Terroir Project: Vidal Blanc
Side Project Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #569
Ranked #10,193
4.24 | pDev: 4.01%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: For the 2017 harvest, we selected Vidal Blanc 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 Vidal Blanc grapes. We then took inspiration from the process of making orange wine, allowing the skins to stay in contact with the hybrid as the native microflora from the must and our Missouri cultures used in our brewing co-fermented the hybrid. After 2 weeks in stainless, the hybrid was racked to French Oak 225L Barrels and 500L Puncheons and aged for 11 months before being naturally conditioned in the bottles and kegs.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

gorgeous little beer right here, love the packaging on it, just looks and feels so classy, nice for holiday celebrations, even if they are via video conference. this is real nice, thankfully not as sour as so many of theirs have been over the past few years, surprising, but i am stoked immediately when it doesnt smell like white wine vinegar. tons of life to this, pops when it opens, pours clear through the first two thirds of the bottle, radiant yellow golden in color with a short lived white head that rises nicely all airy and delicate but then fades, the drink stays fizzy though even though the head doesnt last. it has a nice tang to the nose, but the grapes stand out right away as well, obvious minerals to them, tannins from the skins, a neat juiciness, kiwi and lemon and honeydew notes to me, incredibly simple malt profile here, could be just a delicate pils type and a little white wheat, stays way out of the way, i suspect quite a bit of the fermentable sugar in this comes from the fruit, the malt is just so minimal. the flavor of this is equal parts white grape and fermentation profile, its sour sure, but side project stuff was getting borderline undrinkable there for a minute, so i appreciate it being scaled back some, doesnt hurt my teeth or my belly, an easy bottle to drink solo. i like how the reduced acidity allows for more funkiness to come in, its still more sour than funky, but its more of both than their beer has been of late. the grapes are bold even though the beer overall remains kind of delicate for its strength, they have hints of white peach and ripe melon and even pear, and also straight up wine character, like white wine, rather than grapes, was an actual ingredient in this, its flattering and good. clean on the finish, but not so dry that it cuts the flavor short. overall this is awesome, shows a real high level of refinement, and is one of the more enjoyable side project beers i have had in some time. i hope to try others from this terroir project, cool idea for a series!

Dec 28, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear sparkling pale gold with a short bubbly white head settling to a rolled collar.

A lifting yet light effervescence has a kind of olive briney, pickly acidity, yet also some contrasting dusty oak before finishing just dry. It's only lightly tart though, with a chardonney sort of white grape before coming to a nutty, seedy exhale.

Sep 15, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into Side Project chalice. Bottle purchased at Side Project. Clear, yellow appearance with foam that dissipates quickly from the glass entirely. Floral and barnyard funky aroma. Apple and white grapes in the flavor, along with some barnyard. It is dry, with a tart finish.

Dec 29, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose is like a tight, cool glass of white wine. Tons of grape skin, golden raisins, oak and warming alcohol. Flavors of white grape juice, green apple, and mouth-watering oaky chardonnay grapes.

Jun 08, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light hazy yellow color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet citrus, oak, grape, vanilla, and funk.

This was a wonderful smooth sweetness and a light tartness. There’s some definitely tropical fruit, and lots of sweet grape flavors. There’s sour orange and light lemon, some creamy vanilla, and a nice oakiness on the back end.

This is drinkable and slightly creamy, with a clean finish.

This is a nice little beer for sure.

May 26, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, served into a SP stemmed glass. Pours a cloudy golden yellow body, lemon hued, one and half finger frothy white head, great retention, a touch of lacing here and there. Smell is moderate lactic acid though not particularly yogurty by any means, big white wine grape, a bit of that lemon acetic acidity, a dab of oak, leather. Flavour is a big tart lemony acetic bite much like the yellow sour patch kid, but with a more nuanced white grape fruit sweetness that is a bit dry; there is also a bit of dry oak to it as well. Mild leather that isn't astringent, more of a mild grape skin/must flavour and bitterness on the backend. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit creamy and lactic despite the dry grape must flavour on the backend, it works quite well here. I think that the concept behind this is fascinating and certainly displays the grapes well.

Dec 08, 2018
Terroir Project: Vidal Blanc from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 17 ratings