Wild Warehouse
Wander Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 4.87%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
12
From:
Wander Brewing
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of Prager62
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle received in a swap back in 2016 poured in a 14oz. tulip. It's been moved from the basement cellar to fridge about six months ago.

Look- Pours a translucent orange color with a large finger of soapy white foam. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surfacing and a wee bit of lacing is present.

Smell- Tart green apple, musty wood, band aid, crushed green grapes.

Taste- Granny Smith apple, green grapes, melon, musty wood, wet grass.

Feel- Tart, crisp, slightly acidic and dry.

Overall- A crisp and clean barrel aged farmhouse ale that drinks like a dry white wine. Two years has been very kind to this bottle.

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Photo of jhavs
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml. bottle, chilled and poured into two flutes.

Look: Appearance I would describe as a rusty color, pretty much opaque with haze, a thin large bubbled foamy head, the bubbles pop readily and settle into a thin ring around the glass with a few floating bubble islands.

Smell: First thing noticeable in the aroma is the earthiness. Grape must, bit of spiciness, light funk, followed by yeast and a hint of cider.

Taste: Slight sweetness that quickly gives way to a deep earthy round of flavors. Bit of oak, hint of leather and white wine. A noticeable spiciness brings everything together and the background bit of tartness and funk keeps things both balanced and complex.

Feel: Moderate level of carbonation, feels pretty full on the tongue, but dry, and not syrupy.

Overall: A very nice brew. I see why it has one some big awards in the past. Complex and layered flavors. Nothing pushes another aspect out of the way.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, thanks Beertunes.
What an interesting beer. Starts off with the funk of a wild yeast with only a hint of the barrel and even less of a traditional Saison (in terms of sweetness or fruit). However, there is plenty of funk. In time a bit of cherry seemed to appear, so I guess there is a little fruit.
With a bit of an aggressive pour a head did appear, foamy and bubbly. A cloudy light amber. The head linger nicely.
Nice complexity to this with more blending of the parts than in the aroma. The funk is there. Minimal fruit, but it is there. Soft wood character but no vanilla to speak of. With the funk there appears to be a bit of leather. This one dries out in a moderate way and it carries the funk and wood with it.
An enjoyable ale. Complex and interesting.
Boy this does get fruity as it opens up. Really nice. I may need to bump up my taste score.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true amber with a fat off white white head of foam. I was actually surprised at the clarity because it's so good. There is a mysterious blush on the beer that is hard to discern but it does catch the eye in glimpses. It's like the blush on a ripe piece of fruit and it's very elusive. The nose is elegant with white grape, a bit of earthiness from them, an almost minerally earthiness. They give up their perfect light sweetness and meet a succulent bit of white fruit like pear or white nectarine. The malt is a bit of grain that is just sweet. Not sticky heavy honey sweet but as though someone suggested honey and you are tasting the mere suggestion of it. The oak barrel is an airy lightness to the nose and not terribly woody. I also do not discern any vanilla from that oak. For hops the nose has a hint of something sweetly herbal. The brewery is calling it clover and there is no better word. The taste is lively and very vibrant but not loud. The moutfeel presents so many textures. It's light as a feather , but it has a mysterious malty presence. A bit of weight , a touch of grain sweetness. The acidity from the grapes is perfect. It gives you a tartness but it's not sour at all. Your mouth waters but there is no pucker. Brilliant! The white grapes permeate the beer but seem not to run away with your senses. They are musty and just sweet. That musty quality tells me there is a bit of yeasty presence here. It's not quite funky but it is spirited and lends a bit of bitterness to the beer I think. The hops impart only a very small yet very dynamic bitterness to the tip of the tongue, The mid palate is fabulously juicy, and tart. Then in the finish the echo of that bitterness you felt at the tip of your tongue resounds one last time before it succumbs to a very light malty sweetness in the finish. As it warms it does become a bit sticky. Holy macaroni is this good!

Thank you beertunes for this wonderful beer. I feel that this beer not only embodies the style of the farmhouse ale but also the spirit of the grape and the barrel. It is a simple drink that paradoxically presents a multitude of textures and complexities. The wild qualities of the yeast are not overpowering and do not compete for attention from the rest of the beer. The oak from the barrel is perfectly understated and does not corrupt the spirit of the farmhouse ale or the lightness of the drink. This is a table beer in every sense of the word. It will go wonderfully with almost any menu and is terrifically easy to drink. I have finished the entire bottle already. It's lightness is not only due to it's bubbly carbonation but to it'soverall composition. Fantastic! I would have this every day.

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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely yellow colored brew that releases more clouds of bubbles with every sip from the tall Timmermans goblet. Creamy and tingly mouthfeel. Some grapey, malty aroma, and the yeasty, appley nose is pleasant. Surprisingly acidic at first sip.

This has a light and sophisticated apple cider taste. If you told me it was cider I'd believe it. Maybe that's what Chardonnay barrels do to a beer. I'm sold-- it's a new dimension in Saison styles. Soft yeasty flavor is very inviting. Some faint sweetness along with the grain flavor. After some sipping the dry, Belgian yeasty taste emerges. Just a modest bitter finish.

From the 750 ml bottle with a crown cap (thank you) purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham. Here's a brewery that's begging to be checked out.

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Photo of beertunes
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This version of the brewery's Warehouse Saison was aged in white wine barrels, filled the day they were emptied at the winery. The addition of some tasty bacteria created a tart, fruity, funky brew that drinks smoothly and finishes dry. Worth trying if you see it.

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Wild Warehouse from Wander Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings