Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (809) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (989) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2930) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (743) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3864) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Location: Draft at Cannibal, 6/14/14

Aroma: The aroma is wood/oak, some sour fruit/cherry, caramel, and a bit of vinegar
Appearance: This one pours an amber-orange color with a cream colored head
Flavor: The taste is wood/oak and sour fruit, with some malty sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, with a soft-to-average carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish
Overall Impression: The name of this beer makes me think of the TV show Weeds. When I hear the word "Agrestic" that song about the little houses that all look the same just pops right into my head. All of that has nothing to do with this beer, but I like the beer, and I like the show, and I even like that song. So, there’s that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2014
On tap at The Mayor of Old Town. Clear reddish brown appearance with a lingering beige head. Aroma of brett, barnyard, rustic yeast, horse blanket, earthy notes and light funk. Similar flavor, adding oak, nuts, light toasty malts, light fruit and a touch of spice. Tart and lightly sour. Unique, interesting and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (646) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Taster at Strong Beer Fest. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is cherry, strawberry, acetic. Taste is tart cherry, sour strawberry, brett, a touch of wet cardboard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2014
On tap at Brouwers Sour Fest. Pours a cloudy reddish Amber color with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of cherries, sour, funk, and spices. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is thin and oily but chewy with good carbonation and a dry finish. Had to try this. Pretty good I like their barrel aged sours. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
At whole foods on draft. Pours bronze with almost no head. Aroma is medium acidity, okie, hint is old plumbs, not bad at all for a random firestone walker beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (675) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2014
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours dark copper amber with very thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is dry, fruity sweet, oaky malt with light berry tartness on the back. Taste is sweet sticky caramel malt with big rich fruity sour finish. Notes of cherry and pear stand out, lesser notes of dry oak, leather, and dark tannins. I know sours aren’t Bear Republic’s specialty, but this is impressive. More of these please!

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