Side Project Brewing

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American Wild Ale
4.19 | pDev: 4.53%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Copains Blend #1
30% Missouri Flanders Red from a French Oak Foedre (18 months old)
30% Raspberry Biere du Pays from a Missouri Oak Foedre (6 months old)
28% Missouri Sour Brown from a Missouri Oak Foedre (12 months old)
10% M├ęthode Traditionnelle Spontaneous from a 500L Puncheon (36 months old)
2% Imperial Stout from a Charred Missouri Oak Foedre (5 months old)
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 18
Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy brown-burgundy with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is raspberry, blackberry, cellar, oak, toasty, nutty, caramely malts. Flavor profile brings forward the raspberry, blackberry and cellar stone. Toasty, caramely, bready malts add a bit of depth and balance with a hearty hit of oak. It has a light lactic bite. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a soft effervescence that develops a little graininess at the back. Overall, depth is great, as is balance. Light sourness accompanied with sugary berries.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Some much going on in this one, yet the sum might be even better than the parts, and that is saying something. Smell is full of a wide array of aromas: vanilla, cherry, raspberry, apple, barnyard funk, wood, lemon, soured yeast, flowers, and caramel. Taste is all of that, but wrapped up in a nice slightly sour oak bow. Very complex, wet and fruit forward with a sour, woody and drier finish. Really enjoyed this one

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper colored and murky with a fingernail of beige. The aroma is of horse blanket and dark malt. I'm tasting raspberries, black malt, vanilla, caramel, and horse blanket. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an interesting beer here, but perhaps overly ambitious with the blend, a collaboration with boulevard and a beer i was really excited about, but didnt quite live up to my lofty expectations for it. so much of the side project stuff has been trending more acidic, and this one is overly so, hard to drink even sharing the bottle around three ways. it has some high points, such as the little bit of the stout in the blend adding some cool roast and bitterness, grounding this and keeping the sourness from totally running away with it, at just 2% of the blend, i am surprised how much of it can be appreciated in here. the spontaneous thread of the blend is lost to the higher order acidity, i wish it wasnt, but it is. i taste plenty of raspberry in here from that thread, sharp and bright and ripe and sweet, really appealing, and right in the center of this with the heavier malt elements. i get a bit more of the boulevard love child type thread than i need, that classic vinegar sourness those beers have on top of a red type grain base, its distinctive and obvious here, but a little higher in proportion than i think would be ideal. i like that they mixed so many things together, this is rightly complex, but it also seems a bit kitchen sinky to me, overcooked in that way, weird for the sake of it, too much of this and that worked in, and overall its too sour to really be great, but there are some cool flavors at work here and i would be more than open to seeing these guys do some more blending together. too much flanders red/oud bruin type acidity here though, and with the higher abv, a bit of a chore to drink through...

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Photo of Buck89
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A rusty copper color with a modest off white head. This beer is wonderfully complex. Aromas were fruity with tart cherries, lemons, oak, vanilla, and faint caramel. The taste was fairly tart. Reminded me of a Flanders up front and then finished smooth with some chocolate notes. Feel was clean and dry. Outstanding!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black body, one finger offwhite head. Short retention. Not much lacing. Smell is mild roast, moderate acetic acidity, light lemon, a bit of dark fruit and light oak. Flavour follows, a more integrated roast from the stout, acetic acidity, lemon with a bit of oak. Interesting combination, more of the roast from the stout than the description would have you think. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly lighter than expected, slightly dry.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 18 ratings