WiLD Sour Series: Apricot
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WiLD Sour Series: ApricotWiLD Sour Series: Apricot
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,047
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,092
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 6.23%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
79
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WiLD Sour Series: ApricotWiLD Sour Series: Apricot
Notes: Synchopathic Apricot 'synchs' our refreshingly tart sour ale with the citrusy dry-hopping of a pale ale. Biscuity malt and uplifting stone fruit beat from added apricots form a perfect harmony in this delicately balanced and delightfully enjoyable beer.
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 79
Photo of JackieTH
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/gold with a medium head that fades to a thin skein leaving nice lacing. Smells of yes, apricots, cracker, acerbic funk. Taste is unripe tartness up front with a good mid notes of stone fruit namely apricot. Finishing into apricots reminiscent of the dried variety. Nice tartness throughout. Not much sweetness. Medium body hold together well. Overall this is a tasty apricot ale that holds the tartness well over the full course. Enjoyed.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden, straw coloration with a small, foamy, quickly dissipating head. Smells of doughy wheat malt and light, tart'ish apricots, with a hint of citrus and straw. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by doughy wheat malt and apricots, with a hint of lime peel, gooseberry and straw. Finishes with a medium/strong acidity and some light apricot notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is nice enough, but has a bit of an overbearing acidity, rather than a nice tartness to it and the apricots, while present, are not especially assertive either in the nose or on the tongue.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy pale gold with a one finger off-white head. Its fairly dense with moderate retention. It leaves a fair amount of ring lacing around the glass.

The nose is tart/sour and funky. The apricot comes through but ever so slightly. Theres a good amount of excellent funk to this one.

Taste like an unripe apricot. Pretty juicy to boot. Funk for days.

The mouthfeel actually pretty light. The carbonation has a soft effervesent feel that lightly tickles the palate.

At 6% abv this stuff goes down way to easy. Watch out.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with vibrant carbonation bubbles. There's a fingernail of off white on top. The aroma is of sweet, juicy, and ripe apricots along with lactobacilius. I'm tasting tart lactobacilius and sweet apricots in the finish. The mouth is moderately carbonated, crisp, and dry.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness and apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste is rather sour and has strong notes of apricot flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of sourness and a nice tart mouthfeel. It seems to have a perfect amount of apricots in it because the fruity flavors weren't too strong or overpowering.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange. Foamy, short white had that Fades fast.

Smell citrus peel, apricot, lemon, light Funk and light tart fruit.

Taste tart fruit, apricot, lemon, light Funk, citrus peel, malt and a hint of plastic. Finish is dry with fruity and yeast linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My plans for the afternoon have fallen through, but that is okay since I have a wealth of beers in my reefer to drink & review. This one is the next of several from DESTIHL in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) today.

From the CAN: "Synchopathic Apricot 'synchs' our refreshingly tart sour ale with the citrusy dry-hopping of a pale ale. Biscuity malt and uplifting stone fruit beat from added apricots form a perfect harmony in this delicately balanced and delightfully enjoyable beer. Cheers!"; Support Flavor/Boycott Bland (tm)".

The previous two have certainly lived up to their billing as "Sour". I have a small eruption of acid going on in my stomach, but I am pressing ahead all the same. Live dangerously, I say!

I Crack!ed the vent on this CAN & began a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised teo-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that left modest lacing in its wake. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus until they got a whiff of the nose & ran off. Nose was no worse than the previous two - moderately sour, but in this case, interwoven with apricots. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, fuller than the previous two. The taste was not as sour as the other two & was even a little puckeringly tart on my lips. The fruitiness of the apricot was quite evident, but if you think that such lent it any sweetness, you would be both disappointed & mistaken. It was still well into the sour range, as the hinges of my jaw would attest. Fruit has long been a basis for wild yeast as it settles on the skin of the fruit & CAN impart itself into whatever is being fermented which is why it is such a CANven for vintners. It was welcomed in this instCANce & the apricot both cut and morphed the sourness of the base beer. Finish was dry & I was glad to be finished with sours for the day, but it was the right note on which to end the symphony. YMMV.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poired from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of apricots, some sweetness. Taste is sour, apricots, wheat, dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it ain't bad, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of apricot and tart lemon. Very tart taste with a strong apricot presence.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from can into Celis tulip good 2 finger head, hangs around for a few minutes, good lacing. Bright orange and turbid in the glass, perhaps due to an aggressive pour, but pretty beer nonetheless. Sharp lactic acid on the nose with underlying apricot, slight funky undertone. Bracing on the first sip, pretty tart, apricot comes into play in the middle, nice recovery from the sharp start. This is lick your lips tart, nice start. As it warms a little citrus comes into play. Good mouthfeel, good drinker

