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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry

Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, it’s a great bridge beer into the Sour Style’s.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toxichop (470) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Dark purple beer. It smell sweet with a few stone fruits. Taste like sour blackberry candy with a hint of lacto in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
(Draught) clear bright ruby, no real head. Nose of blackberry, tart, wood, lacto. Taste is lacto, blackberry, Woody, alcohol, simple and not complex which is ok with me. Tart linger, touch of acetone or alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Is strong pink and purple appearance. Some sourness in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat sour but the blackberries make it quite sweet as well. Overall it matches the style but I just don’t like it all that much

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Tap.looks like grape juice. Smells like someone vomited in my glass. Light acidic sour at 1st, then the vomit note, then a berry. Finish is cherry pop tart like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at Lompoc. Pours a purple color with a small white head. A big woody sour fruit nose. The flavor is light sweet berries, oak, sourness, sawdust. A pretty mellow beer, but quite good. Very sour at times but not acidic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (3543) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at lompoc side bar Portland. Pours out a dark purple reddish. Nose is lots of berries and a great funk. Taste is more of the berries and plenty of funk. Lots of barrel notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, dark reddish purple pour with pink head, aroma brought notes of big blackberry, some biscuit, vanilla into a bit of raspberry, slight lemony tartness, hints of oak. Taste was a mix of funk, earth, oak into some blackberry, cherry notes with a hint of vanilla, finishing slightly tart, slightly dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2051) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
March 28, 2015 - taster pour at the Rare Beer Fest in St. Paul. Purple pour with pink head. Not bad for the style, but the appearance was the best part for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Draught. Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with a smallish pink head on there. Nose has dark berries and a lot of sour elements coming through. Taste is quite tart with blackberries being very salient and a hint of sweetness on the back end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1160) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a ruby red color with a pinkish head. Tart, blackberry and funk aroma and flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Fruit and tart finish.


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