Wild River Brewery's Wild #1

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I was at the local Wild River pizzaria a couple of weeks ago, and was just in time to get one of the first samples of their new special release, the Wild #1.  This is a very fascinating beer: it's a Belgian-style sour ale made with several berries, a Belgian yeast, and perhaps some kind of brettanomyces culture to spice things up.  It's aged one year in oak, and is a limited release, so you'll have to get to one of their pubs soon if you'd like to try it.  Not always the biggest fan of sour beers, I approached it with a familiar trepidation, but by gum, this brew is damn tasty!

It pours a transparent reddish-gold, perhaps almost a pink color, with a thin white head.  On the nose, the berry notes are rather strong, with a hint of hops, raspberry, and perhaps a bit of blackberry, too.  It's pleasantly effervescent in the mouth, followed by a tart acidity that's nicely balanced by a very fruity yeast flavor and a few hop notes.  This beer proved to be highly complex and certainly worth drinking, and I strongly recommend it.

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