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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


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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.

josarah's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2009
Draft at brewpub, New batch blended with aged batch. Deep mahogany color, tight off white head, sour cherry aroma. Damn this is one great beer, the ABV this time around was 7.8 and aging has given it a great body to go along with the sour taste. This is a not to be missed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7040) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2811) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
Drank on tap (10 oz) at the brewpub, on August first, 2011.Dark orange slightly hazy, good head. Aroma of berries sweet but slightly sour, slightly malty. Taste of fruit juice, sour and well spirited, a little malted barley, sour grapefruit aftertaste. Wow, that ends well the trip to Vermont!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3384) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours a deep ruby red color with a tall white head. Aroma of barnyard funk with dark fruit. Upfront a solid brett tartness with cherry and raspberry flavors. Beer sweetens out over time and misses that sour bite at the end. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3484) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. Poured a deep ruby red with foamy white head. Smells and tastes strongly of cherries and raspberries. The brett gives it a nice funky bite, but the sourness fades pretty quickly. Sourness in the immediate taste, but mellows out later on. Certainly an impressive beer (seriously...how many brewerpubs are brewing good sours with brett?), but it really doesn’t hold up when compared to, say, Russian River.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11902) - 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 (9758) - 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 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
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
On tap at Alchemist.
Appearance : Clear darm amber with a small head.
Aroma : Very tannic and a bit acidic. Some cherries. Light cough syrup.
Taste : Tannic cherries, nice sourness. Finish sour and tannic. Very dry.
Overall : Nicely balanced. Not too sour nor too woody for me. This should be classified as a Sour.

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