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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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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4.3
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle to glass. Pours a beautiful pinkish reddish peach color with an off white pinkish head. Aroma is tart cherries, slight funk, latex. Flavor packs a solid sourness to it, with a nice cherry funk. Superb.

4.3
superspak (6108) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour cherry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, almond, wheat, and bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, lemon, orange zest, green apple, fruit skin, hay, straw, oak, pepper, wheat, bread, and light leather/vinegar on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tannic/sourness balance. Lightly puckering, but not overwhelmingly astringent. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/tannins; increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden, a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible sour kriek style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the elevated level of acidity. Awesome balance of fruit, Lacto, Brett, and oak flavors; with just enough malt to keep this from being overly puckering on sourness. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.3
jgb9348 (6521) - 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.

4.2
RafeAU (628) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 14, 2015
taster at the bruery. Beautiful pink-red colour. Oak and cherry aroma/flavour, very tart. Really excellent sour beer.

4.2
llkc (2767) - århus, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2017
duft.sur kirsebær funk mandler
smag syr tør kirsebær citrus lime svag hindbær eftersmag

4.1
GenDV138 (7764) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle (2015) at the nuplastikk returns tasting in VA. Hazy orange with off-white head. Aromas of cherries, berries, tart acidic notes. Tastes of big tartness, big cherries, berries. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

4.1
slowrunner77 (13006) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2016
it had been a while since I had an older one, but not seeing enough of an obvious difference to be a separate entry. Still quite sour and acidic, perhaps a touch maltier than it used to be. Fruity, but the fruit takes a back seat to the bracing sour aspect.

4.1
Mep3222 (1666) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Dry almost tannic cherry aroma and flavor with some oaky woody complexity. Sour maybe 4 or 5 of 10 and mostly lactic but also has some earthy aspects. Good but like some others slightly better

4.1
davidezdonz (611) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - OCT 23, 2017
A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass. It was a nice cloudy ruby red colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving sparse to no lacing. Aromas were tart, cherry, oak and vanilla. Tastes like the aroma, sour, tart, cherry, oak and vanilla. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice, refreshing acidity with great aromas and taste.

4
Bule (2277) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2015
750ml bottle pours a bright pink color with a bit of head. Lots of sour and some mild cherry flavors showing through.


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