Thicket | Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 203
Photo of jheimbigner
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beatufil purple with minimal lacing. Smell is of sour blackberry - sour coming from lacto, I am assuming. The blackberry is so strong. Taste follows the nose, strong sour blackberry flavor with a decently sharp acidity. Feel is super bubbly/effervescent. Very clean on the pallet. Overall, it is probably the best blackberry sour I have had, but falls well short of smooth and fuzzy

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: clearish red with no head.
S: super tart. Smells more like cherries than blueberries.
T: just like the nose. Super tart, berry sweetness throughout.
F: high carbonation, but still smooth.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A deep red, almost purple. White head that sticks for a while. S: Blackberries and a lot of them. Oak, hay, lemon zest, vinegar. T: Yep that's perfect. Juicy blackberries, tart blackberries. Some oak to dry the back end and that signature SP tartness/sour to let you know it means business. M: Enough carb to make it palatable, but not a lot to make it soft. Oak dryness on the backend end. O: This is killer. I've had a few SP bottles now and this one is amazing. Not the most sour of the bunch, but very complex and well balanced

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours auburn brown with a modest head; decent retention

Smell: Tart blackberry, with defined lactic tones; hints of grain in the back

Taste: Lactic and acetic tartness from the outset, with the blackberry tones building; the tartness builds through the middle and finish but never overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; modest puckering

Overall: A nice sour, though it lacks some complexity

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Photo of jshusc
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Thanks to @jdhowe for the share. Beautiful purplish hue with strong blackberry aroma. Very sour, but not too acidic. A little funk, but probably more on the nose. Delicious beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep purple color. Nice sour blackberry in aroma. A little sharp at first, but the blackberries come out nicely in the finish. A little funky but falls more on the sour and acidic side. Really nice overall, nicely done blackberry sour.

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, generously shared by Erik, poured into a Side Project oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 6.20.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a really nice purple/red color, opaque and hazy, really reminiscent of a blackberry with a slightly off white head, about a finger high that has nice retention and good lace. The aroma is welcoming, lots of blackberry, acidic red wine, hearty oak, funky yeast, lemon zest and tangy red grape linger well. The flavors are quite enjoyable, tart and fresh blackberry, juicy and jammy, red wine acidity, chewy oak, good funk, a little cheesy with a nice amount of mustiness, lemon zest cuts into the sourness a little, despite it's tart character, but offers some brightness and like the nose, lingering red grape and currants, fleshy and puckery. The mouthfeel is good, coating, zippy and lively with high carbonation levels, good dry tartness and an easy finish that has a crisp kick.

Verdict: A nice Wild Ale from Side Project, not overly sour, which I find to be a typical attribute with their fruited sours. Tart, acidic, balanced and a nice blackberry expression, not quite as epic and Fuzzy or Framboise du Fermier in terms of the representation of the fruit used, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle

Beautiful purple pour

Jammy, seedy, fruit is very expressive. Acetic sour notes are strong but fruit remains bold and present.

I half expected to pull seeds from my mouth.....crazy good.

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Photo of Veliksta1
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, the least acidic, most fruit forward of the Side Project 375ml bottles. For me, it was also the easiest to drink, along with Blancs. Tons of mildly tart blackberries, with lots of blackberry skin noticeable throughout the beer. The oak presence is very noticeable with a hint of red wine. This was a fantastic.

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Photo of danh53
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy with slight head that fades quickly and minimal lacing. Aroma hits right away with fresh sour blackberries and red wine. The taste follows the nose. There's a bit of lemon and some red wine vinegar along with a buttery component that comes through as it warms. Mouth feel is light to medium. Very good overall. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light reddish brown body with slight pink hues, half finger white head with surprisingly good retention time, nice lacing. Smells of tart lactic acidity, blackberry puree. Mild grainy malt sweetness in the background, but make no mistake, the acidity and the blackberry are the stars here. Although, the blackberry is certainly playing second fiddle to the lacto and acetic acid. Flavour is surprisingly less sour than expected, e.g. La Fosse, and the blackberries kick in towards the end. For the most part, it's oak, a bit of hay, a lot of lactic and acetic acid contributing a strong sense of sourness. The blackberries start to come into their own halfway in, and leave you with a mild jammy flavour at the end. The tartness never recedes but is rather constant. Still, it's a tasty beer and is far easier to drink than La Fosse. Overall, a very nice blackberry wild, but it lacks a good bit of complexity for the most part. It's acidic with a moderate blackberry presence, that's pretty much all she wrote.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite side project beers. Still had that typical Side Project lacto but the fruit comes through in this one much more than a lot of their other beers.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep purple. Lightly pink head. Very pretty beer.

