Wild Undressed
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,442
Ranked #25,014
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Very Good
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/24/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with no head and no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour cherries and grapes, wild Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a big sour bite that dominates with flavors of cherries and grapes. The malt character is very thin. There isn’t much else in the beer to describe aside from the big sourness.

M: Crisp and smooth for a sour, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you want the big sourness.

May 24, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Torst.

Pours a deep tawny brown, with no real bubbles to speak of.

Smells tannic, vinegary, and sharp.

Tastes of sour dark fruit essence, oak, robust, earthy flora, finishes with tobacco and tangy plum.

Feels very smooth. Almost still.

Great beer overall, a bit more sour than I'm used to, but still great, crisp and refreshing.

Apr 05, 2015
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steph1974 from Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

On tap, no visible head or carbonation, bubbles in the mouth
L: dark, so much darker than expected, like thin balsamic
s:like an oude bruin, dank, tart, wet wood
t: tart, like flanders style. Great for building an appetite
f: thin, but nice
very enjoyable!

Mar 30, 2015
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tørst.

Pours a pinkish-tinged deep red. Head is off-white slightly, small bubbles that dissipate to nothing. Nice colour, otherwise meh.

Smells tart and spicy. Plenty of red vinous notes with malt vinegar, black pepper and sour cherry. In the Belgian style of sours, very intriguing and refreshing too.

Taste is tart from start to finish. More vinous notes and plenty of sour cherry. Gets dry, peppery spice midway and then crisp sour vinegar notes late on the palate. Manages to finish with a sweetness, like fruit-infused vinegar. Makes it very drinkable and pleasant overall.

A bit puckering, but smooth enough late. OK body.

Very nice sour ale. Couple of organic, almost mulchy notes on there but mostly just crisp yet complex flavour bomb.

Aug 02, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a one finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some earthy oak, vinous fruit, vinegar and acetone. Some dark malt, caramel and toffee along with hints of raisin, fig and solvent.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a harsh acetone character that dominates the flavor, overpowering almost everything else. Very harsh vinegar-y solvent character that's tart and puckering but not pleasant or flavorful. Subtle oak and vinous fruit underneath but it's hard to pick up anything because of the overwhelming acetic character.

Sep 26, 2012
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Viciousknishs from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky brown with a tan head.

S- smells of sweet Belgian malt with a note of raisin. Light tartness in the nose with an acidic character.

T- much tarter on the palate. Cranberry and leathery with a nice earth and basalmic center. Malt comes out on the finish with a toasty bread and a lingering acid.

MF- smooth prickly mouthfeel with a medium body. Little lower than average carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Aug 31, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
Came to the table a slightly hazy brown with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring. Smells of oak, vanilla, caramel, and ethanol with a hint of tart. The flavor is not what I expected based on the nose with a heavy tart cherry and lemon thing with caramel edges going on. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart almost chalky mouthfeel. This was not my favorite is all tart and a little funk with no balance.

Jul 17, 2012
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John_M from France

3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during their annual Belgian fest.

The beer pours a reddish dark amber color with minimal head retention and pretty much no lacing. To be honest, the beer looks as if it's completely flat, though once I tasted it, that proved not to be the case. On the nose I get wine and sour, with the sour component clearly dominating. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer showing light carbonation. There is considerable flavor in this medium bodied beer, and I suppose if you are a sour lover you will be happy with this one. Alchol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer is not at all boozy (which is no surprise given the abv.).

Mehhhh... this just isn't working for me. The beer is too one dimensional, and that one dimension is largely sour. I guess it's OK, but at least for me, there just isn't enough else going on.

Feb 18, 2012
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auroracrisis from Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Holy Grale, served in a wine glass.

Murky crimson red with a small head that dissipates into nothing after maybe 30 seconds.

Raspberry, apple and cherry vinegar with more vinous notes of oak and vanilla. A little bit of sweet malt character and some airy, dry funk with a touch of alcohol.

