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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 114   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5548) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Draft at rattle. Pours a deep hazy purple red body with thin pink lacing. Aroma is light fruits. Mouthfeel is light but finishes dry with light fruit tart notes. Nearly completely different beer on draft. Sour fruit comes through much more, especially in the nose. +0.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3686) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Draft at rnh. Dark ruby pour with little to no head. Full blackberries, light tartness in aroma. Flavor is tart, with berry and light wheat tones.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
In taster at urge gastro pub. Looks cherry red with off red head. Smells of sour. Tastes of sour at first then some berry complexions. Overall 7.5 of 10. I am getting more and more used to the sour style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3270) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2011
tap at homebrew location-pours almost purple with a fizzy pink head-nose is sour berries, very tart. Lots of tart berry flavors but a bit on the husky side. Its a pretty cool beer and i have never had anything like it. lite sourness on the finish but mostly tart berries-really cool! pretty well put together. finish fades into long grain notes. Pretty decent!~

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2011
No lacing, pretty but cloudy purple. Very brambly fruit and clean, quite sour at first and full bodied. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
I had this sometime during RBSG in SoCal a couple-few years ago. Intense nettle-y sour on the first sip, with lingering berry skins, nettles, lemon seed, and spinach in the finish. The blackberries are wonderfully full in the middle, rich and bursting like you crushed an actual berry in your mouth after taking a sip of beer. The finish also had some kriek-ish, yeasty things going on. The smell was dominated by dark berries with a note of cherries in milk; it reminded me of Kasteel Kriek. Head is big and foamy pink, just like Todd "daSilky1", who wrote on this page of my notes, "I Love pre-pubescent girls." I didnít notice that annotation until I got home, so I could never ask him if he was speaking for himself, or immitating me. And now weíll never know . . .

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Growler from the Home Brew Mart. Pours a beautiful raspberry hue, almost like liquid ruby joy. No foam but lots of bubbles racing up the side of the glass. Aroma is all dark musky berries, rasp, black, cran... itís like theyíre all in here, along with a pleasantly musty, just the edge of sour, scent. Super sour initial taste, like cranberry juice with tart apple infusion, sweet kiwi mixture, and a blast of blackberries at the end. Whew! Worth the trip and the wait. Great, great stuff. Unlike a lot of sours, one I could keep on drinking. The only knock on it is that the finish seems a little muddled... Not really, just not what it could be. Still, top, top-notch stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2155) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Sour and berry fruity aroma. Amber-purple in color. Sour, but not overly so, with blackberry notes. Just "ehh".

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at Neighborhood. Very odd fatty, fruity nose. A bit of light lactic character along with a bit of doughiness. Musty with notes of black currant and plum as well. A little bit of light spiciness on the finish but itís a pretty odd duck. I get the sense this will age into something quite different, but itís still a work in progress here. Tartness picks up as it begins to warm, but I still canít say Iím a fan.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 16, 2010
8/14/10 notes: Pours cough syrup red-magenta, with brown hues and a pinkish head. Ominous. Aroma of ripe pomegranate, cranberry, blackberry, sugar, lactic acid. Palate is light. Flavor follows aroma, but starts with a sour hit and moves sweeter as it goes. Aftertaste is blackberry seeds and cranberry.


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