Great Notion Brewing

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American Wild Ale
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4.07 | pDev: 1.72%
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Pro/Am 2016 collaboration with Chad Graham. Amprosia is a saison fermented with a mixed culture of lacto, pedio and brett and aged in oak with local chenin blanc and merlot grapes for 9 months.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 8
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't quite put my finger around it, but there's something very familiar yet very different about GNB's 2016 Pro/Am collaboration beer. The initial sensation on the nose reminds me more of the kettle sour/berliner weisses that are quickly becoming popular these days, but the more I let it sit, it starts smelling and tasting like some of the old-money sours from breweries like Russian River and Jester King.

Grainy, almost acetic lactobacillus-induced tartness jumps out at you the moment you first poke your nose into the glass. Some darker heavier accentuations of oak, tannis, and grape must slowly creep out of the glass with temperature and time, as if to remind the drinker that #oaklivesmatter as well.

The palatal journey plays out in a similar fashion. You get that lacto/pedio inspired saliva-inducing tartness up front, followed by some light sprinkles of tannic, vinous characteristics which is what I'm assuming gives the brew its color. The oak is quite pronounced at first, but mellows out as the brew warms up; the final sensation the brew leaves on the tongue is similar to the one it started with: tart, and mouthwatering.

Medium-light bodied with tame prickly carbonation that persists throughout the drinking experience; crisp but not quite refreshing, without a single hint of the eight whole ABVs this brew supposedly sports. The server told me that GNB has been constantly tinkering this brew between batches and it's been evolving in an interesting fashion -- I can't wait to find out what this will taste like the next time I try it.

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber almost orange appearance with white head. Aroma is definately fruity sour. Taste is very dry sour fruit with a little aftertaste and no alcohol aftertaste.

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Amprosia from Great Notion Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 8 ratings