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Ballast Point Sour Wench Blackberry Ale
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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours hazy to murky purple with a creamy pink head. Mild acidic and spiced blackberry aroma. Flavour is quite acidic/citric with a nice berry fruity flavour. Lingering fruity and citric finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. An unclear dark red beer with a thin pinkish head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and blackberries. The flavor is sweet and acidic with strong notes of blackberries, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish, where the berry notes lingers.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10731) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10635) - 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 (10349) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9765) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8913) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Tap at Stone!!! Reddish pour. Tart berries, red wine, light yeast. Flavor huts with a nice sour, prickly bite. Unripe blackberries, red wine, light oak. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft... RBSG ‘08... Lightly hazed red ale with a small, creamy, pink head. Decent retention. Earthy, mildly fruity nose. Light-bodied with Champagne-like carbonation. Stingy with the berries, but pretty darned sour with almost no residual sweetness. Finishes crisp and tart, and then dries out at the very end.


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