The Wanderer
Bruery Terreux

The WandererThe Wanderer
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #53
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #440
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
963
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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer inspired a conversation on the relative merits between perfectly simple and perfectly complex. this beer falls somewhere in the middle of simple and complex, but its perfection is hard to debate. another special one from the bruery and their collaborators. it pours a hazy red pink, minimally heady, and lighter in looks than most burgundy type sours, which is where i kind of have to classify this one based on its smell and taste. the nose is fruit forward, love the blend, kriek and framboise are one fruit beers, this is more dynamic than that, and its immediately evident. tart and sweet, a little lactic lemon in there, but smooth too. the fruit is mixed through the whole taste, and the souring bits come late and soft. i like the feel a ton, not being as heavy in body or acid as beers like flanders reds and burgundy sours such as origins from crooked stave or the dissident from deschutes, although i put its fruit profile in line with those beers, and its bacterial presence in the same neighborhood as well. this is more gentle, more drinkable, dialed. its alcohol cannot be tasted, and its acid does not scar the tongue. carbonated beautifully, and only sweet as it needs to be. this is top quality beer, short of sour, but fully tart, a real gem. an exercise in delicacy and nuance, i am impressed. thanks to drlovemd87, who has made way too many world class beers available to me!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown color, minimal head. Mild sour notes of blackberry and oak, dark cherry, straddles the line between flanders and American wild. A good degree of funkiness.

Was grittier than expected, more earthy, less sour. Dark fruits. Strong beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but the fruit presence is fairly subdued.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in the West Village. Who knew this would come to NY?

It's a ruddy reddish brown, and it has a lovely tannish head on top at the start of the pour. That quickly goes away and leaves no clue that it's carbonated except when I shake it up.. Just looks like a red and brown still liquid.

Fortunately, the smell is way more inviting. It's complex, sweet, and features strawberry, cherry, wood, and there's jo trace of the 8% alcohol. That fun sensory stimulus stays through the taste of the Wanderer, as it's a sweet and tart and sour combination. It's rounded well, acidic, with sweet hints of vanilla and even water. The more it warms, the better it gets.

The beer feels fine going down, nothing to complain about because the carbonation come through on the way down. Plus this brew is pairing great with my grilled cheese right now. Overall it's a solid beer. Probably not worth the hype, but certainly good for a lunch break.

Now... Humulus Lager before returning to work?

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Library Ale House in Santa Monica - served in a 6oz glass.

Burnished cloudy dark orange body topped by a soft thick dark beige head. Fine pasty lacing - decent retention.

Passion fruit, pineapple, Ranier cherries, crab apples, and faint red wine notes in the nose.

Flavor profile is packed with fruit - like a tropical CSA basket - but with a lasting tartness that skirts the line between citrus and vinegar. Mango, grape must, and blackberries in the finish. Complex and gentle - I ordered another one right away!

Creamy, zesty, and lightly astringent mouth-feel.

Very fruity yet well balanced sour ale that defies easy categorization.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of mothman
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.

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4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions,

A: Pours a deep orange red with a soft light white head, leaving spotty lace.

S: Gorgeous blackberry aroma, some red fruit, not super pungent, but enjoyable.

T: Blackberries, red currants, and a lone tangerine intermingle in acid to create a great flavour. Very well balanced between the fruit and the acid, quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, bright acidity with some oak tannin on the finish.

O: This is rather good, something I've come to expect from The Bruery's sour program. Very rare, but if you can find it, put on some Dion and the Belmonts and enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea this was a Bruery beer until I looked it up in the database. I feel like a horse's ass for asking Patrick if he tried.

Pours a hazy ruddy brown color. A few bubbles here and there, no real head.

Smells excellent. Mostly a sort of berry aroma .. though once I knew it was blackberries, I could totally, like, detect that scent man. I love blackberries. A bit of cherry slurry, maybe a hint of red wine vinegar.

It's really not that sour. But, the sour balances it perfectly. Some oak-y, vinous vinegary in the back end, but this is mostly lush semi-ripe cherries, blackberries in abundance, and a dazzling light effervescent sweetness.

Just enough carbonation to lighten it up.l

I loved it. Went back for it twice.

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The Wanderer from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 963 ratings