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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#621
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
959
pDev:
8.26%
 
 
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459
Gots:
243
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Ratings: 959 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of robebo44
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BrueryDC
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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The Wanderer from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 959 ratings