Category Archives: American Wild Ale

Bellwoods Farmageddon California Zinfandel Grapes

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2019 vintage, Barrel aged Wild Ale with California Zinfandel Grapes

Brewer Description: (from website) Farmageddon is our wild farmhouse ale that we’ve been brewing, blending, and aging for almost as many years as we’ve been open. The blending process allows us to maintain a common thread across batches, the aging adds nuanced layers, while the brett and bacteria work hard to create small idiosyncrasies in each release. It’s a refined, effervescent, and delicious beer worthy of special occasions and idle weeknights.

We transferred the beer onto whole Zinfandel grapes from California, letting it age for just over a month before undergoing an extensive bottle conditioning period.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2019 vintage. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy reddish purple colour with a big three finger pinkish white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light tartness, grape, cherry, lemon and hints of funk.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, grape, vinous, oak, red wine barrels, cherry and a touch of lemon and pepperiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice and enjoyable vinous notes with good fruit and barrel character.

Bellwoods Farmageddon Niagara Montmorency & Morello Cherries

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 6.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2019 vintage, barrel aged wild ale with Niagara montmorency & morello cherries

Brewer Description: (from website) Farmageddon is our wild farmhouse ale that we’ve been brewing, blending, and aging for almost as many years as we’ve been open. The blending process allows us to maintain a common thread across batches, the aging adds nuanced layers, while the brett and bacteria work hard to create small idiosyncrasies in each release. It’s a refined, effervescent, and delicious beer worthy of special occasions and idle weeknights.

Our 2019 edition of Cherry Farmageddon is oak aged then conditioned on 2 types of sour cherry varietals — Montmorency and Morello — before being primed and bottle conditioned for maximum spritz factor.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2019 vintage, poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy ruby red pinkish colour with a one finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, cherries, mixed berries, oak, with hints of lemon and spices.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma, sour, tart, light funk, cherries, mixed berries, oak, lemon juice, with hints of spice and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and enjoyable with a good fruity cherry mix. Carbonation may have been slightly over prickly for my liking, but I would still keep drinking this.

Mikkeller Spontan Nelson

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Blended Wild Ale aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.83
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 17th March 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy amber orange colour with an almost three finger off white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, brett, white wine, grapes, oak, green apple and a touch herbal.
Taste: Light sour, funky, brett, oak, lemon peel, light bitterness, with hints of wine, grapes and apple peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting. I preferred the aroma more than the taste though, as there was some bitter notes that weren’t my favourite. Still worth a try.

Garage Project Oh What a Lovely Day Let’s Go Out and Pick Some… Elder

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Foraged flowers, spontaneous ferment no.3

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The latest release in our Wild Workshop Wildflower series. The concept is simple. Freshly foraged wild flowers are plunged into a light golden base wort of pilsner, raw wheat and rye creating a spontaneous fermentation using only the wild yeast present on flowers. The beer is then allowed to age and develop in oak barrels. Fermented with wild foraged Elderflowers and conditioned in the barrel with Elderberry, the result of this brewery outing is a delightfully tart sparkling beer with a distinctly pink berry hue.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 18th October 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, apricot, peach, oak, and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funk, apricot, peach, oak, with touches of lemon and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice easy drinking Wild Ale. Elderflower and elderberry were added but it was largely stone fruit forward, so I assume this comes from elderberry. On the other hand, the floral aspect from elderflower was just not there, or simply overpowered when compared to other elderflower beers.

La Sirène Cuvée de Bois

Brewery: La Sirène Brewing
Country: Australia
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Avant Garde Collection. 2018 vintage. Oak-aged Wild Ale with chardonnay – solera method. Funk 4/5, sour 2/5 and oak 2/5

Brewer Description: (from bottle) La Sirène 2018 Cuvée de Bois is a special wine hybrid mixed fermentation farmhouse ale blended with select French oak barriques of La Sirène Saison. Using our vintage basket press, Australian chardonnay free run juice was brewed into a specially designed farmhouse beer, then blended with our barrel-aged Saison. The 2018 Cuvée de Bois is a delightful blend of balanced wild farmhouse complexity and grape forward acidity crowned by the elegance & depth of toasted French oak.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.21
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 375ml bottle, batch no. 230230, and bottled in February 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden straw colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, sweet white wine, grapes, peach, apricot, with a hint of oak and citrus.
Taste: Sour, tart, funky, white wine, grapes, stone fruit, peach, apricot and lemon peel on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice enjoyable grape and stone fruit flavours.