The Bruery Sans Pagaie (2012 - 2014)

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
French for "without a paddle", Sans Pagaie is our take on a Belgian Kriek. We added an incredible amount of cherries (whole and pureed) to this sour blonde ale and then we decided to add more. The result is a well balanced fruited sour ale, perfect on it’s own, even better with a slice of chocolate cake. 5.8% ABV, Cellerable for up to 3 years.
Note: this is a different beer than the limited Bruery Sour Cherry Kriek

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sampled February 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a 1/2 –finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, red, almost pink, tinged gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale red tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, light cherry skins, a touch of yogurt like character, a hint of woody mushroom, and perhaps a hint of grain character. After the second, murkier pour, the beer gets a touch yeasty, and perhaps a touch of hay like grain.

The beer is amply tart, and has a bright fruitiness that leans more towards pomegranate, tropical fruit skin notes, some cherry skin notes and a light cherry fruit flavor. Very cleanly lactic, with an almost yogurt like flavor. There is a persistent, medium level of carbonation here that adds some prickly texture to this quite light bodied beer; there is a touch of lactic slickness here that keeps this from being watery.

Quite clean tasting, lightly fruity, lactic and quite tart. A good beer, that is technically well executed, but lacks dimensionality, depth, and / or complexity that would make it a great beer.

psydtamales (82) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 24, 2017
2012 bottle. Sadly most of the cherries have fallen off in this bottle. Mouthfeel is a bit tannic, drying. Notes of oak, some cherry, good level of acidity (not sure if from aging). I’ve had more recent versions & the acidity can be too bracing so this was nice. Wish the cherries were still there. Also quite a bit of particulates.

koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at Corbet’s house warming on April 23. 750 mL bottle, 2012 vintage. The pour is a foggy golden pink color, almost like a pure grapefruit juice. The aroma is tart and sour as hell. It’s got a pretty heavy vinegar aspect to it in front of the oak and cherry. I like this one, but it’s a little too much at the moment. The flavor is much of the same. The cherry is pretty big up front, but then the funky sourness, vinegar, and heavy oak come rolling through. This is a lot more acidic than I was hoping it would be. The mouth feel is thinner and brightly carbonated with a strong vinegary finish, but the fruit does balance some of that out. It’s pretty interesting, but I’m surprised at how acidic and vinegary this is, even at 5 years…

hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
August 13, 2016. Bottle at Bruery Bonanza 2016. 2013 edition.
Cloudy dark orange with a very small white head. Aroma is fruity and tart with cherries, peach, apricot skins, lemon notes, touch of spices. Taste is sour and fruity. Finish is dry and sour, a light touch of vinegar, lemon, tart cherries. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.
Fruity and refreshing, a bit too sour finish.

RickTheRick (949) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
Une mousse quasi inexistante, une bière de couleur saumon, très marécageuse. Si je ne m’arrêtais qu’au visuel, je dirais qu’elle n’est pas très invitante. Au nez, c’est de la purée de cerises légèrement sucrées. Par contre, en bouche, c’est très acide ... tout un contraste avec le bouquet. Des tanins de noyaux de cerises viennent ajouter un peu de complexité. Un sucre résiduel discret coupe un peu l’acidité. Pas mauvaise, mais elle serait meilleure avec un peu plus de retenue au niveau de l’acidité.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2015
From notes. Poured cloudy peach with a short white head. The aroma picked up sour oak, cherry, and other fruity notes with some deeper, darker backing. The flavor found sour oak and cherry notes over dry bready malts.. more oak and darker cherry vinegar on the long, sour finish. Sour throughout with lots of barrel presence.. very good overall.

Bule (2310) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2015
750ml bottle of 2014 Release. Pours a pale reddy orange color with a bit of head. Very sour and mild cherry fruit flavor.

cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Pour is a murky dirty orange with a small amount of white head that fizzes away immediately. Nose is a bit medicinal, strong cherry aroma, band-aid brett. Flavor is harsh, highly acidic, moderate acetic acid, some cherry puree, and some band-aid brett. High carb, lighter body, dry finish.

MacBoost (1959) - Victor, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Pours a strawberry blonde. Aromas of oak and tart fruit. Taste is extremely tart. Flavors of soured fruit, yogurt, oak. This will remove the fucking enamel from your teeth. Kind of vinegar-y. Finish is super tart. Wow. Not the best but extremely sour.

RobertDale (6983) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours reddish gold with a decent white head. Aroma of cherry, citrus, and some funk. Taste is tart cherries, citrus, tropical, and wood. A touch of vinegar at the finish. Pretty good.

dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Like many of their sours, I just don’t find much complexity here. Citrus sour, just like the rest of them. Not as abrasive as some.

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