Side Project Brewing

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Wild Ale
Ranked #86
Ranked #1,299
4.42 | pDev: 7.69%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: American wild ale fermented and aged in Chambourcin (red wine) barrels with red raspberries.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brick red, as opposed to Fencerow's deep almost purple-blackish red, with a short bubbly pink head that fizzles out quickly and audibly.

Doing a side by side with Blend 3 Fencerow, the difference is surprisingly drastic. Fencerow comes across more like a berry wine, as a deep, rich and almost pastry sweetness pairs with dark oak and red wine. While Raspe, on the other hand, is immensely seedy, fruity and more tart and crisp, with a more old school framboise or Gambrinus herbal vinousness.

Raspe also has a lighter oak and mild funk presence, while feeling a little thinner and slightly more acidic, finishing semi-dry.

This is really enjoyable, while also putting into perspective just how much I love Fencerow.

 726 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, blend 1, sherry glass. Medium reddish purple body, one finger white head, mild retention, thin lacing. Smell is big jammy raspberry, tart fruit and light oak, light red wine dryness. Really nice jammy nose. Flavour is a bit more acetic and tart than the nose, but plenty of raspberry fruit tartness and flavour. Medium bodied, good carbonation, fair bit of raspberry lingering on the finish.

 405 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

exquisite beer, as good as anything i have had from these guys, and a leader of these heavily fruited little bottles, although i have liked them all. its still insanely sour, side project has really gone that way lately, but there is an insane amount of fruit on this to go with it, like more raspberry than raspberry, its amazing, and really almost drinks like a juice concentrate or something. while the bacterial sourness is a lot, i think the lighter, more mellow tartness inherent in the raspberry works well with it, its not overrun, its both of them together. this is blood red in color, inky and think, its almost shocking from the bottle how dense the color is, really sexy, intimidating even, even in a tiny little glass. the nose is awesome, as fruity as it is, i definitely get some wood and wine and lambic funk and maturity to it, not just juice but really incredible wild beer too. real sour, but there is cool brett here too, heaps of oak, and this sunny summery intense raspberry concentration that just rules. the absolute essence of the fruit, its purest form here, accentuated nicely by the red wine barrels. overall just amazing, i wish it was a little less sour, but its hard to critique something this epic! sensational beer, my god!

 1,256 characters

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle with roughly 2 years of aged on it into a perennial wine glass. pours a dark crimson red with tiny white bubbles. no head or foam to speak of. smells of funky red jammy raspberries. get a little of that burnt rubber / band-aid shell but it’s kept in check pretty well. taste is pure jammy raspberry with slight oak, funk and acidity. mouthfeel is full. nice amount of carbonation that plays with the acidity. not my favorite fruited 375 but it’s damn solid. it’s a red raspberry showcase and while it’s not as complex as Framboise du Fermier, it’s just as tasty in its red raspberry deliciousness.

 634 characters

Photo of sandstd1
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: little head, deep raspberry red. Floaties.
S: moderate raspberry l
T: strong red raspberry takes the front seat over tartness.
F: medium

Overall preferred the other sp fruited sours a bit over this but ok

 209 characters

Raspe from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 72 ratings