Blanc De Blancs
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Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #1
ABV:
10%
Score:
99
Ranked #243
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 7.1%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
311
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Missouri, United States
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Notes: Blanc de Blancs started as a Biere de Champagne malt bill that was fermented in Chardonnay barrels with Missouri grown Chardonnel grapes. The native Missouri microflora that was present on the grapes provide the sour depth and funky complexity of this wild ale.
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Photo of Lucular
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle split with my wife. Pours a clear straw yellow with an off-white head that fades to a ring of bubbles. I saved the last ounce with yeast and added it to my glass after a while, which made the remaining beer quite cloudy. Aroma and flavor are funky/sour with oak, tannins, grape must, and hints of vanilla and grassiness. Complex but not quite my favorite sour/wild flavor profile. Overall it was tasty but not quite as amazing as I had hoped. At any rate, good to check off another beer style!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 - drank October 25th, 2019. Quite sour, a bit funky, slightly musty with very nice grape notes. Really excellent. This reminds me quite a bit of Jester King sours. Thank you, Buck89!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours foggy golden orange that drops to a murky transparency when the last of the bottle is poured into the glass. Head is near null with only a bit of fizz rising to the top and disappearing - akin to a glass of Champagne. Aroma is dry green grapes, tart green apple and lemon zest in a white wine, champagne-esque display. Light sour twist to it. Flavor profile continues the tart green apple and dry green grape story-line. Interwoven are notes of lemon zest, cellar stone, grapefruit and peach. Finish is lightly sour, with light-bodied, citrus sugary notes lingering long after the finish. Mouth feel is characterized by a moderately soft effervescence that only opens up after the initial sharp, energized effervescence decays. It has a medium, middle of the road, consistency. Overall, very unique. Lightbodied sourness mingles with dry green grapes and tart green apple to form a beer styled after champagne and white wine.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acts exactly like champagne. Foams up immediately, recedes quickly, bubbles rising from nucleation sites on the bottom of the glass. Crazy musty aromas, with a Moscato-like sweetness. Between the musty funk and sweet white wine aromas, the jaw-aching tartness from the first sip is a bit of a shock. The 10% is front and center with tons of white wine, funk, barrel, and a dry as a bone finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Burnt amber with a fizzy head that dies instantly to an almost still surface but for a light effervescence coming up in the center.

Moderate woody funk that brings both a little blue cheese and walnut underlies super sharply sour grapefruit and white grape that's somewhat vinegary, like a mango balsamic. The crisp medium-light body finishes paper dry with a little floral bitterness coming out on the exhale.

Another overly SOUR Side Project bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored, hazy, and with no real head. The aroma is of very forward oak and chardonnel grapes. I'm tasting the chardonnel grapes, oak, and very tart microflora. There's nothing subtle about the aggressiveness of the flavors here. The mouth is bone dry, lightly acidic, and offers moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is complex and very, very intense in aroma. Super funky aroma with breadiness, grape must etc. It's quite spectacular. Taste comes off moderate to high sour scale, high acidity, and a little bit boozy. Sweet as well blended with the sour. Not quite as funky in the taste as in the aroma. Feel is quite interesting as the sweet/sour taste you'd expect a cloying syrupiness in the back of your throat but it finishes very clean. Gets high marks for that.

Overall this is quite the exceptional beer, but I think the high ABV and high acidity and sour lean it a tad too extreme and not subtle complex enough.

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Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Harrison8 for this one. Blend 2. 12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a head of tight, white bubbles that were dissipating quickly as the beer poured. In fact, there was no head left even as I finished the pour. Obviously, there was no lacing. But, the sound of the effervescence from the carbonation was amazing. i could hear the beer from arms length.

The aroma was a pleasantly confusing mixture of grains, yeast, funk, some floral notes (hops?), grapes, and maybe some oak? Wutever, there was plenty of goodness going on.

On the tongue, similar scenario: so much going on, it's hard to describe. Every sip gives a different perspective. some very nice tartness.

The body was light and crisp, with a very dry finish.

Drinkability was awesome. i couldn't decide if I wanted sip it, or slam it. If I had two bottles, I woulda done both.

Overall, a great beer. A must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of eppie82
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 bottle purchased at Side Project The Cellar.

Deep saturated clear yellow appearance. Foam dissipates very quickly and none is left after as you drink. Big barnyard funk aroma. Some of that is also present in the taste but additionally a good bit of sour grapes and mild lemon. Medium acidity and tartness. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straw yellow color, no head or retention, but a nice mild carbonation. Smell is rich of floral, musty fruit. Sweet, long finish is mildly acidic. Awesome

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Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soured biere de champgne, well this is a first! Love both style, and this hybrid is a winner too. Nic champagne yeast and malt base with succulent sour grape, bright flowers, and dry white wine and oak finish. Goes from dry, to wet, to back to dry, with each switch unlocking new flavors. Smell has more of a musk and yeast center, but very spring like and pleasant. Touch of cumulative acidity and sneaky carbonation.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

=2018 release (batch 2).