Cherry, raspberry, and apple open up with a biting vinegar like sour. A little bit of a tannic quality to the beer as well, kinda oaky. Lots of gaps inbetween the initial fruitiness and finishing dry sour bite that leaves you wanting a bit more.

Medium body and kind of flat, with a dry biting pucker.

Good use of fruity vinegar qualities and the barrel but I would have enjoyed a bit more complexity. Not a bad beer by any means but I'm not sure if it's worth another visit.

Jan 22, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Churchkey, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber color with a mild amount of off white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Fruity vinegar with some wine barrel and mild, sweet malt.

Taste: Very wine like. Sour vinegar with some woody barrel notes. There is a mild caramel like flavor in the background. The finish is sour and full of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild amount of carbonation and a buttery finish.

Overall: Honestly I thought this beer was a bit boring. I'm also not convinced it is listed under the correct category. Quite smooth, but I don't think I'll have another.

Nov 03, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

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

An odd little beer. It was almost like a little Christmas beer, bitter sour, spices.

Beer is kind of brown / clear / dark / ruby with a lazy haloed head of offwhite bubbles.

Aroma is sweet and sour with a mild almost nutmeg aroma in there.

The beer is light in body and thin on the flavor on the front palate, the midpalate definitely has a nutmeg sort of spice in there but I can't put my finger on it. Overall it is a weird little sour with only some final tartness. Not too good or bad.

Sep 23, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a ruby copper color with a very thin off-white head. Not much lacing. Nose is slightly sour and has a bit of oak with a bit of an herbal character, maybe juniper or light sage. The flavor is mildly sour with light pit fruits and a semi-dry finish. Pretty good, but I prefer the variations.

Sep 18, 2011
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brokensail from California

2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is a murky amber color with almost no head at all.

S: Quite the nose on this...it's very musty with tons of celery and chile pepper. There's also a lot of garbage, hot garbage, at that. Quite gross, really. It's not all that sour, but does have some lemon and grass.

T: Starts off with a stale cereal flavor, maybe old cheerios. Despite the awful aroma, the flavor is quite bland and a bit watery. Some mild malt and oak with more of the celery and vegetable character. A very light tartness.

M: Maybe medium in body with low carbonation.

O: Just an awful aroma. Not a good flavor, either.

Sep 13, 2011
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rpardon7 from Kentucky

4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dark reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sourness oak some funky earth and a bit of sweet malt. Taste was sour red cherries and oak with green apples and a sweet dry finish, wow. Mouthfeel was clean and dry but definately not light. Overall more than I expected in terms of taste, very nice beer that will leave an impression for some time on my palate.

Jul 28, 2011
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ferrari29 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild Undressed Monbazillac served at Churchkey (DC) in a snifter shaped glass - 200th review

A - Beer was served with small bubbly rimmed edge; some carbonation was present; dark opaque brown body; syrupy consistency (had legs)

S - Strong sour grapefruit nose; Brut champagne sourness; semi-floral notes hidden behind sour nose; sour yeast

T - Flat champagne Brut taste; not much punch and kind of light on non-sour flavors; clean; sour-tart vinegar taste; bitter and sour flavor in the middle of the palette

M - My tongue is still feeling the sourness, hours after drinking; thin and flat body; flavors are quick and clean on the tongue, leaving a dry, crisp feel like a Brut

D - I liked this drink; it really challenges your taste buds and makes for an interesting and memorable drink; I would love to have another; great stuff, nice and sour

Jun 27, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC, NY

Served in a tulip glass, this beer had a beautiful dark brown color with ruby highlights, a thin off-white head that retained as a small layer of delicate bubbles. Tart aroma, some spice and Belgian yeast. Nice sourness in the taste, but not so mouth-puckering that you can't enjoy a full glass or even two: notes of dried apricot, sour apple, and dark berries, acetic acid, with hints of spice and an earthy quality. Meduim-bodied and moderately drinkable for the style.

Apr 28, 2011
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joshuaseresse from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pizza Pardisco in D.C. over the weekend. Served into a snifter:

A - A dark brown with a mahegony, redish hues that are only so slight. No head or sign of carbonation.

