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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 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark crimson looking color with a huge pink tinted head that just won’t go away. S: The nose offers up some blackberry, tannic fruit skins, some mild notes of grass, and a bit of oak. T: The flavor is somewhat blunt. Certainly astringent and somewhat bitter, almost, with lots of fruit skin and seed flavor. A bit of blackberry and lemon juice tartness. M: The body is light to medium with a somewhat soft, but plentiful, carbonation. D: Of the sour Ballast Point beers, this is my least favorite. The fruit flavor is not really there and overall, it’s somewhat abrasive and harsh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Cloudy deep red with a medium to large pinkish creamy head. Aroma had blackberries, roasted malt, hay and wood. Flavour came out dry with berries, roasted malt, caramel, hay and wood. Finished semi sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a reddish pink with a small white head. Aroma is berries some wheat and sourness. Flavor is light sourness wheat and fruity berries.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
red, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, fizzy, floral,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Pomegranate-like fruitiness grows into blackberries before awkward lactic emanations fall into a dry and mildly tart finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sumptuous foam crowns the pink-laced luminous red haze.
-The aroma had strange yogurt-like funk coming from the sour mash (I suppose). Not the most appealing incarnation of lactobacillus, let’s say...
-Lots of small bubbles help drinkability.
-The fruit character mostly comes off as juicy and simple.
-With a name like Sour Wench, I admit I was expecting more tartness (which I got in their wonderful Hout Black Currant though).

On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Raspberry and cranberry flavors mixed in with the blackberry flavors. Drank on tap at the brewery. Red pink in color, very fizzy. An excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear maroon red with a white ring of head.

Aroma: Tart and sweet berry goodness.

Taste: Dark ripe blackberry with a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and refreshing.

Overall: Easy going, very easy on the sour to the point that I wouldn’t consider it a sour at all. Great summer drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (874) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From tap,Redish white head,red color,cherry,raseberry,blackberry.This is a great beer ,Fizzy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Crushed with Honkeybra at GABF. Eh, definitely sour but not very pleasant. Cloying and without the mouth-watering goodness of a decent sour ale, or niceness of a solid fruit beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
2008 version. A beet red ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a light sour berry with light wooden notes. In mouth, a rather weak and dissapointing sour ale, with light cherries, a bit of epsom salt, chalkey notes, boring. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.


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