Terroir Project: Chambourcin
Side Project Brewing

Terroir Project: ChambourcinTerroir Project: Chambourcin
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American Wild Ale
4.1 | pDev: 6.83%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Terroir Project: ChambourcinTerroir Project: Chambourcin
Notes: 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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Photo of Rristow
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours a ruby purple with white head. Aroma of berries, grapes, vinegar. Taste is moderately to heavily sour tart. Taste similar to aroma. Well done sour.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with a fizzy pink but quick to disappear head.

A unique combination of mature red wine oak and an unexpected kriek-like characteristic make for a wonderful experience. Peppery dark red grapes with hints of Belgian cherries fill the round, silky smooth body, accented by graham-like charred oak and a mild, somehow softening barnyard funk.

It's perfectly sour, and just lightly sharp in the semi-dry semi-sticky swallow, which brings out tannins on the exhale.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is it wine? Is it beer? It’s both, apparently. A ton of white wine funk on the nose, finishing with some crazy red wine tannins and dryness. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Terroir Project: Chambourcin from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 17 ratings