel is full, lower carbonation and finishes with a slight acidic punch. this is drinking great. perfect mash up of beer and wine. tart black raspberry and acidity.

Oct 14, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a dark pink tone capped by a couple of inches of foam; a few strands of lacing

Smell: Earthy raspberry and a hint of lemon; slightly funky

Taste: Dramatic raspberry tones launch forward on the palate with a touch of lemon underneath; earthy and slightly funky with a very dry finish; moderately sour throughout

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A delight to drink; love the level of sourness, the powerful raspberry tones and the dry finish

Sep 09, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2 from a 375 ml bottle at the Side Project Cellar. This is a beautiful ruby red beer - incredibly sour with a heap of raspberry. Not quite on the level of Framboise du Fermier. Perhaps a little too sour.

Sep 04, 2015
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MissSmisje from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: ruby red with pinkish bone lacing
S: fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, a little funk and lemon pulp
T: raspberry bomb. More fresh and tart than jammy. Lemon pulp on the finish. Very tart on mid palate, with sourness in the finish.
O: beautiful and delicious. Excellent beer.

Sep 03, 2015
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Raj from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 375 ml bottle at Side Project Cellar.

A: deep red/dark pink with sticky light pink lacing
S: loads of unripe raspberry on the nose, along with raspberry seeds and skins, also tartness, lemon, slight earth, clean soil funk
T: starts raspberry jam, but goes quickly to a tart fruit, again similar to the skin/seeds of a fruit. a little bit of funk but the taste is mouth watering sour. There is a prickly sharpness that accents the sourness. Slight bit of funky earthy notes and wood from the barrel. a little burn on the back end either from the sour or the alcohol.
M: medium, with lots of carbonation
O: great nose, very raspberry forward but too sour for my taste. this is my first fruited sour from SP, their saisons and non fruited wild ales are tart but feel more balanced.

Sep 02, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 consumed onsite at the Side Project Cellar.

The pour of this beer is beautiful in the glass, pouring a medium pink to a very light purple. The head that forms is small and doesn't stick around that long. When you take a smell of the beer it is very fruity and very tart. Black raspberries are the entire scent in the nostrils and progress to become more and more tart and acidic as the scent goes on. When you take a taste of the beer, the flavor follows the same arc as the scent, starting vary fruity and moving towards very tart and sour. The acidity also ramps up as the beer warms on the tongue. By the time the drink is done, the lingering flavor is an acidic and burning tartness and light notes of fruit left on the tongue. As far as feel goes, this beer is highly carbonated and light on the palate. The body itself is a little on the thin side, but it is a very thirst quenching drink.

Overall, this is similar to the other Side Project fruited beers. It really reminds me of Blueberry Flanders in the high acidity and tartness.

Aug 30, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My common critique with many of the Side Project fruit sours is they take the acidity to near punishing levels. This looks beautiful - magenta and irridescent. Smell has a good deal of black raspberry, oak, but you can sense that sharpness lingering ... overwhelming some of the subtler notes of the base beer. It moderates as the beer warms. Flavor follows, with more oak as it warms. Sharpness builds and it somewhat ruins the feel and drinkability.

Aug 21, 2015
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billab914 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh raspberries with a funky, slightly acidic sourness in the aroma. A little more sharp in the taste but the fresh, sweet raspberries really come through in the finish. Really nice overall, one of the best American versions of the style I can remember having.

Aug 15, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2. Consumed on-site at SPC.

The beer pours beautifully, smells like a handful of black raspberries in your face, tastes like sour, summertime berries, carries good carbonation and body, and finishes dry.

Definitely worth the $25 price tag for the 325ml bottle purchased at the bar.

Jul 07, 2015
Fencerow from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 226 ratings