Blended 2017
Side Project Brewing

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Wild Ale
4.54 | pDev: 4.63%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Blended 2017Blended 2017
Notes: A blend of the following:

2014 - A mash bill of 65% pilsner and 35% unmalted wheat that was turbid-mashed and boiled for three hours with hop pellets. Inoculated with Barrel #40 and fermented in and aged in two neutral Hungarian oak 500L puncheons.

2015 - A mash bill of 65% pilsner and 35% unmalted wheat that was step-mashed and boiled for two hours with aged, whole-leaf hops. Inoculated with cultures from the 2014 brew and fermented in and aged in two French oak 500L puncheons.

2016 - A mash bill of 70% pilsner, 20% unmalted wheat and 10% malted wheat was single-infusion mashed and boiled for two hours with hop pellets. Inoculated with cultures from the 2015 brew and fermented in and aged in two French oak pinot noir 500L puncheons.
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured as a nice looking Yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell is pretty funky along with some citrus in there too. The taste of the beer follows the nose, lemony citrus funk. The feel is light bodied, sharp and crisp. Overall a very nice beer.

Dec 16, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

essentially american gueuze, this is among the best side project beers i have ever had of any persuasion, and fully worthy of all the accolades it has received! this is incredible beer, a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year wild ales aged in oak. white and red wine elements to the nose, insanely mature funk, a solera sort of inoculation from what i understand, this yeast mix is insane. i get heaps of fruity brett, pear and apple and apricot notes, with some nice bacterial sting too, iodine, oak, and aged hops, really lambic-esque, developed, and complex, i could sit here and sniff on this all day without taking a sip, my mouth waters enough to satiate my thirst, its unreal. the flavor is just as good as the nose, a lemon lime soda complexion real quick followed by a raw wheat cereal character and a pils malt crackery element that is more robust that i am used to in belgian lambic, but still understated and appropriate, i want to taste the grain in a beer like this, and i certainly do here. the yeast drives it of course though, fruity and tannic, with the oak and wine elements alongside. layered bretty maturity, musty basement, wet straw, dog funk, and wood, sounds weird but tastes amazing. the sour side is moderate in acidity but really interesting in flavor with a cutting lemon element. slight cherry for a second, must be some red wine wood here? not all the way dry to finish, this takes awhile to fade out, which is just fine with me as it tastes incredible. awesome carbonation too, i love a beer like this that is alive and not still, whatever tradition says. an expensive bottle at the cellar, but i have come to know that you get what you pay for in here, and i have never regretted bucking up for a crazy side project beer. this is among their best work, and among the best american lambic types in existence. just about full marks here from me!

Dec 01, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated gold with sharp clarity, ample foam and lacing.
Rustic complex aroma, lightly acidic, lots of oak and light wet hay funk.
Big tannins, lightly puckering soft sourness, lemon rind and oaky vanilla.
Medium bodied and smooth, soft and even carbonation. Very well balanced.

Thanks to Steve for this one!

Sep 30, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is supposed to be like a geuze/lambic and it hits the spot. Much better than cantillon geuze, also better than spon. Flavor is oaky and lemon, crisp. Moderately sour. No off flavors noted. This is a beautiful beer, would seek this out

Aug 15, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour at FOFA.

Orange, thin head, minimal lacing.

Bright citrus, earthy/grassy/grainy. Bit of herbal scent and just a touch of funk.

Tart, but not too tart. Earthiness in the background balances the sweetness and assertive citrus.

Light bodies with moderate and soft carbonation.

Beautiful flavors with excellent layering of complex flavors.

Aug 07, 2017
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Nedry from Florida

4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm in love. Blended 2017 by Side Project Brewing. A blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old Missouri wild ales. Funky peach, lemon sweet tart, oak, and a blend of fruits that come and go. Just tart enough to let the funk shine. It's an American Gueuze for sure, and done so, so right. I love it, but I'm sad to see it go.

Jul 27, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Smells of oak, lemon acidity, something like white wine, dried grass, and stone fruit. Tastes like sour peaches, aggressive lemon sourness, grainy malt character, a little white wine in the finish. Quite sour, but just short of too much. Excellent.

Jul 09, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one pours a clear golden orange, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like lemongrass, herbal funk, lemon sweet tarts, and briney funk.

This is really quite exceptional. It starts out with a bold and gripping sourness, that slowly mellows out on the finish to a light bucolic funk. The blend here is just killer. I get lemon candy/lemon heads, caramelized sugar, vanilla, brine, and funky grassiness. It's so good.

