Sans Pagaie
Bruery Terreux

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Wild Ale
Ranked #267
Ranked #2,154
4.19 | pDev: 8.59%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
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Notes: Sans Pagaie translates to “without a paddle” and is our take on the Belgian-style kriek, a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The base beer has a subtle funk that melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of home made chocolate cake.
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle consumed early August 2021. Interesting take on a kriek but leave it to this brewery to do it right with an American interpretation. Super funky with plenty of tart cherry flavor and finish. Delightful!

Aug 03, 2021
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kookajamo from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2016 batch from a 750ml bottle in a wide mouth muffin top glass

L: Hazy pinkish blonde color, a little darker than a rose but you can still very clearly see the blonde ale backbone shining through

S: Cherries, Red berries, spicy blonde ale, barnyard funk. Smells exactly like a kriek should

T: Cherries and Strawberries heavily upfront with an incredible sour kick that could make anyone pucker, finishes spicy and dry.

F: Very pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel that on some tastes comes across as a bit creamy.

O: Incredible American example of a Kriek but a bit overly sour. Sadly the tartness overwhelms some of the other flavors which makes this one fall slightly short of our right phenomenal. Regardless I'm very pleased with this one and the fact I got it on clearance at my local store for $4.99 just makes it taste all the better.

Apr 23, 2020
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mishi_d from Romania

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sans Pagaie 2017. Ruby to red color with white head, aroma and taste of an old cherry compote with a medium sourness, medium body, average carbonation.

Feb 09, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/18/15; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Ruby red appearance.

Minimal white head; no lace.

Sour strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Bold strawberry flavor up front; SUPER tart strawberry finish.

Powerful flavor, but too sour for this timid soul to truly embrace.

Sep 08, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to red in color with a fingernail of off white around the rim and and covering a third of the top. The aroma is of tart cherries and oak. I’m tasting very tart cherries with plenty of lactic sourness that is tempered slightly by the smooth finish from the oak. The mouth is otherwise moderately carbonated and dry.

May 31, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Top left corner says "2017."
This was poured into a tulip. Rounded pink to bright orange glossy color. Slight cap of a little white foamy to bubbly head slid off nicely. No lace.
The aroma had a superb meshing of tart to sweet to sour cherry flesh and skin. With a little bit of warming, the sour cherry fleshiness starts to come out a tad bolder than expected.
The flavor seems to mesh the sour to the tart in front of just a touch of the sweetness. It's all about the cherries, the flesh, the skin, the pit and extremely awesome. Mild sticky tart to sour aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Semi-sticky cherry fleshy sour to tart finish.
Overall, superb cherry Belgian ale. You can send me down this "cherry" creek without a paddle head first and I'd gladly soak up all of this cherry goodness.

Jul 03, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

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

750 ml bottle, Brewdog, Bristol - Pours hazy reddish with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma - Sour, cherry forefront, citrus overtones. Taste - Sour predominates , tart ,cherry, woody notes. Nice not overly well balanced not overly cherry kriek.

Apr 15, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

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

Surprisingly hazy red-tinged peach brew, topped with a cream-colored head tinted pink. Head production is excellent, and retention is acceptable.

Sour and tart nose, leaving impressions of cherries, oak, vinegar, vanilla, and flowers. Also ginger or graham crackers, likely from the malt base. Slightly musty.

Intensely sour up front, and with a puckering staying power. Initial impressions are of raspberries, blueberries, peaches, kiwi, star fruit - almost everything except cherries, actually. There is a bit of cherry pit and peel to the overall flavor profile, but this is not quite like chowing down on a bowl of cherries. Back third features vanilla and more stone fruit.

Complex and extremely tart.

Lively, smooth, and with an intense pucker.

This won't supplant any Belgian Krieks for me, but it is a melodiously complex and supremely tart brew, really highlighting what American brewers bring to the table.

Feb 11, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern In West Orange. Pours a crimson hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and brettanomyces. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jan 10, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Without paddle(?) Pours the prettiest pink/orange I’ve ever seen. The contrasting white head soon dissipates. It’s aroma says sour & cherries. It’s taste is mildly sour, approaching tart. It’s flavor consists of sour cherries with the promised impression of coconut, vanilla, grass & hints of funk, and it’s delicious. Smooth, with the proper amount of carbonation. Very impressive. I’m drinking it on a warm California day, now where’s my chocolate cake?

Dec 02, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

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

A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.

Appearance: A nice cloudy ruby red colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, oak and vanilla.

Taste: Like the aroma, sour, tart, cherry, oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice, refreshing acidity with great aromas and taste.

Oct 23, 2017
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed at the breury. Aroma is Fruity, but it is dominated by lactic and citrusy funk. A little sour cherry on the sip, but not overly boisterous. It gets a 83.5/100.

Oct 14, 2017
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin and lightly cloudy rose, no appreciable head. Smell is oaky and sour, very slight fruity notes but generally kind of one note. Taste is very sour, war heads level sour, with a light malty note in the front and a very modest hit of cherry that lingers as the sour body fades away. If you're after a sour blonde ale aged on cherries you will probably be satisfied. It really stretches my personal comfort zone for sourness. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, clears of the palette surprisingly well. Not a bad beer but certainly not the best kriek you'll ever have or the best offering from Bruery Terreux.

