Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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 Pointís original Master Brewer Peter AíHearn 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, itís a great bridge beer into the Sour Styleís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
on tap at ballast pointís anniv party no head on the pour. almost like a blackberry soda not very blackberry, not very sour. for me, it needed to be torqued up a bit. it was light

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at brewery. Interesting beer, raspberry/purplish in color with faint purple head. Taste is very sour, was expecting a frutier flavor, not a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft, Purple beer with a tiny head. Sweet blackberry aroma. Blackberry, slight tart flavor with some earth. Needs more tartness. Lingering blackberry. Medium body. Not nearly as good as even LIndemannís - no where near as tart (but it also doesnít have the sweetness of LIndemannís). Itís the only beer I didnít bother to finish on a recent trip to San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Sampled during the First Annual Stone Sour Fest. Another favorite of the day. Clear coppery purple color with a really nice head. The citrusy aromas were berry berry fruity. More berry on the flavor. Not as sour as the name would have you believe. Nice hop finish with blackberry infused. I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2007
draft. dark purple/cherry with a lasting pink head. aroma of sweet vinegar. a nice light tart with flavor of blackberries, raspberries, vinegar and mellow yeast. finishes pleasantly dry. more body (malt) than your average fruit beer which makes it interesting but a little light on the wheat and heavy on the sweet for my taste. its more refined than a lindemans but nothing approaching an ephemere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This beer appears so different from your standard beer that it seems artificially colored; topped by a frothy, purple pink colored, two finger thick head. The beer is a clear, bright, cherry red color. This has a fruity nose to it that leans towards notes of strawberry, currant and some tart, berry-like notes, but it does not scream blackberry to me. Some berry skin aromatics add a touch of sharpness to the aroma, but there is really not much else noticeable here.

The beer is quite dry tasting and really not that tart at all. It is definitely packed with lots of, light tart, blackberry fruit character. I would almost guess that this is just a wheat beer that has had fruit added. It is not really sour at all and what tartness is here seems to be fruit derived. At the very most, the sour-bug character has just started. The body of this brew has a medium fullness to it, where some fruit derived tannins seem to add the palate coating character.

This is a weak example of a sour beer, though it is a decent fruit beer. If I had had this outside a sour beer festival, I might have enjoyed it more; I definitely would like to see a bit more sour funk here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Deep red raspberry color. No head, but nice fine-bubble lacing. Nice fruity raspberry aroma. Taste is kind of watery. A tad bitter, but not from the hops. The IBU level is a low 10. Sourness is mild, almost undetectable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at Liarís Club. Pours with a crystal clear red body topped by a medium thick, pinkish head with some lacing. It smells like easter egg coloring...loaded with vinegar notes. The flavor is slightly sour yet a touch sweet with notes of vinegar and fruit. Light bodied, crisp and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
On tap at Stone. Opaque berry red color with a pink fizzy head. Berry and malt aroma. Tangy blackberry seltzer taste with a slight sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Sampled at the 1st annual Stone Sour Festival. Interesting flavors that were sweet with berries. Sour did come through but I thought it was more sweet.

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