Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 149   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 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.

Schlaubee's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 19, 2014
Draft at Bierkraftís ballast point tasting. So sour! This drinks more like a cocktail to me than a beer: fruity, light on carbonation and a pretty reddish color. In fact, after I made the mental adjustment to "cocktail" and not "beer" I enjoyed it more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8194) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Draft to taster at The Pint Room. Looks solid; a transparent pale watermelon with bubbly white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly tart with a nice blackberry presence up front followed by some mild wheat in the background. Tastes like it smells with a mildly tart medium light-bodied mouthfeel thst finishes clean. A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1709) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Dark purple pour. Aroma of raspberry and blackberry. Flavor follows, but thin. Okay, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Tap at the Beer Authority.

At 5.4%, shouldnít this be an imperial Berliner weisse? :)

In any case, dark red pour, lots of berries in a nose with some tartness. Reasonably dry, not overly sour, blackberry tannins, some authentic vomit notes. Easy to drink if not a standout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Where and how: on tap at Birch
Aroma: medium intense, fairly sweet with candy like notes, hinted with low tartness
Appearance :
Top: small, short lived white cap.
Base: ruby, fine haze
Palate : medium-thin bodied, dry with frisky carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: Nice chewy berry like notes with mild side tartness. Till tad too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Draft at SB. Pours a murky and very dark purple, nearly black, with that pinkish purple foam on top, settling quickly. Big sweet nose, jammy, tons of berries, minimal lemony counterpoint. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Brilliant sweet crystal clear forward powerful jammy blackberry notes all over the mid palate, tart, just slightly puckery. Finish is just slightly puckery. Very, very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Listed simply as Ballast Point Sour Wench. Draft pour pint at Special Brews. Was unsure on the variation, until the first sio, then it was obvious. Pours an almost purple color with a thin bubbly head. Sour red grape, and mixed berry aroma. Flavor closely matches. Sour wheat finish. A little on the strong side. Iím suprised. Does not have any different feel than the typical sub 5% berliner. Thick body, full flavor. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (954) - - OCT 15, 2015
Draft. Deep cranberry hue with a fluffy pink-speckled head. The aroma leads with sweet Marion blackberry, followed closely by wheat, lemon peel and lactic acid. Some peppercorns as well. The flavorís very clean, with a snappy tartness that remains in balance with the fruit. The blackberries are a little subtle for me, though. Could use a boost in flavor, as itís a little lifeless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Had on tap at National in Calgary. Pours a bright purplish red with no head but for a few off white bubbles. The nose is tart, fruity, a bit sweet and rather mild with a pinch of acetic sourness. Light, refreshing and oh so easy drinking like juice almost. The finish is a bit tart with light sour notes. Very easy going!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Sampled at ABR 2015. some beery in the aroma, and some yeast. flavor has some berry, and it is a little tart. Great looking beer, pink color and pink foam, it looks like pink lambic. Tartness is very light and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Draft. Small pink head atop violet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour blackberry, light raspberry. Taste is moderately sweet, some sourness. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

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