Wild West
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,163
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,554
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
187
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Picobrouwerij Alvinne
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of josanguapo
2.37/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

De Zombier. En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Slay the Spire. Demasiado protagonismo de una acidez que sin llegar a desagradar, cansa y aburre. Ni rastro de la barrica por la que la etiqueta da a entender que ha pasado.... Sin apenas espuma

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber coloration with a tiny, fizzy, quickly vanishing head. Smells of citrus, red berries, white grape, with some funk and lighter notes of tannins and oak. Taste starts out with zesty citrus notes of grapefruit and orange and tart green apple, with lighter notes of red berries: raspberry, redcurrant, white grape and peach. Then a medium, moldy and slightly funky sourness with a light blue cheese note creeps in, along with lighter notes of tannins and oak. Some light, spicy esters, a mild graininess and a certain floral note are present as well. Finishes with a dry, medium sourness and some funk lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This somewhat reminds me of Cuvée Sofie, but is MUCH better balanced in my opinion, which is why I enjoyed it a lot more. Much less sweet and vinous, with stronger citrus notes and funk. Also, less boozy, with a nice, dry finish.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bruno74200
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Nice.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -26.9%
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 Brolo75
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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 HorseheadsHophead
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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 -0.8%
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 amano_h
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, poured into Picobrouwerij Alvinne tulip

Initial impression is that this is tremendously acidic on the nose. Once you get past the huge lactic presence, there's hints of lemon, sour cherries, raspberries, and a well-rounded barnyard funk slash oak near the back end. The more you let it sit, the more the sour notes become rounded out by the woody oaky characteristics, well-depicting the dual nature of the mysterious Morpheus yeast.

A dominating lactic sourness takes center court (lemon zest, green apple, etc.), much in the same way it does with a well-blended lambic. The Morpheus yeast really shines again on this one; a combination of the oak from the Morpheus and vinous characters from aging in Bordeaux barrels adds a nice fruity vanilla-like depth to the sourness. A slight tannic after taste lingers in the end, mixed in with an earthy flavor.

Medium-light body with little to no carbonation. Despite being humongously sour, this finishes bone dry. Refreshing.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great big, crackling, off-white foam quickly fades to leave no lace on an Offero oversized wine glass. The remaining hazy, burnished amber/copper beer supports a few bits of yeasty friends floating within.

A strong barnyard funk dominates, but some apple is perceptible.

Big, sour tartness takes on the flavor of apple while acidity is similar to white wine. There are also qualities of vinegar while oak carries through a long, drawn-out, tart finish. Warmth amplifies the oak and tannic qualities.

The light body is accentuated by vigorous carbonation while the silky smooth texture gives way to mild astringency. Alcohol is surprisingly high as this beer finishes very dry.

Wild West is good as an occasional beer and could easily substitute for Champagne. It is best enjoyed by sipping so one can appreciate its nuances.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a minerallic/vinous/shock-tarts flavor profile that's reminiscent of a lot of Crooked Stave beers, just a little watered down. If the flavor profile is a little watered down, the mouthfeel is a lot watered down - almost flat and just not rounding out the experience like you would hope.

Finishes really dry and oaky. Like maybe overly oaky.

The aroma is the standout here - bright, lemony and funky. But the rest of the beer doesn't fall into place very well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stunning, perhaps the best i have had from these guys, and i have loved all of their beer. this one is a lot of fun, sour sour blonde, lacto heavy, highly acidic, tannic, intense. the color is a cloudy pale tinted orange yellow, and a rising white head recedes to patchy spotty lacy as it drinks and sits. the nose is sharply, even caustically acidic, it almost doesnt smell like a beverage in that way, with the mature lacto having taken over almost entirely. the grain seems wheat and barley based, has some body, but is rather obscured in the flavor. the red wine barrels do a lot here, they add tannic tang to the already very sour beer, and there is a rich oaky red wine flavor buried in all the sourness. this is wild ale for the connoisseur, not for the beginner, its intensity and complexity both make it rather unapproachable for the unaccustomed. i love all its carbonation, and the acidity without the vinegar taste is a mark of brilliance for me. the oak profile is nice, obviously a quality wine was in this barrel prior to the brew. sediment gets heavy as the bottle pours down, but the flavor keeps evolving. not sure how i passed this up so long, but i am real glad it finally got to happen, what an impressive take on wild ale. all the nuance of good gueuze, with the wine barrel twist. world class.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. crown indicates "WWE APR 2019 Lot: 687". I think. I assume I could have set this down a while...

