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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
A good beer. Not terribly puckering but refreshing and zingy. Pours yellow aroma of blackberry and hints of citrus. Taste is clean and blackberry with subtle pucker. would drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2105) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours deep purple with no head. Aroma of blackberries. Taste follows, tastes like candy, sweet and fruity, and then sour. really tasty

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skmikeg (1010) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Taster at Old Grove brewery. Pours a dark purple-red with a soapy white head. Aroma is of tart blackberries, grapes, and some sweet malts. Taste is of tart blackberries, slightly sour grapes, and some sweet malts. Has a medium-light body with a slightly watery mouthfeel and a bone dry, refreshing finish. overall, a refreshing and pretty tasty fruit beer that it great on a warm day.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
pours a dark purple hue with a small off white head that is mostly diminishing laroma of blackberries, yeast and jam flavor is fruity and sour all the way through a descent brew - refreshing

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2511) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Hand bottle with huge thanks to gorditoabd. Pours a lovely red color with a big soap sudsy head and sour and fruity aromas. Favor is a delightfully simple mix of berry patch and sourness... I wouldn’t accuse this beer of being overly complex, but it’s damn good. Mouthfeel was a bit chalky at first, but it seems to have fixed itself and is just plain nice now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Dark brown in color, hazy with a thin head. Big sour aroma and flavor. This was a super brew with a terrific berry flavor. One of the best berry sour ales I have ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft @ Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Pours dark purplish color with lavender head. Aromas of backberries and wheat. Sour blackberry flavor . Medium body with average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Pink bubbles over gorgeous cardinal/Bordeaux red beer. Pure freshly picked brambles, but little else. Some taster say cedar. Rather thin, if nice, fruitflavour, again clearly blackberry. Tart finish. Dry, very dry, if a bit thinnish body. Nice... the AKA name, however is nonsensical, it is about as much lambic as Belle-Vue is, these days.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11533) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Tap at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish black (or purple?) with a slight pinkish head. Aroma of tart/sour berry - but some sweet aroma too. Near med body. Flavor is more tart than sour. Very berry. Goes quite astringent eventually. Tasty. Adventure: Mixed some 50/50 with the Berryessa Whippersnapper. Chocolate and blackberry = good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3498) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
On draft somewhere in San Diego... It pours red with a distinct aroma of blackberries and wheat. The flavor is lightly tart fruity and very effervescent. Good blackberry flavor and a bready finish. Nice refreshing beer.


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