RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Feral Vinifera is our foray into a new and exciting adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley, that expresses our collaborative efforts with local grape growers and winemakers. Its journey begins with the sourcing and pressing of grapes from David Walker’s vineyard, co-fermenting the juice with a wheat-based wort, inoculating with proprietary wild yeast and bacteria, and allowing for a long fermentation and maturation in French Oak barrels. We have carefully fermented, matured and blended this beer with the collaboration of our friend, Andrew Murray, proprietor/winemaker at Andrew Murray Vineyards. The resulting cuvee; a partnership of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Muscat grapes co-fermented with wheat based wort-bends the mind and senses. Pineapple, mango, guava mingle with Meyer lemon and gooseberry. A funky savory yeast bouquet lays down a firm foundation, fruity esters and tart acidity lend body and structure. Finishing with a flinty minerality, woody tannins and vinous perfume.

Feral Vinifera Blend:
Barrel Ratio: 100% French Oak
Barrel - Blend - Ratio - Maturation time
French Oak - Sauvignon Blanc/wheat beer - 35% - 12 months
French Oak - Chenin Blanc/wheat beer - 35% - 12months
French Oak - Orange Muscat/wheat beer - 5% - 12 months
French Oak - Bretta Weisse - 25% - 8 months

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maekchu (4202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle. Big funky grape aroma, white wine, and huge oakiness. Clear gold color. Very tart initial, with lots of grapes, peaches, some tropical fruit, tannins from the oak, and some tangy pineapple notes in the mix. Smooth body. 14 months on oak. Not entirely beer like. But it has a controlled ans well-rounded sort of tartness. Delicious.

KyotoLefty (11032) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle. Brilliant gold, honey-like, with lace. Nose is grapes, oak, buttery oaked white wine, lemon, some horse blanket. Tart, wine-like flavor, some buttery oak, kind of like a wild yeast Chablis. Moderately sour, some pineapple and peach notes, with a tingly, peppery finish. Lovely stuff.

slowrunner77 (13622) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle from the source. Flatbush golden orange pour. Kinda tame for their sours, but becomes more complex as it warms. Glad I see orange muscat grapes as a component - not imagining the citrus. Grape and orange, vanilla and wood. Lightly sour. Pretty cool, if not quite as awesome as I’d hoped.

yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2016
Merci à Guillaume pour le partage! Liquide à la robe liquoreuse, sans véritables bulles et sans mousse aucune. Ça ressemble plutôt à un cidre qu’à une bière. C’est joli, tranquille et ça annonce un breuvage intense et sûr de lui. Ce qui ressort de cette bière à mon avis est le Muscat. Ce raidin blamc donne à la bière une texture liquoreuse qui se marie admirablement au funk - Signature BarrelWorks. L’alcool est bien dissimulé au goût mais son effet est bien réel. La tête me tourne rapidement - exactement comme si je buvais un digestif. Funk fruité à souhait à la limite d’être fromagé, acidité modérée, une petite bouteille à partager.

Christian (14100) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle, thanks to Torben. Hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma combines white wine with funky beer, and a little funk. Dry and tart fruity flavour with white wine, kiwi and gooseberry, with a touch of alcohol.

burg326 (5672) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Acoustic yellow pour from the bottle with aroams of funk, grapes, light vineous wood, and some hay. Flavors are sour, grapes, and wet wood, very nice, could drink this all day.

BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Smells and tastes like a really nice general sour with some white and green grape notes. Medium body, light carbonation, and no foam.

Benzai (17005) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle [from trade but totally forgot with whom, my apologies!] shared with Countbeer and Thompson. Unclear orangy color, no head. Smell and taste citrus peel, quite sour, fruitpeel sour. Pretty sour and a bit too much for me.

Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle: Duvel glass: Quick disappearing white head. Cloudy yellow body. Aroma has loads of funk, wild yeast, wood, sewer, cellar fruit, cellar dust, grapes, white vinous tones and some overused/light rotten wood/light cardboard tints... Flavour has loads of different berries and grapes, earthy and cellar tones, subtle tartness, yellow fruit, soft wood, light funk and vinous tones with a bretty jacket... Tart dry filled with juicy vinous fruits. Aftertaste has lot of grape and some berry fruits, light tart, light wood and crispy brett tints. Low carbo, light creamy ligt dry tart mouthfeel, more than just medium bodied. I have to admit, this is a wonderfull Sour Ale!

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle shared by a generous soul at a Tampa weekly tasting. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is oak, grapes, mild funk, and some lovely malt to blend with. Flavor is similar with oak, grapes, funk, and some malt. Light in body and very delicious.

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