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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 133   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2528) - 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 (5117) - 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 (3215) - 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 (8246) - Ursel, 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 (12044) - 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 (3845) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
ballast point sour wench. consumed at hunahpus day 2012....pours a purplish pink semi-transparent hue and topped with a thin wispy head... aroma of semi-tart blackberries and backing grains... flavors are sweet and sour with a blackberry essence. refreshing with a lighter than medium bodied with average carbonation. not terrible in any way but pales to some of the other offerings.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours reddish pink with white head. Aroma is tart berries. Taste starts strong with tart/sour berries but quickly fades to an adjunct maltness. Finish is strangely bland. Body is thin. Drain pour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4337) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On draft poured a dark red color, aromas of tart blackberries. Flavor is the same but not overpowering tartness. It was a nice blend of blackberries and tartness that went well on a hot day in the sun.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Nothing too exciting about this beer. There was nothing wrong with it but nothing to stand out. Seem fruit and tartness in a red murky liquid.


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