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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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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 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Red pour with pink head. Aroma of sour fruit, Iím guessing blackberries. Lightly sour, somewhat sweet. Iím not going to hate too much on this, because for a fruit beer its pretty decent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. Next to Victory at Sea, this was really not all that impressive. Bright red in color with a small pinkish head. Aroma is blackberries and raspberries, a little like a fruit candy, sweet and only mildly sour. Flavor is not too exciting, a little funky with blackberries and other berries, red grapes, sugar, and a little tartness. Body is medium-light and palate is rather boring for what is supposed to be a sour beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours ruby. Nose is lactic tartness, funk, sweet ripe berries, sugar, wine, grain. Flavor is slightly thin but pretty tart, unripe fruit tartness, grapey, berries.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Red pour. Aroma is grape jolly ranchers. Flavor is dust, cobwebs, attic. NOt too great.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
On tap at Hamiltonís and served in some sort of half chalice type glass. The smell was interesting and combined with the flavor you could detect a bit of black berry but there was also a bit of tartness and graininess. Very easy to drink but I don;t think I would order another one in the future. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-22-2009 01:35:28

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
( Draught ) Pours a deep red body with a small pink head. Aroma of mustiness, garbage can, and fruity syrup. Flavor of sugary syrup, earth, and sweet berries with a dry finish.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Stone Sour Fest. What a giant mess of a beer. Not much aroma (turns out a to be a good thing), and just a horrible flavor. Muddled, vinegary, nasty rancid mess going on here. Would much rather spend all day drinking PBR or even Bud Light than this nastiness. Avoid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
On tap at the Stone Sourfest. Pours with a red body and an off-white head. Aroma of merlot, grapes, wheat. Taste is apple, cinnamon, bread, vinegar and berries. Kind of bland on that day with so many other great beers. Light bubbles.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Draught at the brewery. red color with a light pink head. Rotting fruit and berry aroma. Sour berries and sour grain with a dry, very grassy finish. Light bodied with high carbonation. Grass was really the dominant note here, with some sour old fruit. Not that great.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Tap at ACBF. Blackberries and moldy cottage cheese. Not in a good way, if there was any confusion.


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