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Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale
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RATINGS: 115   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



LtDan's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a white ring of head.

Aroma: Sweet tart candy, bready malt, grandmas house.

Taste: Bready malt ,tartness. Vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied modest bubbles.

Overall: I’m not the biggest DBA fan, this is slightly more interesting, but not one of my favorite sours they’ve been piloting.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2303) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2014
Draught at CBC 2014. Light hazy copper liquid with a medium off-white head. Aroma of light vinegar, salubrin, raw sugar, lemon and bread. Taste is dry and light to medium sour with notes of lemon and raw sugar. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
On tap @ bier30, nice red amber pour with a dark cream head. Nice malt aroma that is followed by a sour kick flavor! Harsh at first, it then mellows into subtle sour goodness. I am not a sour beer fan, but this one is awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2491) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2014
On Tap at Bier:Thirty Clear redish amber with no real head. Spotty lacing. Very dry tart aroma and flavor. Flanders Red but sharper and thin/dryer. Similar big up front sour malty flavors. very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2752) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2014
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a amber topped with a small sand ring head. Nose is nice nice funk fruit cherries and leather. Taste is more of the tart fruit funk and a nice barrel kick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3219) - 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 (810) - 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 (3223) - 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 (5727) - 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 (5016) - 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 (555) - 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.


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