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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sans Pagaie is our take on the Belgian-style kriek, which is a traditional, sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The word "kriek" actually translates to "cherry" in the Flemish language. Sans Pagaie, our clever monicker for this beer, translates from French to "without a paddle" (see what we did there? Kriek/"without a paddle"..... hello, anyone out there?). The base beer has a subtle funk, which melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of, course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of homemade cheesecake.
2015 vintage uses Balaton and Montmorency sour cherries.

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3.9
jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
2017-06-28. Lightly hazy dark pink body, modest pink head fades. 3++ Aroma is pleasantly fruity, notes of cherry, lightly funky yeast. 7++ Flavour is pretty acidic and sour, cherry, hints at berry. 7++ Average bodied palate, effervescent carbonation. Really nice but quite acidic. 7-8/4/8/3/16-17 Bottle shared by duffman.

3.7
drfabulous (8092) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Bottle shared at Todd’s. Tart in aroma and taste. Cleaning looking. Some fruit throughout.

3.9
unclemike (3146) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Aroma of sour cherry, oak, tart and mild vanilla. Smooth taste of nicely balanced sour cherry, oak, tart, subtle vanilla and a nice soft afterburn. Great sour.

4
andrewje41 (4003) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2017
Draft 10 oz pour at Beer Authority, Lake City. A pinkish red pour, with a tinted foam ring head. Aroma bursting without cherries and strawberry. Flavor is an equal tart, if not a little more. Red cherries tart, mixed berries, black and blue. Lingering biting tart finish. Quite the sum up of what I love about sour beer. Sharp and flavorful. Very nice.

3.8
nickd717 (4701) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Draft at Old Devil Moon. Clear bright rose red color with a small white head. Aroma is big cherry, vanilla, some lactic notes. Rich, full cherry flavor, medium tart, clean and crisp, dry with a touch of sweetness. Medium body, decent carbonation. Good one.

3.9
DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2017
Bottle, shared with jercraig and mabel on their visit West. Light cotton-candy pink with a foamy white head. Sour cherry and acetic sourness, woody and spicy notes. Assertively sour, and the cherry character is very nice.

4.3
jgb9348 (6324) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Super pink coloured body with an ultra-fast dying light pink and tannish coloured head that leaves nothing on top only seconds later. Light-bodied; Dry cherry flavour that leads to some hay and grassy elements than opens up wide to sour grapes, cherries, lemons, citrus and more yeastie funk, very nice and incredibly complex. Aftertaste shows mostly sour notes with the cherries and some dry oak hitting hard at first, then a more robust fruit sweetness with kiwi and strawberries noticeable and ending with the dry and funky yeast strain, but very nice. Overall, a very well-done and complex beer that shows a lot of cherry and sour flavours and a dry funky quality, coupled with some sweet notes that make this very nice all the way around. An offering definitely worth trying, even if it’s at a premium for the large-format bottle size, but i’m lucky to get mine on draught. I sampled this sixteen ounce pour on draught at Whole Foods in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 15-June-2017 for US$8,00, sampled at the end of my driveway.

3.5
reebtogi (6315) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2017
750ml capped bottle pours a pinkish color with 2 fingers of fizzy light pinkish head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma is cherries and oak with some yeasty notes. Taste is a cherry tartness with a light hoppy and malty sweetness finishing with some oak and yeasty notes. Light bodied with abundant carbonation. Overall, a very tart brew that is only suitable for hardcore sour ale drinkers.

3.8
maekchu (3944) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2017
Bomber shared at KyotoLefty’s 10,000th rating celebration. Rich cherrry nose, some lactic notes, light barrel, and a bit of barnyard. Deep pink/orange color. Tart fruity initial, mild cherry, rhubarb. Melds nicely into a smooth finish. Well-made. Doesn’t go to far with th funk.

3.8
KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle, shared at my 10K rating celebration. Tart cherry nose, some vinegar. Cloudy pale orange with lace. Great cherry flavor, almond // stone, nicely tart, crisp and actually quite sour.


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