Smell - Strong berry. Wine barrel, too. Strong vinous notes.

Taste - Intense blackberry flavor. Equally strong is the red wine flavor with it. Quite sour, but not as sour as other Side Project sours, which I like.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Hefty sourness.

Overall - Excellent fruit flavor, but the wine flavor is in equal proportion. Just about a tolerable amount of sourness.

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Photo of huddyball
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark blackberry juice. Medium size head due to the high carbonation (starting in the bottle once I cracked the cap). I was afraid I was in for a "gusher" but it held off.

Smell: Wow, blackberries to the max. Jammy along with a strong acidity right from the nose. I could smell this brew for hours.

Taste: SOUR! Before the blackberries could hit I was struck by a huge sourness that got you right in the jaw like a Sour Patch Kid. While I do love sours, this was a but much right off the bat. As the brew warmed the sourness subsided (or maybe I was just getting use to it). Aside from the sourness you get, you guessed it, tons of jammy blackberries. As it warmed I got a slightly buttery and briny flavor as I sipped. Interesting and I liked it.

Mouthfeel: This was dry, but not intensely dry. It had a nice body and as noted it was well carbonated.

Overall this was my first experience with something from Side Project and I was very pleased. If you like fruited sours (and I'm talking intense sours) then I highly recommend.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Side Project stem from a 375ml bottle. Purchased at release.

Pours a dark purple and burgundy with a nice slightly lilac head that is about 1 inch and quite active. Very lively head that recedes quickly down to a thin ring.

Aroma is wonderufll. Fruit juice, berry and jammy. Then tartness and lactic acid notes that aren't too intense or overwhelming. Notes of wood are present as well. Nice woody earthy notes. Slight funk.

Flavor is wonderful. Berry jam, notes of acidic fruit juice and berry seeds. Earthy berry skin. Amazing sour notes that are nicely tempered by a more chalky yet backbone. Nice notes of earthy wood. Slight funk. One of my favorite fruit sours from SP. Well done.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and opaque with a high effervescence and no head. It is a rich purple and looks like homemade blackberry jam. Smell is like other Side Project fruited sours: large amounts of fresh ripe fruit (in this case, blackberries) and a lacto yogurty sourness. In this case, the fruit shine over the lacto. Taste is extremely sour but not as sour as Fencerow or Fuzzy. Tastes like unsweetened yogurt with fresh tart blackberries. A defined sour acidity lingers on the aftertaste with a hint of red wine tannins. Mouthfeel is well carbed and very dry. Overall, a fantastic beer that balances the fruit and sourness better than every other SP fruited sour other than Blanc.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 2000th rating! Served at cellar temp, and poured into my HF oversized wine glass.

A- Pours a deep, dark violet with some pink hues around the edges when held to the light. A medium sized light pink head swiftly fizzles away, leaving only a collar, and some fine lacing. Small berry particles can be seen floating near the top.

S- The aroma is fantastic! Sweet blackberry meets lactic tartness and acidity. Blackberry yogurt comes to mind. Some nice oaky notes and sweet red wine add to the complexity. Lastly there is some tart granny smith apple. Delightful!

T- The taste is full of awesome lactic funk and sourness. The tartness is in your face, though not as bracing as Blanc De Blancs or Fuzzy. The sweetness of the berries and mellow oak helps balance out the sour. There is a nice yogurt like flavor as well. Lots of funk going on in the background. This is excellent!

M- It is very dry, almost bracingly sour, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.

O- This is a fantastic sour that tastes better than the 4.5 I gave it, but not quite a 4.75. This is well worth seeking out!

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a large stem.

