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:
#361
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
937
pDev:
8.24%
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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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 it, and remind myself of why I've moved away from this stuff of late.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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%
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 +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goopy
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jet812
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaneb818
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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The Wanderer from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 937 ratings