Planéte Rouge
Deschutes Brewery

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American Wild Ale
4 | pDev: 8.5%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, dated 10/10/18, poured into 14oz teku. Poured a murky brown color, not really red at all, with just a thin cap of khaki head that low retention and no lacing.

A bold tartness emanated from the bottle when the cap was finally freed (Fucking Wax! Lighten up on that shit brewers!). on closer sniffing there were notes of wood, fruit, and wine.

Very similar on the tongue, but bigger, bolder, and more. The wood was sturdier, the fruits more well defined, and the tartness very sharp.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, and peaked with a very tart dryness on the finish.

Drinkability was good, but this is certainly a sipper, not a gulper.

Overall, a very nice brew. A must grab if you see a straggler on the shelves.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another review from March Madness 2015. Almost closed that year out. This was one of my first forays into Deschutes wild offerings. Might be less enthusiastic than that spaz Body.

Pours a brown and dark reddish color. Tan head only amassing 1/5" sits. Aroma went for a flanders like earthiness, plenty of acetic vinegar like notes. Some wood beyond that. Per the commercial tug job, the 13 distinct ecosystems aren't showing up.

Taste has a lot of cranberry notes, a mix of oud bruin/flanders red and brown malt influence. Still pushing vinagerette territory. Way too much alcohol going on, wish they would dial it back, like, cut it in half. Sting. A bit of dark cherry and grape notes, but not enough to cover up the less savory aspects of the beer.

Ultimately this was too acetic, too boozy and too expensive given everything going on. Would way rather bang Oude Tart for a similar price. Sour and tart notes dulled by alcohol and vinegar.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid & effervescent brown with minimal tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Vinegar, leather, & figs

T: Sour cherry, much dryness, much from oaky barrel notes, also tart apples up front. A touch of red grape & golden delicious apple and intense dryness, plus a touch of sour apple as this warms. Finishes with sweet Golden Delicious apple, fairly pronounced dryness & just a little vinegar twang

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation

A solid take on this style that has little different slant on it. It doesn't make the very short list of non Russian River wilds that I would buy again, but close

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, reddish brown in color with minimal head. Taste is sour mix, oak, and barrel. Medium light bodied, sour, with moderate carbonation. Good sour beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 10th 2018 and it's 12%abv.

Pours a hazy mahogany, smells of cherries, raspberries, tannins, light funk.

The taste adds some of that rum barrel aging. Though boozy, it's tolerable. The fruitiness is massive and the level of sourness is up there as well, but that's what I expected from a sour red Ale.

Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation.

Pretty darned tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured an opaque, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of dark cherry, green apple and toffee. Nice tart cherry and apple taste with some sweet malt.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 3/12/14.

A: Pours a ruddy iced tea color with a finger of fuzzy dark tan head that slowly faded into a thin collar.
S: Lightly tart and funky notes mixed with dark fruits, red fruits, and candied fruits. I get hints of red apple, candied dates, hints of leathery and caramely oxidization,
T: Musty barrel flavors of leather and earthy spice beneath tart but mellow acidity. I get flavors of tannic red grape skins, raisins, slight acetic acid, clean lactic acid, with leather and powdered chocolate in the finish. Red fruits and musty brett as well. Brett has light sour/bitterness. Very slight bandaid. Slight mushroom, earth and spice.
M: Medium-full body, very drying and gritty mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation, bitter finish. Acidity is mellow and smooth. There's a light tingly and bright quality to the carbonation.
O: Drinks well. Integrated layers of flavor with a clean and mellow tart bite. Tasted like this would be a good cheese pairing beer. Solid.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Robust, dried-blood red. Head dissipates rapidly.

S - Treacle, burnt cherries, musty grape skins

T - Starts off mildly tart, like a weaker Flanders Red. Some fruit notes - the cherry and grape from the nose - come through mid-palate. Things look good. Then an unwelcome, dull, alcoholic bitterness arrives late and spoils the party.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit flat, but it's been in the bottle for a year by this point. Sticky and viscous from the high abv. (10.2%).

O - It's pretty drinkable, with the main detractor being the dull alcohol flavour on the finish. It's not bad by any means though. Polished the bottle off in about 20mins, which is a both a testament to the flavour (not worth really savouring) and the drinkability (high). A little disappointed to have paid $20 for this.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very grape heavy. Rather acidic. Good bit of sour notes. Oak is there as well. Balance could be improved as the grapes dominate. Could be more sour but less acidic.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very deep amber to almost medium brown in body with plenty of red tones thrown in there. A small, 1cm head forms and is off white in color. The head retains a little bit, but is quickly down to just the edges of the beer and laces very little. The body and remnants of the head both contain purple color notes as well.

S- The scent on this beer starts with some medium to strong acidic and tart notes. Primary sour flavors on the nose are of acidic tones, cherry, and dark fruit flavors. Not sure of the potential of this beer having brett or being dry hopped, but there is definitely a dry, slightly bitter, and funky note to the scent at the end of the smell.

T- Starts with the same tart flavor that the scent does, but not quite as strong. This time the funky and bitter flavor comes into play sooner and follows up the tart cherry flavors that lead the drink off. The dark fruits are also notable here in the taste, with an overall impression of plums. Bitterness comes back stronger towards the end of the drink, but this time is likely produced by the alcohol and is dull in quality.Lingering flavor is a combination of tart dark fruits and dull bitterness.

M- This beer feels like most wild ales in the weight department, not quite being light on the palate, but being highly carbonated and drinking more like champagne than beer. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the flavor profile and can also be felt warming as you drink.

Overall, this is your average, above average American sour. To me, it tastes like there were some cherries involved in brewing this one. The tartness is good, but the level of alcohol content brings the flavor back toward dully bitter and a little funky.

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4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deschutes is one of the best breweries in the country, and that is established by their regular lineup and occasional specialties like abyss and stoic and dissident and those beers, but they occasionally do these incredible one offs that really cements them as at or near the top. this is one of these, a really strong wild ale, red in color but not sweet at all, lactic sour and red ripe fruit in here, bright carbonation, and not a trace of its over 10% abv, really beautifully built brew right here. its subtle in color, hazy and amber with a nice cream head. dried red berries, even cranberry tartness is there with the sourness, which has funk too, but is heavily acidic, maybe just short of a flanders red type, this lacks the vinegar aspect thankfully. dry in the finish with only a medium body. i seriously might have guessed this was 6, maybe 7% abv, never over 10. crazy. clean finishing with the fruit winding down and a citrus sour rising up, its refreshing and unique, huge but sneakily so. they have found a real winner with this, i hope it proliferates around a little bit. thankful to have been able to drink it.

edit: they obviously brewed this one again, which is awesome, and it was just as compelling the second, perhaps a bit more sour than it seemed to me years ago, but its still just an excellent sour red with loads of character and a ton of the wine barrels coming through. lovely beer, incredibly mature!

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Packaged on 3/12/14.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly one dimensional even though it is supposed to be a blend of many different beers.

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Photo of Adamnimmo
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely tart taste with bright effervescent carb, red/amber in color with cherries & plums on the nose, maple on the finish with a light linger.

Serving was a taster poured from a bottle. Has a best after date so this may change within the coming months/year.

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