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Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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american wild red ale

As the name implies, this is a rustic red ale. Agrestic has a long lineage of oak-barrel influence: First, as DBA, it is fermented in our legendary Union Barrel Fermentation system. If that isn’t exciting enough, it is then transferred to a tank and inoculated with a proprietary lactobacillus-thus beginning the Agrestic transformation. Then, it is racked into barrels where it is inoculated with Brettanomyces Lambicus. This foundation of DBA with microflora is made more complex through 14 months of maturation in American and French Oak barrels (40%/60% ratio). The result is a remarkable blend of rustic flavors and textures: barrel-derived tannins, woody, nutty(toasted almonds) malt nuances, dried tart cherry fruit, thirst quenching acidity, and a hint of vanilla and all-spice in the background. A thoroughly enjoyable beverage! Draft only, extremely limited



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3169) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Tap @43 hours of sour. Pours clear reddish amber, small off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is cherry, oaky, vinous Brett. Flavor is dry, vinous, lightly dart, notes of sherry and caramel. Light body, a bit of funkiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (783) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2014
On tap at Birch Bar Norfolk, VA at Zwanze Day ’14, pours mostly clear rusty red with small head. Nose is musty woody fruit, dark cherry molasses, spice, toasty oak, some red grape. Taste is crisp, low sourness, fruity tart vinous berry funk, grape, and old wood. Finish is mild tartness, dry vinous berry and grape, damp wood, subtle semi sweet notes. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3203) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Draft at Armsby Abbey. Color is amber with a pink hue. Aroma displays light red wine, mild Brett, mild oak and flowers.

The flavor is spot on the aromas. I never would have guessed this was a FEW brew, the body was real flimsy with a sharp lactic note. Anybody who drink with me knows this is not a style I like very much, with that being said, I didn’t mind drinking this. However, for a non sour head, I couldn’t drink more than 4 oz. of it. Well, raters got to rate and tickers got to tick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
On tap at Pinthouse Pizza. Amber pour with a white head. the aroma has some tart cherry and toffee notes. The flavor is similar. I get some really nice oak and tannic red wine notes, as well as some toffee and a good bit of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kappldav123 (5001) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass copper colored, small head. Mild sourish aroma. Starts fine sourish, not too intense, fine fruity with notes of apricot and some berries. Mild sourish finish. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (544) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at the Forge. Appearance: 1 finger white-khaki head, copper color, light cloudy. Aroma: oak, yeasty tart fruit, white wine. Palate: light body, dry finish, average carbonation, light bitter finish. Taste: light fruit sweetness, into a tart -sour fruit taste, and finally relenting to a light bitterness. Overall, very nicely done sour from Firestone; very unique and the balance is on key.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
This American wild red was very woody, full o tannins and a little dark fruit, vanilla and spice. You could just tell the base beer was DBA. Oaky like green Monster but funky in a different way. One of the most accurate brewer’s descriptions (especially on such a complex beer) I’ve ever read."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1027) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Pours a mostly clear red with full off-white head. Complex sour with solid malt in support. Clear funk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3146) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Orange / bright amber coloured pour with an off white lasting head. Aroma is sweet honey, toast and lightfunk, quite subdued on the nose. Some vanilla as well. Flavour is drying wood tanin, oak,, light honey. Palate is lovely melt in the mouth, drying finish. Lingering funk and citric acid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (791) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Tap at various, Eugene. Pours a reddish orange, decent amount of head. Aroma rustic and funky, barnyard, spices. Body arch and slightly tart, finish earthy and dry, lots of Brett. Well done.


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