Aug 30, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 9 oz snifter from draft at Consume on August 27, 2017. It has some funk with flavors of coconut, vanilla yogurt and fresh cherries. Recommended.

Aug 27, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale ruby color. Cloudy. Small pink head and no lace.

Smart soured cherry aroma.

Fresh sour cherries, almost like an unsweetened pie. There's a bit of cinnamon behind the tartness. Full bodied with an average carbonation level. Long tart aftertaste.

Jul 23, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a ruby/pink color with no head retention or lacing, cloudy, lots of carbonation.

A: Funk, cherry tartness, touch of oak, fruit sweetness like apricots, pretty straightforward.

T: Tart cherry funkiness up front, touch of sourness in the middle, more cherries in the aftertaste with some oak and subtle sourness lingering, not overly tart or sour, solid.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish and lots of carbonation.

O: Another solid beer from The Bruery, I was hoping for more cherry on the flavor, overall, a solid beer, lots of flavor, drinkability, and balance.

Jan 26, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, pepper, wheat, bread, and light leather/vinegar on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tannic/sourness balance. Lightly puckering, but not overwhelmingly astringent. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/tannins; increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden, a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour kriek style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the elevated level of acidity. Awesome balance of fruit, Lacto, Brett, and oak flavors; with just enough malt to keep this from being overly puckering on sourness. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jan 07, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pinkish two finger head with okay retention. The beer is light reddish hue with some orange yellow hues. The beer does present with carbonation bubbles.

N: Cherries, wood, caramel, light toasty notes. yeast, citrus, vinegar, and floral

T: tart cherries, wood, caramel, crackers, vanilla, honey, toasty notes, citrus, and floral,

M: Carbonated, crisp light body, and tannins.

O: I really dig this beer it crisp light and not overly tarty. A well balance mix of cherries, malt, wood and tart.

Aug 14, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a beautiful pinkish/red rose color with a small foamy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- smells of fresh ripe cherries, spicy oak, toasted coconut, yogurt, light acidity & lemon

T- Tart, slightly acidic cherries up front give some juicy berry-like notes, followed by lemon peel, and yogurt. Spicy oak adds some sweet vanilla notes. A distinct coconut flavor comes in mid-palate and continues all the way through to the finish, and lingers on the palate

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry tart, tannic finish

O- delicious sour that has nice cherry notes throughout, the coconut flavor was an added bonus

Jul 23, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample thanks to BuckeyeBoy. Pours out pale pinkish tinge with minimal foamy head. Fruity aroma, sweet and not too tart. Taste is cherry jam , a hint of yeast, and lots of dry tartness. Finish is bone dry, but overall halfway between a kriek and a sour. Nice.

Jun 22, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

The Bruery is just doing such a great job with their new Terreux series. All of their wilds have been on point and this one is no different. Lots of cherries and tartness.

Jun 09, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours an opaque cherry/pinkish hue body with a light pink one finger head. No real lacing or retention, but the beer just looks really good.

S - The cherries come at you strong! Tartness and acidity back up the cherries. Clean with no funk noticeable, may'be a little oak.

T - Enamel scraping sour! Sour sour sour cherries all around with oak and acidity. And for some reason I like it!

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

O - Along the characteristics of a kriek this is not. But, it's so sour cherry forward and hits you in the back of your jaws. So good.

Feb 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love that appearance, its all like Zach Ryder, broski, pink and yellow all over this mug. Man this was a pungent sour cherry aroma.

This is enamel destroyingly sour. Very light cherry presence, its not dark cherry. Develops funk and vanilla in the mouthfeel. Really dig this beer, very good in a lot of different situations and weather.

Dec 02, 2015
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Tele from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 4.7.14)
Consumed: 11.29.15

A: 4 Pours a hazy, pink-lemonade color with a small off-white head.

S: 4.25 Immediately there’s lots of cherry juice, fresh cherry, lactic tartness, and lemon. Unlike Belgian krieks, not much funk or jammy cherry on the nose. After a few minutes vanilla and orange juice show up.

T: 4.25 Quite tart up front with moderate cherry quality. Lemon and vanilla are stronger than the nose suggested and oak adds a tannic quality leaving a pleasant dryness. Strong acidity as the beer lingers on the palate leaving a last taste of fresh cherry behind.

M: 4.25 Body and carbonation are both very nice. Carbonation could be a bit more lively, but it’s definitely not undercarbonated.

O 4.25 Very flavorful and tasty fruited sour. Not The Bruery’s best and not up to Belgian standards for krieks in my opinion, but definitely worth seeking out.

Nov 30, 2015
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SoCal_Matt from California

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rosy pink with a decent amount of head and high amount of carbonation. This is the most sour beer I have ever had. It is like sucking on a Warheads candy, but in a good way - if you're into that sort of thing. Taste is overwhelmingly sour with cherries and just a bit of funk. Feel is clean and a bit refreshing. Overall very enjoyable as long as you can handle this level of sour and tartness.

Oct 21, 2015
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