This is light bodied, with an (eventually) mellow sourness that slightly lingers.

This is pretty awesome. Side Project should be very proud of this beer.

Jul 06, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White head. Straw yellow color.

More sour and tart than a gueuze for its age. Lemon citrus. Wet oak. Funky. It does taste a lot like a gueuze for it being from the states. I am very surprised by this. Stone fruit with some minerals. Wet basement.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation. Ends dry.

This was really well done. Very impressed with how close this tasted to a gueuze. Really awesome AWA.

Jun 03, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got to sample a pour while standing in line the day this was released at the brewery, go figure. Pours a hayish yellow with good amount of head. Effervescent like in the bubble department. Not much going on in the smell, just a slight funk/hay note. Slight tang on the tongue with a bit of stone fruitiness. Clean finish. Overall a little disappointed with the beer, more so because I was really expecting a big Side Project acidity to it, like the Duck Duck Geueze I had earlier in the day

May 22, 2017
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blended 2017 tasted just like a lot of other Side Project releases. It was sour, it had lemon and funk notes, it was adequately carbonated and dry on the finish, and left you wanting just a bit more out of the beer.

May 10, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm really looking forward to this one!

375 into a side project tulip

looks great in the glass! carbonation evident in a hazy, bubbly pale yellow body

aroma is great, a lot of that mushroom funk in the nose that comes from belgium! lots of folks use cheesy funk, it's there are great. that is followed by citrus, oak, wine and more funk

flavor follows the nose! funky funky funky! great complex layers of funk, wine and citrus. this is stellar stuff, i keep taking more sips

body and carbonation are all on point! medium body for a sour. tasty after taste

overall this is excellent. what the heck is up with the score on this one? this is definitly world class. i would label this a gueze. might try to track down a few more bottles while they are out in the wild. this could have made it into a 750 and i'd easily be able to finish it. highly recommend!

May 07, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml capped bottle, served in a Side Project snifter glass. Pours a lighter golden yellow body, creamy one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is a rich cheesy funk, lemon and citrus zest, light-medium lactic acidity, mild oaky presence, touch of leather. Flavour is a nice lemon tartness, citrus zest, slight grainy sweetness, rich leathery funk, a fair bit of vinous character. Drinking this after SdF b1 and Tete de Cuvee, I am absolutely willing to say this is a fairly similar to these two in terms of the cheesy funk and wine barrel character, and I really don't think this is any major step down from these two. This also works better if you think of this as a blended wine-barrel aged saison, rather than a blended wild ale.

May 01, 2017
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks just like most non fruited BA Saisons/wild, straw color fairly opaque towards the bottom of the bottle, medium to little lacing, nice head retention

N- Aroma is funky horse blanket though not as much as say drie or cantillon, but plenty to complete with other american beers in the "Methode Gueuze" Style. Citrusy lemon with a bit of stone fruit the lingers on the nose with more dominating characteristics of white wine grape must

T- Lots of lemon on the tongue. Funky but not as strong as the nose. Horse blanket. White grapes and must on the finish again with light notes of stone fruit. Compares loosely to SdF.

M - Medium body and fairly smooth. The downward trend of less perceived acidity continues, nicely balanced.

O - A beer that I will stock up on and crush over the next couple years. This will age gracefully

Apr 26, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours a nice golden color with a finger of head. Looks a bit cloudy
S: sweet smell. Can't pin point it, but I do get from peach/apricot, Belgian yeast with with light acidic. Smells really good.
T: like the nose but bigger peach/apricot, but mostly lemon flavors. Just a little sourness if the back end.
F: with the sourness tones downed, this is very drinkable. Smooth without much drying.

Apr 25, 2017
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pale gold with some haze. Appeared to be a decent amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle which likely caused most of the haze. 1 finger white head is rather airy. Moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is funky and citrusy. Lemon, straw, and horse blanket. Some oak. Has an acidic edge to it.

Lots of lemon on the tongue. Funky but not as strong as the nose. Horse blanket. A bit of malt, very light, wheat crackers. Straw and gooseberries(?).

Medium body and fairly smooth. Funk with mild tartness that grows a touch as it warms. Lots of citrus, up front as well as lingering. Medium carbonation.

Really superb beer that lives up to the SP standard and then some. You could convince me this was fruited with lemons.

Apr 24, 2017
Blended 2017 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 106 ratings