opens as a bit of a gusher. I can see the yeast coming from this bottle, which is a bit disappointing as they could of had a better grasp of their conditioning levels. ah, the show shall go on though!

A: pours very, very hazy. a brownish, orange hue. the small glass I am using lets me try again in about 20 minutes. same result. also I should note that this bottle has been vertically standing in my fridge for the last several weeks. minimal head and lacing.

S: sulfur is the first aroma I get and a lot of it. after getting past the sulfur, which takes some concentration, a nice aroma of barny funk and light acidity greats.

T: sulfur follows to the drink, but then the acidity starts to kick in with a little more balls. barny yes, but not too heavy on it. more puckering acidic flavor balanced by some woody oak notes. finish dries up, but not bone dry as I detect a minor residual sweetness. There is some Cowtail (the candy)-like flavors in the middle that I cannot quite put my finger on. interesting to say the least.

M: pretty vibrant carb on a medium bodied brew.

D: needs some cleaning up in the packaging and sulfur component, which was WAYYY to high for a brew like this IMO. I sampled this in the store I purchased it at and liked it a lot more then, however I also didn't get this sulfur nonsense then. also also, the bottle the sir opened did not spew on my table.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has an odd quality in the smell that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Hab11

A: Wow. What a perfect appearance. Poured into my Night Shift tulip a deep blood orange color. I know that it was aged in Bordeaux barrels but I wasn't expecting such a rich color from a blond ale. Deep ruby, blood orange color.

S: Tart. Not overwhelmingly so though. Aromas of raspberries and sour cherries up front. Again, not overpowering. Nice lactic smell, not acetic. Hints of wood are there in the background. Nice oak presence to round out the fruity lead.

T: Right out of the gate my saliva glands went crazy. My mouth was full of saliva but surprisingly this beer isn't overpoweringly sour. Nice amount of sour character here. Good vinous taste from the Bordeaux but not getting much oakiness. This is quite an interesting beer here. Good mix of lactic acid, red fruits like raspberries, sour cherries and red grapes. Very drinkable. Not too sour but it's definitely well represented.

M: This is a tricky one. Little to no carbonation, no head. Not sure how to handle the mouth. I don't have any specific complaints about the mouth but it's nothing special either. It's simply okay.

Overall: I like this beer. I've had several offerings from Alvinne and this would have to be the most balanced of them all. Their sours are generally aggressive but this is just the right amount. It's there but in a good moderation. Superb appearance, really nice smell, great taste and an okay mouth. Glad I picked this one up. I'd had it years ago and was hoping my palate hadn't changed too much. Will purchase again for sure.

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Photo of Hab11
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed with Three Lions
500 ml bottle.
Appearance: Not to disturb anyone but almost the color of fresh blood when poured Settling to a dark caramel color. Lots of suspended yeast floating in the glass.
Smell: as soon as the bottle is opened the sourness hits you. Closer inspection reveals lemon, tart fruit cherry, Rasberry maybe a bit of blackberry and a definite strong lactic quality. Interesting though that with all the yeast in the glass the yeasty smell really isn't there. Also a real nice oak smell as well.
Taste: Super Freak has a cousin Tart and it's this beer. The taste is a mix between a Tart Golden Apple and interestingly a Chardonnay type finish (especially since this is aged in Bordeaux)
Mouthfeel: very smooth like a good Merlot but more dry like a Chardonnay. The tartness awakens the saliva glands quickly. Has almost a pickled salty quality to it.
Overall this beer is a great representation of the style. Not sure this would be a regular in my rotation but like some women I wouldn't kick out of bed for eating crackers. This would be a nice treat once in awhile.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep orange, amber body. Strangely and disturbingly viscous. Floating bits float about in it.

