I bought this beer when we were down in DC and stopped by The Bruery store. We’ll be going down there at least twice a year now since we’re Society members for 2019.
Style: American Wild Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Marking the five-year anniversary of winning a silver medal at GABF and the 10-year anniversary of our platypus loving friends in NorCal, The Wanderer returns in 2016 under the Bruery Terreux label. It’d be easy to refer to it as a re-release, but glossing over the years between then and now would be disingenuous to its storied past. Beer has changed. We have changed. Our early experiments with fruited sours and blending have matured into a standalone brewery that focuses exclusively on sour and wild beers at Bruery Terreux. You could say the nomadic platypus now has a roof to linger under. To achieve the ideal profile of The Wanderer, the majority of the blend features wine barrel-aged sour ale with blackberries and cherries. We then folded a small portion of our bourbon barrel-aged anniversary ale into it for additional layers of oak, vanilla and toffee, accentuating the dark fruit notes and delightfully sour tinge. Whether it’s a trip down memory lane or your first experience with these flavors, we hope you enjoy the journey.”
Random: I love the platypus on the label.
The beer poured with a two finger, thick, tan head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color and cloudy with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had a vinegar note to it along with a lot of berries. There was a red wine note as well. The taste started with some blackberries and raspberries and quickly went into a red wine vinegar note. There was a touch of oak and a touch of vanilla at the end. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy tart finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0