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Ballast Point Sour Wench - Blackberry
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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
I had this sometime during RBSG in SoCal a couple-few years ago. Intense nettle-y sour on the first sip, with lingering berry skins, nettles, lemon seed, and spinach in the finish. The blackberries are wonderfully full in the middle, rich and bursting like you crushed an actual berry in your mouth after taking a sip of beer. The finish also had some kriek-ish, yeasty things going on. The smell was dominated by dark berries with a note of cherries in milk; it reminded me of Kasteel Kriek. Head is big and foamy pink, just like Todd "daSilky1", who wrote on this page of my notes, "I Love pre-pubescent girls." I didn’t notice that annotation until I got home, so I could never ask him if he was speaking for himself, or immitating me. And now we’ll never know . . .


1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Tap.looks like grape juice. Smells like someone vomited in my glass. Light acidic sour at 1st, then the vomit note, then a berry. Finish is cherry pop tart like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
On tap at Lompoc. Pours a purple color with a small white head. A big woody sour fruit nose. The flavor is light sweet berries, oak, sourness, sawdust. A pretty mellow beer, but quite good. Very sour at times but not acidic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (3249) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, dark reddish purple pour with pink head, aroma brought notes of big blackberry, some biscuit, vanilla into a bit of raspberry, slight lemony tartness, hints of oak. Taste was a mix of funk, earth, oak into some blackberry, cherry notes with a hint of vanilla, finishing slightly tart, slightly dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2018) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2015
March 28, 2015 - taster pour at the Rare Beer Fest in St. Paul. Purple pour with pink head. Not bad for the style, but the appearance was the best part for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4128) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1110) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a ruby red color with a pinkish head. Tart, blackberry and funk aroma and flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Fruit and tart finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Danyel (1332) - Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Tap at Grind in Glenwood. Pours clear, deep red with pink tinged white head. Aroma is mild but a bit of berry, jam. Taste is light sour, medium carbonation, really mild flavor, not a ton going on, kinda reminds me of jello. Overall, okay.,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG111 (437) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap at city beer. Reddish black color. Slight head. Aroma is lots of blackberry and sour notes. Flavor is similar. Not bad, but sours are not for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4129) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Tap at brewery. Pours dark ruby much like blackberry juice. Aroma is heavy blackberries, some wheat, and light lactic notes. Flavor is blackberries, smooth sour/tart notes, light wheat, and a clean, dry finish. Light/medium body.


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