Amsterdam De Wallen | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam De WallenAmsterdam De Wallen

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Cloudy reddish-brown colour with a thin and wispy head that quickly recedes to a ring and leaves minimal lacing.

(3.5) S: Tart raspberry, orchard fruits (apple & pear), balsamic, and hints of dried wood. Nice but a fairly intense alcoholic (almost metallic) aroma that is going a bit beyond the sour.

(3.75) T: Raspberry, balsamic vinaigrette, underlying oak, and orchard fruits. None of that metallic-alcohol quality translating into the taste. This is real nice with a noticeable barrel aged quality giving this some extra appeal.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp with a tad sticky quality.

(3.75) D: This is good and probably something I would grab again at their retail store. Very drinkable with a nice tart raspberry taste, as opposed to a very sour taste, coupled with some subtle barrel aging qualities.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddy strawberry red; head never builds to anything, just a rim

Aroma: tart cherries, strawberry, raspberry; hint of mold

Taste & Mouthfeel: juicy, tart cherry & raspberry, vibrant and refreshing; very clean tasting, crsip, and carbonation is just right; like a berry/lemonade cooler but with real punch; grape skins

Overall: a great sour, perfect for summer, with authentic flavours - keep up experiments like this Amsterdam!

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Terrific bottle, great cold, outstanding as warmed. A few years aged, with slightly edgy wild characteristics, raspberry but also a bit sour cherry taste. Pinkish with little head. Great drinkability. Major league as not too sour and then highly malted, rather a natural phenomenon of coming out right without tinkering.

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Sammy!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy, deep red-orange with a thin, pink-tinted white head.

Smell. Caramel malts, cherry and red berries, vinegar and barrel wood, and some nice woody funk.

Taste. Cherries and barrel wood, vanilla and red berries, light notes of leather and dry musty funk.

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong carbonation, below medium in body.

Overall. A very nice sour. My only complaint would be that the fruit isn't coming through very well, but it's a small complaint.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured in to Amsterdam tulip.

A - Murky raspberry red with a brownish tinge and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Sour acidity up front with raspberry and oak aromas present.

T - Starts of somewhere between tart and sour but as I continued to drink this, the sour level really faded, becoming just lightly tart half way through the bottle. A good raspberry puree flavour is present along with toasted oak and light grape presence.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - As an American Wile Ale, this falls considerably short of expectation, but I don't think the brewer's intend was to create a big, sour beer.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mtomlins
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light brown with a reddish tint; 1 finger of bubbly head falling quickly to a thin bubbly collar and no lacing.

S: A nice raspberry nose with lots of sour/tart notes. A bit of sweet malt in the nose.

T: Equally big raspberry and sour flavor, it is immediately very tart and puckering, but tames down as the palate acclimates and as the beer warms. There is a nice acidity brightening the flavor, but it is very smooth (a result of a long life in barrels?). Some residual sweetness. The wine barrel flavors are very present in the finish and some nice tannic notes bitter the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation; clean and light.

O: What a fantastic, smooth, round beer. Great raspberry flavor and sour tartness.

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Photo of MaltyClarkey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JasonThaler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is murky brownish with a very small white head that is gone almost immediately.

Nose contains raspberry, slightly tart. Some other juicy, dark fruit scents and a hint of oak.

Taste contains oak, raspberry, lightly tart. The description of the beer mentions funk but I don't get a lot of it- perhaps a touch. Some sweetness but it gets cut by the barrel and bacteria. Barrels give a bit of additional dark fruit and berry, but it is hard to distinguish from the raspberry.

Light to medium bodied, very strongly carbonated.

Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 17/10/13, thanks Liam for the bottle

A murky pinkish amber, fizzy two fingers of light pink foam quickly ends up as a thin film that leaves a loan random patch of lace

S sweet and sour raspberries, strawberry and cherry, earthy woody notes but I doubt I'd guess a year in Pinot Noir barrels, a little leathery funk, smells solid, bang on

T doesn't quite follow through in the mouth as it loses some of the fruit, still lots of barrel and now you get a little of the red vinous notes, just a little brown sugar as it warms

M lighter side of medium but the bubbles give it some life, not overly sour and has some sweetness to balance it out, wood lingers

O pretty solid brew, nose was the highlight for sure but not lacking anywhere, easy to drink and my glass is already empty at this point

a bit of a surprise for me, like a Flanders Red to me with lots of fruit, pretty stoked that Canadian breweries are attempting some of far out barrel aged styles and succeeding at that

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep ruby red with bronze glints. A fizzy whitish pink head lasts a little bit. Sweet raspberries in the nose. Very dry with a nice raspberry flavor - not sweet. A restrained funk in the back mixes with the moderate sourness. Mineral and wheat malt flavor show with warmth. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a prickly, active carbonation. Shortlive sourness in the finish, not intense, mixed with plenty of fruit fleshyness.

This is a great local Wild Ale, it was great fresh and is great aged 8 months, bit more restrained in the fruityness and drier.

Worth trying and I hope Amsterdam makes it again.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Wallen is named after Amsterdam's Red Light district and indeed sports a red colour... of sorts. It's actually more of a blood orange tone (and has the complexion of orange juice too) but becomes a solid, beaming ruby when held into the light. There's almost no carbonation.

It may sound ironic but barrel-aging, when done correctly, typically results in a sour, stinky smelling beer. It should have tart overtones and contain some of the mustiness of the wood. It's obvious from this aroma that a year in oak gave bacteria enough time to do their thing - there is a similarity to cider vinegar that is impossible to overlook.

Beyond the acetic, almost apple-y tartness, however, sweet butterscotch-laden remnants of crushed red berries and jam are appreciated (whether courtesy of the Framboise or red wine barrels is tough to say). The trace of 'farmhouse' earthiness, on the other hand, is well in line with Pinot Noir grapes and compliments the soured stone fruit flavours.

But what texture is gained from barrel aging fades fast; bubbles are dropped on the palate with the force and fury of a Luftwaffe bombing campaign. Their sting eventually cracks a chip in the otherwise mellow profile and takes away some from the ale's enjoyment. Still, it is overall a very agreeable sour, very suitable for initiates to the style.

Although raspberry beer aged in red wine barrels is definitely a new world concoction, De Wallen drinks very much like the classic red ales of Flanders, not only in character but in craftsmanship too. There are far better sours out there, but this is yet another successful offering in Amsterdam's recent rash of barrel-aging experiments.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red colour with strong carbonation coming up. One finger beige head fizzled fast. Seems about right for a beer of the sour persuasion. No lace and no retention.

S - Lemon candy, dusty, barnyard, fruity berries. Maybe a bit of a woody note. Similarities to Sahti coming out in this one, but less medicinal.

T - Stronger berry note. I guess that would be raspberry. Not overly tart, but a nice subtle twang is there. A candy sweetness is present. Subtle flavours, but enjoyable. Much more fruit in the flavour which is pleasant to add some sweetness. Well balanced between tart/twang and fruity sweetness. Rapsberry sweetness comes out more as it warms.

M - Strong fizzy carbonation, medium body and a dry/definite rapsberry flavour finish.

O/D - A very interesting wild ale out of Ontario. Well balanced and highly drinkable while doing its best to make you think about it. They might be on to something here. A valiant effort indeed.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Amsterdam De Wallen from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 29 ratings