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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
This American Wild Rye Ale was brewed with a substantial portion of rye malt, and the spicy character of the grain asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor. Add in sour cherry notes from our special blend of micro-organisms and vanilla from the red wine barrels and you’ve got a mouthful!
ABV varies from year to year.
2010: 10% ABV.
2011: 8.7% ABV.
2012: 8.8% ABV.
2013: 7.8% ABV.
2014: 7.6% ABV.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday? A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. I’m VERY impressed with the head this pours - it’s about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good. S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if it’s not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don’t pick up much rye, though. T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. It’s in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It’s actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, it’s perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy. By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and I’d reckon it’s made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me. M: For about a half second on the palate, it’s fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly. O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO ’n’ shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it’s pretty fantastic where I’d purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I’ve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Hazy brownish amber. Nose sour cherry, lactic, light funk, oak, and toasted malt. Flavor is sour cherry, lactic acid, citrus, oak, light vanilla, and toasted malt. Sour wheat is malt finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Pours orange / light amber with a beige head. The aroma has cherry, vanilla, bugs, cream, vinegar, citrus and berries. It has a medium crisp body with biting carbonation. The flavor starts with crisp citrus and vinegar sourness, bugs, oak, acid, apples, blackberries and some lemons. The finish has a big sour bite and kinda funky. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1653) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
Bouteille. Merci Charles !. Couleur ambrée-orangée, mousse blanche. Arôme de céréales, acidité évidente qui saute au nez, un peu de fruits. En bouche, notes acidulée qui dansent avec du grains, un peu d’épice, on peut sentir une certaine signature du seigle. Notesvineuses présentes qui complètent le tout. Excellente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (222) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
Poured from an oversize bottle. Shared with JB. Clear orange-caramel colour with minimal head. Sour notes filled the room as soon as I opened the bottle. There are notes of sour cherry, barnyard, grass, lemon, and malt on the nose. The Flavour is green apple, sour cherry, Sauvignon, grass, and subtle cloves and vanilla. Light-moderate body with medium carbonation and a crisp tart finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2146) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Batch 1. Poured a murky Amber colour with a slight head. Notes of wet malts, citrus fruits, tart notes, horseblanket, grains, old dust notes, pineapple, lactose, full bodied mouthfeel. Very weird taste. Not good as a sour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4087) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Orange pour from draft at Jerrys. White head. Sour and ripe fruit taste with fruit everywhere. Mild tartness. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, pour is orange low head. aroma is tart bruery sour, taste is tart with a slight spice and oak finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toxichop (483) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
P: A hazy red orange with a white lacing. S: Oak, vinegar balsamic, limes, blueberries and some greek yogurt. T: Oranges, vinegar, oak, lime peel, rye, with a hint of lacto in the finish. M: Light with medium carbonation. O: Rather sour and acidy but tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1968) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Strong sour cherry notes with a tart finish. Smells like cherries. Not very boozy. Pours orange with no head. Hat at feezors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1189) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Pours a golden color with a white head. Tart, fruit, funk and biscuit aroma. Tart, fruit, spice, yeast, funk, oak and rye flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Tart and fruit finish.

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