Smell - Apple-y fruitiness. Caramel malt. Mild acidity. Some oak.

Taste - Much more sour, but still apple flavored. Sour green apple flavor. Oak. Caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick, mucousy, very viscous. Truly odd and unpleasant.

Overall - Objectively, the flavor isn't that bad, but I have difficulty separating the flavor from the incredibly bad texture.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orangish copper with just about no head on top. Only a slight ring around the edges of the glass. Doesnt seem to have much visible carbonation.

S: Right off the bat you get a nice sour aroma with lactic like qualities. The oak seems to add a mellowness to the aroma. Lambic like fruitiness.

T: Real balanced yet highly sour brew. The Morpheus yeast does add a solid dose of lactic acid reminiscent of a lambic. The oak and wine characteristics add depth to the brew with a fruity vanilla blend. Red wine flavors linger in the aftertaste. Adding in the yeast toward the end yields a much more earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with just about zero carbonation. This is one dry brew with the sour aspect puckering you up as well.

Overall this is a solid sour that really shows what yeast can do for a beer. Something any sour fan needs to try.

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Photo of Jonada
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Best before April 2018. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange color with a dusting of off white foam that dissipates instantly with no retention or lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Red wine barrel, lactic tartness, oak, funk, light cheesiness.

Taste: Big lactic sourness, red grape, acidic, oak, sour cherry. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a lingering mouth puckering sourness.

Overall: Good but not great. The lactic presence is a bit overpowering, but there's still some nice flavors that shine through. Worth a try, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Santanax
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells like shit!!!! Pours yellow with decent head to begin but fades to nothing as it sits... the smell is of horseblankets and funky socks... the flav is an amazingly sour lemony tones with some nice oak hues... the sourness is amazing is beer is a real mouth water maker.... super super sour very delicious.. lemon juice goodness!!!! wow!!!

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nice amber color that is slightly hazy
the aroma is of straight oak, red wine, corks and slightly musty.
the taste is slightly tart and very wine like and full of that oak and brettanomyces and a touch of vinegar but its not off putting at all. it finishes a bit sour but clean.
the mouthfeel is calm because the beer is so still with very little carbonation but it is a little watery.
overall it was enjoyable and im looking forward to more of there beers

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Slightly hazy golden, almost orange hue with a small, one finger white head. Texture of the cap is on the foamier side and it dies down pretty quickly as is the case with many sours. Small fizzy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Strong vinous grape tartness right off the bat. Lemon sours and something like lactobacillus in there. Barrel is apparent with some fresh French oak tannins. Slight funk.

T- Like the nose, lactic and lemon sourness takes up most of the palate and is as tart as many lambics, sour. Wine opens up nicely with a nice oak wood contribution and certain grape fruity notes.

MF- Bone dry and super light bodied. Foamy moderate carbonation seems to bring out the sourness nicely, which is at a lambic level, puckering toward the end.

Sour lacto with good wine barrels. The vinous feel from the barrels is nice with the sourness but the oak might be a bit too much for me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller Bar in SF.

A: Hazy golden brown. No head. No lacing.

S: Funk. Sweetness. Excellent.

T: Wow, this is amazing! Tart. Sweet. Fruity. Bright. Luscious fruit. Bordeaux. Absolutely incredible.

M: Tart and pleasant. Lovely and lively.

O: One of my all-time favorite sours. Highly recommended to all, but especially sour lovers.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. Quite tasty. Wild tones are certainly showing here. Funky goodness is going on. Mild old fruits come on the backend. You like funk? You like the wild? This is for you. Easily drinkable. Probably way too easy to drink. I would go on this all day and all night if I had the chance.

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 187 ratings