A: Pours dark purple with ruby edges. A thin purple-hued head forms and quickly fades into a lingering collar.
S: Tart, funky, and full of freshly pureed fruit.
T: Extremely layered; tartness up front moving quickly into a nice full funk, bright blackberries, wood/oak elements, sour fruit skins/tannins, blackberry seeds/earthiness/slight balsamic quality.
M: Well carbonated but not overly done, initially very bubbly, but quickly fades; medium bodied with a definite sweet/fruity viscosity.
O: Simply fantastic, expertly crafted wild ale with incredible fresh fruit notes balanced with the perfect level of funk/tartness.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color, head fades quickly. Nose is muted. Harsh sourness, slight buttery aroma / flavor (not unpleasant - perhaps just a barrel note), some acetone / nail polish. The fruit flavor, while authentic, wasn't deep. Little funky or character outside of acidity, touch of fruit, some wine butteriness. Consumed at the same time as several De Garde lambic based beers - The Lucy, The Lily - and this couldn't hold a candle to them ... and I say this as someone who finds Side Project saisons about as good as saisons get.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous dark burgundy. The nose is just killer on this one with a very unique barnyard character along with dark berries. The flavor is super jammy tart blackberry. Just a wonderfully crafted sour.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle courtesy of Joe, just like every other good beer I rate here. Poured to a Cantillon taster. Pours dark purple and slightly murkey with a beautiful bubbly pinkish purple head on top that fizzes away after a minute or two. Super funky aroma, with vinegar and barnyard, serious dry oakiness, and a bit of jammy berry. Flavor is very fruit forward with lots of jammy raspberries, but then the puckering sour hits your tongue and follows all the way down the throat. Acidic and lambic like, dry oak flavors, lacto like crazy, and finishes puckering and dry. Somehow the fruit still shines here, though. Dry, medium light bodied, with spritzy carbonation. This is good stuff for sure.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a fairly dark purple in color, basically the color of crushed blackberries. The pour is rather effervescent and gives the beer a small and bubbly head about 1cm thick. Retention is very good for such a small head, and also laces decently. The body is dark enough that it can't be seen through, but when light strikes the beer, it is hazy .

S- Tart and sour acidity strike the nostrils first and sting just a little. The blackberries come right behind the sour acidity and add their own tart flavor. The berries add a jam like quality to the scent before the dry oak flavors move in on the nose towards the end. The oak is mostly dry and adds to the tartness.

T- Starts off with a big, sour bang on the tongue, The base beer provides the first dose of tart, with a puckering acidity, just like in the scent. Also just like the scent, the blackberries come next and serve up an additional dose of sour. Towards the middle of the drink the blackberries really jack up the juiciness and give a touch of balance to the tartness from the beginning of the drink. Right after the blackberries are there, they're gone and the tart base beer flavor returns, this time with a touch of dry oak flavor as well. Lingering sourness and acidity from both the base beer and the fruit are all that is left on the tongue once the drink is finished, and man is it a sour linger.

M- Like the rest of Cory's fruited sours, this one is a combination of light in body, heavy in carbonation, and rather slow drinkers due to the tartness of the beer. Nothing about the weight or feel of the beer makes this a slow drinker, it is just so sour that it hangs on the tongue and in the throat, making it feel heavier than it really is.

Overall, if you are a big sour fan, this is definitely for you. The blackberry portion of the flavor really shines through while still keeping the overall flavor tart. I prefer more balanced beers from Cory, but he does make a world class sours, and this beer is no different.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich maroon/purple with a loose, foamy and vibrant pink head that provides some lacing while drinking. The nose is tangy and deep, but surprisingly has more of the earthy blackberry vine notes upfront compared to the pungent blackberry fruit notes. The nose evolves with some warmth as the acidity takes over. While chilled, the taste is modest blackberry with some funk and grain - but is generally overtaken by tart blackberry when warms. Regardless of temperature, the beer is punishingly dry and has tremendous fruit character. There are some nail polish qualities and alcohol, but both are minimal. Very tasty beer and I surprisingly enjoy it more chilled.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had a solid amount of this. 44oz ish

A - Dark red/purple/maroon/blackberries with a minimal red rose purple foam head that dissipates into the glass

S - Straight up blackberry jam on the nose with a nice funk coming from his wild lacto strains. Similar to VSB scent not quite as natural smelling slightly more jammy rather than fresh mashed Blackberries

T - Taste follows the nose here with mounds of blackberries up front with sharp acidity pairing with a sweeter blackberry jam finish. Closest Blackberry wild I've had to VSB

M - Medium bodied, creamy yet sharp and crisp. Bright.

O - This is a small step below VSB and commands much less. It's not up to par, but damn, the blackberry jam and natural tasting fruit is there as well as the acidity. Slightly more tart than VSB

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Thicket from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 203 ratings