Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #209
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
Mar 05, 2022
Jan 16, 2015
Notes: For Blend #2, we chose a blend of not only our “Flanders - Inspired” red beer, but also used a touch of our French Oak Foedre Beer, a beer that lays the base for Fuzzy, and has been aging via a solera method for more than 5 years now. This blend was then moved to Missouri Oak and aged atop more than 3000 lbs of Oregon blackberries from our friends at Decker Farms. The blend and the blackberries were combined in April of 2018 and allowed to re-ferment for almost a year before being bottle-conditioned prior to release.
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4.65 by Hefewiseman from Florida on Mar 05, 2022
4.27 by jhavs from New York on Mar 03, 2022
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jan 25, 2022
4.85 by MrNate from Florida on Jan 21, 2022
4.25 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2022
4.25 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Jan 05, 2022
4.46 by kreg02 from Illinois on Jul 23, 2021
4.49 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jul 17, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Jun 10, 2021
4.77 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 22, 2021
4.71 by beefbucket from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
4.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 19, 2021
4.51 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
4.4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Feb 23, 2021
4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RaulMondesi from California

This one is really thick (unlike that loser Robin). Yeah, this one is like pure and ripe like the day Bridgette Bardot was born. For reals, it’s just beautiful and it hits you well and good like Bruce Smith trying to make you fumble.

Hut! Hut! Hike!

Jan 17, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Blend No. 2 (2018 release); consumed on 1/14/21

Pours a deep, jet-purple body with an airy half-finger of extra-pale mauve head, retreating quickly to a few paper-thin, spotty islands of cap, a sizeable, bubbly collar, and virtually no lacing beyond an occasional splotching isolated at various points around the glass.

Aroma shows fresh blackberry pits engaging with an increasingly rounded lactic funk, sharpwning over time while simultaneously embracing jammy blackberry and a deepening sweetness as the beer warms; old leather and wet stone peak over the middle into fresher oak and some grape-like tannins to close.

Taste ooens with suggestions of blackberry quijcly overtaken by lactic funk and a splintery oak profile; hints of dried peppercorn pair with a sturdy tannic structure into a mid-palate of barnyard funk and lemon zest, while tones of blackberry pits, lactic funk, and a brief burst of red berries mark the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light body with a fine, moderate-mild carbonation; a huge acidity is sharp and biting over the mid-palate, acetic and puckering though crisp into back end; a brief juiciness dries steadily with slight tannic textures on the finish.

Increasingly palatable as it warms, an overwhelming acidity remains dominant, relegating the blackberry to an underdeveloped background while largely glossing over the nuance of the funk; this wild ale is clearly designed competently and shows sporadic sparks of genuine depth, but a relentless imbalance ultimately takes away from the overall product.

Jan 15, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Batch 2 - 375ml bottle - poured into a zin stem at 45°F.

Pours a deep blackberry purple - foggy anf crimson when held to the light, with a lasting sudsy pinkish collar. The occasional rising bubble can be seen. Not as saturated, but quite similar to a merlot in appearance.

Nose: Really wonderful blackberry presence here. That classic, instantly recognisable Side Project grist and culture character forms a simple foundation, with some toasty grain, bright acidity, and white oak, with subtle threads of hay, wheat, dusty leather, stone, petrichor, wet leaves, and lemon. The fruit is fresh, vibrant, and seedy, with an underlying jammy element. Reserved, but elegant.

Palate: Thicket greets the palate with a sharp zing of acidity, with a ton of lacto-driven lemon juice pucker, and a bit of acetic bite following. Like many fruited Side Project wilds, there's an underlying sweetness that seems like it's from both the malt as well as some fructose. The sweetness tuns parallel to, but beneath the sourness, taming it a bit. The blackberry character is unmistakable, buy leans towards the dry, seedy, unripe, tart end of the spectrum, rather than juicy or saturated. The acidity is aggressive, and thankfully, burns fast and bright, settling down quickly, and revealing some grains and a bit of oak. Some ripe berry pokes through, along with some wine-soaked oak, finishing quick, clean, and dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: Thicket is medium-light in body, wispy, fluid, and crisp. Puckering acidity up front causes some mouthwatering. Effervescence is fine, lively, amd sparkly. The finish is dry, with some very subtle oak tannins.

Overall: This is one of those wild ales that could have been stellar if it wasn't so acidic. The reviews are polarising - some saying it's jammy, others, that it's crazy sour. As it warms, some ripe berry sweetness does begin to emerge, which helps a lot, and it does become enjoyable, but the aggressive acidity holds it back and stifles the complexity. It's certainly fruit-forward, and very much Side Project, but it isn't the most balanced or complex offering. This one is good, but not amazing.

Jan 15, 2021
4.25 by allenson21 from New York on Dec 26, 2020
5 by Destiney from Indiana on Nov 25, 2020
4.49 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri on Nov 03, 2020
3.98 by stmoorea from Illinois on Sep 13, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

FFBL draft. Holy sour blackberries! This is what a sour is. I enjoy the thick and gloopy fruited stuff but this is a real sour. Tons of lacto on the nose and in the flavor. Nice blackberry flavor with a lot of sour. Puckering! Great fruited sour here.

Sep 11, 2020
4.69 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Aug 19, 2020
4.63 by notchucknorris from California on Jul 28, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

Blend#2 on tap at SP STL pub

Jul 22, 2020
4 by akang from California on Jul 08, 2020
4 by sordyl from Illinois on Jun 30, 2020
4.38 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jun 21, 2020
4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 18, 2020
3.8 by Wayne17 from Texas on May 22, 2020
4.25 by Beerbom from California on May 22, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dadthew from New York

Super sour with nice berry flavors coming through.

Apr 15, 2020
3.67 by Eziel from Ohio on Apr 13, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark maroon to purple with a short mauve head that loudly fizzles out to nothing quickly.

Taste is super juicy blackberry, to the point of gummies, while dark oak and tannins come in mid-palate, capping off with only the faintest hint of nutty funk in the exhale.

Thicket is really puckering and tingly, yet somehow not painfully acidic at all. A playful effervescence runs thru the medium body coming to a just semi-dry finish.

Blend #2

Apr 01, 2020
3.96 by Devman171 from Maryland on Mar 23, 2020
4.54 by robertm2152 from Illinois on Mar 22, 2020
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