Brewed by Trois Dames
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The basis for Sainte ni Touche is La Pasionaria Double IPA, a strong beer with a light sweetness balanced by an abundance of bittering and aromatic hops. After fermentation, the beer is transferred into used Chardonnay barrels. The barrel aging reduces the bitterness and covers the high alcohol content. The beer simultaneously becomes a bit lighter and more sour, making it more refreshing. We’ve called it Sainte ni Touche (Untouchable Saint) because the beer hides its real character. It’s only after tasting that one discovers that it’s not at all what one was led to expect.

mcmd's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle with no hiss on opening. Pours hazy orange flat with no head. Subdued aroma vinegar, grapes, oak. Taste is white grape juice, tart vinegar and oak. Nicely balanced sweet and tart. Similar to other Swiss sours I’ve had and very good despite getting a flat bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (1226) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Tap at Erzbierschof Zurich. Chardonnay galore. If you like that, you will be pleased. Lots of barrel, sour, wine, grapes. A bit pinching, a bit boozy. Could be more balanced. And no, I really wouldn’t have guessed that La Passionara is the base beer for this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1359) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 12, 2016
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Pours a cloudy yellow to orange color forming a medium and soapy white head that forms tons of lingering soapy lacings in the glass. Nose is very fruity and woody with a strong pale malts backbone. Strong notes of grapes, mainly. Apple vinegar, orange zest, leather and wild yeasts. Hints of grassy and citrus hops. Slightly sweet upfront that becomes quickly sour and funky but not extremely. Good sweet-sour balance. Again, strong notes of white grapes, oak, apple vinegar, orange zest, leather and wild yeasts. Full body. Medium to low carbonation. Hidden alcohol. Very fruity and persistent aftertaste. Strong notes of grapes. Great drinkability. Good Wild Ale made from a IIPA :)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Clear orange color with foam layer. Light fresh sour nose. Sweet sublayer with an overlaying sour (grapy) fruity touch. Calm and sour aftertaste with a milky mouth feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (3174) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2016
Tap. Orange color with white head. Aroma is wild yeast, sweet cherry. Taste is sweet, fruity, wild yeasts, quite bittersweet in the back. Medium carbonation, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2015
According to the importer Shelton Bros, this is a saison and thereby it seems to fit that style much better. Aroma is a yeasty tart. Appearance is at first a gusher, then a large head, before settle to a hazy effervescent amber. Flavor is like nose plus fruit and hints of oak. Great body. No sign of alcohol. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a light hazy orange with thin off white head. Soft funky Brett aroma with hints of caramel malt . Taste has a mild sour bite that fades to sweet bready and caramel . Very nice . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
Draught at Collective on Tap, Woodinville, WA
Hazy golden color, no head. The mouthfeel is a bit oily (expected with strong Sours), and it has a lingering vinegar note; there seem to be a tiny amount of residual sugar, and a shade of wood; mild sourness, and light fruity touch; lightly astringent in the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bu11zeye (12752) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden orange body with a spare white head. Aroma of vinegar, nail polish remover, mineral, and citrus. Flavor of nail polish, oak, citrus, and vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2015
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild wooden, earthy and wineous. Fruity, wineous. Crisp, dry and citric. Wooden and wineous finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2014
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from bottle. Pours clear orange with an average white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is all vinegar with some vanilla oak underlying. The flavor is has some malt sweetness up front, and light vanilla oak on the back, but is really all vinegar otherwise. The body is medium with a sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a long acetic vinegar finish.

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