WiLD Sour Series: Flemish Amber

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,556
Ranked #38,470
3.57 | pDev: 13.45%
Illinois, United States
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 29
Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sour with a touch of musk and funk. Right from the first sniff, you get an idea of the character of this beer. However, it lacks some of the body and fullness of the Belgian originals. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Destihl tulip.
6.5% ABV

A - This burnt apricot-colored beer is hazed completely through and pours with a firm off-white head that disappears quickly due to the beer's bold acidity.

S - Sharp acidic tartness lends a vinegar-like presence to the biscuity malt aroma while suggestions of red grape skin tannins and plum mingle in the background; very inviting!

T - The assertive aroma would lead one to believe the beer might taste just as bold but it's surprisingly thin in flavor. Dry, biscuity malt starts the beer with a bready profile that's further dried out by light lactic sourness and punctuated with ever-so-slight fruity undertones; all of which don't quite come together like the aroma foreshadows.

M - Light carbonation continues to push this beer in the 'thin' direction as this medium-light bodied brew finishes with just a touch of vinegar-like sourness that dries the palate out - a very redeeming quality of the beer.

O - Out of the three Wild Sour beers from Destihl, I'm enjoying this Flemish Amber the least. It's aromatic qualities are open and inviting with underlying complexity but it doesn't translate to its flavor very well due, almost wholly, to thin carbonation. *As this beer was bottled from draught by the brewery and sent to me, I'm guessing that's a major contributing factor to it's thinner feel and flavor, unfortunately. I'll be on the look-out for this to arrive in cans and adjust the review accordingly!

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Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a footed tulip glass, quick review from notes.

Light reddish copper color, thin layer of foam on the surface.

One note acetic vinegar sharpness in the aroma.

Taste was similar though there was some residual malt character under the vinegar sharpness. Acetic acid is a flaw in large quantity, which is on display here. Medium bodied and fairly flaccid. Not something I'd ever get again. Destihl's sour barrel program is getting the reputation of vinegar bombs, and rightly so.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of hop, slight alcohol, and strong sourness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, alcohol, and strong sourness. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and feel. The sourness was not too astringent and was also not the sole characteristic either.

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WiLD Sour Series: Flemish Amber from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings