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Alchemist Oak-Aged Wild Child

Alchemist Oak-Aged Wild Child
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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Waterbury, Vermont USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Wild Child aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de cerises et de caramel avec une pointe de raisins. Apparence: La couleur est rouge ambrée. Saveur: Goût de cerises légèrement sûrettes avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #2537)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
In short: An intense Flemish Sour that measures up to the best classic Belgian examples of the style
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear ruby body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Intense oaky fruity sour nose. This is a commanding sipper, one cannot take big sips of an intense beer such as this one. Pukeringly (is that a word?) tannic, big fruity flavours wrapped in caramel, a lot of oak, cherries and red grapes sourness. This beer tastes somewhere between a Duchess de Bourgogne on steroids and a Rodenbach Grand Cru (yeah, it is that good) although maybe a little more vinous than both of these classics. It does not reinvent anything but I don’t think I’ve ever had such a convincing made-in-usa classic Flemish sour. I had a sip from my friend’s regular Wild Child and the oak aged was a totally different beast. Awesome, simply awesome. So they put a wild child in oak barrels and let it mature for a while and it comes out classy and sophisticated. For their wild child my parents tried to do the same but with a closet instead of a barrel. No success there.

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