Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #97
Ranked #1,138
4.35 | pDev: 9.89%
Jan 30, 2022
Nov 15, 2014
Notes: American wild ale fermented and aged in Chambourcin (red wine) barrels with red raspberries.
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2.11 by BigIronH from Michigan on Jan 30, 2022
4.18 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Dec 13, 2021
4.54 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - love the reddish purple thick color with a nice slight pink white lasting head
Smell and Taste - really tart raspberry smell and taste
Feel - Medium body with a slight crisp carb
Overall - really nice beer

Aug 18, 2021
4.48 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jul 27, 2021
4.48 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jun 27, 2021
4.2 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 02, 2021
4.42 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.4 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Mar 12, 2021
4.09 by StoutSnob40 from California on Mar 11, 2021
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Mar 01, 2021
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2.6/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

375 mL bottle. Red with no head. A few bubbles. Smells of raspberry and raspberry acidity. Tastes sour, then raspberry, then more sour. Aggressively sour. Really sour raspberries. Low carbonation. It's a genuine raspberry flavor at least. But it's way too sour.

Feb 15, 2021
4.96 by JAWS from New York on Jan 25, 2021
4.03 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

So much raspberry, fruit forward definitely, but great

Jan 03, 2021
4.17 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 02, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Erikd212 from California

Poured a deep red color with a medium head that dissipated quickly.

The nose smelled of tart berries.

The taste was on par with the nose. Tart raspberry on the younger. A bit on the acidic side which made this hard to enjoy.

Jan 02, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

This was my first time experiencing something from Side Project. Unfortunately, it was a far cry from living up to the hype. This bottle was purchased in December of 2020, but I am unsure what year it was bottled (I would guess 2017, but again ... just a guess).

Visually, this could be easily confused with a glass of cranberry or cherry juice. There is absolutely no head retention. Smell offers hints of raspberry and funk, but also has a heavy acid-like smell that is hard to ignore.

Taste follows smell. The fruit and funk taste that would be well received gets pushed acid from a dry acidic taste that puts this on the very brink of being too sour to enjoy.

Overall, a big let down. I'm not ready to give up on these guys yet and will try more of their offerings. I suspect that after 2020 was likely a rough year for sales, they pushed out a bunch of items they'd been cellaring for a special release that had perhaps been over-cellared or not cellared in proper conditions. Or, they rushed to brew this and crank it out. Either way, this failed to deliver on anything resembling a well produced barrel-aged raspberry farmhouse ale.

Dec 29, 2020
4.4 by RRSTL from Missouri on Dec 28, 2020
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 12, 2020
4.25 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Oct 24, 2020
4.39 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Oct 22, 2020
4.41 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Oct 22, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (blend #2) into a Belgian glass

L: pours a completely opaque darker ruby red, with a truly minimal head that fades immediately. Surprised at the color of this beer, expecting something clearer with a red tint. Bottle was stored vertically in my beer fridge for ~2 weeks do don’t imagine it’s sediment but could be wrong (looking at other reviews guess is the color)

S: great tart ale aroma with a very nice and assertive raspberry note. Healthy amount of oak with a bit of that lactic funk. Has that raspberry sorbet aroma, with a bit more bite. Funk builds as it’s warmed in the glass, as does the sharpness of the fruit and overall nose

T: follows the nose well, nice and tart with an impressive amount of raspberry flavor. Acidity is a bit elevated, especially once it’s warmed. Get raspberry, lemon, slightly spicy note, bit of doughy character toward the medium/long finish. As the raspberry fades get more of a lacto sour note, very nice yogurty aftertaste

F: light+/medium- body, medium- carbonation, moderately drying, elevated acidity once warmed get that tingly uvula feeling

O: a very flavorful wild ale that delivers great raspberry character but could use a bit more complexity and a bit less acidity

Oct 17, 2020
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Sep 26, 2020
4.52 by CreightonSM from New York on Sep 01, 2020
4.59 by craigbelly from Iowa on Aug 31, 2020
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 29, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

375ml bottle - Blend 2 - poured into a red wine stem at 40°F.

Pours an almost unbelievably deep, saturated, opaque scarlet red - like a raspberry itself, or a glass of Hollywood blood. A thin pink collar adorns the still, lifeless surface. Beautiful.

Nose: I can smell the oak from a mile away. Mature, musty, woody wet oak, topped by an almost laughable amount of jammy raspberry. There is so much raspberry here, it genuinely gives the impression of preserves, or a barrel full of smashed raspberries. Bright, jammy, and saturated. Tons of funk, with lacto tang and minerality, some acetic sharpness, and some musty bretty nuance. Wet hay, old barn, goozie iodine and bandages, musty attic, cellar stone, dead leaves, fresh rain, forest floor, and this oddly comforting smell of fresh autumn air. It's something else, but these raspberries just sing.

Palate: Immediately, the raspberries just come to life, dancing over the palate in sweet, ripe, jammy divinity. Many Side Project beers are criticised for their potent acidity - not this one. The sourness is there, but it's balanced and tasteful, kept in check by the sweet berries. It's sour, but not puckering or vinegary at all. The oak makes no attempt to hide itself, displaying woody, splintery notes of old wine cask, sawdust, and a hint of vanilla, cinnamon, and exotic spice. Some very pale grain threads beneath the oak and fruit. Lactobacillus adds a zippy minerality, a hint of yogurt, and stone, while brett shows some overripe blueberry, grape skin, and plum pit. Beneath this, some complex microflora funk emerges, with wildflowers, wet hay, and that notoriously hard-to-describe funk note. The ale begins to dry out, and the oak and brett come to the forefront, washing out the raspberry, and lending wet wood, exotic spice, cinnamon, sasparilla bark, vanilla, and finishing seedy and dry, with an exhale of Burgundy red wine.

Mouthfeel/Body: Raspe boasts a medium-light body. The ale itself it light, mellow, and vibrant, however, the fruit is so intense, that the residual fructose actually lends the slightest bit of weight, and maybe even a kiss of sweetness on the lips. Effervescence is fairly lively, and very fine, but slightly shy of champagne. Finishes dry, with added drying oak.

Overall: It takes a very special beer to just leave you in awe. This leaves me in awe. I've had other fruited Side Project ales, but this breaks the mold. Less sour, more fruit, jammy, plenty of funk and complexity, even drawing some real framboise lambic inspiration. Do not sleep on this one. Get a fresh bottle, drink a fresh bottle, and thank yourself.

Aug 27, 2020
4.77 by Chilmer from Iowa on Aug 15, 2020
4.75 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Aug 15, 2020
4.53 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Jul 23, 2020
4.1 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Mar 31, 2020
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 02, 2020
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 29, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Blend #1 Bottle, on-site, Side Project Cellar. 02/01/2020.

Huge jammy nose. Tannic acidity and milder raspberry fruit on the palate. Great contrast, nice sour feel throughout. Love this series.

Blend #2. 11/23/2020.

More aggressively acidic than Blend #1, with puckering raspberries leading the way for a bit of balsamic vinegar on the tail. The nose is still jammy raspberry goodness. Mellows as it warms; poured at 50°.

Feb 01, 2020
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 15, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Aug 30, 2019
4.35 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
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