Amis Pour Toujours
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #164
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #2,297
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.29%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
58
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Wants
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Amis Pour Toujours translates to "Friends Forever" and is a collaboration brewed with one of our closest and dearest friends, Brad Clark of Jackie O's Pub and Brewery in Athens, Ohio. Our shared love of vibrant fruit mixed with our cultures was the inspiration for this wild ale. Fermented in oak with a blend of cultures from Missouri and Ohio, this Missouri/Ohio Wild ale was then aged on Apricots and Mangoes before being blended and naturally conditioned in this bottle.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Mostly clear golden. Smells of stone fruit acidity, oak, white wine, and a grainy backdrop. Tastes of apricot throughout. Starts with white wine, builds in sourness, sharp oak and apricot sour finish. White wine lingers. Quite sour, but still nice.

Mar 07, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very drinkable, not nearly as acedic as many other Side Project beers, but also not as much flavor-punch as others. Doubled as something of a palate cleanser while we were on site.

Sep 04, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy pale apricot with a thin fuzzy ring.

Smell is toasty hay, seedy yet almost maple-like oak, and pie crust.

This quite drinkable sour brings flavors of orange, apricot and sweet mango with a sharp but not acetic acidity adding a lot of bright oak with a crisp chew and dry, clean fizz.

Apr 03, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unrelenting with their mixed cultures, the Side Project brewing team hits a Belgian styled stronger golden ale with a host of microflora for a distinctly sour taste with no glitz and no glam.

Faintly hazed, a strong champagne appearance adorns a glass of racy carbonation and an effervescent froth. Surely golden and with a light chrome hue, a nose piercing scent of sourness tightens the jaws and induces mouth watering reflexes. Orchard fruit, citrus and vinous white wine rounds the scent before a scant sweetness of wafer, sourdough and taffy provide an early maltiness to the front of the ground.

But then the sourness chases out the sweetness with an under ripened, sour fruitiness that spans crabapple, white grape, lemon, lime and agave. A counter of spice comes way of white pepper, oaken chardonnay and extreme acidity.

Bone dry, light in body and somewhat of a simpleton beer, the beer is crisp, clean and relatively effortless in taste. Error free and highly refreshing the ale strips any thirst with ease. The masterful element of the ale is that its dryness exposes any would-be flaws, to which there are none. A quick finish of burlap and cork floats whimsically from the finish.

Mar 27, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Side Project Riedel wine glass.

Pours a golden orange body with a small white head that reduces to leave a little retention and no lacing.

Aromas are sharply lactic and fruity, dry, lots of stone fruit and citrus coming through. As it warms and decants the acidity mellows, leaving more pulpy stone fruit.

On the tongue it's fairly sour with pulpy, raw stone fruits and apricots, a little rindy but bursting with mango / apricot / peach flavors, pretty dry but not astringent. The oak shows up on the finish with light funk, lambic-like. Medium-light body, pretty easy drinker. Medium carbonation.

Great beer, lots of flavor here and I really didn't think the acidity took over the fruits as other reviews stated.

Mar 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another really nice beer from these guys, made even more special by also using the delicious house wild culture from jackie o, who is really starting to take over the scene lately, ive seen more of their beer than ever around the country in the last several months, good for them, its all awesome. i think sometimes some of the side project stuff can get a little samey on the yeast side, and this one likely would too if it werent for the jackie o contribution, so i am thankful for that. the beer is blonde and delicate, with more mango than apricot in both the aroma and the flavor, its natural tasting and fresh, juicy, with that soft orange and pine and lemon complexion it has, the sweetness though is largely fermented out. the apricot is well behind the mango for me. nice complex bretty funk to this but a lot less acid than some of their others, a more sessionable wild beer for my tastes. white wine, cut flowers, fresh grasses, and juiced mango all the way through, hay and funk, wet oak, and rushing carbonation make it rustic and alive. i thought this was excellent beer, maybe not as dramatic as some of their others, but i like the combined yeast profile a lot! always fun drinking new beers from these guys, some of the best out there...

edit: the fruit has really become a lot more subtle with some cellar time on this, its like essence only now, in favor of a more complex yeast profile and drier, more lively mouthfeel, a trade i am happy to have made by saving one awhile. the fruit is only an echo now, but this hasnt gone as sour as a lot of them do, and it remains quite nuanced. a fun one to break out for the solstice with new friends!

Jan 22, 2018
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, blend #1, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly hazy and cloudy orange body, one finger white head, good retention and staying power, fair bit of lacing. Smell is strong lactic acid, slight acetone, mild apricot flesh sweetness, moderate lemony citrus tartness. Not sure where the mangoes are, but it's pretty standard Side Project acetic acidity right here with a bit of fruit. Flavour is heavy lactic acid, citrus tartness, lemon, mild apricot (but not La Fosse level), and a bit of oak. The acidity is heavy, and honestly overwhelms the mango and apricots here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavy acetic acidity makes it a tough one to drink a fair bit of. Carbonation is appropriate. Overall, a bit disappointing and fairly unbalanced beer with a ton of acidity, which isn't bad in of itself but I'd have liked more fruit to show up here.

Dec 28, 2017
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep yellow, almost orange color with a slight haze. Quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of delicate balance of bright citrus/lactic notes and a mild funkiness. A little bit of fruitiness, but more of the green grape and under-ripe peach character. Not much apricot or mango unfortunately.

Taste is extremely effervescent in feel. Like champagne on the palate. The beer has a definite tartness, but it is by no means overly aggressive or unappealing. More bright citrus character with a slight lingering funk. A great deal of oak on the palate with a slight chardonnay-like buttery-ness. The finish is very dry, with maybe… just maybe a touch of mango (very immature at that).

Overall, this is my first side project beer. The craftsmanship of the base is phenomenal. My only critique is that the beer really has no mango or apricot flavor. It is an amazing wild ale, but maybe not an amazing fruited sour (just really good). I see this pairing well with a meat and cheese plate that emphasizes a creamier palate rather than the more aggressive notes. It gets a 93/100.

Oct 29, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, almost orange. Whatever head generated from the pour vanished, so not what I am used to from a SP brew. Really enjoyed the smell, but more because the oak was more present in this beer than any other from this brewery that I can remember. Initially thought this would be pretty acidic, as the initial sips gave me a classic heartburn reaction, but that subsided to where I drank my half of the bottle with ease. Slightly fruity, but that is dominated by the overall tartness of the beer. I knocked my overall score because I didn't pick up on either the apricots or mangoes.

Oct 24, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very delicate and refined beer. The base reminds me of a sour saison, tart but not overwhelming, with lots of nice floral components on the nose. The fruit flavor shines through, but not in a jammy way, but more delicate. Overall its very nice and well done, but not something i would trade teh house for. Worth buying a few bottles if you have the chance

Oct 23, 2017
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle with a little more than 2 years age on it into a SP stemmed bulb glass. pours a cloudy orange with two fingers worth of bright white head. smells of faint apricot and oak. taste is acidic fruits with a slight citrusy punchdown and a dry, oaky finish. mouthfeel is full with the right amount of carbonation providing a smooth finish. this was an interesting one with age on it. fruit aromas and flavors have certainly diminished but so has the harsh sourness that this beer had fresh. it’s still fruity, but almost naturally from ingredients and barrels as opposed to being conditioned on fruit. still, a very good beer. maybe should have cracked again with a year on it instead of two.

Sep 30, 2017
Amis Pour Toujours from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 58 ratings