The Scribe
Side Project Brewing

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American Wild Ale
4.74 | pDev: 6.96%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The ScribeThe Scribe
Notes: Sour ale aged with raspberries, cherries and black currants.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark brown with no head
S: wine, sour cherries...huge aroma
T: just like the nose, huge flavors. Souring berries, red wine flavors and drying characters with a sharp sweetness in there too. Very complex
F: thick and coating. Puckering and drying but still sweet.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

lots of berries, cherries, and currants, pleasant tartness, a good vinous/red wine character with creamy mouthfeel; almost mead-like but not as sweet and viscous

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Hunahpu day, though I didn't see if it was tap or bottles. Deep reddish amber. Smell is sweet. Vanilla with currants, raspberries, dark fruits, and red wine. Taste is similar. Lots of currants and fruits. Sweet and sour in equal portions. Red wine and bourbon both come through. Heavy. I had no concept of what this beer was before drinking it. Just got to try it. Very nice.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word I've seen most used w this beer is one that I def agree with- interesting. It's borderline weird, and I also feel it's misclassified as an AWA, but oh well, i'm not in charge of such matters. Little to no head upon pour, but massive amount of jammy mixed together fruits. If you want mead in a beer, I can see how HoD lovers would want more of this, i'm happy with the boss pour I got that one time...

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Photo of Stevedore
4.66/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, served in a Derivation glass.

Pours a dark cola-brown colour, viscous with a lot of leg to it. Half finger white head, fair retention time, no lacing. Smells of raspberries and currants; perhaps a touch of cherry but it's a very fruit-forward beer buttressed by a bit of caramel and mild chocolate sweetness, but accentuated by a moderate acetic tartness. Whoa. Flavour is complex; oak, caramel, raspberry, currant jam, a bit of dark chocolate with no roast, moderate acetic bite, a lot of complexity to the profile that is executed well. It's not quite Heart of Darkness given its acidity, but the fruit quotient is very high with a major complex base malt, yeast and oak backbone to support it. Mouthfeel is viscous, thick bodied, lower carbonation, absolutely more like how a mead drinks, with a major fruity finish that dries up on your tongue with some residual acidity. Overall, a very unique and wonderful drinking experience that I'll savor. This is a beer that straddles different worlds and executes the vision that is Heart of Darkness in a beer, which is like no other beer I've drank.

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Photo of michaelweber10
4.82/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Multiple Bottles engorged at The Cellar

L - Dark hazy deep purple with a raspberry rim around the glass. Decent legs

S - Raspberries, sweet candied cherry, red wine cab smell with mild hints of whiskey and black currents towards the back end as it warms

T - Taste follows the nose, mild tartness up front with jammy raspberries, followed by the cherry sweetness and red wine tannic qualities and a nice whiskey finish with notes of black currents that meld with the red wine

M - Not too many quads out there to compare it to, but thick and luscious mouthfeel that makes you craving more.

O - The best quad out there, nothing rivals this within its style, a lot of similarities between the complexity of this and Black and Wild b1

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep dark body. Deep brown/purple. The scent is bramble jam. The taste mirrors that. Fresh berry jam. Raspberry and blackberry shine. So fresh. You get the sweetness and a tartness that mirrors fresh berries. The body adds sweetness and a tannic quality for balance. Incredible beer.

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Photo of bennyman12
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle. Split with another St. Louis beer aficionado on a very quiet afternoon at the cellar (if you want more imagery, Cory was hand-salting the sidewalks outside as the snow began to fall and "Mack the knife" played over the stereo as I took my first sips).

Yeah, moments like this...

The beer pours a dark garnet with some fine carb. A bit cloudy.
Okay, so the aroma on this is the first sign its quite a treat. Complex fruits, booze, and the sour are already there.
The fruits come on quickly and in the middle of the tongue followed by a slight sweetness (so up to this point, think mead meets quad meets port) but it immediately turns sour with a sexy confidence. I'm immediately drawn hither again, unlike with those other beverages. Tawny, boozy, beauty, oooooo!
The mouthfeel is so full and luscious. Where has this been all my life?
Wow. I would love to have drunk the whole bottle. This is the most interesting, delicious, and well-crafted beer I've ever had.

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Photo of kylehay2004
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second 5. Wow, this beer lives up to the hype. The body is a deep purple although with no head to speak of. the aroma is thick, fills the nose and sinuses with sweet dark fruits, red wine and brown sugar. Even when the glass is pulled away the aroma lingers. This sets up the flavor which at first you wonder will be good enough to follow. But it does! Grape, raspberry, sour candy, red wine, no bitterness and more. A quad body and flavor fullness with the profile of a sour. The body is smooth, perfectly carbonated. This beer won't disappoint. Very well done SP!

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The Scribe from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 63 ratings