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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3686) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
On draft somewhere in San Diego... It pours red with a distinct aroma of blackberries and wheat. The flavor is lightly tart fruity and very effervescent. Good blackberry flavor and a bready finish. Nice refreshing beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3592) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3585) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3577) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
awesome under notes of black berries. Mildly sour. Light refreshing. Excellent

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3576) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On draft at ACBF09. Wow, this was a frightening beer. Pours a clear red/brown with a small white head. Aroma of old cheese, rancid yogurt, and sweaty socks. Nasty. Flavor of sweet blackberry initially with the yogurt/cheese/sweat finish. Basically it tasted like blackberry yogurt, which I wasnít really a fan of. A little better flavor than aroma, but still...Yuck. 4/4/6/3/11 (2.8/5)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3418) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, pink pour, nose is off white color, nose is blackberry, taste is blackberry, okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
ballast point sour wench. consumed at hunahpus day 2012....pours a purplish pink semi-transparent hue and topped with a thin wispy head... aroma of semi-tart blackberries and backing grains... flavors are sweet and sour with a blackberry essence. refreshing with a lighter than medium bodied with average carbonation. not terrible in any way but pales to some of the other offerings.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Taster at Ballast Point. Pours purple with a pink head. Very fruity taste overall, with a sour pucker. They call this "crack whore," but why Iím not sure. Its pretty damn tasty but a little too sweet to be a true sour in my book. Wouldnít mind another taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3302) - 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!~


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