Terrior Project: Chambourcin | Side Project Brewing

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Terrior Project: ChambourcinTerrior Project: Chambourcin
Terrior Project: ChambourcinTerrior Project: Chambourcin

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the 2017 harvest, we also selected Chambourcin grapes from Noboleis Vineyards in the Augusta AVA along the Missouri River, located 32 miles west of our brewery. For this project, we used the same malt bill as our collaborators and co-fermented the wort with the must of the Chambourcin grapes. To extract as much color, body and complexity from the grapes, we allowed the hybrid to stay in contact with the skins for 4 weeks while the native microflora from the must and our Missouri cultures used in our brewing co-fermented the hybrid in stainless. The hybrid was then racked to French Oak 500L Puncheons and aged for 11 months before being naturally conditioned in the bottles and kegs.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of wine, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of bacterial funk. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is a strong dryness. Tastes of wine, hint of sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of bacterial funk. Overall, weak appearance, mostly wine, and weak body otherwise.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a Side Project branded stemmed glass. Pours a dark purple reddish body, one finger white head, short retention and not much in way of lacing. Smell is classic red wine grape must; a fairly large amount of it, slightly tannic, bit of oak, moderate lemon, fair bit of acetic acidity, some acetone, which is slightly bothersome. Flavour follows, but it works better than it does on the smell. Much more vinous, yet moderately acetic with a mild acetone finish that works well to complement the red vinous character nicely. Very slight bit of oak and sweet red wine grape on the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, lower on carbonation, soft, and actually fairly red wine-like on the mouthfeel, a bit of cereal sweetness and red grape sweetness on the finish. This is a nice fairly red wine-forward wild ale, nice acetic tartness, ultimately a very slight bit unbalanced with a touch of acetone.

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Terrior Project: Chambourcin from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 11 ratings