Western Culture
American Solera

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #629
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,687
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
29
From:
American Solera
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  11
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Western Culture is our lambic inspired beer. We run this beer thru our coolship to capture wild yeast. The beer is then either racked into barrels to age, or is added to fresh wort to increase our batch size. We then age things for 18 months or longer. Funky and sour and super complex.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really good stuff, as close to a lambic as i have had from these guys, and one of their more mature and refined beers in my experience with their brews. this from 2015, it has probably come a long way in the bottle, i remember a lot of their early wild stuff tasting really young and sort of underdeveloped, so this might be a little taste of what some cellaring will do for some of them. this is radiantly golden and perfectly crystal clear until the bottom few drops, unexpectedly beautiful under an inch of pure snow white head. the aroma is funky bretty, lots of wood and wine notes, and curiously sweet, honey and vanilla like i sometimes get from new oak, really complex but also really subtle, cut flowers, aged hops, lemon zest. the flavor is all of that, but has that neat sweetness really happening in the center, its almost floral hoppy, ive noticed this in some allagash wild beers before, sort of has a sorachi ace hop uniqueness too, but im not sure its that, its gorgeous though, and its still nice and dry in the finish, highly vinous, french white comes to mind. good minerality and slate sort of earthiness. tartness is there, but this isnt super acidic at all, especially for its age, nor is it weighty in the grain, desipite having a great pale wheat and pils malt complexion underneath all the nuance and yeasty funk. killer beer, as good as i have had from these guys on the wild side of things. i hope this is a sign of things to come from other bottles in the cellar and from what they are capable of at their best! a total winner!

May 01, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Some spotty clinging bubbles on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, berry, green apple, white wine, passion fruit, guava, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of honey, pepper, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, berry, green apple, white wine, passion fruit, guava, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light notes of honey, pepper, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, berry, green apple, white wine, passion fruit, guava, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light pepper/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, and fairly grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an excellent gueuze inspired wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/lactic/tannic finish. Not as funky or acidic as I expected. However, Brett C profile is beautifully well developed, and there is a great level of barrel presence to go along with it; with nice solid backing malts to balance. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 19, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a wonderful aroma, and the taste is quite geuzey/lambicy, however the tartness is lacking, and overall it just doesnt hold up as a full sour/wild/ whatever its supposed to be. The Flavor is there, but the complete body/tartness profile comes up short

Dec 05, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from share. Cloudy pale golden body, pretty flat. Tart, funky, woody aroma. Tartness follows through to taste, nice barrel accents. All around solid wild ale.

Nov 04, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First release (2015 bottling date) served cold in a teku

Appearance: fantastic bottle art. Very simple and elegant. Very pale and hazy straw when poured. No head at all.

Nose: honey, Brett funk, lemons, limes, lemon zest, slightly tart

Taste: lightly tart, lemons, honey, some residual sweetness, spicy character from somewhere, oaky, white wine, spicy finish. Medium to light body and almost no carbonation.

Overall: reminds me of a traditional lambic or gueuze. Very nice and soft character. Great start to American Solera's offerings

Sep 24, 2016
Western Culture from American Solera
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 29 ratings