The Wanderer
Bruery Terreux

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Wild Ale
Ranked #48
Ranked #478
4.38 | pDev: 8.22%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
The WandererThe Wanderer
Notes: The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage
750mL bottle into a Teku

Pours opaque, and a color somewhere between ruby and mahogany. Large tan head dissipates at a moderate rate. Aroma just has a ton going on. Burnt plastic like funk, dark fruits, caramel, subtle pungent cheese, semi-sweet varietal red wine. Taste is fairly unique. Quite tart, actually quite sour although not puckering. A very nice spectrum of dark fruits, with cherry, blackberry, some vinous notes. Subtle caramel. A bit of oak, subtle bitterness to balance. Only the faintest pungent characters which for me is a plus. I don’t really get any bourbon chanters but that’s not a big deal, there’s certainly enough going on. Flavor profile is really quite exceptional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation and drying on the finish. It’s got the mouthfeel of a great traditional Belgium sour, with a higher ABV than many of its sour counterparts yet that ABV is completely unnoticeable when drinking it. This one is dangerously drinkable. Overall, I am very impressed with this. Didn’t have particularly high expectations but man, this is really quite excellent.


Jun 04, 2021
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kookajamo from Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide mouthed Muffin Top pint glass

L: Pours a dark reddish brown and is very pleasing to look at. In bright light the red tones become more pronounced. Small head but I poured carefully per instructions on the bottle. Small retention and not much lacing.

S: Funky acidic notes hit the nose immediately but are subdued and overtaken by the rich fruity notes of cherries and blackberries. The fruity notes dominate but in the best way possible.

T: Initial flavor is heavily acidic but still very palatable. Fruit flavors closely follow and both the cherry and blackberry are distinct and noticeable. The addition of the brown ale rounds out the flavor profile with some pronounced malt flavor which does not overpower the fruit but tempers the initial acidity well. The taste finishes dry and the woody oak flavors come out towards the end of the sip and linger slightly. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable despite the high ABV, thanks to the oak aging.

F: Medium bodied and silky but not sticky with a dry finish.

O: Easily one of the best sour/wild ales I've sampled. Everything is on point here and if I had more experience with this style I would not hesitate to rate this a 4.75 or 5. Once I've sampled more beer of this style I will gladly return to this review and increase the rating accordingly if it can still maintain a top spot.

Mar 29, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice and foamy tan head that does not really dissipate but leaves a really nice head on the beer's surface. The beer itself is a clear reddish brown color that looks pretty nice.

The smell is good. It has a light vinegar smell that mixes with a sweet cherry note and tart black berry note. The berry notes dominate the smell for the better.

The taste is good. It has a light vinegar note with sweet cherries through it all and the blackberries finally come out in the finish.

The beer has a medium body to it and a bit of a thickness too. The acidity is tolerable.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth having.

Mar 20, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a little sampler glass. 2017 bottle.

Pours a slightly cloudy ruby with a medium sized head that lasts for a long time and looks extremely creamy. Moderate very fine carbonation. Smell is tart cherry and wood.

Taste is more funk and wood, moderate cherry, and tart.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. Overall, nice beer.

May 11, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Body is a ruby copper but not clear or crisp. Good size alder coloured head that settles down before long and seems content in an even dusting across the top.

Nose is sharp wood from the get go. Smells like green sap and wood, like splitting firewood in my parents yard. Some cherry meekly tries to get a word in edgewise, but to minimal avail.

Flavour is tart/sour to start and the second wave reinforces this and starts to pucker a touch. Rich earthy cherry skin comes in and lends some of the spice/earth that I associate with cherries' presence in beer. I can get a bit of the blackberry bramble as well and that lends to this brew growing on me. Wood is present but doesn't dominate like the nose. Wine barrels are more prevalent than the bourbon barrels (makes sense based on the split), and really I'm not sure how much of the bourbon comes through at all. There's a decent amount going on here, but it all comes together really nicely.
Sharp carbonation and the sour character gives that lip numbing enamel wrecking sensation.

I would say this is sour first, the blackberries are more prevalent than the cherries, and the wood runs through everything.

Much appreciation to @2beerdogs for sending me home with this after I got to spend an evening drinking with him while I was in California. Thanks Derek!

Mar 24, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber hued with a quarter inch of brown on top. The aroma is an amazing blend of merlot, cherries, oak, blackberries, and bourbon. I'm tasting merlot, cherries, blackberries, oak, and then a moderate dose of bourbon. Then in the finish I'm getting more oak, funk, and fruit. The mouth is dry, crisp, moderately carbonated and yet smooth, likely from the oak. There's a lot going on here and it's not for the faint of palate.

