Side Project Brewing

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Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 5.83%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with de Garde Brewing

Inspired by the traditional spontaneous beers of Belgium, we followed some Lambic processes while also intertwining what we've learned over the years with our own practices and also what our own native cultures prefer when fermenting and creating a beer that best exemplifies us.

Fermented and aged to maturity entirely in one of our French Oak Foeders, Coexpressionalism weaves together the cultures of Side Project and de Garde in a turbid, aged hop wort in which it took close to 2 years to find its harmony.
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1, Non-fruited White Label.

Pours a rust-hued caramel brown, with thin white head that bubbles up to about a finger in height above the beer. It settles into a white ring around the beer and laces quietly around the circumference of the glass.

The nose has a great symphony of aromas, characterizing lemon peel, white wine, bready yeast, and a lightly ammoniated funk on the back end. It’s bright, it’s inviting, and I love that the complexity is so subtle.

The palate is comparable to the nose, however the dryness really helps to pick up the oak, and compliments a more vinegar-forward base with yeasty undertones. The flavors of citrus cut through well, both complimenting the acidity and contrasting with a touch of tart fruitiness.

As mentioned above, the mouthfeel is dry, with a fairly light body and low, effervescent carbonation. Finishes with a bit of a tart pucker at the back of the through, finishing with that tannic, lightly bitter dryness.

Oct 12, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy burnt amber with a tall khaki foam that settles to a bubbly uneven ring.

Drastically different from a de Garde wild I had just before it, this features a fizzy medium body that's lightly acidic and a little maltier, with a sort of graham flavor and a nutty oak that has a cashew funk to it.

It's almost indescribable, and quite complex, and while it's got a light tartness to it that finishes semi-dry, the nutty funkiness is what dominates the experience.

Feb 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty heady bottle of beer here, a unique collaboration between two of the best in the game, i was pleased to see this on the to go list at side project earlier this fall, and its been burning a hole in my cellar ever since, so time to drink it! its immediately more subtle than anticipated in the nose, some lambic funk to it, less sour than side project has been trending, and quite malty really for something based on traditional lambic, seems like more than pale barley and raw wheat in this. its got a low orange glow, a soft haze, and a lot of airy white head, very lively, well conditioned it appears. the aroma is a little bit sweet and nutty, mature on the ferment sure, but seeming fresh in terms of the malt, a honey note here, light toast. the funkiness is awesome, wrapped in a heap of oak, some white wine nuance, lots of brett, and somewhat less acidity than i was anticipating, really digging the nose here, definitely get elements of what i know about both of these breweries and their wild beers! the flavor is a little mild at first, i think we had the bottle a bit too cold, it pretty quickly warms to being quite complex, some nice citrusy tang in here, sweet orange to it, light earthy spice as well, white pepper for sure, and a nice musty mature brett profile, slightly farmy in a good way, very little hop action here. its delicious and well refined, high and and great, but its also not that different. as much as i like it, it almost seems like a base beer for something else, like its missing an element, i hate to be that guy, but im betting the fruit editions of this that exist are absolutely fire. i kind of get that vibe sometimes from unblended lambic, even the good ones, so maybe thats actually a compliment from my palate. i like the depth of flavor, the maturity, and the wood, and feel like this was worth the steep asking price. neat that these two made a beer together, definitely a couple that i respect as much as anyone. i think its a good coming together of their yeasts, and i hope to be able to try the fruited ones they did!

Dec 27, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy deep orange. Smells of yeast, doughy bread, white wine, a touch of citrus. Tastes of grain, oak, dried grass, a touch of sweet honey, and some lingering cheesy yeast. Medium body. It's a very good barrel aged saison, but it lacks a little direction. Muddled sweet, sour, and oaky flavors.

Dec 22, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a light brown color with an almost burnt orange hue with ample amounts of frothy white head. smells of musty oak and a bit of white wine. it’s not a super strong aroma but i’m digging it. crazy how much wine notes i pick up even though this is straight foeder aged. kind of lambic-esque with the funk and the must. taste follows with a nice vinegar-like acidic finish. kind of has a flanders-type flavor to it. more acidic vinegar than anything else. it’s not super aggressive or in your face though. mouthfeel is full, start to finish. less dry than i expected which is a pleasant surprise. overall, a nice collaboration from two of the leading sour beer producers in the states. while this had a lot of funk to it (which i associate more with dG) there was still that noticeable SP sourness and acidity that i would have been disappointed not to find in this beer. a well done collaboration.

Oct 27, 2019
Coexpressionalism from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 21 ratings