S - Tart fruit, bits of cherries and some raspberry funk. Really picking up on the acidity. Bit of earth and oak.

T - Tart cherries and oak here. Crisp granny smith apples and cider flavors. Again, signs of tart funk and acidity.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Smooth with a semi dry finish.

D - Pretty easy to drink. I had to sit there and enjoy it and force myself to take notes instead of just downing it. I'd gladly drink this again, but not for the price ($10 a snifter).

Mar 24, 2011
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SummitVA from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby pour with a decent head. Medium carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, dark fruits, funk, and lactic sourness meld wonderfully. Vinous character very dominant in the nose.

T - Initial sourness opens to stone fruits (esp. cherries and dates) and malt sweetness. Earthy funk follows, ending with a crisp lactic finish.

M - Full bodied, but sourness lends to the perception of a much lighter beer.

O - Very nice surprise. It's been a while since I was impressed with one the lesser-known Belgian sours on tap in town. Perhaps lacking the depth found in bigger dark sours, but this is very complex and quaffable for this ABV. Very happy to have had this.

Mar 22, 2011
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ahalloin from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore for Belgian Beer Fest.
This probably should be under the "Wild Ale" category, as it really isn't a Belgian Dark Ale.

Poured a clear dark mahogany color with slight reddish highlights. Very little head, but what did form was bleached white and a thin ring.

Smell was everything you'd expect from a wild ale. Super tart, lactic sour from all the crazy wild yeasts. Some sembalance of a toffee-ish backbone that was stripped to the bone by the wild yeasts. Sour fruits come to mind.

Taste meshed well with the aroma. VERY sour! This beer has that awesome puckering quality that makes you involuntarily salivate. There is a slight fruity sweet backbone with lactic and acetic sourness predominating. Notes of sour raspberries and tart apple peel show up as well. Very refreshing but also very sour.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat thin as you would expect in extremely sour beers. Finish is absolutely bone-dry!

Drinkability is excellent as I could easily drink a few of these and not get tired of it. Adequate malt backbone keeps it from charring you taste buds.

Feb 24, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/11 notes. Had on tap at The Gingerman in NYC.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, dark fruit, tart apples, little bit of sourness.

t - Tastes of sour apples, sourt tart fruit, fruity malts, caramel malts. More sourness than in the smell.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

d - A nice Belgian dark ale with some sourness to it. I enjoyed it and certainly would order it again.

Jan 20, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey, poured into a tulip...A dark medium brown, a little clear, pretty ugly. A light bright tan head, no retention or lacing...Aroma is sweet, caramel, lightly tart, but pretty boring...The taste is a shocker as its incredibly sour, no clue this was coming from such a muted aroma. Its weird though because there is essentially no flavor to this beer, just tartness. Reminds me of unblended lambic. This is very interesting, worth trying for sure.

Dec 12, 2010
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timtim from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i wish i knew more about this beer, and will update my review as soon as i found some more out. i was told only two kegs came to the united states and that it was the base beer for kerasus fermented with brett and other "wild" organisms. very unique. kind of hard to pick a style to put this under. not an oud bruin or flanders red and not a pale ale (like orval or petrus). fairly clear radiant reddish brown with a small head that shrinks to a small collar right away. nose is modest, but the scents are pure and very natural. just gorgeous. fruit (cherry? plum?), earth, mushroom, mineral and a hint of cider and vinegar in the background wrapping everything up and rounding it out. very elegant, and although it is very earthy, it seems like clean earth if that is possible. taste is very nice, sour cherry up front, the malt shines through to carry everything, and a mouth-watering twinge of acid wraps it all up. the body is medium, but so slick and silky, it feels lighter than it is. dry as a bone with just enough sweetness to balance. barely detectable, and never unpleasant. i'll say it again; this seems like a very clean "sour" beer. fantastic. my glass vanished way too quickly. i feel very lucky to have partaken in the imbibement of this special beer. thanks alvinne!

Dec 08, 2010
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