Punchdown Chambourcin
Side Project Brewing

Punchdown ChambourcinPunchdown Chambourcin
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #153
Ranked #1,748
4.29 | pDev: 6.53%
Sep 12, 2021
Jun 17, 2015
Punchdown ChambourcinPunchdown Chambourcin
Notes: Punchdown was the first hybrid beer we ever brewed. For this second release of Punchdown Chambourcin, we chose Chambourcin grapes from Noboleis Vineyards in the Augusta AVA along the Missouri River, located 32 miles from our brewery, for this wine inspired beer. As with the process of all of our fruited wild ales, and different than our Terroir Project hybrids, we blended mature beer (2 year old French Oak Flanders-inspired Red) with the wine grape must and then allowed the blend to re-ferment in stainless steel for 8 months before being naturally conditioned in the bottles and kegs.
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4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 12, 2021
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Sep 07, 2021
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on May 16, 2021
4.38 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4 by aasher from Indiana on Apr 20, 2021
4.21 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Oct 22, 2020
4.63 by Beerbom from California on Aug 08, 2020
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2020
3.97 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jul 17, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Blend #2.

This one pours a very dark blood red/purplish-red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

This is a red grape/wine bomb on the nose, with a touch of vinegar, a tannic character, acid, and lemon.

This is a bit more sledgehammer-to-the-head than Side Project is usually known for, as it's extremely acidic, with a very intense grape character. I get a touch of vinegar, perhaps from the Flanders Red base, along with intense sour cherry, some lemon, etc. The grape must is dominant by a number of degrees.

This is light bodied, with a slightly lower level of carbonation. It's certainly a slow sipper, as the drinkability isn't amazing.

This is a little too messy for me - I want a bit more of the base beer, and I think it would help if they dialed back the amount of grape must blended into the base beer. That being said, I'm still happy to have tried it.

Jun 26, 2020
4.34 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jun 14, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a stemmed glass. Pours dark purplish red. Could be mistaken for a red wine. A small amount of fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Grapes are heavy on the nose with sweet acidic bite behind them. The sip is juicy grapes with the sharp acidic sweetness following. The nose really previews the sip. Not as sharply tart as other SP wild ales. It has a nice balance between being dry and sweet, leaning a hair to the dry side as it goes down and more sweet up front.

May 30, 2020
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on May 20, 2020
4.5 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Mar 19, 2020
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2020
4.27 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Feb 09, 2020
4.28 by drstalker from Illinois on Feb 03, 2020
4.33 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jan 17, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

L: Grape juice dark purple with zero head

S: acidic wine funk nose, neither grape juice nor wine maybe something in the middle

T: tart and acidic, lots of grape. Think I get the Flemish red base if I try. Not much of the wile ale/funk notes I expected. Abv well hidden

F: appropriately (for me) light/nearing thin but not

O: solid beer, glad to have it but considering price of admission won’t chase it down again

Jan 11, 2020
4.36 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 19, 2019
4.3 by Bum4ever from California on Nov 15, 2019
4.33 by edthehead from New York on Nov 10, 2019
4.27 by MizzouBrew from Missouri on Nov 09, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a light purple almost identical to a glass of red wine. zero head but a few bubbles here and there. smells of grape juice, grape must and a bit of oak. taste is grapes, grapes, grapes. it’s got a little funk, oak and sourness but it’s very wine-oriented. it doesn’t have a ton of carbonation to it moving it even less away from the beer world and more into the wine world. it’s an interesting brew for sure. i think i prefer the pinot noir to this one but it’s still a very good beer which packs a punch and leans more on subtle wine-like sourness and acidity than the typical side project aggressively sour style.

Sep 26, 2019
4.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana on May 19, 2019
4.27 by Nograinleftbehind from South Carolina on Oct 04, 2018
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Sep 24, 2018
4.25 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jan 01, 2018
4.54 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Dec 30, 2017
4.29 by Buck89 from Tennessee on Jul 15, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

04/29/2017 @ Anchorage Brewing Co fundraiser/tasting.

May 05, 2017
4.09 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Feb 25, 2017
4.85 by whitenads from Michigan on Jan 30, 2017
4.49 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 03, 2016
4.34 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Nov 06, 2016
3.89 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Sep 10, 2016
4 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2016
4.25 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2016
4.31 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jul 22, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Raspberry purple. No head.

Lots of red grape flavors and wine notes. Acidic. Lemony. Sour and tart.

Light bodied. Ends pretty clean.

Great sour, but I like the stone fruit ones better.

Jul 09, 2016
Punchdown Chambourcin from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 140 ratings