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours golden with a reddish hue and virtually no head after the initial pour-created bubbles. Lots of floaties. The aroma has apricot and lots of the typical sour and yogurty notes. The taste has more apricot, and some fruitiness that enhances the sourness nicely. Not as sour as other beers from these guys.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an interesting bright orange. Minimal head with poor retention.
Nose is a little wheat, tart, lemony lactic acidosis.
Pretty tart. Notes of wheat, funk, and a ton of apricot / ripe mango.
Good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip. Pours a orange-gold color with a one finger head that lingers due to carbonation. Nose of lactic acid and mellow apricot. Taste is puckering funk, apricot, and a surprising dash of floral hops. Light body and medium carbonation.
This is the best of their puckeringly sour beers, and probably the wild sour series. The apricot brings some sweetness to it and the hops showing up help the balancing cause.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Destihl - Synchopathic Apricot
Dry-hopped sour - 6% abv

L - minimal white head atop a bubbly translucent orange body.

S - apricot and booze. Smells very sweet.

T - sweet apricot up front, biscuity middle, with some bitterness washing over the end. Only mildly sour.

F - light body, high carb.

O - Quite one-dimensional, but delivers on what it advertises.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, soapy white head that is quite voluminous and laces heavily. Clear, golden color. Fills the nose with a very pleasant apricot aroma with sour yeast behind. Starts with an intense tartness; then waves of apricot and citric hop bitterness; fruity and vibrant. The finish is juicy apricot and biscuits.

This is phenomenal. One of the best in the series. The apricot pairs perfectly with the hops, and the exquisite tartness and maltiness contrast with these perfectly. Just amazing.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/10/2017. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, golden-apricot color with a large, frothy, milk-white head that dissipated quickly and generous lacing. There's abundant apricot on the nose, along with sour lemon and sweet pineapple. The first thing I taste is freshly-cut pineapple and tart apricot with dry white wine, earthy yeast, and a slight cracker at the finish. It's not as sour as I anticipated (which is a plus for me). This ale is light and crisp with very lively carbonation, and with a moderate 6% ABV it's easy to drink. Overall, it's well-crafted with lots of fruit flavor and the cracker at the finish was unexpected and pleasant. While the Wild Ale is not a go-to style for me, I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale, clear gold with a large head. The aroma features a strong note of lemon juice and very tart apricot. There is also an especiially strong characteristic of apricot skin. The flavor is enormously sour - not as tart as some of the other wild sour offerings, but still blistering and puckering - with a strong apricot characteristic, as well as lemon and green banana. The mouthfeel is light and very fizzy. Overall I love the way the apricot comes through here - it is well expressed in a tart fruit - but I do wish it were not so enamel strippingly sour.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Can marking date is illegible. Sept/2017 purchase date.
Slightly hazy, golden body with active carbonation. Some lingering foam cap and spotty lacing.
Active smell and taste that translates together into tart, apricot, lemon, and melon. Quite propulsive, but settles into lingering sour palate expression.
Quite acidic on mouth feel, but tasty, as it cleanses the mouth with each taste.
If one is a fan of apricot, this one delivers, but have tartness beyond this. Aroma and taste really work well together.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a New Belgium glass. Can't make out can date. Smell is incredible. Candied sour apricot, mango, peach, some bready malt. Taste follows nose. Nice pucker factor here but this stuff is refreshing as hell. Love this beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/10/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge tart/sour apricots, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, green apple, fruit skin, citrus zest, white wine, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, slight vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, citrus/fruity hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/sour apricots, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, green apple, fruit skin, citrus zest, white wine, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, slight vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness, yeast spiciness, and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour apricots, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, green apple, fruit skin, citrus zest, white wine, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, slight vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, citrus/fruity hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness and fruit tang. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, citrus/fruity hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced lactic/tangy/drying finish. Really fantastic balance between the apricots, citrus/fruity hops, and Brett/Lacto complexities; with a nice pale malt backbone to balance the acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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WiLD Sour Series: Apricot from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 79 ratings