Sauvage

Louisiana
United States
Sauvage NOLA Brewing Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

100% Brett-fermented Pale Ale, aged in oak barrels, and dry-hopped twice with galaxy hops.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
40-45° F
Hops: 
Bravo, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Galaxy
Malts: 
Pale, Munich II, Cara-Amber, Acidulated, Wheat
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brettanomyces used in place of conventional yeast, or in conjunction with conventional yeast, provides beer with a somewhat earthy, bitter, funky character. When done poorly, it can result in an overly dry beer with an almost barnyard-like character that can dominate any other characteristic in the beer. When done well, as is the case with this Pale Ale, it lends complexity to what would otherwise be a fairly simple beer. The earthy, bitter character spins itself around the hops in this fairly hoppy beer and serves to complement the flavors rather than work against them. This beer is indeed a little funky, but it’s also a nice Pale Ale with an interesting twist in flavor due to the addition of the Brett. There are similarities in this beer to the classic Trappist Ale, Orval.

Popular Reviews

Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
91
Aroma: 
19 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
10/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
The Brett was done right here, and mingles well with the exotic Galaxy hop. Upon first sniff, breezy barnyard wafts from the glass with a hint of peppery and piney hop. The light golden color and gentle carbonation add to the overall enjoyable drinking experience. Flavorwise, the Brett added a nice nuance to what otherwise would have been a crisply hopped pale ale. A great beer to bridle the horse blanket "neigh-sayers".