Balaton | Side Project Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Missouri wile ale aged with Michigan cherries.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-11-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#392
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
179
pDev:
5.87%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
46
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of sandstd1
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown on the pour, head dissipates quickly but resilient carbonation.
Light nose of fruit and acidity. First taste leans more on vinegar. I like to wait a few sips into the sp sours to acclimate, and after a few tastes I get light cherry and the vinegar falls away. Feel is spritzy.

Overall, glad I tried but not at the fuzzy, fosse, or abricot df level.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GDawgs34
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beast this sour is at 5%. Monstrously anapologetic unlike some of the blond sours I've had from side project.

This is as good as a Flanders style can get. Sour upfront was intense but subdued over time. Just a great sour packed full of good oaky flavors

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Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours the color of tawny port with fluffy ecru head that fritters away to a film; spotty lacing

Smell: Black cherry (both sweet and tart elements), cinnamon, graham cracker and acetic tones

Taste: Black cherry dominates the front end, with the sweet and tart elements rotating across the taste buds; through the middle, the cinnamon and graham cracker flavors mimic a pie crust; the finish is dry, oaky and rather sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: One of the most interesting sours I have ever tasted; tremendous complexity and carefully constructed

Thanks, Reed, for the opportunity

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Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmoriarty
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kdown
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4oz pour at Sovereign during CBC 2017.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a Flanders red with some sexy tonez. Nose has a ton of woody funk, cherry kool-aid powder, and subtle sweet floral notes. Quite sour but not abrasive like so many of the style, tart and lightly sweet cherry juice, a little woody dry funk. Not a ton of depth but more going on than most. Really nice for the style.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Petegrieco
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Balaton from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 179 ratings