Mar 17, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, bottled in 2017. Label has ABV% as 8.3%. Label does not mention collaboration with City Beer Store.
Cloudy, medium amber colored body with a tint of red berry. Slight off white head upon pouring, which stays around as a small island and bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Very aromatic upon opening. Aroma is quite acidic, with dark berry (blackberry and cherry), and oak barrel. The bourbon comes across as more of an earthy note.
Taste is definitely sour. This has a blend of acidic wine notes and bourbon oak barrel, which is well done. Lots of dark berry flavor also. Cherry lingers more in the after taste. Somewhat dry but also quite mellow.
Medium plus mouth feel. Good carbonation.
A very well done blend of older ales where some is from wine barrels and some from bourbon barrels. Sour but has a bourbon note that is complementary. Easy to sip, and very smooth.

Mar 02, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma is nutty, fruity with dried fruit notes like raisins, figs and dates. Taste is sour, acetic, quite acidic but does not bother. Intense on the fruits with balsamico syrup notes.

Feb 04, 2019
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really balanced beer, especially considering the complexity of the flavors. It is a real talent to have so many distinct elements that are all identifiable, yet play well.

Aug 16, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice ruby brownish color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant tarty and berry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wonderful balance of sourness and berry flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well done balanced beer

Aug 15, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours tawny port color with some Ruby high lights, thick head of small bubbles.
Aroma is acidic funk, dark fruit, hint or chocolate, oaky finish.
Taste is cherry up front, chocolate follows. Dry, tannic finish, no heat.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. The barrel, fruit, and tart are balanced. It's a nice contrast to the 'lighter' sours that I find myself drinking more frequently.

Jun 26, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle - is that a duck-billed platypus holding a brew depicted on the label?

This beer pours a somewhat murky, dark red-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of cresting wave form lace around the glass as it evenly fades out of sight.

It smells of muddled and tart domestic berry fruit, musty red wine staves, gritty and grainy caramel malt, old leather, a hint of damp ashiness, subtle yeasty notes, and some ethereal earthy, weedy, and floral hop bitterness. The taste is sour cherries, a further indistinct acrid berry fruitiness, bready and doughy caramel malt, a vanilla-accented woodiness, red wine vinegar, some estery yeastiness, faint smoke, and more ephemeral earthy, musty, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the tart/sour thing makes deep inroads into messing with the ideal here. It finishes off-dry, the complex fruity essences buoying the lingering malt.

Overall - this is yet another well-made soured ale from this brewing concern, one that is malty enough to keep things more or less as balanced as they can be, as such. Worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of the style, but for me, it was just time to poke my nose back in, and remind myself of why I've moved away from this kind of stuff lately.

May 20, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Brewdog, Bristol - Pours reddish amber with small foamy head which quickly dissipates. Aroma - Red berries, tart notes. Taste - Tart, cheery, grape notes, wine tannins, earthy, dry finish. Nice sour beer.

Apr 15, 2018
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ChipChaight from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bevmo in Carmel, CA.
Pours a purple amber with a thin pinkish white head and decent lacing, smell like effervescent grape soda, cherry flesh, watermelon jolly rancher, prune juice, lime, and strawberry fruit ribbon, tastes like tart blackberry, plum skin, sumac, pomegranate, cherry, hints of lime and lime zest, finishes with red wine tannins, light, dry, and well carbonated, dances on the tongue. An excellent , complex, and bold dark fleshed fruit punch. A sour soda sangria. Yum.

Apr 13, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml - 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors, Westborough, MA
2017 vintage
Served in a tulip

Attractive appearance. The clear, garnet colored body was topped by a frothy, inch-tall, sea foam crown that fell to a thick, bubbly collar. Minimal streaky lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was really fruity and tart. Berry notes came through strong. Raspberry specifically. Fair amount of jammy sweetness. Moderate lactic sourness. Red wine and red wine vinegar were also apparent. Touch of oakiness. The raspberry notes intensified as the beer sat. There was some blackberry perhaps as well, but I probably would not pick this out without prior knowledge of the beer’s ingredients.

The flavor profile was solid but sharper and more one dimensional than the nose. Loads of lactic sourness and acidity. Intense red wine vinegar notes. Big tart lemon presence in the center. Really crisp, bright and acidic. Bit of berry-like tartness on the back end. Raspberry perhaps. Hint of jammy sweetness. The beer finished with some oakiness and more lingering acidity.

Pretty average mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a subtle but prickly, larger bubbled effervescence.

While The Wanderer had a terrific berry-like quality in the aroma, there was hardly fruitiness on the palate. Furthermore, I did not detect any bourbon notes whatsoever. Overall, this is a respectable American wild, but it definitely was not as interesting or as complex as I had hoped it would be.

Mar 24, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark, ruby brown color with some light coming through around the edges, head dissipated into a tan colored soapy film, no lacing, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side.

