Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
draft at Sour’d in September @ Captain Lawrence.darker blueberry/blackberry colored pour. a little more than slight Berliner tartness, pretty sizable blackberry punch. good flavor 7 drinkability. pretty good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at Sour’ed in September. Pours raspberry with pink head. Nose/taste of super fresh blackberries, wheat and light lactose. More New Glarus fruit beer than berliner weisse. Awesome stuff. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1285) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Fruity aroma with some lactic sour. Taste is on the light side but full flavored. Bit of a barnyard funk in the finish, but may be some of the fermented berry flavors. Tart finish. Not sweet, fruit sugars seem to be mostly fermented out. Different for sure but a great Berliner like beer with fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Draught at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Clear deep red/ruby color, almost no head. Malty caramel aroma, blackberries, lingon berries, sourish, caramel, some citrus. Sour blackberry flavor, caramel, strawberries, lingon berries, citrus, floral, tart, lots of berries. Good beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 19, 2014
Draft at Bierkraft’s ballast point tasting. So sour! This drinks more like a cocktail to me than a beer: fruity, light on carbonation and a pretty reddish color. In fact, after I made the mental adjustment to "cocktail" and not "beer" I enjoyed it more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Fair, reddish color no head, very sour not much carbonation. Not real big and inky like some from across the pond. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2771) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy dark orange pour with a foamy tan head. Some lacing at the start. Mild fruity sour. Thankfully not sweet. Tasting the full unfiltered blackberries - stems, seeds, the lot. Feels like a slightly toasted wheat beer in the background. Buttermilk biscuits with blackberry jam. Maybe a little black cherry in there as well. Bit watery. Not bad, but I have had way too many better sours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours a slight red to brown with no head. Aroma of berry and maltiness but really a mess for whatever reason. Taste is just middle of the road in terms of fruit forward and sour. Some straw but nothing defining this beer from a cheap Bevmo contract brew "sour".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (5899) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Draft at Bainbridge, pours a cranberry cloudy red with fizzy clearish head, aromas of really unique and weird funk, cheese, blackberry, ultra funky yeast. Taste is very funky, underripe bannana, berries, wheat, lots of sour yeasts and vinegar. Ok, but just way too out there for a sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma of tart blackberry, stilton cheese, magic marker. Pours hazy purple with bubble film. Taste is clean with light blackberry, slight blue cheese and cellar funk. Very pleasant.

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