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Alchemist Wild Child

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
This Belgian-inspired ale is fermented with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a wild yeast, and brewed with German Munich malt. Very tart, almost sour, not for the weak of heart. The slight haze will disappear with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
on tap-pours a dissipating white head with bubbles and hazy copper/orange color. Aroma is tart fruit, grain. Taste is sour/tart fruit-lemon, grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a near clear reddish brown and a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of red sour fruits with a good amount of acid and a bit of a barnyard note. Flavor started with tart red fruits and grew to become quite sour and acidic with a bit of funk backing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This classy Wild Ale allies the fruitiness of sour cherries and black grapes to almondy Munich malt notes, as brettanomyces does its wild thang.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the deep burgundy.
-This is a blend of sour oak-aged beer and non oak-aged beer. The oak-aged brew should be released too; that one should wow beer geeks.
-The fruitiness is prevalent and quite complex.
-This must please wine lovers.
-Brettanomyces is perfectly balanced with the rest of the flavor profile.
-Carbonation is mild and the body silky.
-The finish is tart and almost redolent of balsamic vinegar.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7886) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
on tap at brewpub. dark copper, red tint, tall head, disappearing slowly. aromas of medicine, cherries, light oak. taste is also oak, cherries, acidity. soft carbonation after few minutes, light to medium body - a certain creaminess. straightforward and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Vermont Brewers Festival 2005 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de cerise sûrette et de cannelle. Apparence: Couleur ambrée. Mince col mousseux. Faible densité des bulles. Aucune dentelle. Saveur: Goût de cerises. Court arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #217)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
In short: A very tannic and very sour cherry/grape belgian ale. Fun intense sipper
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear red body topped by a small beige head
In long: The intense nose is sour and cherries. That aroma felt like oak sourness and cherries although I don’t think the beer is aged in oak barrels. Taste is intensely tannic, lots of grape skin, lots of cherry skin, woody red wine, vinegar. I didn’t get much brett (if any) so I’m not sure how accurate the current ratebeer description is to this batch that was released dec 2010. I also don’t why this beer is currently classified as a Belgian Ale and not a Sour Ale. My god it was sour. If anything it was a bit too sour and tannic for its own good and it took me 30 minute to drink my glass. A fun sipper. The last beer of my nth visit to The Alchemist. I little getaways in Vermont. I’m the type of person who can’t stand sitting on his ass, just like everybody else, because it is physically impossible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Cask pint at Alchemist, 7/8/2005, with CQuiroga and TAR. A haz(ier than it should be) red-brown auburn colored beer, with some bright strawberry tinges and a fair amount of yellow-tinged white head. Moderate retention and fair lacing. Aroma is full of b. lambicus. Smells like sour cherry pie, with a hint of orange rind and some grainy, almost bready malt in the background. Flavor shows too much meaty, thick, chewy yeastiness, typical of American brewers brewing Belgian styles. You aint gonna mistake this one for Temptation or Supplication (Vinnie’s got it down pat). I really don’t think the lightly sour, bready munich malts complement the lambic tartness. Would have liked to have seen just some sweet, clean, honeyish smooth pils malt, though maybe I’m just lame and unadventurous. Body is medium, and the palate dosent go limp or watery, but this is a prime example of meaty yeast, which I hate (meaty sacch yeast, not the b. lambicus). It’s well-done other than that, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2011
On tap at The Alchemist last weekend. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose has a slight bit of acid with some oak and a bit of vinegar. Light cherry there as well. The flavor is pretty similar with a bit less pungency to the acidity, making up for it by being slightly creamy. Thin body with mild acidity in the finish, which is also fairly dry. Really nice and approachable. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-01-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4831) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Draught pint at the brewpub. Murky reddish orange with a faint ring of off-white lasting foam...the nose is a very intriguing mix of barnyardy pungency, cinnamon and vanilla, and cookiedough yeast...sour apple/cherry fruitiness in the body, but quite dry throughout, moderately yeasty/bready, notes of tobacco evident as it gets near room temperature. Not 100% successful but give this brewery credit for a lot more experimentation than most of what happens in Vermont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 14, 2011
On tap at The Alchemist. Pours a deep brown with slight ruby highlight when held to light. Thinnish off white head was almost non existent before the glass got to my table. Smells tart and funky with cherries and prunes mixed with lemons and brown sugar. Taste is much like I expected. Tart fruity funky. Brown sugar and cherries start the show then some lemons jump in to make me pucker. Finish is a long lingering sweet tartness. Medium body with a huge level of bubbles and a tart puckering mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one, but felt it was a little meh. Really nothing wrong with it just a bit boring for my tastes.

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