A: Lots of aroma, oak, berries, dark tart cherries, tannin, leather, light tobacco, medium amount of sourness and a bit more tartness, smells really nice.

T: Follows the nose with oak, berries, dark tart cherries, red grapes, leather, tobacco, acidic, Balsamic vinegar, there's lots of sour and cherry like tartness in the finish, aftertaste has lingering notes of cherry tartness, berries, oak, and Balsamic vinegar.

M: Medium bodied with a really big red wine/Balsamic vinegar like dryness, good amount of carbonation that flows over the palate.

O: If you like dark sour beers then you'll enjoy this one, it's pretty tart and sour for a dark sour beer, it's well done with a good amount of balance until the tartness kicks in the finish and lingers.

Nov 27, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Poured a clear, golden burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of cherry, oak and vanilla. Great sour cherry taste with wood, oak and vanilla notes.

Nov 07, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous burnt copper-red with a khaki, big bubbly collar.

Smell is buttery oak, like white wine, with cherry and light funky cheese.

Taste is sour blueberry and cherry, vinous, with a round body and crisp, semi-dry finish.

This is better than most Bruery sours I've had, but does still skirt vinegar territory, with a hint of toasted sesame and oak.

Nov 06, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was super stoked to see this on tap at the Bruery, I got me a glass and marveled at it.
Appearance: A light tan head that quickly dissipates to just a ring. The medium brownish red color and medium opaque. The beer appearance is decent.

Aroma: Cherries, mild funk, toasted malt, lemons, touch of grass, caramel, and yeast.

Taste: A medium tartness, cherries, more funk than the nose, lemons, toasted malt, vanilla, wood, caramel, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium tannin, medium light body, medium plus carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall: After drinking this, I felt like this beer could have been better. It is hard to explain but I just thought this could be better.

Sep 08, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @2beerdogs – Ninja box
Can’t find any date on the bottle other than “2013 Edition”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – weak. Some fruit with cherry predominating.
Head large (Maximum 4.4 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, low density froth, fizzy, poor retention diminishing to no ring and no layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – mahogany, cloudy (bottle conditioned).
Flavor – moderately tart when swallowed quickly. As it warms on the tongue, the tartness climbs exponentially past my tolerance level. Some cherry flavor is noticeable as is some tannin and vanillin from the oak. I don’t know what blackberry is supposed to taste like so, no comment. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, fizzy.

I’ve only had a handful of brews from The Bruery, but each has been good and some excellent. This one approaches excellence.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

Apr 20, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage

L - Pours a red mahogany body with a quickly fading light tan head. No lacing on the glass.

S - Blackberries and cherries are coming through with some bourbon and oak on the back. Comes off acidic and tart.

T - The taste is following the nose to me. Loads of tart blackberries/cherries with vanilla, oak and bourbon backing it up.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Super tasty, comes off tart but yet juicy.

Apr 16, 2017
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky red/amber, slightly brown pour with a finger high, off-white, head. Good retention, subtle lacing

S: Earthy aroma to which is floral, tart, fruity: cherries, grapes and berries (straw/black/raspberries). Hints at caramel, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak and hay

T: Rigid acidity and bold fruit character conceal the palate: raisins, grapes, plums, figs, and berries sprawled out across a jazzy terrain. Lightly vinous/touch of red wine and vinegar, and some faint malt character in the background

M: Medium body/feel, where carbonation surfaces slightly above. A tannic, grainy, sweet earthiness yet smooth and creamy with no hints at ABV approximation

O: An intricate funky, tannic, and fruited sour that could have aged out even more (X>2013); perhaps drawing out even more intricacies. Nonetheless, acidic yet balanced, and refreshingly potable

Feb 23, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/2/2016. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge sour cherry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, currant, red grape, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon/vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, currant, red grape, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon/vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/lactic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry. berries, red wine, dark fruit, leather, pepper, hay, straw, funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/sourness balance. Lightly puckering but not astringent on acidity/tannins. Moderate dryness from acidity/tannins, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an incredible fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite this high acidity/tannins. A highly enjoyable offering.

Dec 11, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Off white head. Raspberry Ruby color.

Lots of sourness and acidity. Very tart. Sour patch kids. Big berry flavor. Lemon citrus.

Medium bodied.

Solid, but not crazy.

Oct 19, 2016
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - opaque maroon no head retention
S- Tart acid, but also a ton of dark, ripe berries
T- Tart up front, but then tons of those dark berries in the middle and a tart finish that fades nicely and leaves you with the sweet berry after taste
F- Nice body for a sour. Not too thin, not too thick
O- Awesome sour. Hits on a lot of what I want in a sour... good pucker, noticeable fruit, drinkable.

Sep 28, 2016
The Wanderer from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 971 ratings