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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Incorporating tones of a Flemish brown with the intricate subtleties of a Flemish red as well as the flavors of a kriek lambic, La Pienture integrates aspects of the most notable Old World wild beers. Characterized out of respect rather than definition, this American wild ale envelops all the traditional aspects of a wild beer: must, earthiness, funk, "barnyard", and of course, sour. In addition, this ale blends in a subtle sweetness without the use of pasteurization. To the best of our knowledge, this is the world’s first commercially available imperial, nitrogenated wild ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3497) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2012
On tap at Bocktown Robinson. Average beer. Aroma was alright. Cherry and notes of sweet malt. Pour was a nice dark amber with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was lacking. Very thin (due to the little to no carbonation) and mild. There’s sour cherry, light malt and a hint of funkiness but its too muted to be really great. Slightly vinegary finish. With some carbonation and a little more flavor this beer would be outstanding.


4
superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2017
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart/sour black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread; with lighter notes of musty/leathery funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart/sour black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread; with lighter notes of musty/leathery funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, plum, red grape, hay, straw, pepper, brown sugar, toasted oak, bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and moderately acidic/tannic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a great Kriek/Flemish red styled wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, cherry juice, oak barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced acidity and high carbonation. Great balance of Brett/Lacto complexity, cherry juice, and oak flavors; with a nice malt backing. Not too funky, but I am sure that would change with some aging. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
thegreenrooster (4512) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Pour is a red-ish brown with a small white head. Aroma is a mix of cherries and vinegar with some wine must as well. Flavor is a very tart and pronounced cherry with some sour bacteria and a tart sourness that lingers after the swallow. Very kriek like but also with the sourness of a Flanders red. This is a well made beer with all the different styles coming together.

3.4
milewide (2303) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pink color. More yeast than cherry aroma. Sour trumps cherry in taste. Modest head. Oak cask aging doesn’t add much.

3.7
chucklemation (1747) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours a murky brown with a white foam head. Aroma is funk, fruit, oak, earth, and some barnyard odors. Flavor is very sour fruit, funk, oak, and barnyard/earth. Has some carbonation and a soft body. Pretty good.

3.6
GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle from StateLine... Pours a murky red color, small head. Nose of sour cherries, funk, sawdust. Taste is acidic, nice cherries notes, funky barnyard notes... Kind of young... maybe needs to sit for a year or two. Carbonation level is right on, medium body, easy drinker. Overall, I can dig it and I would recommend it.

3.5
bth122 (1628) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Draft. Copper color. Cherries and tart fruit with Belgium yeast notes. Medium body. Medium musk tartness. Light sweetness. Below average carbonation. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Johnsense (1734) - - NOV 21, 2016
Brown pour, smaller head. Musty funk aroma, dark cherry, oak, currant, barnyard. Fairly sour up front, sour cherries, brett, barnyard, oak, lemon, fairly tart. Medium body with a drying mouthfeel. A very interesting lambic-inspired wild ale.

3.6
Sammy (12587) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
Liam’s bottle. Cherry is good tartness, with lambic backing. Reddish brown. Pretty good, with wild edge.

3.3
solidfunk (9363) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Some cherry and lots of citrus. Pours hazy pinkish with ok head. Sour and tangy finish. Sampled at Fathead’s in Pittsburgh.

3
jredmond (8508) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle shared with Paul, Vinny, Al and Jim. Pours a deep amber body with white lacing. Nose is maple, toffee and leather. Mouthfeel is light bodied with notes of light acid, soft vinegar and fruits.


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