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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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at GBD in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass (and only paid for the sample size...yeah!), drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour.

A: 3/3 - golden/yellow coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), initial one finger carbonation resolved into a subtle glass lacing throughout the drinking; low-to-moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - initially some mild grassy and barnyard flavors with mild breadiness; as the beer warmed, some of the vinous qualities started to arise from the Bordeaux barrel-aging and was much more pleasant smelling

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there was some wild flavors that battled it out with some fruity-estery qualities - lemon, apricot, green apple and pear; the middle profile featured some balancing malts yet remained dry; moderate alcohol flavors, which was appropriate at 6.0%

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and lower-than-anticipated carbonation makes it tart and refreshing but showcased the complexity without being ruled by fuzz

O: 9/10 - I was initially underwhelmed but started to be more impressed as the beer warmed, which started to feature the vinous qualities that I was looking forward to when ordered; the menu mentioned a co-brew with Stillwater, who have consistently impressed me with their collaborations with Belgian breweries, but I don't see them listed here; anyway, I definitely recommend this one as an exemplar of an aged Belgian golden

TOTAL = 43/50

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4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours flat with few bubbles. Sour ish. Pretty good.

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Wild West from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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