Wild West | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden blond ale brewed with our own hops and fermented with our Morpheus house yeast. Aged in wooden Bordeaux red wine barrels for eight months.

Added by DARIVA on 04-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I found and purchased a bottle of Wild West about a year ago, not even knowing what it was. I was on a quest at the time to drink all of the beers (yes, all of them). I thank myself in hindsight for being so naive and open to new experiences.

Wild West is a barrel-aged sour (or wild, whatever suits your fancy) - a style which I've been enjoying tremendously lately. WW pours mostly a clear, light brown with very little evidence of head or carbonation at all. It smells sour with nice wine notes as soon as the bottle is opened. As noted in appearance, the carbonation is practically non-existent. I liked this, actually, but would have preferred just a slight bit of head and carb - I think it would have accentuated the richness of the mouth feel.

I had hoped for a more pronounced sourness, but it's quite good all the same - a very pleasant surprised.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I've had from this guys and it seems I'm gonna like a lot their beers.
It pours a still slightly hazy amber/straw colour without anyhead.
The aroma of the beer is quite great. Very balanced and complex. Sour, musky, leathery, floral, caramelized grainy, funky in any way it almost reminds me of some pâté de campagne.
Lighter taste but still complex. Floral, grainy, very sour and funky, citrusy. It has some lambic attributes. The red wine barrel aging bring some tannic notes apart from the musky notes.
The mouthfeel is semi dry to dry and has a champagne-like carbonation.


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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An "American Wild Ale" brewed in Belgium! Lol.

A very nice amber with big golden highlights. Slight haze with a high standing white foam cap. This bottle has plenty of life. When it recedes, intricate lace hangs all over the glass and a thin covering at all times.

The aroma is classic wild ale, earthy, sour fruits, tangy wheat, and Funky wild yeast. Very tangy and fruity aroma with a wet-earth, musty funk way down. Most likely from the "Morpheus" yeast strain, which I find to be unique, which adds bonus points. I feel the strange, unique qualities of the yeast strain and wild critters is what sets these ale's apart from the field. As the liquid warms, the funk goes up, with more cheesy effects and more sour green apples on the nose.

The flavor starts out with a huge, sour, rangy and metallic yeast punch. The Morpheus yeast is very wild tasting, bring me back to my first wild ale's, way back in 2008 with Russian Rivers most excellent Supplication and Beatification. Those packed a seriously, sour bite...and so does this! The sour taste of lactic acid from the yeast strain goes a long way, lemmon, zesty, earthy, and mild sour wild fruits. A hint of of cask, woody flavor's and red wine cone from the Bordeaux barrels. A nice, added depth of flavor. A light hop flavor brings some dry earth and green leafy effects.

The mouthfeel is crispy and sharp, turns smooth and full quickly, effervescent and then dry. Spot on.

If you like very sour and very wild yeast flavor's.(like I do)...this one's for you!

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Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by January 2019.

Pours flat, with almost no head. The body itself is a slightly murky copper color. Not a good look.

There are some interesting aromas coming through...not all of them good. There are touches of lime, lemon, cherry, peach, and Greek yogurt, but some additional touches of sulfur and cardboard that spoil things. As it opens up - or I get used to the odd funk, one of those two - the bad notes disappear and the nuanced lacto comes to the forefront. Touches of oak barrel also shows up. It becomes quite appealing after sitting for a while, but it REALLY needs to sit for a while before that occurs.

The flavor here is all about the lacto. Notes of oak, vanilla, and red wine open it up. The lacto shows nice nuance around the middle with Greek yogurt, cherry, and lemon. However, it goes a little overboard near the finish, injecting some spoiled milk, vinegar, and eggs (I won't say rotten eggs, though) into the mix. The aftertaste is a bit cardboardy, too. This one (though complex) seems excessively weird and scattershot - some flavors work, others don't.

Yep, this one is flat like a straight lambic. Despite the extremely timid carbonation, it finishes dry due to the intense sourness and parching oak tannins. Come to think of it, the flat texture is almost necessary in order to keep it from being any sharper or firmer in body than it already is. It's even dry to the point of being harsh.

An odd beer. Nor do I find it particularly great. It's interesting in that many different flavors are occurring, but at no point does anything seem cohesive or balanced. If I were to try it again, I'd probably look for a younger bottle.

2.91/5: Wild isn't necessarily good

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grodd87
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Pours an amber orange, clear, not much carbonation looks flat, no head developed.

A: Really sour smell, tart, vinegar, red fruitiness, cherries, raspberries like aromas, not picking any oak from the barrels, but overall has a really nice aroma.

T: Like the nose, tart sour funkiness, touch of cherries, slight oak, finish is dry.

M: Flat, no carbonation at all, not a very good mouthfeel.

O: Bottle is flat, no carbonation really takes away from the mouthfeel, lacks that carbonation that usually accompanies a good sour, probably got a bad bottle.

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Photo of drew74
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garyloveman
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hand and Foot.
Comes in a clear amber color with a tiny, quickly disappearing head and no lacing.
Smells intensely sour! Smells like sour cherries, Apple cider vinegar, deep barnyard funk, and lemon peel. A bit of oakiness, too.
Tastes upfront of juicy lemon, sour cherries, lemon candy, and sour milk. Dries out on the mid-palate with apple vinegar, funk, and straw. Finishes bone dry with lingering lemon, cherry, and oak tannins.
Feel is light, but nicely carbonated, sour, and dry. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very good sour. Highly recommended for any sourhead.

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Photo of zonker17
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured to 2 small tulips. Very active carbonation on pour producing large head, which dissipates quickly, but a stream of bubbles up the middle continue to ripple the surface well after pour. Hazy and deep golden amber color. Nose of lacto and wine barrel. Very sour, dry, and all lactic. Some other flavors from the wine barrel creep in but it's mostly sour. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is extreme.

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Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somehow misses the mark, although has abundant berry and peach and lime flavor.

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 186 ratings