Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 146   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Draught. Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with a smallish pink head on there. Nose has dark berries and a lot of sour elements coming through. Taste is quite tart with blackberries being very salient and a hint of sweetness on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (4097) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark ruby brown with beige head. Aromas of raspberries and berries. Tastes of berry jam, tart raspberries, tart acidic notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (4055) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at lompoc side bar Portland. Pours out a dark purple reddish. Nose is lots of berries and a great funk. Taste is more of the berries and plenty of funk. Lots of barrel notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
This beer appears so different from your standard beer that it seems artificially colored; topped by a frothy, purple pink colored, two finger thick head. The beer is a clear, bright, cherry red color. This has a fruity nose to it that leans towards notes of strawberry, currant and some tart, berry-like notes, but it does not scream blackberry to me. Some berry skin aromatics add a touch of sharpness to the aroma, but there is really not much else noticeable here.

The beer is quite dry tasting and really not that tart at all. It is definitely packed with lots of, light tart, blackberry fruit character. I would almost guess that this is just a wheat beer that has had fruit added. It is not really sour at all and what tartness is here seems to be fruit derived. At the very most, the sour-bug character has just started. The body of this brew has a medium fullness to it, where some fruit derived tannins seem to add the palate coating character.

This is a weak example of a sour beer, though it is a decent fruit beer. If I had had this outside a sour beer festival, I might have enjoyed it more; I definitely would like to see a bit more sour funk here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, pink pour, nose is off white color, nose is blackberry, taste is blackberry, okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Red pour with pink head. Aroma of sour fruit, I’m guessing blackberries. Lightly sour, somewhat sweet. I’m not going to hate too much on this, because for a fruit beer its pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Cloudy red body with a medium frothy pink head. Vinegar and fruity aroma. Very dry fruit flavor, fades into fruit punch. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3780) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (3729) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Draft at BP Miramar. Pours clear raspberry red with a fizzy light pink head. Tastes like raspberry and blackberry juice, light tartness. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like raspberry and blackberry juice, fruit by the foot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - 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 wasn’t really a fan of. A little better flavor than aroma, but still...Yuck. 4/4/6/3/11 (2.8/5)

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