The Wanderer | Bruery Terreux

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
brueryterreux.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by t0rin0 on 05-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#390
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
947
pDev:
8.26%
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Ratings: 947 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of csmrx7
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 version

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Photo of ElGallo
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Duncian
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goopy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jet812
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Wanderer from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 947 ratings