A: Pours a pale orangish with no head or lacing. Decently hazy.

S: Moderate oak, sweet white wine, light barrel char, vanilla and cardamom, light earth and barnyard. Balanced toward the oak.

T: Leans more towards the white wine and green gooseberries than the nose, with light dry oak barrel and a moderate sourness through a long finish which is cut partially by a dose of sweetness. The palate comes off as a sort of sweet and sour thing.

M: Soft medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Really tasty stuff. The sourness is just a touch too high/sharp for my taste, and the sweetness is a bit high, but otherwise great flavors and balance between base and oak.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was outstanding. Had 4 SP fruits in a night and this was the clear favorite. Massive wine grape, mildly tart. Not overwhelmingly sour. Unreal this was 10%. Hides ABV well.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tasting glass, reviewed from notes. Thanks Aaron!

A: Hazy deep gold body under a finger of white froth. Mediocre retention and lacing, which is better than I expected for the style. Pretty nice.

S: Intense. Huge citric acidity is front and center, with waves of lemon, lime, grapeskin, and passionfruit. Some sweeter grape and melon notes emerge as it warms, as well as more than a hint of vanilla oak. Excellent.

T: Even better than the nose, with immense flavor and complexity without any loss of balance. Sour fruitiness up front, rich oak underneath, and a long, tart, drying finish with a lovely vinous aftertaste. Wow.

M: Substantial body with light, soft carbonation. Lively enough to keep it from being the least bit sticky, but not too prickly. Solid.

O: Amazing beer, and probably my favorite Side Project to date. Huge thanks to Aaron for hosting the share with this and so many other wonderful brews.

Cheers!

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Photo of billab914
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grapes, white wine and a little funkiness to the aroma. A little more sourness to the taste up front with the dry, tart grapes shining in the finish. Great beer overall, grapes were really well done and complimenting.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though this drinks more like a wine it still keeps a beer under structure. Tart white grapes, champagne like dryness and sweetness, earthy vinous notes and a nice apricot make this so good.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to a good friend for sharing his bottle with me a few weeks ago. Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle but I was not able to catch the bottling date (if there was one). Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a hazy golden color that reminds me of the color of an egg yolk, but with more notes of orange and amber going on than what you'd expect. The head is about a finger at most and a fairly stark/snow white in color. It doesn't last long before fading to a ringlet around the edges of the glass and just a faint swirl of foam across the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.5) - There are a few key elements present which all combine quite nicely. Of course, there is a fantastic lactic acidity that makes my tastebuds pucker slightly in anticipation before ever taking a sip. But alongside that, the vinous characteristics of white wine and oak, with even perhaps a hint of vanilla. And finally, there is a subtle hint of white grape tartness that is different in nature from the bacteria-based sourness that is clearly present. It adds a depth to the sourness that might not be there without the fruit. I can't wait to dive into this and drink it.

Taste (4.75) - The flavor does not disappoint, with all of the elements that presented themselves in the aroma pushing through in equal parts. Woody, musty oak and lactic sourness leads the way, inducing a nice satisfying pucker and refreshing tartness. As with the smell, the inclusion of the wine grapes gives a bit of juicy sourness that balances nicely alongside some funky, yogurt-like characteristic. The finish is where the chardonnay comes through, with crisp granny smith apple and white grape lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a lingering dry finish that entices the next sip.

Overall (4.5), a fabulous beer, and my first in the Biere Brut style, although I can't imagine that this take could be considered typical. It's amazing to me just how sourness as a flavor profile can screw with one's perception of ABV level in a beer. This one certainly didn't give away it's 10% abv, and I've had other sour beers that were bursting with flavor but only had 3-4% abv. I would gladly drink this often if it was easier to get. A fabulous and unique offering from Side Project.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice oaky chardonnay aroma, but far too acetic in the taste. And while it raised a nice head, in doing so it seemed to lose most of it's carbonation leaving the beer somewhat flat by the time of drinking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lots of grape. Musty. White wine is strong. Acidic and woody.

Taste - Sour. Sour white grapes. Oaky. White wine builds into the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Not as strong as other Side Project sours.

Overall - Finally, a pleasant sour from Side Project. Lots of grape, but not that intense on the sour.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Served in a Side Project stemmed glass 3/4/2015.

