Style: American Wild Ale
Side Project Brewing Thicket
What the brewers say
“Our Missouri wild ale aged on blackberries.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderately strong blackberry with light red wine, big cherry, and light coconut notes. Obvious but not overpowering sourness. Earthy woody Brett funk comes in as the beer warms.”
Flavor: “Bubbly blackberry juiciness, light jammy and wine notes, with big Brett sharpness. High tartness up front with moderate carbonation to back it up and moderately strong tannins. Tobacco, plums, leather, and berries come together to deliver a firm backbone for the tart notes to follow. The sourness complements but does not overpower the intense fruit flavor.”
Overall: “This is a fruit-dominated beer. Big blackberry throughout with touches of cherry, wine notes, and jam and even light barrel characteristics, such as coconut, that pop up through the berries and Brett. The acidity pairs well with the depth of fruit flavors that form the backbone of this beer. There is a subtle low sweetness that is quite nice while contrasting with the high sourness. As it warms, it opens up to a nice berry note.”
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