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Wild Ale
Ranked #308
Ranked #3,995
4.24 | pDev: 5.9%
Fonta Flora Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Pink color. Aroma has some funk, dusty cellar and wood notes. Taste is sour, floral, fruity but also dusty and dry on the finish.

Jun 01, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep red color with pink head. Berry and vinegar aroma. Tons of puckering acidity on the palate. Lots of fresh berry flavor. Moderate body, high carbonation, dry finish and tingling on the jaw. Exceptional.

Mar 05, 2017
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a wax topped bottle into a snifter, this beer is a gusher. Pinkish bubbles push up through the top as you pry the cap. On the pour, the beer is a vibrant, opaque, pinkish-red coloring, with a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout, feeding a sparse, wispy, white surface coat of head. Aromas of tart blueberries, sour notes of white grape must and hints of lemon, earthy and sweet elderberries, floral and herbal notes, and a solid sour funk. Smells amazing! Flavors are tart and sour forward, heavy on white grape and lemon, followed immediately by a smooth, sweet blend of blueberries and eldeberries, earthy undertones, subtle herbal notes, and a kick of acidic and dry notes that really clean the palate quickly. Besides the subtle pucker on the taste buds, the aftertaste is almost completely clean, with some tannins and blueberry notes sneaking through here and there. Light, crisp, and dry, this is an amazingly refreshing beer. The finish is slightly acidic, puckering, and crisp. Very, very good sour!

Jun 07, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Back label says Bottled In October 2015.

A- Pours a purplish light brown color with a 1/2 inch purple-hued white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice Brett-forward aroma with a bit of lactic acid and blueberry.

T- More Brett in the flavor brings a green olive note to the table with the fruit providing a nice backdrop. Mostly dry with a moderate sourness.

M- Dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This beer leaves me feeling the same way I have in the past after having FF's fruited sours: Pleased but not particularly impressed. This one has more of a Brett presence than the others I've had, which is nice, but still there's no wow factor here. These beers are great but they're not worth standing in line for in my opinion.

Apr 21, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: As other reviewers have noted, this is a gusher, not an uncontrollable one but just be forewarned; the liquid pours hazy, the color of blueberry juice and the big head fades to a film but leaves good lacing action

Smell: Lactic berry aromatics, with the blueberry tones tempered by the elderberry; modest barnyard funk aromatics

Taste: Blueberry and elderberry yoghurt; with a dryness and a funk that builds, through the middle, when an acetic burst hits the sides of the tongue; fruity, funky, leathery and dry in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Sometimes a gusher foretells of impending doom but this is not one of those times; just let the beer settle down for five minutes and all will be revealed

Apr 16, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Happy Birthday man.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy, murky berry hue with a fat off white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket. This bottle erupted big time.

S - Aromas of super funky yeasty, super light blueberry skin, mostly a faint generic berry. The eruption mixed up all that yeast. Incredibly unfortunate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of funk. There is nice blueberry skin and light juice, there is nice faint tartness. There is a fair amount of funk and yeast as well that seems to clash with the berries.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather promising, however, this was doomed from the start. The eruption, all haywire from there. Really unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 04, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for this very interesting beer.

Erupts on opening, light creamy fizzy head, nice thick lacing, super murky dark red color.

Nose weird, apple sauce, berry fruit and little generic fruity, quite yeasty and bready, jammy sweet fruit.

Taste brings tangy funk, a lot more funk than I expected like Brett B, into big blueberry flesh, blueberry skin, little elderberry tartness, little flemmy sticky and acidic, little yeasty bready note, flemmy finish funky notes.

Mouth is med, small bubble popping carb.

Overall eh, seemed fun bit ended up meh.

Mar 04, 2016
Need A Hug from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 54 ratings