This weeks feature beer comes to us from a couple of highly regarded California breweries, Sierra Nevada and Russian River. Sierra Nevada is one of the nation's largest craft breweries but still puts out excellent beers on a regular basis and some really fantastic seasonal and special release beers. Russian River is unfortunately not available in Louisiana but they are best know for their Pliny IPAs and a remarkable lineup of sours.
For this beer, the two breweries collaborated on their domesticated wild ale, using Belgian yeast strains for primary fermentation, but putting some brett years (gives off a characteristic sour flavor) into the bottles for secondary bottle fermentation. There are still some of these available around BR, and after this review I think it ages well, so go get one!
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), Jeremy Spikes and James Lawson (Whiskeybomb.com), and Brenton Day (TheAleRunner.com)
Serving: 750ml bottle, corked & caged.
Appearance: "Deep gold, hazy, white head." "Pale & foggy," was Jay's comment. No bad scores, but nothing amazing either.
Aroma: Spicy but still sour... it really reminded me of a fireball candy wrapped in a sour skittle.
Taste: This really smoothed out the aroma, blending the flavors nicely into an easy drinking but still sour package. Jay picked up notes of clove and allspice, while Brenton also found some banana.
Mouthfeel: A very flavorful finish, and I loved the funk.
Overall: This one scored very well, James said that he would highly recommend it and I agree. This is a really pleasing sour that aged very well and should continue to do so.
Overall Rating: 84
My Rating: 88