A- Clear light orange-copper body, one finger white head with fair retention time, not much lacing. Nice thin collar that sticks around the entire time.

S- Lactic acid, clean wheat and pale malt presence, but definitely a lot of oak and lactic acid. The grapes don't come out as much until it warms up, but it's definitely there. White grape must, not much grape juice in terms of the aroma, but that's expected. A little bit of funk, but the lacto is definitely stronger, as is the theme with all of the Side Project wild ales.

F- Wheat, lactic acid, oak, a bit of funk, white grape must. This tastes an awful lot like Fuzzy but without the peaches, and plenty of white grape. This does not deliver a lot of actual white wine character, but rather more of white grape must. That's actually what I seem to prefer, and it's remarkably tasty. That being said, it's also quite tart, similar to how tart Blueberry Flanders was but not quite to the point where it's a turn-off.

M- Medium bodied, silky crispness is very refreshing. The tartness starts burning up your jaws immediately. Very tasty with a lot of nice depth to it. Easy to drink, even with the tartness.

O- Delicious stuff. I enjoyed this one a lot and continue to expect this level of excellence from Side Project, because they keep delivering these hits one after another.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Augzilla for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, wine grape, white wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, white wine, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great white wine barrel aged characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich golden color with a bright effervescent head that recedes quickly. Smell is lemon, citrus, stone fruit, funk, yogurt. Taste is essentially like a light white sparkling wine with tart yogurt intermixed. Lots of white grape, peach, apple, pear with a creamy yogurty sourness. Really tastes like a fruit on the bottom yogurt cup. The mouthful is rich and creamy while the carbonation keeps it light. Outstanding beer. My biggest issue with Fuzzy is that the subtle sweetness of the white peaches were drowned out by the intense yogurty sourness. Blueberry Flanders had a nice balanced refreshing tartness but the blueberry flavor was a bit disappointing. This is a much better balance for my taste than both, a best of both worlds. Probably my favorite SP so far. Get it today!

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A wonderful aroma on this one of big lemony tart qualities, almost a plastic funk.

The flavor however is slightly overwhelming of lemony tart, which has been a problem Fuzzy as well. Despite that, a good complexity of tart with some yogurt tart qualities as well. White grapes up front on the finish.

Very surprised that the ABV is so darn high for what it drinks like. However, generally covered by too much tart qualities and I much preferred JK's Blanc du Bois in a side by side.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, medium straw golden in color. A small, one finger head forms and dissipates quickly down to a trace of bubbles around the edges of the glass. The body of the beer is nearly entirely clear. The lacing is minimal with the lack of a prominent head.

S- Starts off with a mild to somewhat assertive white grape fruitiness on the nose. Just a touch of crisp tartness is present in the scent, but the chardonels really shine through here. The scent displays a little bit of grapey sweetness, but not a whole lot. My overall impression of the smell is that of a slightly tart, off-dry chardonel, that has just a touch of funky dryness at the very end.

T- Starts off by assaulting the tongue with fairly aggressive punch of juicy sour flavor. The grape fruit flavors take a back seat to the overall sour flavor, although the tartness is derived out of the fruit. In the middle of the drink, the sourness becomes somewhat acidic and very reminiscent of a War Heads candy. After the peak of the sour flavor, a touch of funkiness creeps in and gives more of a grainy flavor underneath the tartness. Dryness from the barrel is detectable at the end of the drink, although the prominent flavor is still juicy and somewhat fruity tartness.

M- This beer is very true to the style and feels pretty much like a champagne. The only difference between a champagne and this beer is the perceived level of thickness because this beer feels fairly thick on the tongue. This is more of a sipper due to the harsh sour flavors in the taste profile.

Overall, this was way different than I expected. I was expecting more of a wine-like drinking experience given the name, ingredients, and style. With that being said, this is still a tremendous beer. If you are a sour fan, this offers a great, juicy sourness in addition to some great complexity from the yeast and barrel aging.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

The beer pours a dull sunset like golden yellow with no head, visible carbonation, and (with some careful pouring) no sediment. The nose has a slightly floral/vanilla grain & barrel sweetness, surprisingly limited tartness, underlying grape notes, and minimal funk/acetone. It has a mild, champagne-like grape taste upfront with grain rounding out profile and lingering alcohol and oak. The beer has a light-medium body, but is not as crushable as expected (mainly due to the alcohol content) and a slightly chewy sweetness. Carbonation is relatively low and acidity is lower than expected - the beer still finishes with that punishing dry oak slap in the palate. The beer's so limited and expensive that I'd probably avoid purchasing it again in the future (or at least my full allotment), but it's undeniably delicious.

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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 311 ratings